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Snow Leopard screenshot leaks show design changes

updated 09:20 pm EST, Mon February 23, 2009

Snow Leopard screenshots

Following the release of the latest Mac OS X Snow Leopard build to developers, screenshot leaks posted on World of Apple show a few minor changes to the interface. The build allows users to navigate the folders from within Stacks, without automatically closing the Stack each time a folder is opened. Diving further into the Stacks will create a small grid window of the parent Stack in the corner of the screen.

All QuickTime features were enabled by default, without requiring an upgrade to QuickTime Pro. A Put Back feature can be used to return deleted files to their original folders, while the Keyboard Shortcuts Preference pane has been simplified.

Most of the running processes are now 64-bit for Intel-based systems, while the application footprints have been reduced. Users also have a choice to run applications in 32-bit mode.

Despite the changes in the developers' build, the public release still could contain other interface changes. Apple reportedly dropped hints to developers suggesting the operating system was on track for an early release. [via AppleInsider]












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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -7

    wow

    So they finally have returned the "Put Away" command from OS 9!

    And, look, now with Snow Leopard, you can navigate heirarchies of folders from the dock! Wow! Just like you could do with menus in Tiger!

    But unless they've dumped the stupid dock icon for stacks (so who's bright idea was it that it made much more sense for folder icons to show the top-most items in the folder rather than the folder's icon???), it's still broken. So how is it better that, when I put my home folder in the dock, the icon is that of the Applications folder?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -6

    and...

    I thought Apple's goal with snow leopard was to fix the bugs and improve the performance, and not adding new glitzy stuff. Does this mean all the bugs have been squashed?

    Because I'm still waiting for Leopard's "10-times faster" performance some imbecile wrote on these forums back when it was in beta...

  1. dimmer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Actually

    "Put back" wasn't an OS 9 development it went back to at least System 7.0, and maybe earlier.

    Still, those screenshots have to be the dullest news item of the decade.

  1. chucker

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    define dull

    You think that's dull, someone has been through every single "control panel" to look for the differences from the leopard version.

    As we speak, that same person is now reading through every plist in the system to find out any that have changed...

  1. Daysofspeed

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Stacks icons/folder

    testudo - to change from top-most icon to folder icon in the dock for downloads and recent apps select Display as Folder rather than stack.

  1. revco

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    not intel only?

    To quote the article: "Most of the running processes are now 64-bit for Intel-based systems, while the application footprints have been reduced. Users also have a choice to run applications in 32-bit mode."

    Also noticed in some other S/Leopard pics that Apple's apps are still UB. Does this mean PPC support is viable?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Re: Actually

    "Put back" wasn't an OS 9 development it went back to at least System 7.0, and maybe earlier.

    Actually, I believe "Put Away" (as it was called) dated back to version 3, if not version 1, of the Mac OS.

    And it also worked on the desktop. So you could structure your folders/files how you wanted it, and, when desired, move it to your desktop, leave it there for whatever period of time, then use Put Away to put it back where it came from.

    Less important now with Aliases, but it was a handy and useful feature.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    re: stacks

    testudo - to change from top-most icon to folder icon in the dock for downloads and recent apps select Display as Folder rather than stack.

    Ah, so they finally fixed that. Too bad the dock still doesn't have the capability to open the folder when you click on it, like it always did.

  1. simdude

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    one click folder

    It's not build in to folder handling, but I think if you make an alias of a folder and put it in the dock, you can one-click to open the folder in Leopard. (I still have Tiger on my work machine and cannot check this)

  1. galley

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    re: Put Away

    The article says that the new feature is Put Back, which reportedly allows you to restore an item from the Trash to its original location. IIRC, Put Away, in the old systems, allowed the user to return a file to its original location after dragging it to the Desktop.

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