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35 Unreleased Features of Snow Leopard
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Jul 4, 2009, 01:36 PM
 
In jest, I created the following “Unreleased Features Of Snow Leopard”. Some of the features may have merit, but many (most?) others are the result of too much cooking sherry.

Still, I was (pleasantly) surprised when most of those I sent it to believed I had a direct line to Steve.

Perhaps you too can have a bit of fun with it.
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35 Snow Leopard Features (Unreleased):

In addition to those features already leaked (new Finder, Put Away, more crash tolerant, faster, runs cooler, stronger security, Safari 4.2, integrated SPAM protection, dynamic 64 bit integration, etc.), Snow Leopard (SL) is almost certain to include the following heretofore unpublished features:

1. Finder has been significantly changed:

a. The Secure Erase in Finder now has the option to erase the file path. Also, you can now securely erase all free space on the HD.

b. Scroll bars can now be placed on the left, right, or both sides of a window. Also, each scroll bar can be the color of your choice.

c. The size/names/titles in the Menu Bar can be changed & colored to your choice for every application.

d. The old app/Haxie by Unsanity, “Magic Menu”, is back. Not exactly, but the functionality of it has returned. Merely navigate to the menu you want changed/modified, and then click on your modifier/short cut keys. Should you later wish to revert to the original settings, there is a “Revert to default settings”. Should there be an Apple conflict, you’ll be advised with an Alert, and won’t be able to do it. There are a few remaining bugs with “foreign” keyboards, but this should be resolved by SN release. Of course, the preferred language must match the keyboard.

e. All windows can now be Window Shaded (just like Stickies) and Labels can be colored much as they were in the Labels X. Haxie. Not surprisingly, Unsanity has notified Apple of a copyright infringement. Apple claims their code is original & much different; and plans to proceed. Watch for a (nuisance) lawsuit.

f. Finder will have 3 clipboards.

g. Finder will have, at least, 3 (possible) Docks; maybe more.

h. If you have enough HD space and ~ 8GB RAM (details unclear) you can erase, reformat, and partition the startup drive.

2. On start up, after the blue screen, the camera comes on so you can watch yourself watching the rest of the start up (this option can be disabled). While this does not presently meet high security standards, facial recognition can be used to enable (or preclude) full system start up. It is probable (but not certain) that NSA fully compliant optical-bio-metric security will arrive with 10.6.1 (Spring 2010). The hang-up here seems to be with NSAs testing & certification.

3. As part of the security enhancements, should some unauthorized person try to log on to your computer and fails the optical/facial recognition or PW after 3 attempts, the computer can call your iPhone (or any iPhone you designate) and send either a text message, email, or voice mail of your creation. As expected, this only works with iPhones (until it’s hacked of course).

4. You can send the print command to multiple printers simultaneously and create print groups for future use. Also, each printer can have its own/unique print configuration.

5. Mail, iCal, Address Book, and iCom (a new app, see below) have been combined in to the iCom application.

6. The computer can function as a telephone, or fax, similar to Skype (no separate phone line required). Merely select iCom from the Applications folder, select your carrier (settings can be saved) and then dial the desired number (including an iPhone) from your keypad (or auto select from Address Book). There is unlimited potential for an iPhone, or other smart phone, accessing and controlling your Mac. Be sure to manage your passwords and firewall settings. You can receive calls & faxes as well (the computer senses whether the incoming call is voice or fax-data) On-going sounds, from iTunes, movies, etc. will be automatically paused & muted for incoming or outgoing calls and restarted at termination. The ring tones can be changed/customized to distinguish them from your other phones & faxes. Most major carriers (AT&T, T-Mobile, Quest, Verizon, Sprint, Bell South, and others) support this feature. Apple is aggressively adding new carriers, but this feature is not yet available outside the US. Note: your carrier may have a surcharge for using this feature (about $10.00 per month) Details, costs, etc. are still being resolved. The FCC, Dept. Of Homeland Security, CIA, NSA, and FBI all have concerns with this, so capabilities/features may change. Microsoft and Dell are also muddying the waters. No word yet if Google will enter the fray. Unofficially, the White House has supported this technology initiative (thanks to A. Gore?). Apple claims this will be a great help to the medical community in converting their records from paper to digital. Stay tuned.

7. In Mai/iCom when you delete an account, all old mail (even POP accounts) remains in a folder called “Previous Mail--(with name of old account)”. You can then import your old email in to your new account or drag & drop the various folders in to the respective new account folders.

8. Documents cut & pasted in to Mail/iCom will no longer lose their original formatting (provided the font is in iCom). All major text applications are supported.

9. The Home folder can no longer be moved or name-changed/modified without Root access.

10. A self-diagnosis feature (new app: iDoctor) is included, it’s like an FSCK & Safe Boot, but more robust. No word yet on whether it will obviate the need for Disk Warrior). This feature can also be scheduled. Permission Repair and Verify Disk have been moved to iDoctor. Many application (or its alias) specific “repairs/verifies” such as those found in Keychain, Mail, iChat etc. will also be in or accessible via iDoctor. iDoctor will be in the System Preferences

11. iPhones (v3.2 or higher) will now be able to backup, their entire system a-la CCC or SuperDuper. Of course, these backups can be scheduled. Restores will be just as easy as they are with CCC or SuperDuper. There will be a new setting in System Preferences/Sharing to allow iPhone syncing over any internet connection. Sharing will be similar to the present Internet Sharing, but will only allow your designated iPhone(s) to sync with your host/home/office computer. PC users will also have this capability and will require XP or greater (specific details/requirements are unclear). This new capability is called iGotYourBack. Backing up via WiFi is not (presently) included, ostensibly due to security concerns, but no doubt some third party will produce the interface/capability.

12. For those with a .Mac account, there is an additional subscriber service (about $100.00 annually) that keeps your Mac in top operating condition. Via Remote Access, various tests/analyses are run weekly (or more often if directed by iDoctor) and fixes, as necessary, are made by trusted & bonded Geniuses. Note: you will need to open your firewall (and PithHelmet) to permit this service. If you’re still covered by Apple Care or have this service, and are having problems, you can call Apple and the genius will fix your problem while you watch. Hardware failures are not covered unless otherwise covered by Apple Care. Note: As of now, only available in the US.

13. Blu-ray playback and burning is now included. Also, when a CD or DVD is inserted, you will not only have the option to “begin playing”, but when the CD or DVD is finished playing, it can be repeated or ejected.

14. SL will support a new Quicken (now called Financial Life For Mac; not included) that contains nearly all the same features as the PC version. The new Quicken will be cross-platform compatible with most PCs, much as Word, Power Point, & Excel are cross platform compatible (finally). Additionally, it will support multiple currencies. This will be most helpful to “overseas” users and those who trade/conduct business in international markets. No word yet re which languages & currencies will be supported, but, for example, it is likely that if the German language is supported, the Mark will be an available currency.

The significance of this is that SL will (finally) contain the “hooks” that make it easier for developers to make their apps cross-platform. Gamers should be thrilled.

FWIW: Intuit will (finally) introduce Med Life, a new application that tracks, charts, etc., medical/dental data: prescriptions, bills, payments, insurance, Medicare, claims, etc. Product is similar/based on the PC counterpart.

15. The tabs in Safari can be colored and named, e.g., red=read, blue=not read, green=open/active, etc.

16. SL will include an Uninstall, similar to AppZapper, Amnesia, etc.

17. Sleep issues have (finally) been solved. Enhanced sleep scheduling is included). Similar to iBeeZz.

18. Outgoing communications can be blocked a-la Little Snitch.

19. Contents from Alert boxes can be saved.

20. SL will contain its own “Print Center Repair”.

21. The spell checker in Mail/Com will contain an Unlearn (finally).

22. Sharing of calendars will be much easier. .Mac membership is no longer required.

23. Typing can be done vertically (top to bottom) or from right to left to support Asian or Middle Eastern languages. Appropriate language and keyboard required.

24. In Garage Band v5.x, you sing it/play it, and GB will “listen” and score it for you in real time and include the lyrics (only in English at this time). Better (external) microphones (for stereo) are suggested, but not required.

25. The windows in iChat/Video can be enlarged to full screen view without them becoming pixilated. Not supported on all machines. Details TBD, but most likely an advanced graphics card is required (NVIDIA GeForce GT 130 512MB or better).

26. During the install of SL, there is a Custom Install option to select which localizations you desire (similar to languages & printers). Henceforth all future app installs will only install those localizations you selected. Thus, no need for Monolingual, TinkerTool System, and the like.

27. SL contains AutoWrite (a new app replacing Text Edit). Much like the Text Edit of old, but with Auto Correct, Auto Fill, Auto Text, and Auto Format (similar to Word, but much easier to use and customize). These capabilities will be available throughout SL (should be a big help in Mail/iCom).

28. For the bilingual, Mail/iCom will contain a drop down menu that allows one to select which language they wish to use (of course, those languages and keyboards must be included at the time of SL install). Also (as an example) if you have English and Spanish as options, your dictionary & thesaurus will be an English-Spanish dictionary. As of now, one of the languages must be English. Multilingual (more than 2 languages) support is expected in SL 10.6.1 (Spring 2010).

29. SL will feature a slightly more capable Archive Utility that can handle more formats and password-protected archives. Not as capable as StuffIt Deluxe, but more capable than StuffIt Expander. Appears to be very similar to the freeware Unarchiver.

30. After the initial SL install, a Help dialog appears that helps (especially the nubees) one to setup some of the System Preferences, Security/Network/LAN, Firewall, creating new Users, and establishing parental controls.

31. Spotlight archiving time is much faster (about 25%) and the fetch time is also faster (about 20%).

32. iChat will handle as many on-going chats as your machine and ISP will allow (no longer limited to three). Quad core processors, 8GB RAM, Fibre Channel card, and a graphics 3x NVIDA GeForce GT 120 512MB card are the minimum required. More is better. Lesser machines may still work, but will not be supported. Get out your plastic (and second mortgage).

33. Time Machine backups are now bootable.

34. The built-in camera can sense differing/ambient light conditions and adjust your display accordingly. A preference allows one to set the bright-dim extreme/parameters. Initial feedback is very positive, especially from those with glossy displays.

35. If you have administrative privileges, when you run Software Update, it will check all volumes on your LAN, even if they are running different OSs & applications. You can then allow it to update all machines simultaneously. No definitive word yet on the ultimate limit to LAN size, but 5 machines or 25 volumes is the maximum for now. Note: Third party developers are already working on uncapping the size limit.

36. Many other changes, fixes, and enhancements are under the hood.
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Jul 4, 2009, 03:15 PM
 
Originally Posted by pendragon View Post
a. The Secure Erase in Finder now has the option to erase the file path. Also, you can now securely erase all free space on the HD.
No idea what you mean by 'erase the file path.' You've been able to securely erase all of the free space on the disk for several versions now (at least since 10.4) via Disk Utility.

The significance of this is that SL will (finally) contain the “hooks” that make it easier for developers to make their apps cross-platform. Gamers should be thrilled.
Library support for a financial application would be very unlikely to include any of the DirectX stuff you would need for games.

23. Typing can be done vertically (top to bottom) or from right to left to support Asian or Middle Eastern languages. Appropriate language and keyboard required.
This is already possible, at least right-to-left. Top-to-bottom requires more support on the part of the application.

25. The windows in iChat/Video can be enlarged to full screen view without them becoming pixilated. Not supported on all machines. Details TBD, but most likely an advanced graphics card is required (NVIDIA GeForce GT 130 512MB or better).
They don't become pixelated now, just fuzzy. You don't need a card that's too fancy to do realtime bicubic scaling, or some similar algorithm that yields decent results.

27. SL contains AutoWrite (a new app replacing Text Edit). Much like the Text Edit of old, but with Auto Correct, Auto Fill, Auto Text, and Auto Format (similar to Word, but much easier to use and customize). These capabilities will be available throughout SL (should be a big help in Mail/iCom).
Auto correct and auto format are some of the most annoying features ever.

32. iChat will handle as many on-going chats as your machine and ISP will allow (no longer limited to three). Quad core processors, 8GB RAM, Fibre Channel card, and a graphics 3x NVIDA GeForce GT 120 512MB card are the minimum required. More is better. Lesser machines may still work, but will not be supported. Get out your plastic (and second mortgage).
lol fiber channel

34. The built-in camera can sense differing/ambient light conditions and adjust your display accordingly. A preference allows one to set the bright-dim extreme/parameters. Initial feedback is very positive, especially from those with glossy displays.
There's already a dedicated sensor for that.
     
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Jul 4, 2009, 04:19 PM
 
Oh brother.
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Originally Posted by pendragon View Post
32. iChat will handle as many on-going chats as your machine and ISP will allow (no longer limited to three).
Wait...iChat limits you to three simultaneous conversations?
     
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Jul 4, 2009, 04:23 PM
 
Originally Posted by pendragon View Post
All windows can now be Window Shaded (just like Stickies) and Labels can be colored much as they were in the Labels X. Haxie. Not surprisingly, Unsanity has notified Apple of a copyright infringement. Apple claims their code is original & much different; and plans to proceed. Watch for a (nuisance) lawsuit.
Um, OS X has had labels for quite some time, and WindowShade's been an Apple copyright ever since they bought it from Rob Johnston in 1994 - long before Unsanity ever existed.

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Jul 4, 2009, 04:28 PM
 
Originally Posted by shifuimam View Post
Wait...iChat limits you to three simultaneous conversations?
He's probably referring to video chats.

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Uhm, wrong forum ?

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Jul 4, 2009, 05:24 PM
 
Are the subsequent posts from the OP being made because you guys/gal missed the part where he said he made this list up -- or are we picking apart his list because it's blatantly crap and not well thought out by any means whatsoever?
"Everything's so clear to me now: I'm the keeper of the cheese and you're the lemon merchant. Get it? And he knows it.
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Jul 4, 2009, 05:36 PM
 
Am I the only Lounger who got bored and lost the will to live three paragraphs into the OP?
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Originally Posted by RAILhead View Post
Are the subsequent posts from the OP being made because you guys/gal missed the part where he said he made this list up -- or are we picking apart his list because it's blatantly crap and not well thought out by any means whatsoever?
The latter.

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Jul 6, 2009, 06:33 PM
 
Someone should tell him the Mark doesn't exist anymore. It was killed 10 years ago.
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Am I the only Lounger who got bored and lost the will to live three paragraphs into the OP?
No.
     
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Moved to OS X -- the correct forum and where long posts don't normally destroy the souls of NN's members.
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This thread messed with me big time. I read (lightly) the first post as a joke... and then everyone is serious.
     
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If most of these where true, it would make a awesome release. Something is telling me, it is to good to be true. I know its to good to be true, if only... I like the one about Software Update detecting my machines across lan. I run two other macs in addition to my laptop. So this would make updates easier than having to launch screen sharing, login (or run in background if somebody is on that machine) and do restart.
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