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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.
One of the quirks of the previous version of iCal that many people found slowed them down, was that viewing the details of any event required first double-clicking the event, and if you wanted to edit an event, you have to click the Edit button. And as you can see, this multiple-step process still exists here in this latest version of iCal, but you can change some options to make your workflow a little smoother. First, and most importantly, iCal now has an omnipresent Inspector, similar to the Inspector you'll find in other Apple applications. To display it, choose Edit > Show Inspector or use the keyboard shortcut Command+Option+I. Let's just move this over a little bit. And here you can see the Inspector window.
Inspector stays open and in place as you select events in your calendar, so you don't have to worry about double-clicking and jumping around the screen to view events. And you no longer have to click an Edit button to make changes to an event. Just select the event, and then click in the Inspector to make the required changes. Now there may also be times when you need to view the details of multiple events simultaneously. For example, if you need to make sure two events don't conflict with each other. Go to iCal > Preferences. Go to the Advanced tab and select the new checkbox labeled 'Open events in separate windows.' Now when I single-click events, I still see the details in the Inspector, but when I double-click events they open in their own floating window. And I can double-click other events to open them in their own windows as well.
Again, this gives you the ability to look at event side-by-side to check them for conflicts or maybe just to serve as a visual reminder of an upcoming event.
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