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Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard New Features
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Using the better drive ejection feature


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Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard New Features

with Garrick Chow

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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'.
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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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Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard New Features
1h 36m Intermediate Sep 17, 2009

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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.

Topics include:
  • Exploring the possible Mail, iCal, and Address connections through Microsoft Exchange
  • Taking advantage of system-wide improvements
  • Reviewing the enhancements to the new QuickTime interface and features
  • Exploring the improvements to Safari, Preview, Mail, iCal, and iChat
  • Examining the Dock's new capabilities
Subject:
Business
Software:
Mac OS X
Author:
Garrick Chow

Using the better drive ejection feature

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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