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Article falsely accuses Snow Leopard of copying

updated 12:40 pm EDT, Wed August 26, 2009

Win 7 vs Snow Leo Debunk

A controversial report today has accused Apple of borrowing or being late to features previously available in Windows. The PC World story argues that Apple is behind in implementing 64-bit and that Exposť's new integration with the Dock, the enhanced PDF preview, and QuickTime X are all either derivative of features first seen in XP or Vista or else available separately. Author Randall Kennedy goes as far as to claim that QuickTime X is a "reactionary" move to Windows Movie Maker.

The Windows movie editing app is itself widely known to be a reaction to iMovie, which appeared as early as 1999 where Microsoft's option was optional with the late 1999 release of Windows Me and only a regular feature in Windows XP. QuickTime X is intended as a viewer with simple trimming and recording features drawn or enhanced from QuickTime Pro.

The 64-bit claim is only partially accurate. Although Microsoft was the first to implement a mainstream desktop OS with end-to-end 64-bit in Windows XP, the software often didn't run 32-bit code elegantly and was only made more viable sometime into Vista 64-bit's lifespan, when both a smoother implementation of 64-bit and many more drivers were available to support hardware. Also, Apple has supported 64-bit graphical apps since Mac OS X Leopard's release in late 2007. The Mac producer was one of the first to implement 64-bit code in any form and as early as 2003 was supporting larger memory addressing for the Power Mac G5 in Mac OS X Jaguar; terminal-level apps didn't come until Tiger in spring 2005.

Unlike Windows, Snow Leopard won't necessarily need to boot a 64-bit kernel to run 64-bit apps.

Other views in the article are believed to mischaracterize the nature of features. Apple's Exposť has already provided its visual thumbnails as long ago as 2003 and is mainly simplifying a command already available through keyboard or corner shortcuts. There is no direct equivalent to Aero Peek, which lets users mouse over taskbar thumbnails to reveal only a particular window, but Exposť addresses the issue by making all windows visible equally. Shake and Snap aren't completely comparable; they have rough counterparts in the Hide Others command and the zoom (green) button in Mac OS X.

Apple's enhancements to its PDF viewer mainly involve proper flowing for copied text and viewing multiple PDFs; despite claims, Apple has had largely correct PDF previewing for most of Mac OS X's history. The Mac implementation is also integrated into the architecture of the OS through the Quartz layer where Windows' Desktop Search and other components consider it an add-on.

Electronista and MacNN hope to touch on some of these questions further with a review of Snow Leopard in the next few days.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Monde

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Majorly Clued

    Wow, what a dumb article. I mean, you run into PC fanboys whose computing experience is so limited they wouldn't say, "s***" with a mouthful of XP in their gobs, but this story was almost a satire of every Pro PC idiot you've ever met. Oh well, Apple is coming out with SL Friday--months ahead of W7--and will dazzle with it's improvements. Nuff said.

  1. robttwo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Wanna have some fun? Everyone Twitter "Randall Kennedy is an idiot" -- or something to that effect.

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Hit generator

    This article was written entirely to generate hits and justify his job. Even the PC users are complaining in the comments on the stupidity of the article. I think the author knows how stupid his article is.

    However, next time he wants to get paid for an article, he'll probably say "look how many hits my last one got. Hire me."

  1. IxOsX

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Wait Wait!!! I just...

    Wait Wait!!! I just have to LOL and LOL and LOL!!!! :-D

    Well that was the comedian article of the day. :-) hehehe

  1. sgirard

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The referenced article is actually a script for an upcoming Apple ad, right? I'm looking forward to it. Should be fun.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This gets into the "If the article is so severely flawed (and one assumes that this article just picked out the 'good' stuff), why are you reporting it?" question.

    I seriously doubt anyone here reading this thing would have thought the guy had a clue.

    Comment buried. Show
  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    However, while PDF is built-in to OS X, MS isn't allowed to do this in Windows. Adobe keeps whining anytime MS makes overtures to such things. h***, Adobe gets its pants in a bunch when Vista added some similar type of printing capability.

  1. hexor

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Junk Mail filter

    That's it, I'm setting up my mail filter to delete any e-mails coming from PC World. At least before I might have glanced at what they sent me.

  1. TheSnarkmeister

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A failure of journalism

    Contemporary journalists appear to have no familiarity with using their own organization's morgues, let alone an actually research library. They just write what they "feel." Thus it is that we see little to know reporting on the 1970 Swine Flu outbreak and the catastrophic results of its "rushed to market" vaccination program. Thus we see no reports on the Global Cooling scare of the early 1970s. History isn't so much being rewritten, as simply ignored as inconvenient to the truth as reporters' "feel" it. And beside, research takes so much time, why bother.

  1. shawnce

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Microsoft is fully capable of trying to license a PDF engine from Adobe or others.. or implement its own engined off of the open ISO published standard just like Apple has. Adobe cannot prevent MS from doing this.

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