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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.
Let's take a look at another long overdue, at least in my opinion, improvement to OS X. In Leopard and other previous versions of OS X, there would occasionally be times when you try to eject a disk from the Finder, only to get a message saying that you couldn't eject the disk because it was in use. You would also get a not so helpful suggestion that you try quitting applications and try ejecting the disk again. But if you had a dozen applications running, how are you supposed to tell which application was the one you needed to quit? Happily, Snow Leopard provides much more useful information. I have an external Flash drive plugged into my USB port right now called 'PICODRIVE'.
Let's see what happens when I try to eject it. So I can't do it yet, but I'm also told exactly which application is using the disk. It says, "The disk PICODRIVE can't be ejected because QuickTime Player is using it." So I'll say OK. Let's open up QuickTime, and sure enough I'm playing a movie that's currently stored on the external drive, so let's quit QuickTime and now I should be able to eject my Flash drive. Just like that it's gone. This is another small new feature, but it's such a vast improvement over the way previous versions of OS X handled disk ejections.
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