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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.
Here is another new feature that seems like it should have been added ages ago. You have long been able to display the current time in the OS X menu bar, but now in Snow Leopard along with the current time you can now also display the day and the date in the menu bar. In System Preferences, click the Date & Time preference pane. Go to Clock and here under the options to show the date and time in the menu bar is a new pair of date options: Show the day of the week, and Show date. Obviously, Show the day of the week shows the day of the week. In this case it's Thursday. And Show date shows the date.
It's Thursday, September 3rd. Not much to it, but it's certainly nice to be able to just glance up and check the day and the date. Of course, if you use iCal and have its icon in the dock you can see the current date there too, but some people keep their docks hidden or just don't use iCal enough to keep in the dock, so it's nice to have the option to display the date in the menu bar. And speaking of displaying the time, another new feature worth mentioning here is Snow Leopard's location based clock. Under the Time Zone tab, we have a new checkbox called, "Set time zone automatically using current location." OS X has had the ability for a long time to automatically set its own clock using a network time server, but for people like myself who often travel across time zones, you still have to manually let OS X know what time zone you are in.
I am currently working with a fresh install of Snow Leopard and it still thinks I am in the default location of being in California, but I am going to check Set time zone automatically using current location and Snow Leopard will figure out what time zone I am in. And you can see it has dropped the pin there and it tells me my current location is in Harrisburg. So now you can see I am recording this movie in Harrisburg, PA on Thu Sep 3 at 2:03 PM. And there you have the new date and time features in Snow Leopard.
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