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Screen shots of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard surface


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Apple Insider is carrying a story on some of the first significant screen shots of Snow Leopard.

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With Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard entering the final stretch of development, overzealous Apple advocates are turning to discussion boards and file sharing websites to show off image and video captures taken from the next generation OS, most recently highlighting features such as simplified security preferences, enhanced searching, QuickTime X's screen recording function and a new version of Image Capture.
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The Quicktime X screen recording feature should be nice because it is much easier to explain things visually. Then again, I can see the number of YouTube uploads of pointless videos explode.

That last video was kind of useless, showing me many features that are already in Leopard. Spaces? Quick Look? The only thing that I think is new (correct me if I am wrong) is the slider at the bottom of Finder to resize the icons, which we were thoroughly shown . Where were all the new SL specific features?

Thanks for the link though. Looks to be another solid release.

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Last I checked, in Leopard you couldn't enlarge the icons and play a video file or look through a document without using Quick Look or opening the file itself. The fact that the icons themselves become the video/document was really neat.


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If you use the cover flow view, you can view video clips and "flip" through documents (at least PDFs). You can't do it in icon view though. For me, this is just a natural extension of the features available in the cover flow view. For those of us who use list view, this will be irrelevant.

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True, but it's still a feature, so you can't say that the video only showed a slider as a feature

Remember, there aren't going to be too many new features in Snow Leopard. It's not a Tiger or Leopard type of release with hundreds of new features. Snow Leopard is a different breed of animal, so don't be disappointed if we only get a handful of new tangible features. The bulk of Snow Leopard's allure is under the hood, but then I suspect you already knew that


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True, but it's still a feature, so you can't say that the video only showed a slider as a feature

Remember, there aren't going to be too many new features in Snow Leopard. It's not a Tiger or Leopard type of release with hundreds of new features. Snow Leopard is a different breed of animal, so don't be disappointed if we only get a handful of new tangible features. The bulk of Snow Leopard's allure is under the hood, but then I suspect you already knew that
Perhaps I would have been better to say that the only feature that might be of use to me is the slider (which I reckon won't get much use from me because of my need to use list view).

As you alluded to, I am aware that most of the work is under the hood which excites me more than features that are user visible. While I do want some visible improvements, I know that most of the work is under the hood and this is the primary reason that I'm really looking forward to SL. While I know this is only one of many new features, a trimmed down default install is going to be great. There is no need that a default install of an OS needs to be as big as Leopard's.

As for QT X, the transparent black title bar is bothering me. I like uniformity and consistency in a toolkit and this is another off shoot when, IMO, there needs to be consolidation in aesthetics.

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I actually like the transparent black title bar. When I first saw the pictures I thought it was going to be a major system-wide change and got really excited.


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As for QT X, the transparent black title bar is bothering me. I like uniformity and consistency in a toolkit and this is another off shoot when, IMO, there needs to be consolidation in aesthetics.
I wish they'd just let the user pick the theme. This is one of those things that makes OS X feel unfinished to me.

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But if everyone picked their own themes then it'd be much harder for 3rd party devs to make their apps look nice on the screen. With only a few themes they can develop the UI of their apps to blend nicely with the looks of OS X.

And that's why I like OS X, sure I'm not the greatest fan of Leopard's theme, having it noly and all other apps blend in really nicely is one of the reasons I like OS X.
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Hum I think the sad part is I've never once open or used QuickTime since I've used a Mac. Not even accidentally. >_<"

The video recording feature is neat though. I might have a reason to actually use it now. ^-^"

The Chinese track pad writing is cool too. I wonder if it will work with Japanese input?

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But if everyone picked their own themes then it'd be much harder for 3rd party devs to make their apps look nice on the screen. With only a few themes they can develop the UI of their apps to blend nicely with the looks of OS X.

And that's why I like OS X, sure I'm not the greatest fan of Leopard's theme, having it noly and all other apps blend in really nicely is one of the reasons I like OS X.
I'm with you there - but even a few themes, kind of like Windows XP would be a welcome improvement.

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Multiple themes could work if the changes were minor enough that the changes wouldn't make the application look drastically different (such as simply changing colours and transparency). If you start to change font size or any sizes for that matter, you could very likely run into trouble much like I think you alluded to the8thark.

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If you start to change font size or any sizes for that matter, you could very likely run into trouble much like I think you alluded to the8thark.
Ah, OK - I'm with you there. I guess what I meant by themes is more just the color and texture of windows.

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Ah, OK - I'm with you there. I guess what I meant by themes is more just the color and texture of windows.
That should be fine. What I would like to see is an easier way to change the icon theme. It shouldn't be as unnecessarily tricky as it is now (not that it is hard now but it should be easier).

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Unless the recording features are fairly robust, I think I'll probably stick with my Screenium installation.
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