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Snow Leopard build adds Exposé features, new QT icon

updated 10:00 am EDT, Mon July 27, 2009

Snow Leopard build release

Apple has released build 10A421 of its upcoming Snow Leopard operating system. The latest developer update is almost 745MB, and includes bug fixes and enhancements. Some unannounced changes include a new QuickTime Player icon, and several new desktop pictures. A new version of the Unix kernel has left beta stages, and Darwin is now listed as a final component of the System Profiler.

MacMagazine observes that the build also recognizes more image metadata types, such as focal length, alpha channel, red eyes and the time of display. Exposé has been tweaked to display minimized windows below others, and show a shade of blue on window frames when a cursor mouses over them.

Snow Leopard was formally introduced by Apple at this year's WWDC, and is due to ship in September. Leopard owners will be able to upgrade an individual license for $29, or a family pack for $49.

by MacNN Staff



  1. malax

    Joined: Dec 1969


    big news

    That's quite an icon.

  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: malax

    Yeah, but it's too big to fit in my dock.

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  1. srmoll

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'm still expecting... be disappointed by an announcement that contrary to Apple's website claiming all Intel based Macs will support Snow Leopard, 32-bit Core Duo based machines will not be supported after all! :-(

  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Sweet, like the new Expose feature, and I'm glad the QT icon isn't purple, the blue works better with the other icons.

    Oh and 32Bit intel Macs are supported. They'd catch too much flack not doing it, and I doubt it would really change much since there's a lot of 32 bit apps out there anyway so the system has to be able to handle them.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Well...

    ... you do what you like, but Apple has already made support for Core Duo machines official:

    Just because its mentioned now does not mean it will make the final cut or won't be changed. It would not be the first time something was removed at the last minute. They removed Time Machine support to AirDisks tied to AEBS like 2 days before release.

    And I recall several people pissed off at this because they had bought their base stations specifically for this feature.

    But I'm sure they were told that all features are subject to change without notice.

  1. brainiac_7

    Joined: Dec 1969


    commence to drool

    I'd love it if the Finder's Quick Look could preview Illustrator files specifically, and more filetypes in general. Either way, I'm in.

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: commence to drool

    The only thing causing you not to be able to preview illustrator files is someone needs to write a previewer for QuickLook. Anyone can do it, you don't have to wait for Apple to release it. Maybe ask Adobe why they don't have one.

  1. mrt2

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Illustrator QuickLook

    There is already an illustrator quicklook plugin... has been for a while now. Just google it...

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