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tigon? liger?
02/May/2005 | 10:56

Last week, Mac OS X 10.4 was released, and that means there are lots of reviews out there to read. ARE YOU SHOCKED YET? I AM.

Now, this isn't a review. This is a highly disorganized series of screenshots of Nifty Things™ you might have missed while perusing other sites' reviews, or perhaps even using Tiger yourself. Or maybe not, and I'm wasting your time. Let's find out!

First off, I'd like to point out that the new default screenshot format is PNG. Despite what some will say, PDF was a good format to use, but it was a bit unwieldy at times, so while PDF wasn't bad, I'm not going to complain about the change to PNG.

You may also notice a few other things about that screenshot: "Spotlight Comments" as a field for tagging your files with some basic metadata; the "More Info" area for, well, more info on the selection; and the fact that—though you have no way to know it from a single screenshot—I selected two files in the Finder, hit command-i, and was given two separate info windows, in a throwback to the Mac OS 9 days. I'm ambivalent toward this last change. Command-option-i still works, so everyone should remain happy.

This is an amazingly well-designed authentication dialog. Very simple, uncluttered, and informative in the right place.

It looks like someone had the sense to make the Finder's sidebar right-clickable. I can't count how many times I tried to right-click on items in the sidebar, in Panther, only to be reminded that I'm a short bus kid by the computer.

Thank you, iChat team, for adding autoreply to your application. You're only behind everyone else by about a decade. Sincerely, Everyone.

In a move to appease the Slashdot crowd, someone at Apple decided to build in a dialog to change modifier keys around. Hotness? Definitely not a bad thing. Is anyone else smiling at the idea of a dialog to modify a modifier?


The biggest weakness in passwords is the user creating the password. Tiger includes a Password Assistant dialog panel, and it doesn't seem to be too bad. Nothing new, but certainly a welcome addition. (Some of you may remember this as being part of Panther's Keychain Access.)

That's one big-ass cursor.

Now this is pretty freakin' awesome: QuickTime Player now records both audio and video[2][2] If anyone wants to buy me a FireWire camera to test this, that would rock. Anyone? Bueller?.

The help system has been expanded to include AppleCare Knowledge Base articles in its search results. This should be helpful for just about any class of user. I definitely applaud the design decision that went into this one.

Finally, a couple more Spotlight notes. You can exclude disks and folders from being traversed during Spotlight searches by adding them in this preference pane tab. Very useful if you need to hide that girl-on-aardvark pr0n from your girlfriend while showing her how quickly you can find all of the pictures of her you've taken. And yes, Spotlight really is that awesome.


Something small that you forgot... Dragging an icon out of the Dock, and a small cloud icon will appear next to your cursor.

posted by doughnut on May 02, 2005 at 11:15

Safari 2.0 (or rather the latest WebKit) supports undo in text fields now. Thank you!

posted by haveblue on May 02, 2005 at 11:36

The drag-from-doc "poof" has been there
since at least NeXTstep 0.8 (1988). It is
not a new feature for Tiger.

posted by Brett Johnson on May 02, 2005 at 14:37

Brett, Doughnut was referring to the poof in the cursor itself, which is brand new.

posted by Tim on May 02, 2005 at 15:22

Too bad they broke iChat's ability to be signed on two locations at once, a feature I used quite a lot.

posted by Hippieman on May 02, 2005 at 21:48