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Mac OS X has been rewritten from the ground up, and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard New Features highlights all of the most important and user-relevant aspects of this release. Experienced instructor and lifelong Mac user Garrick Chow introduces current Mac users to the improvements in the latest OS. While not a complete overhaul of the operating system, this update does address a fair number of internal systems and external user features. Garrick explores all of these updates, including enhancements to the Finder and the Dock and a completely revamped QuickTime player. He shows the wealth of improvements to built-in applications like Safari, Preview, iChat, and Mail, and explains the updated 64-bit support within Snow Leopard.
This next new feature is very brief, but definitely worth mentioning if you use OS X's Spotlight Search function a lot. Spotlight in Snow Leopard works pretty much exactly the same way it did in Leopard. You just click the Spotlight icon. Type in a search term. I want to search for 'pdf,' and Spotlight instantly gives you a list of all the files, mail messages, visited websites and so on matching your criteria. Choosing Show All opens a window containing all the items Spotlight finds. Previously in Leopard, and also here in Snow Leopard, this window behaves very much like a regular Finder window.
You can view your search results in Icon view, List view and Cover Flow view. You can do Quick Looks by selecting a file, hitting the Spacebar. But new to Snow Leopard, you can now choose View > Show View Options and set the default appearance for this window like you can with any other Finder window. In Leopard, you were limited to just the option of always opening the window in Icon, List or Cover Flow view, depending on which view you were in. But in Snow Leopard, you can adjust Icon size, which as we saw in the previous movie, allows you to preview documents in their icons.
You can change the Grid spacing, the Text size and all the other view options you can change in a regular Finder window. Let me go ahead and close that. Another new Spotlight feature in Snow Leopard is the ability to sort your search results from the Action menu. If you're in Icon view, you can choose Keep Arranged By, Name, Date Modified, Date Created, Size, Kind and Label. If you are in List view or Cover Flow view, you can choose Arranged By: Name or Kind. Actually, this is a new feature for all Finder windows. For example, if I open up my exercise files folder here, you can now sort your view of your Finder windows using the Action button and choose Arrange By, Name, Date Modified, Size and Kind.
And that's in addition to clicking on the column headers, as you could do before in Leopard. Again, these new Spotlight and Finder features might not seem like a huge deal, but it's nice that you can finally set up a default and consistent look for your Spotlight results window and these features make finding the files you're looking for much quicker and efficient.
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