June 29, 2004

Mac OS X 10.4

The big story at the moment isthe latest Mac OS X release, this is more of an incremental change than 10.2 or 10.3. Improvements to the iApps, and a new codec in Quicktime. There are two big changes. One is getting BeOS like searching, instant searches of the file system based on metadata as well as being able to save searches as folders that update themselves as files are created and changed. The other alterations to the graphics subsystem pushing even more work out onto the GPU allowing some effects to be processed in realtime, new effects can be added and are effectively plugins.