Aqua Aqua is the breakthrough user interface for Mac OS X. It has reinvigorated the desktop with a renewed sense of simplicity and elegance. Controls resemble polished gems, active buttons pulse, icons are larger and beautifully rendered, and drop shadows give windows greater depth. More than making Mac OS X great to look at, the Aqua interface refines familiar elements of the Macintosh experience—and introduces new ones—to make using your Mac more intuitive and make you more productive. Aqua offers an array of new organizational features, including the Dock and Finder, that simplify navigation, give you more ways to personalize your system, and make it easier to access applications, files, external devices, networks, and the Internet. Response to Aqua has been overwhelmingly positive. Users like the incredible capabilities and customization afforded them by the Dock and the Finder, and they ’ ve come to rely on these features. Mac OS X v10.1 includes a number of refinements and polish to the Aqua user interface.
Enhancements to Aqua As I mentioned, we received lots of suggestions for improving the Aqua interface, so in addition to improving performance we ’ ve added new capabilities and features in Mac OS X v10.1 that will make Aqua more customizable and more efficient. • We ’ ve simplified login by displaying a list of users with accounts on the computer so users can simply select their name from the list to log in, making it easier and more intuitive for users at home and in schools. • The first release of Mac OS X included items called Dock Extras that provided access to frequently used system controls like AirPort signal strength, display resolution, and battery life. These were very popular, so now we ’ ve added even more functionality, like volume level and Internet connection. We ’ ve also moved these controls to the menu bar for easier access, and to free up valuable space in the Dock for other applications. • One of the things users wanted most was to move the Dock. With Mac OS X v10.1, we added the ability to position the Dock on the left, the right, or the bottom of the screen. The Dock also has a new notification mechanism. Applications that want your attention have a new, bouncing icon and running applications can present a pop-up menu from their Dock icon, providing fast access to commonly performed functions. • Mac OS X supports file extensions for easy Internet compatibility. People like the fact that the Mac OS understands file extensions so it is easier to share files on the Internet, but they aren ’ t very Mac-like. So while continuing to support file extensions, we are improving the experience by being smart about displaying the file extension. We've added a preference that allow users to control the visibility of file extensions. So they can now choose to hide the extensions while retaining all of the compatibility offered by file extensions. • We ’ ve made a number of changes to the Finder to improve how you view your files in the file system. We've cleaned up the view options dialog, making it simpler and more intuitive. The revised Finder preference lets you decide how many recent items to display and allows you to turn off font smoothing of font sizes 8, 9, 10, or 12. We ’ ve added two-line file name support in the Finder; the name wraps to the second line. Column view now has individual resizable columns to better display files and folders with long names, and includes an arrow by icons that represent folders, to let users know they can click to browse the contents. • System preferences have been updated with new functionality and categorized into groups, making it easier to quickly locate any preference you want to modify. You can now set your desktop picture from System Preferences instead of the Finder preference. • Mail was one of the most popular applications included with Mac OS X. We ’ ve made a number of improvements to Mail that make it easier to manage your email, like message flagging and response history. In addition, Mail now offers better performance over dialup connections and improved IMAP and LDAP server capability.
Todd Vatalaro, The power of x
The Power of XBy: Todd Vatalaro
Sacramento City College
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