QuickTime doesnâ€™t come with an [tag]AC-3[/tag] codec by default. There is an open-source QuickTime component available, called A52Codec, which enables QuickTime to open, import and export AC-3 audio. (It does this using a free AC-3 library called liba52.) A52Codec provides some form of support for working with AC-3 under QuickTime, at least for file conversion and export. What the A52Codec canâ€™t do, however, is to enable applications to stream encoded AC-3 data straight to the optical output on the Mac.
Appleâ€™s DVD Player application – included for free on every Mac – can play the 5.1 AC-3 audio from a physical DVD directly through the optical output of your Mac. DVD Player does this by streaming the encoded AC-3 straight from the DVD to the optical out, bypassing QuickTime. Some other players – notably VLC (which also uses liba52) – will stream AC-3 straight to your optical output, too. But any application which uses QuickTime for its audio playback – and this includes Front Row, iTunes, and QuickTime Player – works by first decoding audio into its discrete channels, before outputting it to your system audio device. The AC-3 encoding is lost in the process. So if you want a Mac Mini and Front Row to run your home theatre, with 5.1 sound from third-party movie files, then itâ€™s not so easy.
Google actually has a contact system built into Google Mail. These are used just about everywhere, but most importantly you can use Google to synchronize contacts in Mac Address Book, iPhone and maybe even the Blackberry.
You unfortunately need third party tools to then take the contacts and push them to your iPhone (Nuviosync) and Address Book. “Spanning Sync”:http://blog.spanningsync.com/2008/04/video-preview-s.html does Contact and Calendar sync for Google, although Calendar is obsolete with the CalDAV connection directly. “ABGMerge”:http://iboughtamac.com/2007/04/04/keeping-gmail-cell-phone-contacts-and-apples-address-book-in-sync/
The sad thing is that “Apple”:http://googlemac.blogspot.com/2008/05/mac-os-x-1053-sync-google-contacts.html added direct sync from Address Book to Google Contacts in 10.5.3, but this “only”:http://digitalapplejuice.com/sync-with-google-contacts-in-1053-not/ works when you sync with something manual, like MobileMe or even another iPod. Still, it seems silly to be manual. Duh. How silly is that.
But how do you get the contacts up there to being with. Here is how:
You can export your Outlook Contacts as a Comma Separated Values (.csv) file and then import your contacts into your Gmail account.
Export Outlook Contacts
1. In Outlook, on the File menu, click Import and Export.
2. Click Export to a file, and then click Next.
3. Click Comma Separated Values (Windows), and then click Next.
4. In the folder list, click the Contacts folder, and then click Next.
5. Browse to the folder where you want to save the contacts as a .csv file.
6. Type a name for the exported file, and then click OK.
7. Click Next.
8. Click Finish.
Import Contacts into Google Gmail
1. Log on to Gmail, and then click Contacts at the top of the page.
The Contacts list opens in a new window.
2. Click Import Contacts.
3. Click Browse, and then navigate to the .csv file that you created in the “Export Outlook Contacts” section of this article.
4. Select the file, and then click Import Contacts.
After your contacts are imported, a dialog box appears and displays the total number of contacts imported.
As an aside, if our using Entourage, it only produce tab separate and not CSV files, so its pretty inconvenient. Find a Windows machine and use Outlook for the sync.
If you are using Mac Address Book, then “A to G”:http://bborofka.com/atog/ exports from Apple to Google. Clever eh?