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New Features and iPhoto Exporter Tutorial September 12, 2006

Posted by jesse in osx, slide.

Yes, it’s that time again folks … time for you to check out new Slide features and time for us to catch up on sleep! 🙂

First, we’ve have put together a tutorial for the Slide iPhoto Exporter plugin. If you use iPhoto, this is a great way to get your photos uploaded to Slide! Check it out and let us know what you think.

Now on to New Features. We packed a bunch of cool things into this release:

  • New Text Mode Engine – Previously, enabling and disabling text mode mean you had to wait until Slide processed the images again to render an image representation of text. Now we treat text as it was meant to be treated: like text. So switch back and forth to your hearts content, the text mode changes instantly. Our new text engine also looks better. We threw some wordwrap technology in there for good measure.
  • Mini Browser Preview Window – Want a quick preview instead of switching to Safari to read your news? Clicking on feed items now brings up a new and nifty mini web browser that Dave cooked up. Check it out! AppKit Framework scaling rocks ….
  • Address Book Auto-completion – Don’t you just love the way Mail completes email addresses. It watches as you type and when you complete a recipients it get’s packaged up into a nice little rounded rectangle. Now Slide has that too! In the “Send To:” field of the Share Window, Slide will auto-complete names from your Mac OS X Address Book as well as your Slide Friends List.
  • Recommended Slide Shows – Want something to watch? Click the “Play” button the ticker and check out our new Recommended Slide Shows feature. This smart playlist is full of good stuff and needs watchin’, so get to it!
  • Edit Your Slide Shows – Now it’s even easier to edit your Slide Shows. Click “Edit..” from the context menu and you can modify your Slide Show right inside Slide.
  • Add RSS Feed – RSS is back! Drop a feed:// URL onto Slide so you can watch all of your favorite Blogs and RSS feeds right in Slide.
  • Upload Directly From Pasteboard – Who says we’re not helpful? Select an image in any application and hit Command-C to copy it … switch to Slide and hit Command-P. Yup, now you can upload your image to the Slide Show of your choice, no intermediate image file is required.
  • Upload Progess in the Dock Icon – Keep an eye on how your uploads are going. Start an upload session and the Slide Dock Tile will display the number of images remaining to upload.
  • Open Item in Frontmost Safari Window – Do you want your items to open in Safari but tired of a gazillion Safari Windows covering your screen? We added a new preference for you under “Controls.” You now have the option of Single click or Double click opening the item in the topmost Safari window. Let’s hear it for AppleScript!

So there you have it. Check out the new features and drop us a line.


Leopards in a Box August 22, 2006

Posted by jesse in apple, osx.

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.


  • 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.