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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.
The application called Preview is and has always been the default application in OS X for viewing images and PDF documents. And in OS X.6, Snow Leopard, its received its share of updates and new features. The first feature I would like to take a look at is it's new Contact Sheet View. Here in my exercise files folder, I have a folder of images from Bryce Canyon called 'Bryce Canyon Pics.' Just look in there. Now you have long been able to select a bunch of images and drag them into Preview, which then displays these images along with the thumbnail for each one of the images over here on the Sidebar, so I can now browse through each one of these photos in one single window.
New to Preview in Snow Leopard are these buttons found at the bottom of the Sidebar. Now the default view is Thumbnails which is currently selected. To the left is the new Contact Sheet view, which as you can see displays all the images in a single document as thumbnails like a contact sheet, although I wonder how many people actually remember what a contact sheet is. Now you can use this slider in the lower left-hand corner to adjust the size of the thumbnails. And double-clicking a thumbnail takes you back to your Thumbnail view with the image you've selected being displayed. Now you also find the Table of Contents view button down here, which is useful if you have a PDF that contains a Table of Contents like, for instance, in my exercise files, this surf_news_09 document has a Table of Contents, so you can see we can page through with that.
But even if you are just looking through your bunch of photos you can see a list of each of the photos filenames, and we can still use that to browse through our photos. We also have an Annotations button here as well. Both the Table of Contents and the Annotations views were available in the previous version of Preview though. The Contact Sheet view is the new feature and I think it's a welcome addition to Preview.
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