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Overview of Snow Leopard

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When Apple first announced Snow Leopard at their 2008 Worldwide Developers Conference, they included the surprising statement that Snow Leopard would have zero new features. Now, of course this was a bit of exaggeration otherwise you wouldn't have this tutorial to be watching. Now, there definitely are some new features, but the point of them saying that there were zero new features is that they wanted to get across the idea that Snow Leopard's main focus was under-the-hood, meaning that the most significant new features would all be behind the scenes, but with the goal of making OS X faster, more efficient, and less bulky.

Overview of Snow Leopard

When Apple first announced Snow Leopard at their 2008 Worldwide Developers Conference, they included the surprising statement that Snow Leopard would have zero new features. Now, of course this was a bit of exaggeration otherwise you wouldn't have this tutorial to be watching. Now, there definitely are some new features, but the point of them saying that there were zero new features is that they wanted to get across the idea that Snow Leopard's main focus was under-the-hood, meaning that the most significant new features would all be behind the scenes, but with the goal of making OS X faster, more efficient, and less bulky.

Hence the name Snow Leopard which tied the new OS to the previous OS, Leopard. In fact, at first glance Snow Leopard's interface looks nearly identical to Leopard's interface with very few modifications. So instead of loading a ton of new features into the new operating system as Apple has done with every version of OS X so far, with Snow Leopard they have tweaked existing features and added a couple of new ones, but most importantly have re-written the entire operating system to take advantage of the next generation of Macs which will feature 64 bit processors, lots of memory, and powerful graphics cards.

We will be getting to the more tangible improvements of Snow Leopard over the course for the rest of this series of movies, but for now let's get a brief overview of the most important under-the-hood changes to Snow Leopard. First of all, the Finder has been completely re-written using Cocoa, OS X's native object oriented framework, which allows the Finder to take advantage of all the new technologies in Snow Leopard including 64 bit support and Grand Central Dispatch, which allows the OS to take full advantage of multi-core systems. I will talk more about 64-bit support in the next movie, but for now let's suffice it to say that the re-written Finder means an overall faster or snappier user experience.

This faster speed also means the faster shutdowns and wake-ups, so you spend less time sitting there waiting for your Mac to wake up or for it to shut down. Apple claims you will experience 80% faster shut downs and up to twice the previous speed of waking your Mac from sleep. Snow Leopard itself is also a smaller package. If you are installing Snow Leopard over a previous Leopard installation, you will find that Snow Leopard takes up less then half of the disc space of Leopard, freeing up about seven gigabytes of space for your own use. Again, these are all performance related topics that you will just have to experience for yourself.

But before we get into some of the more demonstrable features of Snow Leopard, I do want to talk a little bit more about 64-bit computing and what it means for current Macs as well as for the Macs that will be available months and years from now. So we will take a look at that in the next movie.

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Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard New Features

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  1. 3m 27s
    1. Welcome
      58s
    2. Mac OS X Snow Leopard system requirements
      1m 44s
    3. Using the exercise files
      45s
  2. 5m 23s
    1. Overview of Snow Leopard
      2m 22s
    2. Understanding 64-bit support
      3m 1s
  3. 15m 13s
    1. Using text substitution
      4m 54s
    2. Updating printer drivers
      1m 43s
    3. Working with new fonts
      1m 17s
    4. Seeing improvements to AirPort signal strength
      1m 18s
    5. Using the new thesaurus
      2m 37s
    6. Reviewing new date and time features
      1m 42s
    7. Using screen locking
      1m 42s
  4. 9m 4s
    1. Restoring deleted items
      2m 1s
    2. Reviewing icon enhancements
      3m 49s
    3. Adjusting Spotlight view options
      2m 7s
    4. Using the better drive ejection feature
      1m 7s
  5. 6m 11s
    1. Using scrollable stacks
      1m 51s
    2. Activating Exposé
      2m 51s
    3. Minimizing into application icon
      1m 29s
  6. 9m 50s
    1. Storing top sites
      4m 19s
    2. Searching through your history
      2m 21s
    3. Using full page zoom
      1m 33s
    4. Using Google Suggest
      1m 37s
  7. 20m 20s
    1. Reviewing the new interface
      3m 3s
    2. Using quick video and audio capture
      1m 49s
    3. Setting up screen recording
      3m 37s
    4. Using quick trimming
      1m 46s
    5. Sharing movies
      8m 4s
    6. A word about QuickTime 7
      2m 1s
  8. 7m 14s
    1. Viewing contact sheets
      1m 44s
    2. Using intelligent text selection
      1m 11s
    3. Working with the Annotations toolbar
      1m 13s
    4. Opening multiple documents
      1m 8s
    5. Importing from a scanner
      1m 58s
  9. 7m 48s
    1. General improvements
      58s
    2. Using the flight data detector
      2m 16s
    3. Reviewing the sidebar improvements
      50s
    4. Working with Exchange support
      3m 44s
  10. 4m 41s
    1. Syncing with Google and Yahoo
      3m 4s
    2. Viewing and editing events
      1m 37s
  11. 7m 3s
    1. General improvements
      1m 11s
    2. Displaying past conversations
      2m 13s
    3. Marking and clearing transcripts
      1m 28s
    4. Using multiple status settings
      52s
    5. Working with Quick Look integration
      1m 19s
  12. 14s
    1. Goodbye
      14s

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