I was able to catch the Tiger demo today at the NAB show in Las Vegas. Before I report on some of the specifics, I should mention that the Apple theater was packed again, and I suspect that many of the viewers are potential switchers.
My first impression was that Tiger is looking very good… ready for release in fact. The Spotlight portion of the demo was strong, especially combined with Smart folders. It’s funny, thanks to Gmail, I’ve loosened up on some of my filing habits and now rely more on Google’s “mail search” to navigate my inbox. After watching the Spotlight demo today, I’m thinking I’m in a better frame of mind to fully embrace this feature right out of the gate.
Again with switchers in mind, Spotlight in System Preferences is intriguing. Apple has loaded tons of relative keywords into the OS. So if you enter “wallpaper” into the Spotlight field, the “Desktop” System Preference is highlighted. Geez, I wonder why they did that?
A digression during the talk disclosed the new RSS screensaver. This thing is gorgeous. Headlines from your subscriptions move gracefully across the screen in full 3D animation. If you see something you like, click on it, and Tiger opens Safari RSS and takes you to the story. Very, very nifty.
Dashboard and QuickTime 7 are also looking quite refined. I can’t wait to write more about QT7. And as you may have guessed, we’ll have Dashboard articles for you on Mac DevCenter after April 29.
One of my favorite Tiger features, Automator, is looking downright awesome. I’ve developed a gag reflex to the term workflow, and NAB has only worsened my condition. Kodak even used the term in their presentation title. Ack! No way I was going to stop for that.
All of those companies should come watch the Automator demo. It’s so easy to use and powerful. I’m going to be eliminating lots of repetitive tasks from my working life. But get this, you can save an Automator script as a Finder “plug-in,” which is Apple’s terminology for a CM (contextual menu) item, accessible via a right-click of the mouse.
What this means is that you’ll be able to write your own CMs with Automator in just a matter of minutes. This is going to be fun…