“Microsoft takes several years to produce each new version of Windows, but Apple likes to upgrade its Mac OS X software on an almost yearly basis. Version 10.4, also known as ‘Tiger’, is one of the biggest updates so far, with around 200 new features. A lot of these are rather obscure technical changes, though, so Apple is putting most of its focus on a handful of really eye-catching new characteristics,” Cliff Joseph writes for Computeract!ve.
“The feature that Apple seems to be most pleased with is Spotlight. This is a powerful new hard disk search tool that can not only locate files with a particular name, but can search the actual content of the files,” Joseph writes.
“However, our personal favourite is The Automator [sic], a kind of very basic programming tool. It provides you with a list of predefined ‘actions’ that can be used to control programs such as iTunes or the Mac’s iMovie video editor,” Joseph writes. “It’s a great timesaver for routine, repetitive tasks, and you don’t have to be skilled to use it. You can also download new ‘actions’ from the internet to control other programs such as Microsoft Word or Adobe Photoshop.”
Joseph covers Safari RSS, Dashboard, and more, concluding, “We’ve had our doubts about some of the previous upgrades to OS X, but Tiger suggests that Apple is really hitting its stride right now, and we can definitely recommend it as a ‘must have’ upgrade for anyone that owns a Mac.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: This article is a good reminder about Automator.
More info about Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger “Automator” here: http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/automator/
Find Automator Actions here: http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/automator/
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