“I spent some time over at Apple yesterday taking a closer look of their new OS known as Tiger or Mac OS 10.4 I had seen it at MacWorld in January and was pretty impressed with the demo then, but seeing it up close and personal yesterday made it clear to me that Apple is light years ahead of Microsoft when it comes to developing PC operating systems,” Tim Bajarin writes for Technology Pundits. “There are a lot of new features in Tiger, including a much more powerful Safari Browser, a much better email client and something called the Automator, which is a simplified scripting system that quickly and easily can automate repetitive tasks. But, its real value is in three key components that really sets it apart from any OS on the market today.”
Bajarin writes, “The first new feature is their new desktop search engine called Spotlight… The second new feature worth pointing out is something called Dashboard. This is a new UI navigation tool that lets a user activate what Apple calls Widgets. Widgets are little programs that are mostly utilitarian in purpose, such as clocks, calculators, metric and currency converters, flight trackers, dictionary, etc. These little tools are extremely helpful and since they can be created in HTML, anyone who knows how to create a Web page could create additional Widgets of their own. This is the area where third party developers could be very creative and deliver all types of Widgets to sell to Mac users over time… The third feature I really like is their newest version of iChat. It now supports up to 10 people in audio conferences and up to four people in video conference mode. More importantly, the way they allow a user to see the other video conference participants are really innovative. It literally allows you to view the others in a 3D like environment where each person in the conference is framed as if they were sitting right in front of you at three different angles. And, you can even see their shadows on the virtual conference table in front of them, creating the illusion of all four people in the conference sitting together at a table having a chat. This alone is worth the price of the new OS.”
“Apple has created a really powerful new OS that will clearly make the Mac faithful happy and will also help them attract more new users to the Mac platform,” Bajarin concludes.
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