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If you were getting antsy about Apple’s upcoming Snow Leopard OS X update, you’re not alone. One user was so eager to share that he uploaded video of the latest developer preview beta of the software to YouTube. It was promptly removed after Apple bared its […]

osxsnowleopardIf you were getting antsy about Apple’s upcoming Snow Leopard OS X update, you’re not alone. One user was so eager to share that he uploaded video of the latest developer preview beta of the software to YouTube. It was promptly removed after Apple bared its legal teeth, but screenshots remain, and they provide a peak behind the curtain at some features we’ve been hearing lots about but have yet to see in action.

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The screens show a number of usability enhancements, such as the “Put Back” feature that’s been added to the trash bin (similar to “Restore” for Windows users), improvements to Quick Look, and the new, much-talked about QuickTime X interface, mock-ups of which have been posted before by sites like AppleInsider. The concept graphics proved to be fairly accurate representations of what it really looks like, with more of a chrome-less black viewer interface, so that even in windowed mode, videos now look more like they do during full-screen playback in version 7.6.

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As mentioned, Quick Look improvements are also upcoming. It looks like previews will appear directly in the Finder window, and will have advanced options for some more interactive file formats like PDF documents and videos. The Finder will also get an icon size slider in the bottom right-hand of all windows, which is a lot more convenient than going through an options menu like you have to do right now, speaking as someone who takes a lot of screenshots of app icons.

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Finally, a number of new “Services” menu options are available, which, judging by their names, will have me actually using it for the first time ever. “Look Up in Dictionary” and “Search in Google” are two in particular which I predict will be very handy. “Reveal” to locate a file in Finder is another nice trick that should’ve been there to begin with. They may not reveal much, but these screens are definitely whetting my appetite for the real 10.6.

  1. I might be in the minority, but I find the recent pics of Quicktime X to be really ugly. I don’t like the gloss traffic lights on the black. They work well with the light gradient, but if they are indeed planning to move to a more muted UI, similar to iTunes… I think they need to rethink the glossy traffic lights.

    Also, I’m not quite sure I see the usefulness of having the ability to play videos in the Finder window, and flip through PDF pages in Finder. I don’t generally keep my icons at the size necessary to make this feature useful. As long as it doesn’t impede performance too much, it’s not a big deal. I find it actually easier to just hit Space while in Finder than having to click on the icon to preview it…

    I’m reserving final judgement until more information is released, of course.

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  2. Search in Google and Look up in Dictionary are not new – they are in my Leopard services menu, and show up when right clicking on most selected text.

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  3. Those services to lookup in dictionary and reveal already exist in OS X, they’re just grouped by the app that offers them instead of the data type they work on.

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  4. Master Chief Tuesday, May 19, 2009

    1) I don’t know about you, but when I watch a movie, it is because I want to see that movie, and thus I couldn’t care less about how the QuickTime X interface looks like, which is invisible most of the time anyway.

    2) The Quick Look improvements might come in handy, from time to time.

    3) “Look Up in Dictionary” and “Search in Google” -> bloat (browser stuff).

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  5. hahaha, thats a indian movie screenshot of some scheiss bollywood dancing.. can`t be any funnier..

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  6. Hey I saw those videos!! :)

    They where indead very interesting.

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  7. You need a bun to bite? Benny Lava!

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  8. Chris Judkins Tuesday, May 19, 2009

    Or you can just hover your mouse pointer over a certain word and press shift+alt+cmd+d in order to get a pop-up definition of the word in question. Much simpler than having to reach for the services menu. Note that this only works in Cocoa applications (which Apple has promised to make all (visible) programs when Snow Leopard comes)

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  9. Chris Judkins Tuesday, May 19, 2009

    I of course meant to say “ctrl+cmd+D”. I’ve got to check things more thoroughly before speaking.

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  10. Benny Lava…Ho aaaaaaa Ho.Hoo…Ho…

    Wonderful song in screenshot

    Song by Prabhu Deva indian super star dancer already challenged to MJ

    don’t no about Snow Leapord but song is wonderful.

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