Mac OS X Tiger

Mac OS X 10.4 is also called as Tiger and it is the fifth major release of Apple desktop, Mac OS X and server operating system for Macintosh systems. It was successfully came into market on 29 April 2005 as the successor to Mac OS X Panther. It comprises of some new features includes fast searching system called Spotlight, a unified theme, a new version of the Safari web browser, Dashboard and improved support for 64-bit addressing on Power Mac G5s. Apple announced a transition to Intel x86 processor during Tiger’s lifetime, making it the first released Apple operating system to work on Apple-Intel architecture machines.

End User features

  • Spotlight
  • iChat AV
  • Safari  RSS
  • Mail 2
  • Dashboard
  • Automator
  • .Mac syncing
  • Quick Time 7
  • Xcode 2.0

New Applications in Mac OS X Tiger

  • Automator: It lets you automate the tasks you do most often. It is simple to create Automator “workflows” by dragging “actions” and choosing options. Then you can share your workflows in several convenient formats.
  • Grapher: It’s a new application that is efficiently creates 2D and 3D graphs which are similar to that of Graphing Calculator
  • Dictionary: A dictionary and thesaurus application uses the New Oxford American Dictionary. It provides fast graphical user interface for displaying the dictionary, and allows the user to find the dictionary with Spotlight, to print definitions and to copy and paste text into documents
  • Quartz Composer: Quartz Composer is a development tool for processing and rendering graphical data
  • Dashboard:  Dashboard is a widget application; here Tiger widgets include dictionary, calculator, world clock and more

System Requirements

  •  256 MB of RAM
  •  3 GB of free disk space; 4 GB if you install the XCode 2 Developer Tools
  • Built-in FireWire
  • A PowerPC G3, G4, or G5 processor

Graphical User Interface

In every new release of Mac OS X, you can notice Apple’s modifies the graphical user interface somewhat. In Tiger, the menu bar is displayed at the top of the screen now featured with a colored spotlight button in the upper right corner. In addition, Tiger introduced a new window theme, that is often called as Unified and this theme integrates the bar and the toolbar of a window.

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