Analyst: Tiger proves ‘Apple is light years ahead of Microsoft in developing PC operating systems’

“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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29 Comments

  1. notatotalsucker-

    Thankfully I use an OSX visual style. It’s hard to tell I’m not working on a Mac. I mean visually of course. A power user on either platform would know in a second.

    Oddly I had an IT guy come by to iron out an email issue. He said “what”? I can’t help you; I don’t know anything about this Apple stuff. I said calm down, it’s Windows. Gee, your best friend puts on a new sweater and you no longer recognize him! So Black Adderish.

    On the font issue, I have collected tons of typefaces over the years and I know the old ones aren’t cross platform. The newer OpenType fonts are supposed to be, I just haven’t put any on a Mac. Anyone know if this is seamless?

  2. Jerry T:

    WHAT IS THE POINT OF USING AN ‘OS X’ STYLE INTERFACE ON A WINDOWS PC?

    The gui for OS X is optimised for OS X – using this on windows is plain crazy as the main difference is how thw gui interacts with the system.

    If you wanna use OS X buy a mac – there is no point using an ‘OS X style interface on windows.

    Besides – OS X is so advanced from XP there is no comparison!

  3. Jerry T – there used to be a little shareware program that converted fonts from Mac to PC and vica versa. Can’t recall its name now, but I remember using it for a project where a supplier needed a PC copy of a Mac-only font… and it worked beautifully. Take a Google, I’m sure it must be still around.

  4. Jerry T —

    If you are using Adobe Suite, Quark, and Macromedia MX, then the Mac mini is not what you should even be considering. You should really be looking at a PowerMac. Those are professional apps and should be used with a professional system. The Mac mini is fine for most users but I don’t think it should be considered if you want to run those apps.

    On the contrary, we use G4 450MH Macs at work with 1Gig RAM for working in production InDesign Files, Photoshop colour retouching for commercial fashion catalogues/prepress. Admittedly they are not the fastest machines available but they are certainly capable of completeing the work. That would make the Mac mini at 1.42GH and say 1GB RAM a pretty capable option.

  5. The Macmini isn’t for running apps like Quark? It’s a G4 processor for Christ’s sake. Our cheap company won’t upgrade us and we’re doing an entire newsaper on a G3 Blue and White and a PowerMac 7200. The G4 processor is fine for running Quark…

  6. Jerry – i know what you mean about Freehand vs Illustrator. Im 100% Illustrator and I feel totally uncomfortable with Freehand,and usually the opposite is true.

    Switching out of the gate can be damn near impossible. What you may want to do if you really want to switch eventually is get a KVM and a used PowerMac (G4 or G5 will do) and slowly build from there. Wait a extra year from your normal software upgrade cycle, then upgrade the most critical apps (Macromedia suite and just Photoshop) and keep on the lookout for alternatives for PC only stuff.

    I recently built a website in GoLive on my mac for a client who wanted to be able to use it in Dreamweaver on a PC. So I opened it in Dreamweaver on my Mac and resaved it thinking it would be fine (as it looked fine in Dreamweaver on my Mac) Turns out the Mac to PC difference was huge, his whole site was screwy, even though it was fine in his browsers. Pain in the Ass, teach me not to have stuff checked on an actually PC first

  7. Dude I use the “OSX” look on my main rig too… not because I want to impersonate OSX but just because I like the theme… so wtf do you have a problem with that or something?

    Damn you people really need a life. Bitchin at somebody just cause they like to change the look of their platform.

    Jerks

  8. All-

    Thanks for all the advice. Very helpful. Except SolarFlare.

    SolarFlare-

    And everyone else that complains about me using a theme, of course I know OSX is more than just pretty colors. What do you think I’m in here seeking advice for? As I stated, I’m a long time Mac user, up to OS 9. I’ve been forced to work in the PC world due to clients. I’m too busy and it’s too expensive to support two platforms. I’ve been in that world for a while so I have thousands of dollars invested in software. That makes it difficult to just switch. But, if you want to put your money where your mouth is and pick me up a Power Mac, I’ll be happy to meet you at any Apple store. Nation wide.

    If not, think of it like this. I use the theme kind of like therapy, it doesn’t solve my problems but it gets me through the day. After all, if I had to look at that stupid Fisher Price GUI all day life wouldn’t be nearly as good. I’ll switch as soon as I can, but thanks for trying to run off potential switchers solarflare, Apple needs more people like you.

  9. Greg-

    Excellent! Thanks so much. I had no idea OSX can use “any” font format. As soon as I get the cross-grade information in line I’ll be switching at the next upgrade cycle.

    BTW, I like your website. You do very nice work. Do you freelance? If so I’ll contact you through your site.

    Thanks a million!

  10. Jerry T. Hope you can get back on a Mac soon. I can relate to the costs of being Mac in a windows world. I am the only Mac Business User in a company of 600. They provided me with a laptop but it had to be a PC so I got a Vaio.

    Well, the Vaio sits gathering dust because I shelled out for a Tibook with my own cash. It just drove me nuts having to do things the windows way when I know there is something better. Life is too short and work time is too large a percentage of it to waste being unhappy with the main machine I have to use for it. So it was worth the cash for me to be able to enjoy my work day so much more (or at least reduce the frustrations ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” /> ) by being on a Mac.

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