We’re providing live coverage of this morning’s Mac OS X Conference keynote speeches by Tim O’Reilly and David Pogue. This report will be updated continually until the keynotes end at 10:15 AM Pacific, so refresh frequently.
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10:23: You can turn a USB digital camera into a spycam from Image Capture in conjunction with Safari. (Pogue then uses Derrick Story’s digital camera located across the room to take picture, and then automates it to do so every few seconds. An impressed crowd applauds enthusiastically.)
10:20: The Expose blob.
Type this in the Terminal:
defaults write com.apple.dock wvous-floater -bool true
This creates a blue blob that you can click on to activate Expose.
10:19: Faxing is new to Panther. You can have received faxes automatically print, emailed to yourself, and/or saved to a specific folder.
10:17: You can now change the built-in keystrokes for every Mac function. Everything is keyboard controllable. hit cmd-M to select the menu bar, and then type the name of the menu item you want. Hit space to select.
10:14: You can drag the Chess board around in 3D, as well as apply textures to both the board and the chess pieces. Apply the metal texture to the board, apply the panther and jaguar skins to the pieces, and you have a full-blown OS war. (room erupts in laughter) If you really have some free time, set it to Computer-vs-Computer and watch it play itself.
10:12: You can open EPS documents like Freehand in Apple’s Preview to view and print in full resolution.
10:10: Apple has a great new autocomplete feature. Say there’s a word that you can’t remember the correct spelling for. Type the first few letters in TextEdit and hit option-esc for a list of suggestions.
You can quick force-quit the current app by adding shift to the usual command-option-escape combo.
10:08: Finally, command-tab will let you quickly switch between open applications by just doing quick taps.
10:02: You can hold down shift when using Expose to slow down the effects. You can assign any keystroke you like in the Expose preference pane, even the “fn” key on PowerBooks and iBooks. You can even use the left shift key. “Hello, Cupertino?! Okay, don’t pick that key.” (riotous laughter) You can assign extra mouse buttons to Expose features.
10:00: You can create zip files and browse Windows network. “Has hell frozen over twice this week?”
9:55: I use a lot of “menulettes,” including a new Eject menu and a Classic (OS 9) menu. Just double click the appropriate menu extras located in System > Library > CoreServices > Menu Extras. Even the battery menu indicator has improved, turning red when you only have a little bit of juice left.
9:55: There’s a “Send to Bluetooth Device” service where you can send files to nearby computers and phones via Bluetooth. This uses the new Bluetooth File Exchange. A very handy way to send files back and forth, even when you don’t have an Airport network nearby.
9:50: TextEdit has stylesheets. “What’s next? A calculator with 3D graphing?”
You can search a phrase with Google from within TextEdit. Also, you can summarize text. Just select a bunch of text, and select the Summarize service. SummaryService app, which you didn’t even know you had, will launch. There’s a sliding bar that allows you to choose how long you want the summary to be… even down to a single sentence. (thunderous applause)
9:42: But everybody knows about that. Let’s look at the lesser known features. “Folding up the desktop.” You can keep folders in the Finder’s sidebar, and when you click on them, you skip all the stuff above it — you can’t even go above, and that’s actually quite handy. What’s even better, you can use it as a shelf. Just put a folder there temporarily, access its contents, and then get rid of it. It’s also in the open/save dialog boxes. When you go to look at the “Where” pop-up in an open/save dialog box, you’ll see the exact same list as your sidebar. You can also drag folders from your desktop to an open/save dialog box, and it will jump to that folder. When you click on items in your open/save dialog box, it shows the name in above, making it easier to rename file names. Open/save dialog boxes are now available in column and list views.
9:40: Security. Mac OS X doesn’t have a single documented virus (yet). People say that’s just because it’s a smaller target, but that’s not that the only reason behind it. The default number of open ports is fewer than Windows systems. FileVault is great because before this you could bypass Apple’s security measures by booting off a Mac OS 9 CD.
Tim O’Reilly’s keynote speech
9:27: Q: (Didn’t catch the question)
The network is the computer mantra really is on the mark. How many of you use Linux? How many of you use Google? The number should be the same — it’s a trick question. When you go to Google, you’re using an application that lives in a massive Linux cluster. Apple is the first old-generation computer company that seems to get this. Apple is taking the network concept and build it into our applications. It’s actually got an Amazon-like applications designed to manage your local data store. We’re going to have more devices on the net, more data on the net. When inventing something, you need to think about what the world will look like when the invention will be finished — not when the invention process began. When the computing world was born, Apple had a vision for what the world should look like, and they are headed in that direction.
9:24: Q: “When is video conferencing going to really happen?”
I think we’re getting more progress than you think. iSight is $149, compared to the $50,000 than a similar system would have cost just a few years ago. You can put together pieces that work together reasonably well. In The Innovator’s Dilemma, the author talks about how it takes a while before technologies like this become fully mainstream.
9:22: Q: “I’m sure you talk to Apple about stuff like this. What kind of response are you getting?”
They are listening. It will take time, but it will happen. It took me a few years of giving talks like this before Amazon decided to listen and open up their system via their now successful web services API.
9:18: Shawn Fanning is to be commended for breaking a lot of the old ideas. Need more robust and easy to use framework for permissions. We need things to be hackable. When people hack, they show us where technology wants to go. They’re basically saying, “the manufacturer didn’t support this, but I want it.” Vendors figure out that this is what people want, and then they implement the feature in a way that’s much less work than the way the hack was implemented.
9:13: Publish and subscribe in iCal has some good points, but it also has a number of serious flaws. This is more cumbersome than it should be. I can’t drag individual items from someone’s calendar to my calendar — I have to take all or nothing.
9:10: William Gibson quote: “The future is here; it’s just not evenly distributed yet.” … even with Apple.
9:09: AddressBook is nice, but there isn’t enough integration with the rest of the world. We need to be able to be able to better relate contacts to one another.
9:08: What would iTunes look like if you could have buddy lists in it?
9:07: Why aren’t buddy lists only available in iChat? Why not in iTunes and iPhoto?
9:05: iApps are great, but there could be more integration.