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Using the new thesaurus

From: Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard New Features

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Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard includes the Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus second edition, which is an updated version of the Thesaurus previously found in Leopard. As before, you can access the Thesaurus by opening the Dictionary application from your Applications folder, and then selecting Thesaurus. Some of the new features of the Thesaurus include tips to help you understand the difference between easily confused words. For example, if I type 'affect,' not only do I get a list of synonyms for affect, but at the bottom I also get an in-depth explanation of the difference between affect and effect.

Using the new thesaurus

Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard includes the Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus second edition, which is an updated version of the Thesaurus previously found in Leopard. As before, you can access the Thesaurus by opening the Dictionary application from your Applications folder, and then selecting Thesaurus. Some of the new features of the Thesaurus include tips to help you understand the difference between easily confused words. For example, if I type 'affect,' not only do I get a list of synonyms for affect, but at the bottom I also get an in-depth explanation of the difference between affect and effect.

Similarly, if I type the word 'who,' I get a Usage note on when to use 'who' and when to use 'whom.' Or let's type the word 'stunning.' Again, I get several synonyms for the word, but we also see a Word Note here, which in this case warns us against the overuse of this word when describing something that's just very good. These Word Notes as you can see underneath can be conversational, opinionated, and idiomatic and were contributed by a variety of editors to provide usage guidelines and to offer some context on the word's history.

You will also find Word Spectrums. For example, if I type 'frank.' Word Spectrums are a collection of words that begin with the word in question and gradually progress the words to its polar opposite. In this case, we start with the word 'frank' and then we go through 'candid,' 'direct,' 'forthright,' 'blunt,' 'on the up and up.' When we reach at the bottom we go back up at the top: 'terse,' 'abrupt,' until we finally get to 'evasive,' which is pretty much the complete antonym of frank. So not only do you get a free Thesaurus in Snow Leopard, but you also get an incredibly useful and in-depth language guide.

And just a reminder in case you weren't aware of this feature in the previous version of OS X, under Dictionary's Preferences you can choose whether Contextual menus Open the Dictionary application itself or the Dictionary panel. Personally, I keep mine set to panel, which is great when I am reading a webpage and I come across a word I am not familiar with or I just want a definition. For example, I am here on the lynda.com page and I will just select the word 'digital.' Right-click on that and I can say 'Look Up in Dictionary,' and this is the panel that appears. I get a dictionary definition here.

I can also switch to Thesaurus, but there really is no antonym for digital in this case. But if you prefer you can have the actual Dictionary app show up by going back to Preferences and making sure that Opens Dictionary application is selected. And that's the new free Thesaurus built into Snow Leopard.

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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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