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Reviewing icon enhancements

From: Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard New Features

Video: Reviewing icon enhancements

The Finder in Snow Leopard features some enhancements to the icons representing your files and applications, making it easier to see and work with them. I am looking at my Applications folder in Icon view right now, and you can see there is a new slider in the lower right hand corner. And by dragging the slider to the left or to the right, I can make the icons smaller and larger. And larger is kind of understatement. Finder icons can now be sized up to 512 x 512 pixels, which is four times the maximum resolution that was available in Leopard.

Reviewing icon enhancements

The Finder in Snow Leopard features some enhancements to the icons representing your files and applications, making it easier to see and work with them. I am looking at my Applications folder in Icon view right now, and you can see there is a new slider in the lower right hand corner. And by dragging the slider to the left or to the right, I can make the icons smaller and larger. And larger is kind of understatement. Finder icons can now be sized up to 512 x 512 pixels, which is four times the maximum resolution that was available in Leopard.

At this size you can really see the detail that goes into some of these icons. You can see the texture on the cover of this Address Book right from the leather portion of the cover to the fabric binding there. There is the robot for Automator, Calculator, Chess piece, and so on and so on. You can check this out on your own. Now of course, the natural question at this point is, "why?" Sure, these icons look pretty but what's the point of making them so enormous? Well, another new feature of Snow Leopard's Finder is the ability to preview a document in Icon view without having to open it.

Let's just reduce these back a little bit. I am going to open this exercise files folder on my Desktop and here you can see a handful of files. Now if you are following along with me, just make sure you are in Icon view and then you want to go to the View > Show View Options command, and just make sure Show icon preview is checked, which it should be by default. Now let's make these icons bigger. Now looking up through this folder we can see a couple different types of files.

This here is a QuickTime Movie. As it was in Leopard, you can now see the first frame of the movie, which can help you figure out if this is the file you are looking for. But here in Snow Leopard when you hover your mouse over the icon, you also get this Play button in it. And I can play the movie from right here in the icon. You can see the clouds moving in the background there and you can even resize the icons while the movie is playing. We can still see it moving in the background.

Now playback does stop once the icons get smaller than 64 x 64 pixels, but at that size playing back the movie in the icon is kind of pointless anyway. And so now you can see exactly how large the icons are by going back to View > Show View Options and you can also use the Icon slider here. Once we get smaller than 64 x 64 pixels, you will no longer see the movie's previewing. Now this also works for PDF files. Let's go back bigger again. This is a great way to see what's in a document before, and without having to, launch an application.

So you can see I have a couple of PDF files here. When I select them. I see little navigation arrows. I can click through. This is just a two page PDF. This Magazine-draft is a little bit larger. There are a couple more pages in it. Now you may be thinking this is kind of similar to the Quick Look feature that was introduced in Leopard, which lets you preview a file by clicking the Quick Look button or by tapping the Spacebar.

These functions are kind of similar, but I think being able to preview a document in the icon itself can be pretty convenient, especially if you need to search through a lot of files. And you might even find it useful to use Quick Look in conjunction with the Icon preview. For instance, I might be paging through this Magazine-draft PDF trying to remember where an article appeared, and when I come across the page that looks like it might be the right one, I can tap the Spacebar to view it at the full Quick Look size. Now as it was with Leopard, the Finder can't preview every type of file, but it can preview many of the most common file types.

So take some time to play around with the icon sizes and preview some files and see if it fits into your workflow.

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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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