Apple posts QuickTime movies of Mac OS X Tiger features in action

Apple has posted Quicktime movies that show Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger’s new features. We showed these to a Windows XP guy whose last experience with a Mac was Mac OS 8. He didn’t make it past the “Dashboard” demo. We’re still trying to revive him!

For your convenience, we’ve grouped together all of the movies available from Apple here with the direct links to the various Tiger-related demo movies:

Fast User Switching
iChat AV 3
.Mac Sync
Mail 2
Parental Controls
QuickTime 7 with H.264
Safari RSS

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  1. From what I’ve read, Tiger offers a significant speed boost over Panther. It sounds like along with the eye candy, there are a lot of enhancements under the hood. I don’t understand how someone can criticize the OS without actually using it first.

  2. These videos are new because the Dashboard demo clearly has the Apr. 29 date shown on the calendar widget.
    I like the new “waves” effect in Dashboard. I wonder if this will be available for other apps like the Genie effect. Also, the widget flip motion and widget selection bar are new to the OS. I wonder if these effects have been transitioned to other apps as well.

  3. I’ve looked at the old videos that were posted pre-Tiger release date announcement. Those videos were not done in wide screen format. These new videos are wider and different from the originals. Either these were done on a wider screen or they have been doctored to look like there from a wide screen.

  4. Mac Skeptic,
    I suggest that you do a little more reading on the Mac OS X pages.
    > Mail has been dramatically updated from the interface to performance.
    > Dashboard is similar in looks only to Konfabulator. Ever try to make on of those widgets? Dashboard is HTML and CSS – any half competent web designer can make countless widgets, quickly. Less experienced people can grab Dreamweaver or GoLive and get to work. Konfabulator has/has its own little javascript-ish closed way of working. Dashboard uses open standards and technology.
    > Quicktime 7 and H.264 is SCALABLE. This means that significantly smaller files can deliver higher fidelity and resolution. Think streaming video and movie downloads. Video on phones. Video iPod. High qaulity content with web delivery. For the record, I frequently resize the player window and it is already amazing that it handles it as well as it does. Try it with Windows Media Player or the RealPlayer. Hah!
    > Automator is waaaay more than Macros. It is building on the solid base of AppleScript which allows an user to make custom scripts or apps to make the OS and Apps do almost anything. No it is earier and more powerful to basically build your own apps.

    You don’t even mention the improvements to iChat whcih is already head and shoulders above any other chat or video conference app. It now blows them all away.

    This is all about both Security and power in the hands of the User. Tiger is big – there is a lot under the hood that looks very simple on the surface.

  5. I think anyone that looks at just the feature list of OSX is going to miss the big picture. THe biggest key feature of OSX.4 is how easy it makes it for developers and bored college kids to make wonderfully killer apps. The Key features that make this happen are: Dashboard, CoreAudio/Image, Spotlight, and Automator. These pieces make it so that it isi easy to develope applications for the mac. This is where Tiger will take off.

    Case study: Firefox
    FireFox alone is an ok browser it does many things well but by itself it is just a better option then IE. Now add in extentions and my passion for FF changes dramatically. I cring everytime I have to launch IE now. With out Adblocker, Imagezoom, Google preview, and a slew of other additions my browsing expereince is clumsy and frustrating. Extentions in FF allow developers the ability to easily improve the browsing expereince. It also allows me (the nontechie) to build a browser that fills my needs and needs I didn’t even know I had.

    This is why these core technoloies are huge. Maybe not sexy in a Quicktime video but in the long run it will just take a few killer apps to make more people relize that the Macs is a very strong option. Soon it There could be a large cataloge of MAc only apps and people talking about how there isn’t any good software for the PC. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

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