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Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard New Features
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Using the flight data detector


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Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard New Features

with Garrick Chow

Video: Using the flight data detector

Back in the Leopard version of Mail, Apple introduced data detection capabilities, which allowed Mail to recognize data in email messages like addresses, phone numbers, dates and then offer easy access to common tasks you might want to perform with that data. For example, as I roll my mouse over the address at the bottom in this email, I see an outline appear around it. Clicking the Arrow button gives me several options like Creating a New Contact from this address information, Adding it to an Existing Contact, Showing a Map of the address, Displaying the address in Large Type, so I can see it from across the room and Copy.
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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 flight data detector

Back in the Leopard version of Mail, Apple introduced data detection capabilities, which allowed Mail to recognize data in email messages like addresses, phone numbers, dates and then offer easy access to common tasks you might want to perform with that data. For example, as I roll my mouse over the address at the bottom in this email, I see an outline appear around it. Clicking the Arrow button gives me several options like Creating a New Contact from this address information, Adding it to an Existing Contact, Showing a Map of the address, Displaying the address in Large Type, so I can see it from across the room and Copy.

So, for example, if I choose Show Map, Google Maps would open in my browser, and I would see a map of the address. And there it is. Similarly, when I roll over this phone number, I get an option to Create a New Contact, Add to Existing Contact, Show it in Large Type or Copy it. And rolling over dates, those are also detected and you can choose to Create New iCal Event or Show This Date in iCal. Again, all of this stuff is available in the previous version of Mail. In this latest version, Apple has added flight detection capabilities to the list of detectable data.

If you travel a lot, this could be a useful feature to have, but it does have some limitations. Notice when I rollover this flight number, a highlight appears around it, and I can choose to Show Flight Information. That pops-up in my Flight Tracker widget, among all the other widgets here, and here I can see the status of the flight. I could see using this as I am sitting in an airport waiting for a connection. All I have to do is open my email with my flight info and I can track the flight from right here. And you can see that Mail is able to recognize all the flight information in this paragraph, but -- and this is a major 'but,' at the moment, Mail only recognizes Flight info that uses the airline's two letter codes, like CO for Continental and DL for Delta.

Notice I have the same information in the paragraph above, but with the airlines' names written out. Rolling my mouse over Continental 67 doesn't give me a highlight, neither does it for Delta 1540 or Delta 6208. Mail just does not recognize them as flight numbers. To me, this severely limits the usefulness of this capability because not everyone uses or even knows the two letter codes for airlines. I am hoping we'll see an update for this feature down the road, but it's a good start and certainly useful if your flight information does use the two letter codes.

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