Briefly: Apple prepping new Snow Leopard, iWeb, ARD updates

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in macOS edited January 2014
The news vacuum that's followed Apple's Mac desktop refresh offers space for some updates on the company's software-related efforts, which should soon produce new builds of Snow Leopard. Meanwhile, minor updates to iWeb, Remote Desktop, and other OS X components are also reportedly in the works.



Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard



People familiar with the ongoing development of Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard say Apple is gearing up to provide some developers with a new build of the next-gen OS in the near term.



The target build is said to be 10A286, which could change at any time. Regardless of the build, an identically numbered beta of Snow Leopard Server should arrive in tandum.



Apple last equipped Apple Developer Connection members with build 10A261 in early February. Around that time it was reported that Snow Leopard would include Core Location and Multi-Touch frameworks for third-party developers, and also deliver more intuitive printer driver delivery.



Specific to the 10A261 build were a handful of visual tweaks, such as a Put Back option in the Finder and the ability to drill down into stacks via a new grid-view interface, each of which were documented in a series of screenshots.



While calls from Apple legal have marred various reports on those features, including AppleInsider's, readers point out that several videos covering the design tweaks live on over at YouTube, like the one below.







iWeb



Also in the works, and reportedly undergoing internal testing, is iWeb 3.0.1. The update is believed to address issues with publishing iWeb pages to MobileMe and FTP, which has been one of the largest sources of complaints about the new Web editor that shipped last month as part of iLife '09.



One thread running since late January concerns FTP publishing errors where a test worked properly but the publish failed. Others have reported issues with pictures not appearing correctly while still others have struggled with uploading for a month only to discover their sleep settings were putting the computer to sleep before it could finish the upload.



Apple Remote Desktop & VoiceOver



Meanwhile, two other software updates growing closer to release, though very little information is know about them at this time. The first is Apple Remote Desktop 3.3, which is reportedly code-named Hook. Somewhat further behind is said to be a significant update to VoiceOver.
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  • Reply 1 of 29
    irelandireland Posts: 17,780member
    What I really want is the ability to right click stack items, without the need to install anything on top of SL. That feature is a no-brainer.
  • Reply 2 of 29
    mactelmactel Posts: 1,275member
    I'm interested in Snow Leopard for sure and will buy it on day one, but I suspect Snow Leopard OSX Server will be feature rich enough to take another slice out of the Windows server market.
  • Reply 3 of 29
    wizard69wizard69 Posts: 13,377member
    It should be noted that the latest Wifi update for Intel has helped somewhat but there are still significant issues depending on the network you reside on. I still get the intermittent scanning for network problem on certain WiFi access points. It it better but still not 100%.



    As to Snow Leopard all I can say is that I hope it comes quickly. The number one thing I'm hoping for is GPU acceleration of video play back. That should make a huge difference on my early 2008 MBP. If they don't implement I will be very disappointed with Apple. Not that Apple is in my good graces right now but I suspect that I will get over it.



    Even if the iMac update was lackluster I'm starting to warm up to one of their new networking appliances. It is good to see that Apple has been steadily updating all their software even on embedded devices. Software is one of the good things to look at this year as Apple has been doing well here. Everything I have, my MBP, MobileMe and Iphone, are all working better than when I started out with the stuff in 2008.



    Dave
  • Reply 4 of 29
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 5,269member
    It seems like the Snow Leopard builds are slowly starting to pick up the pace. Maybe I'm wrong???
  • Reply 5 of 29
    Me too, from what I'm reading about Snow Leopard I like. A smaller footprint, more stable and faster, I will be buying it day one.



    I want to upgrade my iWeb '08 (Real Estate website) to '09 just for the FTP capability. A simple click rather than opening Fetch and dragging and dropping, but Apple's iWeb '09 support forums are awash with supposed problems using this feature.



    I'll wait till I see a fix. I bet we see an iWeb '09 FTP fix before the SL release.



    Thanks for the info AI, saves a lot of unnecessary headaches!



    Chris
  • Reply 6 of 29
    abrliabrli Posts: 1member
    major update to voiceover, iphone... oh... yes!!!!
  • Reply 7 of 29
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 33,407member
    Yech... Stacks. Not a fan.
  • Reply 8 of 29
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SpamSandwich View Post


    Yech... Stacks. Not a fan.



    Stack's isn't useful for much, but it is useful for accessing small folders of apps without having the Dock take up an insane amount of space on the screen. Especially if you aren't running on a high resolution like 1680x1580 or 1920x1200.
  • Reply 9 of 29
    dacloodacloo Posts: 890member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SpamSandwich View Post


    Yech... Stacks. Not a fan.



    Me neither. First thing that I turn off after a re-install.

    They have added stuff like scrollbars and folder navigation.

    You just as well can open a Finder window when clicking the dock icon,

    it offers more control too. Stacks are different, I know, but do we really need it?
  • Reply 10 of 29
    With all of the fancy graphics and animations, why does the Activity Monitor still suck ass? The graphics look like they are from 1984.
  • Reply 11 of 29
    atomacatomac Posts: 13member
    I am not impressed by SL build numbers. Maybe Apple has less builds in its development methods now. Tiger had GM build 8A425 or so and Leopard had 9A581, before that they were working into B and C, like Panther 7B85 and Jaguar 6C115 or so.



    Leopard was released on October 26th. Now it is about 16 months later. With a daily build we would be around 480. I expected to see a build number like 10A4xx.



    Could it be that Snow Leopard will not be that big an upgrade. We know they are hitting the Pause button on features, but maybe they are also hitting the pause button on OSX work?



    Prince (Daniel) McClean, do you have an explanation, or anyone else for that matter??
  • Reply 12 of 29
    ivan.rnn01ivan.rnn01 Posts: 1,822member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    Around that time it was reported that Snow Leopard would include Core Location and Multi-Touch frameworks for third-party developers, and also deliver more intuitive printer driver delivery.



    Pray, Apple, enlighten me on when capable TimeMachine framework is gonna meet developers... Didn't I miss something?

    My home-brewed dual pane file manager can't wait anymore...
  • Reply 13 of 29
    inkswampinkswamp Posts: 337member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SpamSandwich View Post


    Yech... Stacks. Not a fan.



    I love them. It reminds me of the tabbed windows in OS 9, only much less intrusive (no more oddball tabs positioned around the edges of the screens) and easier to use. If you have a lot of locations with lots of files in each that you have to access frequently, then they are perfect and much more convenient than having to dig around in the Finder or leave your desktop cluttered with windows. Guess it depends on the kind of work you do.
  • Reply 14 of 29
    shookstershookster Posts: 113member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by enzomedici View Post


    With all of the fancy graphics and animations, why does the Activity Monitor still suck ass? The graphics look like they are from 1984.



    The whole point of Activity Monitor is to monitor your system - you don't want it screwing up the figures by taking up a whole load of CPU time.
  • Reply 15 of 29
    messiahmessiah Posts: 1,689member
    Isn't that 'new' stacks method just the Finder, but with windows that have a black background and background windows that have some perspective?



    With regards to stacks, all I want is the implementation that Apple originally showed with the Leopard preview, where the files themselves reside in the stack, rather than the stack simply being a front end for a folder residing elsewhere.



    I want to be able to grab a bunch of icons and drop them into a stack, without necessarily having to create an enclosing folder and file it away.
  • Reply 16 of 29
    quadra 610quadra 610 Posts: 6,756member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SpamSandwich View Post


    Yech... Stacks. Not a fan.



    I rely on it every day.



    Stacks + Expose + Spaces is an important part of my workflow.
  • Reply 17 of 29
    quadra 610quadra 610 Posts: 6,756member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Messiah View Post


    Isn't that 'new' stacks method just the Finder, but with windows that have a black background and background windows that have some perspective?



    With regards to stacks, all I want is the implementation that Apple originally showed with the Leopard preview, where the files themselves reside in the stack, rather than the stack simply being a front end for a folder residing elsewhere.



    I want to be able to grab a bunch of icons and drop them into a stack, without necessarily having to create an enclosing folder and file it away.



    Autostacks.



    http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/26206
  • Reply 18 of 29
    dacloodacloo Posts: 890member
    Amen!



    If Apple wants "Stacks" to be an easy way to select stuff from the Dock, they should NOT implement this folder navigation / scroll bar thingie, because you will invite your audience to use it for something different than its original purpose.





    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Messiah View Post


    Isn't that 'new' stacks method just the Finder, but with windows that have a black background and background windows that have some perspective?



    With regards to stacks, all I want is the implementation that Apple originally showed with the Leopard preview, where the files themselves reside in the stack, rather than the stack simply being a front end for a folder residing elsewhere.



    I want to be able to grab a bunch of icons and drop them into a stack, without necessarily having to create an enclosing folder and file it away.



  • Reply 19 of 29
    Ooops!



    an identically numbered beta of Snow Leopard Server should arrive in tandum



    This must be TANDEM, I have no idea what TANDUM is



    John Davis
  • Reply 20 of 29
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by johninokinawa View Post


    This must be TANDEM, I have no idea what TANDUM is



    But you are well versed in sardonicism.



    Why point out the misspelled datum if you know perfectly well what it means?
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