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Mac OS X version 10.4 "Tiger": Apple., Software, Single-user education license $69, Server version $249

Among the more than 200 new features in this updated operating system is Spotlight, which can search for anything stored on the computer, including the contents of Microsoft Office and other documents, e-mails, contacts and images. Spotlight organizes and displays results, as well as automatically updates results when files change. Several third-party developer applications with Spotlight search technology are expected in the coming months.

Also new is Dashboard, which includes accessory applications called widgets that appear to give users immediate access to information like weather forecasts, airline flight tracking and a phone book. Tiger ships with 14 widgets.

Tiger's iChat supports the new H.264 video codec for better picture quality audio and video conferencing. The new Automator workflow application, meanwhile, lets users automate repetitive tasks by selecting from a library of 100-plus customizable actions to create an automated workflow tailored to suit their requirements. Workflows can be saved and shared with colleagues. The Safari Web browser can now bring up the most current information from Web sites and personal Weblogs, and multiple feeds can be merged into one interface to create a personal news clipping service. A new .Mac sync preference enables subscribers to automatically synchronize their Safari bookmarks, iCal appointments, address book contacts, keychain passwords and mail settings across multiple computers.

The first new Apple hardware release with Tiger is the iMac G5 series ($1,199-$1,699). The computers have 2.0 GHz PowerPC G5 processors, built-in Airport Extreme and Bluetooth wireless connectivity. The entire computer, including the power supply and slot-loaded optical drive, is built right into a two-inch thin display. An ATI Radeon 9600 graphics processor with 128MB of dedicated video memory delivers high-performance graphics and provides fast image processing when combined with Tiger's graphics capabilities.

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Title Annotation:New Products: The latest offerings in books, hardware, Internet and software
Author:Ezarik, Melissa
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Date:Jun 1, 2005
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