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Snow Leopard Perks

Posted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 1:54 pm
by Stephen Hart
If you're planning to stick with Snow Leopard for any reason, you aren't being entirely left out by Apple. Here are two important Snow Leopard updates from today:
iTunes 10.4 "is now designed for OS X Lion," according to Apple, including support for Lion's full-screen mode and for gesture navigation. (Lion is not required, however; it can run on Mac OS X 10.5 and up.) From the release notes:

Note: iTunes is now a 64-bit Cocoa application on OS X Lion and includes a number of important stability and performance improvements. Some iTunes plug-ins may no longer be compatible with this version of iTunes. Please contact the plug-in developer for an updated plug-in compatible with iTunes 10.4.
The key thing here is that you can still interact with your iPhone in Snow Leopard, without losing anything.
Safari 5.1 for Snow Leopard

This update contains new features including:
* Reading List: Easily add webpages and links to your Reading List to browse when you have time.
* New Process Architecture: Safari has been re-engineered for improved stability and responsiveness.
* Resume: In the General pane of Safari preferences, you can now choose to launch Safari with the windows from your last browsing session.
* Better Privacy: A new Privacy pane in Safari preferences makes it easy to remove data that websites can leave on your system.

Other improvements include:
* Private AutoFill: Safari lets you fill out forms quickly while keeping your personal information private.
* Find Option: When you use Find, you can choose whether you want to search for text that contains or starts with the text that you type in the search field.
* Drag-and-drop Downloads: You can drag items out of the Downloads window in Safari, so you can easily place downloaded files on the Desktop.
* Advanced Web Technologies: Safari introduces support for full-screen webpages, media caching with the HTML5 application cache, MathML, Web Open Font Format, CSS3 Auto-hyphenation, CSS3 Vertical Text, CSS3 Text Emphasis, Window.onError, and Formatted XML files.
* New Extension APIs: Developers can take advantage of new Safari Extension support for popovers, menus, new event classes, and interaction with Reader.