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New features in Apple's Mac OS X Leopard

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Additional Leopard features

  • Leopard Mail will offer 30 stationery designs and layouts; Notes - as easy to organise and write as it is to compose and read emails; To Dos, for creating lists viewed directly in Mail and automatically sync them with iCal; and data detectors that automatically sense phone numbers, addresses and events so they can be easily added to Address Book or iCal.
  • Leopard iChat with iChat Theater lets users present photos, presentations, videos and files in a video conference; Photo Booth effects will allow them to transform their iChat video in real time with distortion and colour effects; and video backdrops let users choose any photo or video.
  • iCal in Leopard will offer group calendaring features based on the open CalDAV standard.
  • Spaces are being described as a clutter-free way to create customised spaces on the desktop with only the applications or files needed for each project. Mac users will be able to switch between these with one click of a mouse or keystroke.
  • The new Web Clip feature will also users to grab anything from a web page to drop into Dashboard as a live widget.

The company also confirmed the final version of Boot Camp will be made available within Leopard, and told developers that Xcode 3 will offer a new editor; an improved Interface Builder; simpler debugging; and support for Objective-C 2.0.

Apple also urged developers to use DashCode in order to build Dashboard widgets without writing code; and revealed a new application for optimising application performance, called Xray.

Mac OS X version 10.5 Leopard is scheduled to ship in October and will cost £89, including VAT, for a single user licence. The Mac OS X Leopard Family Pack is a single-residence, five-user license that will be available for a suggested retail price of £139 including VAT.

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