With over 54 million active worldwide Mac users already using Mac OS to the test, it is no big surprise to discover Steve Jobs‘ unveiling of Mac OS X Lion in the coming weeks. In fact, we’ve been anticipating the conjunction of features previously seen only within the mobile iOS software into the desktop/laptop-based Mac OS X line since iOS 4 (April 2010).
In today’s posting we will take our readers through the third round of our favorite new features found within Mac OS X Lion, which will be available for purchase/upgrade this July.
How many languages do you speak? OS X Lion speaks 23, in high quality nonetheless, and provides 80+ new braille tables too. Intimidated? Don’t be…
Also, remember PIP (picture in picture)? Apple’s bringin’ it back in OS X Lion this July along with a HD cursor!
That’s right, for those of us who have difficulty making out details at the default resolution and require everything to be a bit larger, we will now be able to view the cursor without degradation.
Address Book has a new look for 2011 and this year the fashion is to remove pesky sidebars/status bars and focuses more on the entire ‘touch’ experience found within the current iOS and expanded upon in the upcoming iOS 5.
If you Yahoo!, you will be able to import your contacts and if you use iPhoto, you’ll be able to easily add images to your contacts.
FaceTime calling can be launched from Address Book, birthdays can be added without years IM status’ will display and social network profiles will be even easier than ever to access.
Any programmers out there? If so, raise your hands. Now put them down. Raise them again. Put them down.
If the words ‘Cocoa AppleScript applets’ mean anything to you, then you’re in for a real treat in OS X Lion where the new AppleScript Editor seamlessly connects via AppleScript/Objective-C bridge.
Whoop-dee-doo, what does it all mean, Basil? Try looking HERE for more info.
Besides workflow conversion and improved text input filtering, the word from Apple on Automator is that it can now “turn text into images, turn text documents into ePub books, display and retrieve web content, and enable desktop encoding for video and audio files”, which definitely empowers those charged with daunting daily tasks to take hold of the reigns and crank out more than ever before.
The word on the street is also that RTF (Rich Text Format) is also now widely supported in OS X Lion. Yippee!
The above features, coupled with those found in Pt. I and Pt. II (and the upcoming Pt. IV) of our OS X Lion preview are merely the tip of an iceberg comprised of 250+ new features found within what may very well be the best operating system ever created!
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Coming up next … taking a look at OSX Lion Pt. IV!