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Host of minor Leopard features revealed?

updated 11:05 am EDT, Tue June 26, 2007

Host of Leopard features

Unidentified sources point to a variety of small but important features being included in the next version of the Mac OS. According to contacts, Leopard will introduce a fullscreen mode for QuickTime that does not require QuickTime Pro; this is an extension of earlier changes made to iTunes. Media emphasis is said to be further enhanced in the form of DVD Player, which should have an HD options pane designed around Blu-Ray and HD DVD drives. The ability to quickly change cover art and region support is mentioned as well.

As confirmed, Sun's ZFS is tapped to make a limited appearance. Newly suggested though is that despite being read-only and non-default, ZFS will still support trademark abilities, such as instant, low-size "snapshots" of a volume. Cloned copies, meanwhile, will be modifiable with little penalty.

One of the most significant changes may be to iChat, which is being altered with the iPhone in mind to send SMS texts to contacts with mobile phone numbers. Likewise, Google Talk accounts will be visible alongside the likes of AIM and .Mac. In spite of this, however, users will be able to switch the default IM program to something of their preference, in the same way that Safari can be used to toggle the default web browser.

This choice motif will extend to Dictionary, where users will be able to select Wikipedia instead of Oxford if so desired. Finally, there will be no need to share exclusively through the Public folder on a network, though how sharing will work has not been specified.






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  1. AndrewWickliffe

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    HD/Blu-ray drives?

    Yay... but where do we get the drives (and will they work with the copy protection)?

  1. frisby

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    hd/blu-ray drives?

    On new macs when leopard ships silly.

  1. Clive

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    fullscreen Quicktime

    Wow, Apple’s going to give back what it previously stole! What really is the point of them selling QT pro licences, when they give away a free video editor with every Mac?

  1. chulitomio

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: fullscreen quicktime

    Especially considering how completely horrible QT Pro is for editing *anything*...

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    the point

    is to give you greater import->export options and interoperability. Things I previously had to use iMovie for I can do direct in Quicktime Pro, not to mention more options for compression. QT Pro is for what it implies, professionals. Why they made fullscreen a pro option in the past is still up for debate.

  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    fullscreen...

    yeah - so quicktime Pro only has fullscreen mode !

    But so does Apple's DVD Player - but wait - that doesn't play video footage - only DVDs or _TS files_

    ANd then so does iTunes / Frontrow whihc both utilize Quicktime for playback and they both have Fullscreen functionality_

    So there you go if all you want is full screen mode_

    Another non-Apple alternative is VLC_

  1. Meovv

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    SMS

    iChat can already send text messages to cell phones.

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