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July 6, 2012

Mac OS X Version History Looking Back: Features and Changes

Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion released by Apple recently is marked as the ninth version within its 11-year history of life. In 2001, Apple decided to make a bet on OS X. And after years of trails and researches, the success of Mac OS X brought Apple to a new level. Many people think that in Mac OS X 10.X series, OS X 10.9 will be the last version that fully integrates OS X with iOS. We will know it later whether it will be realized. But one thing for sure is that Apple will continue to make improvements on Mac PC, although nine versions of Mac OS X have been released.

Mac OS X “Cheetah” (10.0)
Time: March 2001—September 2001
The initial version was slow, incomplete, and had very few applications available at the time of its launch, mostly from independent developers. While many critics suggested that the operating system was not ready for mainstream adoption, they recognized the importance of its initial launch as a base on which to improve. Following some bug fixes, kernel panics became much less frequent.

Mac OS X “Puma” (10.1)
Time: September 2001—August 2002
It had better performance and provided missing features, such as DVD playback. On January 7, 2002, Apple announced that Mac OS X was to be the default operating system for all Macintosh products by the end of that month.

Mac OS X Jaguar (10.2)
Time: August 2002—October 2003
It brought great performance enhancements, a sleeker look, and many powerful enhancements (over 150, according to Apple), including Quartz Extreme for compositing graphics directly on an ATI Radeon or Nvidia GeForce2 MX AGP-based video card with at least 16 MB of VRAM, a system-wide repository for contact information in the new Address Book, and an instant messaging client named iChat. The Happy Mac which had appeared during the Mac OS startup sequence for almost 18 years was replaced with a large grey Apple logo with the introduction of Mac OS X v10.2.

Mac OS X Panther (10.3)
Time: October 2003—April 2005
In addition to providing much improved performance, it also incorporated the most extensive update yet to the user interface. Panther included as many or more new features as Jaguar had the year before, including an updated Finder, incorporating a brushed-metal interface, Fast user switching, Exposé (Window manager), FileVault, Safari, iChat AV (which added videoconferencing features to iChat), improved Portable Document Format (PDF) rendering and much greater Microsoft Windows interoperability. Support for some early G3 computers such as “beige” Power Macs and “WallStreet” PowerBooks was discontinued.

Mac OS X Tiger (10.4)
Time: April 2005—October 2007
Apple stated that Tiger contained more than 200 new features. As with Panther, certain older machines were no longer supported; Tiger requires a Mac with a built-in FireWire port. Among the new features, Tiger introduced Spotlight, Dashboard, Smart Folders, updated Mail program with Smart Mailboxes, QuickTime 7, Safari 2, Automator, VoiceOver, Core Image and Core Video. The initial release of the Apple TV used a modified version of Tiger with a different graphical interface and fewer applications and services.

Mac OS X Leopard (10.5)
Time: October 2007—August 2009
It was called by Apple “the largest update of Mac OS X”. It brought more than 300 new features. Leopard supports both PowerPC- and Intel x86-based Macintosh computers; support for the G3 processor was dropped and the G4 processor required a minimum clock rate of 867 MHz, and at least 512 MB of RAM to be installed. The single DVD works for all supported Macs (including 64-bit machines). New features include a new look, an updated Finder, Time Machine, Spaces, Boot Camp pre-installed, full support for 64-bit applications (including graphical applications), new features in Mail and iChat, and a number of new security features. Leopard is an Open Brand UNIX 03 registered product on the Intel platform. It was also the first BSD-based OS to receive UNIX 03 certification. Leopard dropped support for the Classic Environment and all Classic applications. It was the final version of Mac OS X to support the PowerPC architecture.

Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6)
Time: August 2009—July 2011
Snow Leopard focuses on “under the hood” changes, increasing the performance, efficiency, and stability of the operating system. For most users, the most noticeable changes are: the disk space that the operating system frees up after a clean install compared to Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, a more responsive Finder rewritten in Cocoa, faster Time Machine backups, more reliable and user friendly disk ejects, a more powerful version of the Preview application, as well as a faster Safari web browser.
Mac OS X v10.6 also features Microsoft Exchange Server support for Mail, iCal, and Address Book, new 64-bit technology capable of supporting greater amounts of RAM, an all new QuickTime X with a refreshed user interface and more functionality that used to be only available to QuickTime Pro owners.
Snow Leopard only supports machines with Intel CPUs, requires at least 1 GB of RAM, and drops default support for applications built for the PowerPC architecture (Rosetta can be installed as an additional component to retain support for PowerPC-only applications).

Mac OS X Lion (10.7)
Time: July 2011—July 2012
It brought developments made in Apple’s iOS, such as an easily-navigable display of installed applications (Launchpad) and (a greater use of) multi-touch gestures, to the Mac. This release removed Rosetta, making it incapable of running PowerPC applications.
Changes made to the GUI (Graphical User Interface) include the Launchpad (similar to the home screen of iOS devices), auto-hiding scrollbars that only appear when they are being used, and Mission Control, which unifies Exposé, Spaces, Dashboard, and full-screen applications within a single interface. Apple also made changes to applications: they resume in the same state as they were before they were closed (similar to iOS). Documents auto-save by default.

Mac OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)
Time: July 2012
It will incorporate some features seen in iOS 5. These include Game Center, support for iMessage in the new Messages messaging application, and Reminders as a to-do list app separate from iCal (which is renamed as Calendar, like the iOS app). It also includes support for storing iWork documents in iCloud. It is scheduled to be released in July 2012. Notification Center, which makes its debut in Mountain Lion, is a desktop version similar to the one in iOS 5.0 and higher. Application pop-ups are now concentrated on the corner of the screen, and the Center itself is pulled from the right side of the screen. Mountain Lion also includes more Chinese features including support for Baidu as an option for Safari search engine, QQ, 163.com and 126.com services for Mail, Contacts and Calendar, Youku, Tudou and Sina Weibo are integrated into share sheets.

Source for References: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac_OS_X
By the way, there are many multimedia programs that are compatible with Mac OS X, you can take advantage of them to enhance digital fun on Mac if necessary: Video Converter for Mac, DVD Ripper for Mac, DVD Creator for Mac, DVD Copy for Mac, etc..

August 20, 2011

Disney 3D The Lion King Released and 3D Titanic Back in 2012

With the mature if 3D display technology, there are more and more movies in the theatres with 3D effect. Even some old classic movies are rephotographed into 3D movies. Movie manufacturers focus on the producing of 3D movies. As a matter of fact, if one wants to stand still in such a competitive movie market, producing 3D movies is a trend without doubt.

One of the world’s animated film makers and producers—Walt Disney, is going to roll out the 3D version The Lion King. Disney is to push a 3D version, in Disney Digital 3D, out wide on a wide theatrical rollout across the U.K. and Ireland for four weeks beginning in early October. Beginning at 13th of September 2011, Disney plans to celebrate the 5000th performance of the stage show version of The Lion King at The London Lyceum before the film’s planned 3D debut. The Lion King will also be released on high-definition Disney Blu-ray, 3D Disney Blu-ray and DVD in November this year and the movie will make its U.K. 3D TV premiere on Sky 3D in December and will arrive on Disney Cinemagic early in 2012. If you do have the need to rip Blu-ray, you can use Blu-ray Ripper while to create Blu-ray, you can turn to Blu-ray Creator. And if you have the desire to rip DVD, you can take DVD Ripper while to create DVD, you can do it with DVD Creator.

Another piece of news about 3D movies is Titanic 3D—the representative love story. James Cameron’s Oscar-winning and box office behemoth, Titanic, will be getting a 3D re-release in the spring of 2012. “There’s a whole generation that’s never seen Titanic as it was meant to be seen, on the big screen,” Cameron said. “And this will be Titanic as you’ve never seen it before, digitally remastered at 4K and painstakingly converted to 3D. With the emotional power intact and the images more powerful than ever, this will be an epic experience for fans and newcomers alike.” Titanic was nominated for a record 11 Oscars which was first released in 1997. Let’s look for Titanic 3D in theaters sometime in April, 2012.

Nowadays, the demand for 3D movies is becoming bigger and bigger, so there have been tools in the market that can convert 2D to 3D movies. Leawo Software is one of the pioneer in this filed. Its Video Converter and Video Converter for Mac have been equipped with the function to convert any common 2D videos to 3D videos. Users can now make homemade 3D videos now with the above useful tools.

August 18, 2011

Google Plus VS. Twitter: Google+1 Will Defeat Twitter within One Year According to the Survey

According to the survey of Bloomberg and YouGov, the proportion of American adults who are using the latest networking services Google+ can be expected to be up to 22%, and surpassing Twitter and LinkedIn ,it can be the second largest social networking site ranks only second to FaceBook. In the meanwhile, survey shows that 30% users of Google+ and FaceBook are going to reduced hours on FaceBook, while 31% users of Google+ confessed that they have abandoned their accounts of FaceBook and have never posted on the website.

AS the survey shows, the proportion of American adults who have registered in Google+ has been to 13%, and it will increase by 9% within one year according to the predictions. In contrast, the proportion of American adult registrants on FaceBook will decrease by 2% to 69%. However, the proportion of Twitter users and LinkedIn users can be expected to increase continually (Twitter:3% and LinkedIn:2%), and their market share can be up to 20%.

During July 29th and August 2nd, it is a survey which aims at 1,003 American cyber citizens who are beyond 18 years old. The recent report of ComScore shows that there have been 2,500 users who are from all over the world have registered on Google+ after it has been lauched less than a month.

On the earnings telephone conference on July 14, the CEO of Google Larry Page pointed out that the SNS Google+ which was launched on June 28 has gotten warm responses from clients, and there are more than 10 million people have logged in it.

On June 7th, the Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has made a speech on the Press conference of Allen & Co. He pointed out that the market still has space for a few social networking sites to survive; in the meanwhile, he expected to have a further cooperation with FaceBook and Twitter. He also stressed that online video chat is a famous item on Google website, especially for the younger users. The SDP of Google and FaceBook has come due recently, and both sides are still unable to reach a consensus on the new items of the contract. Besides, although FaceBook has proposed initiatively to let Google users input the files of Google users’ friends, there are still no overlaps between both sides. Schmidt indicated that Google will try to expand the concept of “Circle of Friends” to other Google products (including search service and YouTube) if the trend is continually developing.

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December 20, 2010

Leawo Mac Video Converter V1.4.0.0 Generates iPhone4 Format with QuickTime Playback & Support to RM

Leawo Mac Video Converter V1.4.0.0 officially supports to output iPhone 4 format with enhanced deinterlacing function, QuickTime playback, better support to RM format and several program optimizations.

Shenzhen P.R.C-Jul, 13th, 2010 – Leawo Software Co., Ltd.( http://www.leawo.com/ ): a professional multimedia solution provider and an award-winning video/audio converting software supplier, today officially announces the release of its latest version V1.4.0.0 of Leawo Mac Video Converter with the full capability of converting all kinds of video to iPhone4, the better support to RM format, and the newly-added “Enable QuickTime” function, plus other program optimizations as usual.

Leawo Mac Video Converter is the most complete and powerful utility for Mac OS users to convert all kinds of videos and audios among popular formats like AVI, MP4, FLV, MKV, WMV, MOV, MPEG, VOB, etc. and MP3, AAC, M4A, WAV, WMA, etc. respectively for playback on various portable devices. Its excellent video editing features enable customers to edit source video files by cropping, trimming, watermarking, customizing the effect and codec parameters in any way they want.

Upgraded Features of Leawo Mac Video Converter V1.4.0.0

1. Begins to support iPhone 4 format – in the previous versions, video to iPhone, video to iPod and video to iPad conversions are already available. This time, video to iPhone 4 format MP4 conversion was added for cool iPhone 4 users and all Apple fans to enjoy videos anytime and anywhere on their new gadgets with excellent video and audio presentation.

2. Better support to more formats including RM – the program underlayer was optimized to support more video demoders. Therefore, the new version begins to support some new formats that were not supported before or to better support some existing formats like RM(RealMedia video and audio), AVI, MOV and so on.

3. Newly-added QuickTime playback function – when “Enable QuickTime” option is activated, the program will auto-invoke the QuickTime player installed to play the selected videos.

4. Modified the settings of editing module – the strengthened editing module enables its customers to precisely use video editing features like cropping, trimming, watermarking, customizing the effect and codec parameters, etc to have better and higher-quality output files.

5. Enhanced deinterlacing function – this improvement contributes a lot to a better process of converting interlaced video into a non-interlaced form, which with higher resolution, better quality at lower bitrates and easier conversion.

6. Some bug-fixings and optimizations – the new version comes out not only with the precise one-to-one conversion process(one-to-multiple conversion error has been successfully fixed), but also the more user-friendly interface with neat guidance. For the perspective of user experience and visual enjoyment.

Price and Availability of Leawo Mac Video Converter V1.4.0.0

Leawo Mac Video Converter has both free trial version which can be downloaded via the link below and registered version costs only $35.00 with lifelong updates and prior technical support.

System Requirement of Leawo Mac Video Converter V1.4.0.0

It works well with Mac OS and asks for at least 60MB free hard disk space for installation. The Windows version for Windows XP/2000/NT/Vista and the latest Windows 7 is also available.

Links:
Company Website: http://www.leawo.com/
Product Webpage: http://www.leawo.com/free-mac-video-converter/
Product Download Link: http://www.leawo.com/download/mac/macvideoconverter_intel_setup.php

Contact Person:
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Leawo Software Co., Ltd.
Chief Executive Officer
Email: contact@leawo.com

December 13, 2010

Leawo Free Mac Video Converter V1.4.0.0 Upgraded with More Powerful System and Faster Speed

Leawo Free Mac Video Converter, used on both Mac Video Intel and Mac Power PC, is an all-inclusive clean and free video converter that can convert most of videos and audios among various formats, such as AVI, MP4, MOV, MPEG, MKV, WMV, etc of video and MP3, AAC, M4A, WAV, WMA, AC3, etc of audio.

Now, Leawo Free Mac Video Converter V1.4.0.0 is a new program developed and released by Leawo Software Co., Ltd.( http://www.leawo.com/ ) on Jul, 13th, 2010 in Shenzhen P.R.C. – a professional multimedia solution provider and an award-winning video/audio converting software supplier, with faster conversion, more new-added pop formats, and more accurate converting progress.

Upgraded Features of Leawo Free Mac Video Converter V1.4.0.0

1. It can convert almost all the video and audio formats – equipped with upgraded underling demodifier, Leawo Free Mac Video Converter V1.4.0.0 provides a perfect solution to convert more pop formats like AVI, MP4, FLV, WMV, MKV, MOV, MPEG, VOB, MP3, M4A, WAV, WMA, AAC, AC3, etc for users to enjoy videos and audios much easier on digital players like iPod, iPhone, PSP, PS3, Apple TV, Zune, Xbox, and so forth..

2. It assures a more accurate conversion – users are able to find the precise converting progress when convert over-size profiles, to convert multiple videos at a time with accelerated speed. Therefore, a faster and higher-quality video experience is just a click away.

3. It guarantees output video quality via user-friendly and easy-to-use interface – users can make some presets under the appropriate prompt before conversion to get the best effect.

System Requirements of Leawo Free Mac Video Converter V1.4.0.0

The following systems are acceptable. PowerPC G4/G5 or Intel, Mac OSx v10.5/10.6, 512MB RAM, 60MB free hard disk space for installation, Super VGA(800 x 600) resolution, and 16-bit graphics card or higher.

Price and Availability of Leawo Free Mac Video Converter V1.4.0.0

Leawo Free Mac Video Converter V1.4.0.0 is a totally free tool that can be downloaded by the following link. For more information, please visit Leawo Mac Converter’s homepage.

Links:
Company Website: http://www.leawo.com/
Product Webpage: http://www.leawo.com/free-mac-video-converter/
Product Download Link: http://www.leawo.com/download/mac/macvideoconverter_intel_free.zip

Contact Person:
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Leawo Software Co., Ltd.
Chief Executive Officer
Email: contact@leawo.com

December 2, 2010

Leawo Mac Video Converter V1.8 Perfectly Supports Android and New Apple Products plus OGG Audio Codec

Leawo Mac Video Converter V1.8 is totally a great hit that can generate kinds of popular video formats that are compatible with the latest mobile operating system Android and the updated Apple devices.

Shenzhen P.R.C – Oct, 29th, 2010 – Leawo Software Co., Ltd. (http://www.leawo.com/): a professional multimedia solution provider and an award-winning video/audio converting software supplier, today officially launches the brand-new Leawo Mac Video Converter V1.8, which is able to generate various popular video formats that can be played in mobile operating system Android and the updated Apple products like iPod Touch4, Apple TV2 and so on.

Leawo Mac Video Converter is the most complete and powerful utility for Mac OS users to convert all kinds of videos and audios among popular formats like AVI, MP4, FLV, MKV, WMV, MOV, MPEG, VOB, etc. and MP3, AAC, M4A, WAV, WMA, etc. respectively for playback on various portable devices. Its excellent video editing features enable customers to edit source video files by cropping, trimming, watermarking, customizing the effect and codec parameters in any way they want.

Upgraded Features of Leawo Mac Video Converter V1.8

Generate Optimized Video Formats Applied to Android

Android is a mobile operating system that preferable to both hardware manufacturers and software developers. It is adopted massively by most recent smart mobile phones. The new Mac Video Converter is therefore published to facilitate. It can generate high-quality video format MP4 that is optimized for popular mobile phones like HTC, Motorola, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, etc installed with Android OS.

Generate Superior Video Formats Applied to New Apple

Apple has just experienced a head-to-toe update from MacBook, iPod, iPhone to iTunes. With the consistent support to Apple products, new Leawo Mac Video Converter has accordingly updated its output profile menu. Users now can convert any source video to Apple-friendly formats like MP4 or MOV with different resolutions to continue their video enjoyment on the latest iPod Touch4, Apple TV2 and many other more.

Set Audio Codec for OGG File

In case a source video needs converting to multi-channels supported audio format OGG with fine sound quality, users can be guaranteed with a better output by further setting the OGG audio parameters like quality, bit rate, sample rate and channels located in advanced output profile settings.

Place Watermark in a Precise Way and Convert Video Fast

Watermark settings and coordinate are optimized for customers to place text or image on the target video for identification with ease. Meanwhile, the conversion speed is improved due to the adoption of NVIDIA CUDA acceleration technology.

Price and Availability of Leawo Mac Video Converter V1.8

Leawo Mac Video Converter has both free trial version which can be downloaded via the link below and registered version costs only $35.00 with lifelong updates and prior technical support.

Links:
Company Website: http://www.leawo.com/
Product Webpage: http://www.leawo.com/free-mac-video-converter/
Product Download Link: http://www.leawo.com/download/mac/macvideoconverter_intel_setup.php

Contact Person:
Steven
Leawo Software Co., Ltd.
Chief Executive Officer
Email: contact@leawo.com

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