Mac OS X, which is why it is a completely redesigned and created
from scratch. The average download for the most recent upgrade
or point one of this version is a whopping 622MB Apple is selling
the disc on - line for $129. 99 and $19.95 for shipping. It's
such a comprehensive upgrade, in fact,
that most major applications, including IBM ViaVoice for Mac,
use the 10.1 code base
and require the upgrade. All the more reason to get this upgrade
Once the 10.1 installation is running, you'll will notice
that the interface has been upgraded for the better. In version
10.1 the looks is cleaner and more intuitive than either OS X
10 or OS 9.
For example the long filenames below icons will now wrap to
a second line. In a window's
column view, you can drag to resize the columns to give you a
better view of long
filenames - just by holding down the option key while dragging.
A favorite features, is
the customizable window toolbar, which now offers even more options,
and includes a Burn
button for DVDs and or CD-R/RWs.There is an Eject button, and
a Connect button. The new Finder runs much faster. Respond time
is almost immediately for windows and menus when resizing or
In OS X.1 many good features were brought back. Many of these
handy OS 9
features are back, including Smart Scrolling, which at the lower
right of windows places the two scroll arrows together instead
of having an up arrow at the top of the window and a down arrow
at the bottom. This was seen in versions OS 8.6 and earlier.
Version 10.1 fixes
annoying OS X bugs. Such, when you double - click a text, PDF,
or StuffIt file, OS
X launches the appropriate OS X native application - and not
the Classic version of an app
as it previously did.
You can now turn on keyboard shortcuts settings that can allow
you to access everything from menus to palette settings. One
example, is by pressing the Ctrl-D to
access the Dock (a strip of icons along the bottom of your screen
that holds applications), then use the up and down arrows keys
to navigate through open applications and or use the
left arrow to expand themenus that control those applications
from the Dock.
The Dock itself still suffers from bugs of a confusing mix
of opened and
unopened applications and files, but is surprising better than
in the orginal release. Now you
can now move the Dock to the right and left side of the screen.
This helps so that it doesn't get in the way of any open windows.
New pop-up features menus that you control
certain applications, like iTunes now you can play songs or skip
between them without
opening the entire application. The Dock itself can be moved,
resized, or minimized.
Open for other software companies to create Dock utility menus
for their own applications.
The better, 10.1 System Menus, give you some similar control
readout functionality as of the OS 9 Control Strip. However it
is now in a more convenient location next to the clock. In the
System Menu you can launch your
dial- up or DSL Internet connection without opening the Internet
For a OS 9 application switcher menu is missing, since this
is the only way to move between applications is to use the Dock.
But for now, a free utility called ASM will help with this problem.
The most important missing features were around the DVD playback,
DVD and CD burning. In version 10.1 which includes both, even
though they are better than Mac OS 9's versions. While in OS
- X.1 insert a blank DVD disc, and it mounts it on the desktop,
where drag files can be placed onto it. Drag the disc to the
Trash, and rather than ejecting the DVD, a dialog
pops up asking if you want to burn it. It's as easy as copying
files to a once used floppy
or the new SuperDrive, a combination
CD- rewritable/DVD- recordable drive). The DVD movie or music
CDs do not skip or hesitate when they are access. The player
is brought to the front, or open other applications.
You can easily play back a DVD with maximum quality and total
smoothness and, at the
same time, launch your favorite browser to find out some facts
on the accessed DVD. Almost a multi - processing capability with
one processor. A redesigned DVD player uses a rectangular design
and is smaller, taking less screen room than in OS 9'. DVD- R
and CD-R/RW burning is now much easier than in any other operating
system, thanks to the burn button and the ability to burn directly
from your desktop. Somethig that you could do with Toaster 5.0.
Digital cameras have a long term future with this operating
system. Just plug in a camera, and a friendly dialog box will
ask you to download pictures to the Mac. Click OK, and the pictures
move to your Pictures folder, where they can easily be found.
You can set one on the desktop or make a screensaver out of several
rotating pictures. Most digital cameras are now supports to where
there are no drivers to install, or no transfer utility to run.
Networking, in 10.1 is a powerful tool. Mac OS X is now a
Windows file- sharing client. A
Windows file server can now be logged onto without any special
software on your Mac or on the Windows
server itself. This is good if you plan to run both platforms
on your computer, or if you work
in an office environment with lots of PCs. Now you can also log
in to Windows NT serversand run services for Macintosh. Apple
has restored AppleShare over
AppleTalk. (Version 10 removed AppleTalk.) So in addition to
OS X's original Unix
networking featuresthere is support for NFS (a Unix standard)
and integrated FTP
and Web servers. You will have a maximum networking power and
a lot of compatibility.
OS X 10.1 is compatible with USB printers, and offers complete
support of network laser printers who are compatable with the
OS 9 system. More than 200 PostScript printer page description
(PPD) files. This simplify the printers setup and take advantage
of special printer that feature multi - office capabilities,
such as faxing.
Performance is the main boast with the OS - X.1. OS 9 ran
more slower in tests, that Classic applications ran.
Only Classic applications that were designed for OS 9 and earlier
better. Adobe Photoshop tasks, and graphics- intensive like the
(which is a filter that make an image to look out of focus),
ran faster in Classic
mode. However native OS X applications showed a remarkable improve
under 10.1. Apples iMovie 2.0, ran almost twice as fast as before.
when RAM is added an improves in 10.1's performance is noticed.