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      04.02.2011 23:52

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      a must have upgrade

      After upgrading to Snow Leopard I was visually stunned, everything just seems to... Work and go so nice together. First off I'd like to highlight the visually stunning aurora wallpaper which honestly just takes your breath away, everything is so smooth and easy on the eye. The transparent menu bar also gives it an extra hint of eye candy which is guaranteed to turn heads.

      I'd simply say snow is visually amazing, all my friends envy me and I always seem to find people overlooking my dock which I love the feeling of, knowing that someone is envying! Aside from the visually stunning aspects let's get down to the geek stuff, snow allows me now to install loads more applications for mac which I could of never installed without it, they are really useful and just all together great.

      I'd recommend snow to anyone, easy to use, beautiful and it will make your friends jealous!

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      22.08.2010 13:35
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      A great operating system with loads of large and little improvements to make your Mac even better

      I have had this ever since I bought my Mac, cleverly after Max OS X Snow Leopard was released so it came already on my Mac and I didn't have to buy it. It's a great operating system and so much improved from previous macs I have had, including an original iMac and eMac.

      This operating system is very fast and has introduced lots of little new features to the Mac, which you will only find out about through use unless you read about them. They all make it a lot faster and more efficient to use. I have always found Macs fast and safe and efficient anyway but now they are more so than ever before.

      The simple things you may notice are the Snow Leopard desktop. You get a lovely picture of an actual Snow Leopard (yes they exist) and this light background looks great surrounded by the black part on my Macbook Pro screen.

      In your doc, you can now hold the mouse click button over a folder or something and it will open in Expose view all the folders within. For example, you can browse photos quicker, which are kept in a folder in your doc so you can access them quicker. Although I don't use a Time Machine, which is for backing up your hard drive, the speed of uploading to this has been greatly increased by up to 80%. I have noticed that putting stuff from a USB stick onto the computer is a lot quicker too.

      The start up and shut down times are very quick and the computer quicky awakens from sleep mode too, within a matter of seconds. Upgrading the Mac with new installations is also a lot quicker. Some of the applications have been improved such as Quicktime, which now has a much better design. It's very easy to use and you can have a pane of video playing on your desktop without any clutter around it as the controls disappear.

      If you can type in Chinese, I have read you can even use the multi-touch pad to quickly write in Chinese as it recognises all letters! Safari has also been updated to be faster than ever, which is already the fastest browser out there. The introduction of 64-bit technology as opposed to the previous 32-bit has improved speeds of all applications and this supposedly makes it even safer to use too with greater technology and techniques used to protect your computer.

      Many improvements have been made to Voice-Over including updates to the multi-touch pad on the Macbook Pro so blind people who cannot see the screen can 'see it' on the touch pad. It's very clever stuff! There are loads of other minor improvements that you may not notice but all make the operating system even better. Using Boot Camp, you can even partition your hard drive to run Windows applications as well as those for Mac. A Mac is certainly worth buying and this OS makes it even better! For around £25, it's worth the buy to upgrade unless you buy a new Mac today, which will come with the latest Snow Leopard installed.

      Thanks for reading!

      :)

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      23.04.2010 12:23
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      macbook pro users this is a must

      Just bought this for £25 in the apple shop. I am a iphone app developer and user and I was not going to buy this new version of the OS until Apple forced me into it by updating my iphone OS for free and then making it incompatible for testing applications on with the previous leopard version. I find this a little cheeky really but oh well.

      The product is not available with the 15% student discount for anyone who is a student. I was hoping this wouldn't have been the case. For £25 you get some updated features and improvements to the new things from Leopard. My fav is the updated stacks feature which opens the whole folder and not just a few items from it. This was a major pain for me so thats a good point.

      The new version is based on the idea of reducing bulk from the build and adding speed. To be honest I haven't noticed my laptop running any faster but I haven't really been pushing it very hard. It is too early to say if the battery is lasting any longer though. I have the new Macbook pro 15inch model. This is the type of system to have if you want to upgrade. The new versions most exciting feature is the idea of using your graphics card as a second processor. This is a really nice exciting feature which in the future will extend the life of my laptop since the combination of the two processors will meet the challenge of new processing intensive software.

      The product comes on a single DVD and as with all Apple products comes in a simple clean packaging with a few stickers. The installation is the quickest thing ever but you have to then connect to the interest and download the latest updates which is a bit of a pain. From start to complete finish it took me a few hours which is about the same as a Windows install really.

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      03.10.2009 02:18
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      At £25, it's worth buying just to know you have the latest and greatest

      Intro
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      Snow Leopard is the latest operating system for Mac computers, OS number 10.6. This time round, Apple has finally decided to drop support for PPC based Mac's and is an Intel only affair. It's being marketed as a sort of streamlined Leopard, instead of being jam packed with the latest eye candy and features, Snow Leopard focuses almost solely on speed and lightness.


      What's in the Box
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      In the box is the install DVD, a very slim manual briefly outlining some of the new features, and a couple of apple stickers. All this is housed in a CD sized box, with a picture of a Snow Leopard on the front, this is arguably the weakest boxart ever produced by Apple but I personally wasn't too bothered about this, I wanted to know what Snow Leopard itself would bring to the table.


      Installation
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      Installation couldn't be easier, pop the disc in, it will ask for your password and away you go. Snow Leopard will then upgrade Leopard, keeping all your files and settings and placing any known incompatible applications in a separate folder. I personally didn't have any 'known' incompatible apps. The whole process took around 45 minutes on a 2007 white plastic MacBook and when it booted up for the last time, it was ready to get going.


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      Some of the new features in Snow Leopard include the ability to scroll through your stacks if they are in the grid format, I found this was extremely helpful. I always have an application stack in the dock and this allows me to open any application on my mac without having to open a finder window at all.

      Expose has been slightly modified, when you enter Expose, Windows are now more neatly arranged, and if you click and hold an open application in the dock, it will expose only the open windows for that application, getting rid of the all the rest. This is a nice touch and one that could be extremely useful if you like having allot of windows open at once.

      Quicktime 10 is included with Snow Leopard. There are only a few visible differences to the end user, there's a new icon for a start! The other difference is that when you let your cursor rest, everything, including the title bar etc. disappears so that you have a floating video on top of other windows, nothing more.

      That's basically all the new features in Snow Leopard, besides quite a few wallpaper editions, that is visible to the end user.

      Once you install Snow Leopard, Apple say it will actually free 6GB of space on your computer. I actually found it freed more, clocking in at around 10GB, I've even heard reports of others saying they've recovered a massive 20GB!

      Snow Leopard has also been made compatible with Exchange which could be a massive reason to upgrade, and well worth the £25 all on it's own, depending on your circumstances.


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      So the big question then, does Snow Leopard actually improve performance? Personally I haven't seen any huge leaps in performance, starting my MacBook up and shutting down is noticeably faster but loading and switching between applications was already lightening fast in Leopard, and not really improved by Snow Leopard. But that doesn't mean it won't get faster, as more and more applications are built to run 64bit, Snow Leopard will show it's true colours. At the end of the day, the upgrade disc is just £25 and for an entirely streamlined operating system, the purchase is a no brainer. Apple weren't promising anything revolutionary from the start, the decision to name the OS Snow Leopard reflects this, and nothing say's it more than the unbelievable price of just £25


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      Uh-Oh, here comes the negatives. Unfortunately, not everything is compatible with Snow Leopard yet, as with any OS upgrade, this is to be expected, and you should check to make sure any important applications work before installing SL

      After installing Snow Leopard, I had a strange problem with my HP printer, when I wanted to print from Firefox (This is essential if your running an eBay business) the printer settings would default to Premium Photo Glossy Paper meaning printouts were taking ages, even when I changed the option to plain paper, they still took ages, indicating that no change had actually occurred. Frustrated, I delved into some of the printer settings and eventually found a work around, which was to use a driver for a completely different HP printer, but it seems to work well.

      Most incompatibilities come from Safari plugins, and the Gmail notifier application, also had some trouble, asking me if I would like to install Rosetta (Which, incidentally, is not installed by default in this OS)


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      There are no mind blowing new features here. It's been said time and time again but I'll say it again anyway, this OS is evolutionary, not revolutionary. But, Apple knows this, and it's why they are only charging £25 for it, a small price to pay for a streamlined version of what was already the best operating system available.

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      04.09.2009 18:02
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      Good but check compatability with Cameras etc

      Snow Leopard (Family Pack). Comes in a small box 13.3cm x 13.3cm x 1.2cm. inside the box is a DVD, a support card, two apple stickers and the instruction folder.

      The DVD menu gives you a customize option, which lets you choose the translate different language options, also Different printer options and the usual programming options. Once started the installation takes about 15 minutes then reboots. After rebooting it takes another 10 minutes to configure all the settings, then starts with the normal welcome screen. The new desk top picture of the Snow Leopard is really impressive and clear and there are about another 8 or so new pictures. Also there are new screen savers and new options for the display like mosaic. Other options like the advertised speed of Safari is impressive (it now loads in 5 seconds). The program itself had increased my free space by about 20GB. QuickTime is better, good recording option.

      All in all it is well worth the £39 price tag

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      Mac OS X still comes in one version that runs both 64-bit and 32-bit applications. So you don’t need to update everything on your system