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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..

July 27, 2011

Top 12 Magic Features of Mac OS X Lion System

The latest version of Mac OS X10.7 Lion System has been downloaded by more than millions of users .It has been boasted to have more than 250 new features, but Apple Company only announces a small part of it. Here are the most classic tips displaying for you.
12. Directly Searching Web Pages and Wikipedia through Spotlight

11. New Advantages of Quicktime
If you click the Action Arrow of Quicktime, some new features are available.
Quicktime supports video uploading to Flickr、YouTube、Vimeo or Facebook, and the audios and videos can be stored separately after the video files are exported.

10. Return to the original? Does it like the old dashboards?
Enter System Default, and deselect the option “Show Dashboard as a space.”
Then the dashboard will be displayed on the front end of your desktop. Dashboard button, Mac keyboard or hot key can be used to activate this setting.

9. Stress Characteristics Can be Neatly and Easily Used on Lion
If a random letter is pressed on Virtual Keyboard of iPhone or iPad, a group of stresses will turn up on the letter.
Lion can realize the function too. The stress options will appear after press any letters, and choose the stress that you need by pressing the buttons with the matching number or clicking directly.
The stress using function can not worked on all the application yet (such as Chrome), but it has been available on many applications.

8. Do not Miss the Magnificent New Desktop of Apple
Including Lion, the wallpaper of every Apple new OS will be seriously chosen.
In the option screenshots “Desktop & Screensaver”, some glowing new desktops can be found on the wallpaper file.
Another bright spot: You can enter virtual desktop to choose the pictures you like if you want to do the wallpaper setting on different virtual desktops. The designated wallpaper will be stored until you leave the interspace.

7. The size of window can be reset on either of sides
Restriction of setting window size only from window corner has disappeared. You can reset the size of window on either of sides.

6. Finder: You can search files according to the form
The Finder can narrow down scope and help you to find a file that you are not sure whether it is the exact title.
Insert “kind:pdf” or “kind:doc” into the search box and select file type in the drop-down list, you can not search for any files on your computer.

5. Clean your system default menu
Within Lion, you are allowed to customize the system default setting panel. Click on “View” and choose “Customize”, delete any items you do not want.

4. Be tired of natural scrolling? Lion can help you solving the problem
Since the launch of Lion, the function of “natural scrolling” has been heatly debated.
Many people choose to trust and acclimatize themselves to Apple, however, some people (especially those ones who use Windows and Mac alternately) are more satisfied with the previous mode of “natural scrolling”( During the past 10 years).
Measure:System Preferences→Trackpad→Scroll And Zoom, you can return normal pattern by cancelling the option “natural scrolling”. It is quite different from “Horizontally scrolling”, as a result, when you switching the two modes (natural Scrolling and horizontally scrolling) in different virtual desktops, the feel in reverse.

3. How to log out the system when there exist some application bugs on full screen mode.
A great number of great applications have designed into bran-new full screen mode (such as Mail and iPhoto). If you want to cancel the mode of full screen, place mouse on the top right corner of the screen and click the blue minimize button.
Exceptionally, some applications, such as Google Chrome, the minimize button does not attach to it, so you will get stuck on this problem.
If you get stuck on any full screen applications, you can try to use the combination key“Command + Shift + F”.

2.Establish workspaces and switch among them
Compared to the previous OS X version, we like the “Space”of Lion more for the reason that you can switch among workspaces easier.
Open “Mission Control”, and drag an open window up to the top right corner of the screen. A new square will be found, and then you can establish a new workspace by dragging the window into the square.
If you want to close the workspace, enter “Mission Control”again,; place mouse on the top left corner and click the black “X”.

1. Easier unified setting of Email Account and Calendar
You need to set account (such as the applications: Mail and iCal etc.) one by one when using the previous Mac. Similar to iPhone, you need to set only once on the system default named“Mail, Contacts, And Calendars”.
Instead of the Google Chat function supported by iChat, the pity is that the multiple Google calendar function has being neglected; “Google linkman” need to be set by Address Book Application.

Now, you will have a comprehensive understanding to the doohickeys of our most popular Lion.

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July 7, 2011

Mac Blu-ray Player is Available on Mac OS X

Although it is a century old matter for Apple video editing software to support Blu-ray, the popular Mac OS X can not support Blu-ray HD video playback in a very long period of time. As a matter of fact, this does not belong to a complex technology, the truth is that Apple does not want to release software that can support blu-ray playback so early, so that it can continue to promote iTunes Store. However, Mango today released a new Blu-ray player for Mac users and which is the first product that can support blu-ray playback.

The trial version is free for 3 months. It is priced at $39.95. But this player does not support to directly playback blu-ray discs that are authorized by Internet so it may need to connect with the Internet to achieve Blu-ray playback.

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April 11, 2011

Windows 8 Possible Feature Predictions

Although Microsoft is still promoting the sale of Windows 7 desperately to consumers and enterprises, rumors about the next version of the operating system “Windows 8” called by public media have already started. Some websites and blogs suggest that the cloud services will be added and integration of biotechnology will be enhanced. The exact form of Windows 8 software is still remain uncertain, but has affirmed a few months ago that the next version of the operating system will support SoC (system-on-a-chip) architecture, especially ARM-based systems from partners such as Qualcomm, Nvidia and Texas Instructions.

Let’s take a look at the possible features of Windows 8 in the following:

1. Metro Interface

Signs indicate that the “Metro” design scheme Microsoft designed for mobile phone OS WP7 and Zune HD will become part of Windows 8 design. Metro explains the “Less is more” aesthetic concept in an unique way.

 2. Support Tablet PC

Microsoft has announced that the next version of Windows will support SoC (system-on-a-chip), in particular the ARM-based system which has dominated the leading role in mobile domain. In theory,, this will make tablet PC support possible.

 3. Microsoft Application Store

A website called Microsoft Magazine made a summary of the Windows 8 possible features based on the disclosed slide descriptions, “applications from Microsoft Application Store downloadable” is included.

 4. Completely Into Cloud

Microsoft has paid full attention on cloud technology so the next version of Windows will probably contain a more comprehensive integrated cloud function; separate setting between devices is included.

 5. Quick Start Up

According to the disclosed slides by Microsoft Magazine also suggested that the next version of Windows is going to start up in a super fast speed.

 6. Ribbon

Based on the recent blog posted on Rivera’, bloggers Rafael Rivera and Paul Thurrott introduced that the earlier version of Windows 8 explorer integrated the Ribbon interface of Office style. Library viewing, image processing and driver managing can be achieved with these apps.

 7. New Screenlock Interface

Rivera and Thurrott also found out a screenlock interface designed for Windows Phone 7 in an early time. Elements like time, date and power management icons are included.

 8. Bulit-in PDF Reader

According to the relevant Windows blog, Microsoft may integrate a PDF reader for Windows 8.

 9. Internet Explore Extension

An extended version of Internet Explorer has also been found by Rivera and Thurrott. It can make Windows 8 works in the way mobile devices do by taking advantage of Internet Explorer 9 renderer.

 10. Biometric Identification

HP has been trying hard to provide more biometric hardware and software for its consumption products and enterprise products (including fingerprint and facial recognition). Microsoft may try to make use of a more powerful biometric recognition to achieve Windows 8 login.

 11. Multi-touch Support

If Microsoft wants to make Windows 8 easier to use, it should provide more designs and functions center on multi-touch support (or other similar connectors).

 12. Historical Record Shelter

Rumor hinted that Microsoft will probably integrate a backup utility for Windows 8 which is similar to Time Machine on Apple Mac OS X.

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