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CNET News Video: WWDC 2009: Apple highlights Snow Leopard features

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CNET News Video: WWDC 2009: Apple highlights Snow Leopard features

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At Apple's WWDC in San Francisco, the company's VP of Mac OS engineering, Craig Federighi, demos the Snow Leopard version of the operating system. For current Leopard users, the new OS--due in September--will be upgradable for $29.

^M00:00:01 [ Music ] ^M00:00:05 >> I'm going to cover three areas in this sneak peak of Snow Leopard and we're going to start with Dock and the finder. Now one feature of the Dock is stacks. Stacks makes it really easy to get quickly your documents and your downloads without cluttering your desktop. And in SnowLeopard, stacks handle large contents better than ever. I can now scroll through a large stack and if I have subfolders like this vacation folder I can just drill right in without leaving stacks. Yeah pretty nice. Now, I can open this document right here but I want to jump into the finder and show you a couple nice touches there. So here we are in icon view, looks pretty familiar but if you look in the lower right, you'll see that we have a magnification control. I can now magnify my thumbnails and this is a live preview; so I can actually step through this page PDF right on its icon. I can even play a movie right in this thumbnail and I can magnify of course, while it's playing. Really, really, cool. Oh yeah. But you know my favorite new feature in the Dock is Dock expose [assumed spelling] and to demonstrate, I want to recreate a little bit what my desktop can tend to look like after a long day. Lots of mail composed windows, lots of Safari windows, lots of images open in preview and so forth. Now fortunately, the Mac has long had a fabulous solution for this problem in the area of expose; so I can activate expose and step back and see all my windows across all my open applications. But you know, I usually know what application has the window I'm looking for and now with Dock expose, getting at it couldn't be more natural. So let's say I want to get at a window inside a preview, I just click and hold and there are my preview windows. I want to see in Safari, click and hold and I'm there; mail--same thing. ^M00:02:01 [ Audience clapping ] ^M00:02:07 >> And you know it looks like an unwritten e-mail message I'd like to take a look at. I don't even have to open it. I'll just zoom in and take a quick look, I can zoom in right in expose without switching apps, and when I want to finally bring a window to the foreground, I click and it slides right in. But you know Dock expose also makes it easier than ever to move content across windows even if some of the windows aren't visible. So let's say I want to go back to that find a window and get a video to drop inside this e-mail message, I can just Dock expose into the finder, find the image I'm looking for, drag it over to mail, mail springs into expose, I select the window I'm looking for and drop it right in. Yeah this really smoothes out some of your Mac workload, very nice.

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