Magazine article Technology & Learning

Mac OS X Tiger

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Mac OS X Tiger

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Platform/Format: Mac OS X System Requirements: G3, G4, or G5 processor; built-in FireWire; 256 MB RAM; 3 GB hard-disk space; DVD drive Price: 1-9, $69 each; 10-99, $59 each; volume licensing available Publisher: Apple Computer, 800-800-2775; www.apple.com

Tiger boasts more than 200 new features, but the four elements that are the most noteworthy for K-12 education are Spotlight, Dashboard, Safari RSS, and Smart Folders.

With Spotlight, you can quickly find files, presentations, e-mail, images, movies, contacts, and more. Click on the blue magnifying glass on the Menu bar and type in a search word or phrase. Matches display even before you finish typing. Spotlight alone makes a Tiger upgrade worthwhile.

Dashboard gives you one-dick access to Widgets, customizable, single-function applications. Pressing the F12 key or clicking on the Dashboard icon on the Tiger dock displays a translucent layer featuring four applets above the desktop. Those applets include a calculator, a calendar, a dock, and a weather summary with real-time temperature readings and forecasts.

Other Widgets include a mini version of the iCal calendar, a dictionary/ thesaurus, Systran's Language Translation, and a unit converter. …

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