Mac OS X version 10.6 Snow Leopard Description
Mac OS X version 10.6 Snow Leopard to add more feature follows:
- Dock Exposé.
- QuickTime X.
- Grand Central Dispatch.
- Safari 4.
- Write Chinese using the Trackpad
- Install 45% faster.
- Take up less space 6GB.
Dock + Finder
The Dock in Mac OS X provides fast, one-click access to frequently used applications, folders, files, and even downloads from the Internet. The Finder makes working with your files and documents as easy as browsing your iTunes library.
What is the Dock?
The Dock at the bottom of the screen gives you quick access to your most frequently used applications, files, and folders. With its visually appealing, high-resolution icons, the Dock practically begs to be clicked. When you do, your applications spring to life instantly, and a bright signal tells you which applications are open. You can also use Exposé from the Dock to instantly see all the open windows for an application.
You can set the Dock to remain at the bottom of the screen, framing your desktop picture and always visible. Or you can set it to tuck itself away, ready to return when you move the pointer to the bottom of the screen.
What’s in your Dock.
The Dock comes loaded with icons for many of the applications included with your Mac–Dashboard, Mail, iCal, iPhoto, and so on. But as you’d expect, it’s easy to customize. To add a new application or folder, just grab it from the Finder and move it onto the Dock. The Dock expands to make room for the new item, and if you have a lot of items, the icons scale to fit on your desktop. Removing and rearranging items is just as simple: Click and drag.
Stacks for your stuff
A stack is a Dock item that gives you fast, direct access to folders and files. When you click a stack, the files within spring from the Dock in a fan or a grid, depending on the number of items (or the preference you set). Mac OS X starts you off with premade stacks for downloads, applications, and documents. The Downloads stack automatically captures files you download from Safari, Mail, and iChat. The Applications stack gives you fast access to all your applications. And the Documents stack is a great place to keep things like presentations, spreadsheets, and word processing files. The files in each stack can appear as large icons that preview their contents, so it’s easy to find the right one before you click.
Stacks are scrollable, so you can easily view all items, and you can navigate through folders in a stack to see all the files inside the stack. Create as many stacks as you wish simply by dragging folders to the right side of your Dock.
All-new: Exposé in the Dock.
With Exposé now integrated into the Dock, you can view the open windows of a particular application with a click. Just click and hold any application icon in the Dock, and Exposé tiles the open windows of that application while causing the windows of other applications to fade away. The clutter cleared, you can easily find the document you need. A click makes it the active window, and pressing the Space bar gives you a full-screen preview of the window. That’s not all you can do with Exposé in the Dock. When you drag a file onto a Dock icon, all the application’s open windows pop up, so you can place the file in the right window–perfect if you want to attach a document to an email message.
Introducing the Finder.
The Finder is like home base for your Mac. Represented by the blue icon with the smiling face, it’s one of the first things you see when you start working on your Mac. It lets you organize and access practically everything on your Mac, including applications, files, folders, discs, and shared drives on your network. You can also see rich, high-quality previews of the contents of your files. The Finder takes full advantage of the advanced technologies in Mac OS X–such as 64-bit support and Grand Central Dispatch–so it responds more quickly to your actions.
Meet the sidebar.
The sidebar in the Finder window is your starting point when browsing your Mac. If you’ve used iTunes, you’ll feel right at home. Like iTunes, the sidebar is organized into categories to make it easy to locate your stuff–frequently accessed folders, CDs and DVDs, computers on your local network, and so on. With a few clicks, you’re on your way to finding what you need. The sidebar also features a handy Search For section. It uses Spotlight search to let you quickly find files you’ve modified today, yesterday, or in the past week, or find all images, movies, or documents. Just click one of the folders and you’ll see an up-to-the-minute list of files. And just like the Dock, you can customize the sidebar with your own search folders.
Any Mac or PC on your home network automatically appears in the sidebar, allowing you to easily share files between them and even use Spotlight search and Cover Flow to search the other computers. And when you click a connected Mac, you can use screen sharing, which lets you see and control another Mac as if you were sitting in front of it–useful, for example, when you want to show someone how to use an application or feature.
See your files in Cover Flow.
Mac OS X helps you navigate everything on your Mac visually with an innovation called Cover Flow. Using Cover Flow, you can flip through your documents as easily as you flip through music in iTunes or bookmarks in Safari 4. Each file is displayed as a large preview of its first page, so you can actually see the contents of a document before opening it.
Three more ways to view.
You can also see your files in list view, which lets you easily sort them in different ways, including by file name, date modified, or file type. You can see them in column view, which lets you navigate through multiple folders quickly. And you can see them as large icons, up to 512 by 512 pixels in size. Icon view lets you thumb through a multipage document or watch a QuickTime movie right in the Finder, an easy way to find and view your stuff.
Instantly preview the contents of your documents without ever opening them. Flip through multipage PDFs, watch full-screen video, view photo slideshows, and more. With a single click.
Opening files is so last year.
Quick Look is the innovative technology that gives you a sneak peek of entire files–even multiple-page documents and video–without opening them. All you have to do is select a file in the Finder and press the Space bar. An elegant transparent window appears, showing you the contents of the file instantly. It’s great when you’re looking for something specific but don’t have time to open lots of files to find it.
Quick Look works with nearly every file on your system, including images, text files, PDF documents, movies, Keynote presentations, Mail attachments, and Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files. To see a file in Quick Look, you simply tap the Space bar or click the Quick Look icon in the Finder window. You can view the file in full screen, and you can open the application that created it with a double-click. Best of all, Quick Look works even if you don’t have the application that created it–perfect when a colleague sends you a document that you couldn’t otherwise open.
A Quick Look back in time.
You can use Quick Look to your advantage when you’re searching for files to restore in Time Machine. Once you locate the file you’re looking for, use Quick Look to verify its contents before restoring it to the desktop.
View attachments, no detachment.
Quick Look also works in the Mail and iChat applications in Mac OS X. Say you receive a message with a bunch of attachments. Instead of downloading and opening each one, you can use Quick Look to see them with a click. It’s great for viewing PDFs, Microsoft Office documents, and other files. You can even view attached photos as a slideshow and add them to your iPhoto library with ease.
Experience the web with the fast, easy-to-use web browser. With its simple, elegant interface and support for the latest Internet standards, Safari gets out of your way and lets you enjoy the web.
Safari sports a clean, elegant look that keeps your focus where it belongs: on the content of the web page. The features you use most are just a click away, and an integrated Google search bar makes it easy to find what you’re looking for.
Safari 4 in Snow Leopard is even more resistant to crashes. It turns out that the number one cause of crashes in Mac OS X is browser plug-ins. So Apple engineers redesigned Safari to make plug-ins run separately from the browser. If a plug-in crashes on a web page, Safari keeps running. Just refresh the page and get going again.
Flip through history.
Safari 4 offers a dramatic way to revisit your browsing history. Just type a word or phrase in the History Search field in Top Sites, and Safari quickly presents you with full-page previews of the websites that look exactly as they did when you last visited them. You flip through them just like in Cover Flow in iTunes or the Finder, then click to access the page you want.
See your Top Sites.
The new Top Sites feature lets you enjoy a stunning, at-a-glance preview of your favorite websites without lifting a finger. Safari 4 tracks the sites you browse and ranks your favorites, presenting up to 24 thumbnails on a single page and making them accessible with just a click. You can customize the display by pinning a favorite site to a specific location in the grid. And a star in the upper right of each thumbnail indicates whether a site has new content since the last time you visited.
With support for the latest standards for secure access and information sharing on the web, Safari protects you whether you’re browsing the Internet at home or on a public computer. Safari offers built-in antiphishing technology that detects fraudulent websites and warns you before displaying the information. It also supports EV (Extended Validation) Certificates, so you can feel confident shopping, updating account information, or paying bills online.
Kid-proof the Internet.
Start your kids’ web exploration off on the right foot with Safari parental controls. Using the same technology that keeps your inbox free of junk mail, a content filter in Mac OS X takes a quick peek at websites before they load and tries to determine if they’re suitable for kids. If they’re not, Mac OS X blocks them from view. You can override this filter by creating lists of specific websites you want–or don’t want–your children to see.
Mail, iCal, Address Book
Three built-in applications that work as one: Mail, iCal, and Address Book bring the power of Mac OS X to your email, calendar, and contacts. You get elegant, easy-to-use interfaces, lightning-fast searches, and complete integration across the applications and your Mac.
Mail: All your email accounts in one place.
Designed from the ground up specifically for email, Mail offers an elegant user interface that makes it easy to manage all your email from a single, ad-free inbox, even when you’re not connected to the Internet. It works with most email standards–including POP3 and IMAP–and most popular email services, such as Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, and AOL Mail. If you have more than one email account, no problem. Just add all your accounts to Mail and you’ll be able to access everything from one central place.
Microsoft Exchange Server Support
With Snow Leopard, Mac OS X is the only operating system with built-in support for the latest version of Microsoft Exchange Server. So you can use your Mac–with all the features and applications you love–at home and at work and have all your messages, meetings, and contacts in one place.
Mail does more than just show email. It also analyzes the contents to help you act on them. Say you get an email inviting you to dinner at Gino’s Pizza tomorrow at 6 p.m. Mail not only recognizes that 6 p.m. is the time, it knows that “tomorrow” represents a date on a calendar. So you can add the invitation to your iCal calendar by clicking the date, whether it’s an actual date (October 18) or a relative date (tomorrow). It also knows that Gino’s is a place, so you can click the address to view a Google map of the restaurant’s location. And if the message includes a phone number or email address, you can add it to Address Book with just a click.
Filtering the junk.
Mail includes an intelligent mail filter that automatically catches messages it thinks are junk. Junk mail is placed in a special folder in Mail so it doesn’t clog up your inbox. If a junk message gets through, simply click the Junk button, and from then on, similar email will be placed in the Junk folder. The more you train Mail to recognize junk mail, the better it gets.
Address Book: One place for all your contacts.
Address Book gives you a flexible and convenient place to store contact information for your family, friends, and colleagues. You can import information from other applications, create distribution lists for clubs and groups, print address labels and envelopes, and more. Because Address Book is built on the industry-standard vCard format for storing contact information, your friends can send you cards that you can add to your own list by dropping them in–no typing required.
Do more with your addresses.
Address Book does more than display card contents; it also lets you use them. Click an address to ask the web for a Google map showing the location. Click a URL to open the website. Click an email address to instantly send a message or start an iChat conversation.
iCal: A powerful desktop calendar.
iCal makes it easy to keep track of your busy schedule. You can create as many separate calendars as you need–one for home, another for school, a third for work, and so on. You can see all your calendars in a single window or choose to see only the calendars you want.
With iCal, you can invite friends and family to events. iCal lets you create invitations using contact information from your Address Book, update your guest list, keep track of attendee responses, and receive the latest status information. A centralized notification box keeps all your invitations and responses in one easy-to-access location so you can manage events in iCal instead of your busy email inbox. And when you or another Mac user receives an iCal invitation in Mail, it’s automatically added to iCal.
Find what you need.
Thanks to Spotlight, it’s easy to find information in Mail, iCal, and Address Book. Within the applications, a search sorts through everything–all fields in an email, all information on a card or appointment–so you find every possible match. If you’re not using the applications, you can still find messages, contacts, and appointments by using Spotlight search in the menu bar. Start typing a search term and Spotlight returns the related items immediately.
Smart Groups and Smart Mailboxes.
Spotlight technology helps you organize your mail and contacts in another big way: Smart Groups and Smart Mailboxes. You simply select the relevant criteria–say, every contact with a birthday in the next 30 days or every email sent by your boss–and your applications create a folder containing every item that meets your criteria. Best of all, the folders stay updated as new items are created. Smart Groups in Address Book appear in your Group list, and Smart Mailboxes in Mail appear just below your inboxes.
Because they’re Mac OS X applications, Mail, iCal, and Address Book are fully integrated with each other and with other features of your Mac. For example, Mail and iCal use the contacts in your Address Book, so you can quickly send messages or invitations to individuals and groups. Mail can access your iPhoto library, so it’s easy to email pictures to your friends and family. If you receive an attachment, Mail lets you use Quick Look to view its contents without saving the attachment and opening another application.
Part of what makes Address Book and iCal so powerful is seamless syncing. They can sync the contact and calendar information on your Mac with your iPhone or other mobile phone, PDA, or iPod touch, so it follows you everywhere. And with a MobileMe account, your contacts and calendars stay up to date across multiple Mac computers and on the web, so you can access your information from any computer with an Internet connection.
Included with Mac OS X, iChat is a rich instant messaging application that works with your AIM or MobileMe account and makes it easy to stay in touch with friends and family using text and video, whether they’re on a Mac or a PC.
A powerful instant text messaging application, iChat comes with Mac OS X and is loaded with great features that make sending messages to your AIM or MobileMe buddies fast and easy. Simple text chats feel like natural conversations, with icons and thought bubbles that make it easy to see who’s saying what. And you can transmit any kind of file–from a web address to a photo–by simply dragging it into your chat. Pictures display right in the message window, web links open in a browser with a click. In short, iChat is the best way to IM.
Don’t just type it–say it face to face.
Most Mac computers include a built-in iSight camera and mic. When you use them with iChat, you get the easiest way to have high-quality video and audio chats with your friends and family. You can chat with just one other person or make it a party by starting a multiway chat. Featuring a three-dimensional view, iChat practically puts everybody in the room with you. View their faces reflected into space, just as if they were sitting around a conference room table. And with video backdrops built into iChat, you can make it look like you’re chatting from the Eiffel Tower, under the sea, or your own custom backdrop.
Click to begin.
With its intuitive interface, iChat shows you when your buddies are available for a chat. Bright icons indicate their online status and whether they’re capable of a video chat or just audio. To start a chat, click the camera or phone icon to send an invitation. To add more people, click the icons for the meeting attendees on your buddy list and each colleague steps into your virtual office.
Show off slideshows from anywhere.
Why wait for a darkened room and a projector to present vacation photos or Keynote slides? Now you can do it all remotely, right in iChat. Put on a photo slideshow, click through a Keynote presentation, or play a movie–in full screen, accompanied by a video feed of you hosting–while your buddy looks on.
Share and share alike.
Thanks to iChat screen sharing, you and your buddy can observe and control a single desktop, so you can easily collaborate with a colleague, browse the web with a friend, or pick plane seats with your spouse. Share your own desktop or your buddy’s–you both have control at all times. iChat initiates an audio chat when you start a screen sharing session, so you can talk things through while you’re at it.
With iChat at home, you can enforce your “no talking to strangers” rule using parental controls that allow you to decide who your children can chat with online. Approve the buddies you trust and iChat blocks all attempts to send and receive IMs with anyone else. iChat also automatically hides or displays online status so that only buddies approved by you can see if your kids are online.
iTunes plays all your digital music and video. It syncs content to your iPod, iPhone, and Apple TV. And it’s an entertainment superstore that stays open 24/7.
Entertainment made easy.
Forget rifling through stacks of CDs or flipping through channels. iTunes puts your entire music and video collection a mere click away, giving you an all-access pass to thousands of hours of digital entertainment. Browse. Organize. Play. All from your Mac or PC.
View your library by artist, album, episode, year, rating–any way you want. A quick search reveals results as you type.
Turn CDs into digital music by importing them to iTunes. Organize your entire collection with custom playlists.
Shuffle songs to mix up your groove. Listen to music from other computers on your network. Play video using onscreen controls.
Everything, to go.
You have music and video in iTunes. You have photos, contacts, and calendars on your computer. You want to get it all on your iPod or iPhone. iTunes syncing does exactly that. And wireless syncing to Apple TV puts music and video from your iTunes library on the big screen.
The world’s #1 online music store–and more.
iTunes is an application that plays all your digital music, podcasts, and videos. It syncs content to your iPod, iPhone, and Apple TV. And it’s a 24/7 entertainment superstore that lets you browse and buy over 10 million songs, rent or buy blockbuster movies, get HD episodes of your favorite TV shows, download applications for your iPhone or iPod touch, subscribe to free podcasts, and shop for audiobooks.