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Apple Previews Mac OS X Leopard
Posted on 8-Aug-2006 14:30. | Tags Filed under: News.

Apple Previews Mac OS X Leopard
Apple has shown the Mac OS X version 10.5 Leopard, the sixth major version of Mac OS X, to its third party developers. Leopard, scheduled to ship in spring 2007, brings new features, including Time Machine, an automatic back up and restore that copies everything on a Mac computer, and Spaces, a program that instantly switch between groups of applications required for various tasks.

Leopard also includes advancements in Mail and iChat, including Stationery, Notes and To Dos in Mail; and Photo Booth-style effects, the ability to “place” yourself in any photo or video as the backdrop for your chat, and live presentations of iPhoto slideshows, Keynote presentations and videos in iChat.

Time Machine automatically backs up everything on the Mac to an external hard drive or Mac OS X Server. In the event a file is lost, users can search back through time using a time-based visual display to find and then instantly restore the file. With one click, Time Machine can restore anything from a single file or photo to everything on a Mac.

Spaces is groups applications required for a given task into a “space,” then instantly switch between different spaces to bring up the specific applications required for that given task. Users can get a bird’s eye view of all their Spaces and choose where they want to go next with just one keystroke or click of a mouse.

iChat Screen Sharing enables users to share their desktops with others to work together in real time on an activity, such as editing an iPhoto book, or helping a buddy get the most out of their Mac. With iChat Theater, users can share an iPhoto slide show, a QuickTime movie or a Keynote presentation within an iChat window.

The new OS also includes full native 64-bit support that allows applications to take complete advantage of 64-bit processing while maintaining full compatibility for existing 32-bit Mac OS X applications and drivers.

Users will also notice enhancements to Boot Camp, Apple’s technology that was previewed as a public beta in April 2006, making it possible to run Windows natively on Intel-based Macs.

iCal 3 comes now with group calendaring capabilities, event drop box, and standards-based CalDAV support.

Media users will benefit of Core Animation, a new graphics technology that makes it easy to create visual effects and animations. Developers will be able to access new development tools, including Xcode 3 with full 64-bit support, DashCode, an easy way to create new Dashboard widgets without writing a line of code, and Xray, for optimizing application performance.

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