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Thursday, October 21, 2004
 
Tiger Developer Overview
6:00 AM | Devin Sanera | Comment on this story

Apple gave developers and power users a treat when they posted a run down of the spiffy new technologies that will be packaged with Tiger, the fourth major release of OS X.

According to Apple, OS X 10.4 is the most important release of an Operating System since OS X first arrived in March 2001. The majority of Tiger's improvements are under the hood, where they'll be harnessed by developers, resulting in a far better applications for users.

One of the most notable changes to the OS is the inclusion of the Core Image framework, which will allow developers to harness the processors that drive graphics cards to a far greater extent then they ever have. Users will be able to pass complex graphics calculations off to their graphics card rather than having them processed by their CPU. Core Image will do this with an extreme amount of accuracy. Core Image will also allow developers to add pre-compiled filters, transitions, and effects for use in their own application.

Tiger also has many other things for the user to appreciate, most notably Spotlight (Basically a global iTunes-type search) and Automator (AppleScript on steroids). A full breakdown of the technologies in Tiger can be found through the link below.

Tiger is slated to ship in the first half of 2005 and will likely arrive with many applications already built to take advantage of its features.

Apple
Apple: Tiger Preview


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