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World of Apple this week has been kind enough to post a series of screenshots taken from the latest build of Snow Leopard that show off some of the new features coming in Apple’s latest OS revision. While Snow Leopard is being billed more as a […]

World of Apple this week has been kind enough to post a series of screenshots taken from the latest build of Snow Leopard that show off some of the new features coming in Apple’s latest OS revision. While Snow Leopard is being billed more as a streamlined and smoothed-out version of OS X 10.5, there are still some changes to the UI and feature set coming along with the improvements under the hood.

The latest build does indeed boast significant performance enhancements, including a reduced footprint for most applications, which have been rebuilt using Cocoa. The screens also show that most processes are now native Intel 64-bit, but that applications have an “Open in 32-bit” mode as well. As we’ve noted previously, Quicktime Pro features are all enabled by default, although Quicktime X is still missing. The version included with Snow Leopard is still 7.5.5.

Two new features, though arguably minor, really have me looking forward to getting my hands on Snow Leopard, because they address some of those petty, repeatedly annoying pet peeves of mine that prevent my OS X experience from being altogether pleasant.

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The first is a restore feature that’s been added to the Trash Bin. Called “Put Back,” it allows you to undelete the file you just trashed, without having to drag and drop it back to its original folder. This is one of the very few things I miss from my days using Windows. Not everything Microsoft does with their OS is a complete failure. Just most things.

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The second is the ability to navigate folder structures from within the “Grid” view in stacks. I actually keep my folders in “List” mode specifically to avoid the annoying problem of having a Finder window open every time I click on an Adobe application, for instance, since they reside in nested folders. There’s even a video of this in action.

All things considered, it looks like Snow Leopard is on track to be one of the most impressive Mac OS revisions in recent memory. Kind of makes you wish they took their time and got things right the first time around, so we wouldn’t have to pay for the privilege of having Leopard’s kinks worked out. I honestly think they should offer some kind of special upgrade pricing for people who’ve already bought Leopard, but I suppose as long as they’re adding something new to the pot that’s actually useful, it’ll be worth taking the hit.

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  1. Mac OS 9 had “Put Away” for taking items out of the trash.
    [ I think System 7 and/or 8 had it too, but I'm not 100% sure ]

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  2. Well honestly, how many choices do you really have to make to put it away? Its probably going to come down to “Documents”, “Photos” or “Applications”. Kind of reminds me of clamoring for a bigger eraser for your pencil. If you quit making so many mistakes (tossing wanted items), you don’t need more eraser.

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  3. “Put away” has been part of the Finder for pretty much ever. All it does is put an accidentally trashed file back where it came. It’s not complicated.

    “If you quit making so many mistakes”

    It’s nice that you’re so perfect you don’t need the feature, but the rest of us are mere mortals.

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  4. You are correct Marshall “Put Away” or “Put Back” appeared and was part of the Mac OS experience since OS 7.1 – regrettably, omitted upon the arrival of OSX. They should have put it back long ago.

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  5. As a dad I really missed the put back feature in OS X recently, when our kids placed a few items in the trash can. It would seem easy to put things away, but many items such as pictures were in subfolders by date or event. I could not believe it was not there.

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  6. Strip out all that useless junk from Snow Leopard. Make it less featured, much faster and completely stable. As for “Put Back”, don’t be randomly throwing documents into the trash can without thinking. Next thing you’ll be asking for is a “Trash Can Lock” so you can’t throw any documents away or maybe two or three screens asking “Do you really want to throw this item in the Trash Can?” For those that don’t know about it, you CAN lock your folders and documents so they can’t be trashed.

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  7. “Put Back”, . . not needed for me. If I really don’t want something I have to go to my external HD backup & throw it out a second time anyway, hence I still have it. Have not regretted throwing anything away in a long while.
    I would rather see Windowshade put back in the OS (System 8) so I would not have to buy it from the good folks at Unsanity anymore.

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  8. hi you can put bak in leopard just use the ondo move it will put back your file from where you dragged it

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  9. sorry bak should be back and i probably should have added if you click on file and then click command z that will also put it back

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  10. “As for “Put Back”, don’t be randomly throwing documents into the trash can without thinking.”

    So you’ve never moved a file to the Trash only to change your mind and decide that still needed it after all?

    @Dennis Dunlap: “Put Back” does not restore deleted files (i.e. it won’t restore files after you empty the trash); instead it’s the digital equivalent of digging through the garbage can for something you need before the garbage truck comes by.

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