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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.
In this chapter, we are going to take a quick look at some new capabilities of Mail, Apple's email application that ships with OS X. As is the case with Snow Leopard itself, many of the improvements in Mail are under-the-hood and not something I can point out to you. But one word that describes the overall feel of Mail in Snow Leopard is 'snappier.' According to Apple, Mail launches about twice as fast in Snow Leopard as it does in Leopard. You can see in the doc that Mail is not currently running, but when I click its icon, it pretty much opens right away. Of course, I only have a handful of messages in here right now, but you should definitely notice an improved launch time on your own Mac.
Apple also states that Mail is up to four times faster to list the contents of a mailbox, and it doubles the speed of searching and moving messages. Additionally, if you often compose or edit HTML email messages, you will notice increased reliability, thanks to several more behind the scenes improvements to Mail. So those are just some things you'll notice in terms of speed and overall handling in Snow Leopard's Mail app. Next, let's take a look at some of the more tangible new features you'll find.
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