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Leopards in a Box August 22, 2006

Posted by jesse in apple, osx.
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Well, it’s all over, WWDC is old news at this point. I got to join the enthralled audience as Steve revealed the major features of our new favorite operating system: Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.

I didn’t know what to think as we were drawn into the galactic journey that is Time Machine. Stunned? Shocked? Happy? … Time Machine might seem like some hard links created by shell script on a cron job, but being able to surf the filesystem back in time is a huge feature that will probably change the way I work. Just as the Tiger user swears with clenched fist after hitting Command-Space on a Panther machine (Spotlight), so too will Leopard users covet their automatic backup. I haven’t heard about this type of OS feature since I drooled over it in a Bell Labs paper describing Plan 9 (the OS, not the movie).

Other features that I wish I had yesterday:

  • Mail the GTD crowd will love the “notes” feature. Likewise RSS support. RSS in your INBOX!
  • iChat: iChat screen sharing. Instead of explaining to grandpa over the phone which menus to select and which buttons to click, you can just do it for him over the phone.
  • Spaces : no more downloading Desktop Manager …
  • Dashboard : WebClip is huge. Stay up to date with any web page…
  • iCal : As a friend remarked “I can’t believe I’m getting excited about a calendar server” … But it’s so true! It will be great to be able to keep track of events and appointments with friends and family. Hopefully the Mozilla foundation will make a windows client. Hopefully there will also be some lighter weight calendar applications that are slimmed down from the iCal feature set.
  • CoreAnimation : Bring on the bling! This is a Leopard feature that will probably impact Slide for Macintosh. CoreAnimation provides a framework of animation features that are common in game engines but rarely seen in applications. Consequently, it wouldn’t surprise me if some Mac applications start looking like console games.

Snoozers:

  • Spotlight : file previews and searching network volumes. Nice enhancements, but hard to get excited about.
  • Accessibility : Even Steve admits this is a very important, but boring, feature.
  • 64-bit : This doesn’t do much for application developers today because almost all Mac’s have 32-bit CPUs right now. But in the long term, it will be great to have full access to the entire Cocoa and Carbon stacks in native 64-bit.

Announcing … the Slide Dashboard Widget! August 4, 2006

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The Slide Dashboard Widget brings you the coolest Web content in the sleek and beautiful style of the Mac OS X Dashboard. I loved working on the widget because it is a sleek and succinct expression of what Slide is all about: get the stuff you want delivered right to your desktop. You can stay up to date with the latest from Gizmodo, Boing Boing, iTunes New Releases, Cute Overload, Astronomy Picture of the Day, and many other popular web destinations! (Would you like to see some other content? Leave a comment below and I will hook it up for you). You can also watch Slide’s unique “House of Feeds” Slide Show, a collection of hundreds of RSS photo feeds updated in real time. Check it out and Let us know what you think!

Link to download the Slide Dashboard Widget.

Software Update! August 4, 2006

Posted by dave in news.
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Just in time for Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference comes another release of Slide for Mac OS X.

More New Features!

The Slide Dashboard widget. What else can I say? Get Slide, in your Dashboard.

Visual, social bookmarking. Drag and drop URLs from any application to Slide, and we’ll take a little picture of the web page and upload it to a Slide Show which you (and your friends) can play back on your desktop or you can embed into a web page. (It looks like this.) You can make any number of Slide Shows to store any number of categories of bookmarks, then make a playlist of your bookmark groups!

Upload or bookmark URLs with a single gesture. When you drag and drop a file, multiple files, a folder, or a URL to Slide, you’ll now see a list of all of your Slide Shows — just release the mouse over the show to upload. (If you have a lot of Slide Shows, you can scroll through the list by mousing over the arrows.)

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One trick I find particularly useful is the ability to drag proxy icons from most Mac OS X graphics applications right into Slide for a quick and easy upload.

Easy embedding. Control-click (or right-click) on anything in the Slide window and choose Copy Image HTML to copy a quick HTML fragment which will embed the image in a web page. Or, choose Copy HTML for [Show Name]… to copy the HTML code for an embedded Slide widget that you can put on your blog or social networking site.

Upload and share anything. Previous versions of Slide for Mac OS X could only upload photos; now you can upload anything. And then…

Send things to your friends quickly. Click on something in Slide. Then, just type a few letters of the name or e-mail address of the person you want to send it to — Slide will autocomplete from the names and addresses in your Address Book, just like Apple Mail.

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Themes. Tired of the basic white Slide? Our interface now comes in Snow (original), U2 Special Edition, Plexi, Autumn, Clover, and Starry Night. You’ll notice in the above screenshot that we’re running the U2 Special Edition theme.

Improvements & Fixes

Are we there yet? Our upload progress indicator (at the lower right corner of the Slide window) is improved to be a little more accurate, and we also are showing the number of files left to upload in Slide’s Dock icon.

What’s New? In the Images preference pane, you can configure just how new things in your Slide have to be for Slide to mark the item as, well, new.

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Then, when watching Slide shows, you’ll see a little badge on the picture which looks something like:

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It’s pretty useful when watching feeds from TechCrunch, Boing Boing, Google News, or anything else with a lot of fresh content.

That’s all for now, see you next week at WWDC!

The Wonderful World of Slide for Mac August 3, 2006

Posted by jesse in news.
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Hey, welcome to the Slide for Mac blog! Thanks for checking it out…. We want to keep you up to date on the latest features, gather feedback and just generally make Slide for Mac the best thing ever. Download Slide and let us know what you think!