news of 2004-03-25

Apple still has to learn...

... to anticipate sales of killer products. It's a pity. No iPod mini worldwide until July.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-03-25 at 17:41 CET ]
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A first look: Office 2004 Preview

Just to calm some of our readers who have asked for screenshots, really. I must say I'm not a typical 'Office' user. Or maybe I am: I use it mainly for opening documents from others, make some changes and send the documents back. Ever since (i.e. Mac OS X), I've sworn off to MS Outlook Express and Entourage, but I still like to take a look from time to time.

What we see is that there's a new default view option, which is to have the list of messages vertically and the preview pane for the message on the right. This is very good for all the widescreen users (and Mac users often are), but don't fear: The more 'normal' views are still there.

Excel also has a new default view. It shows pages. And I think together with the split-pages preview, Excel has a strong focus on usability. You can still look at your tables in 'normal' view, i.e. without any kind of preview for printing.

On first look, Word has the least changes, i.e. no different default view. From the screenshot you see, however, that the palettes become translucent when not active, which makes the eye of the user focus on the content, which is a welcome effect.

If you have specific questions about this Preview build of Microsoft Office 2004 :mac, use the contact link below this article.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-03-25 at 11:15 CET ]
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Mac.Ars about 3 years of OS X

Yes, yesterday was the third anniversary of Cheetah (Mac OS X 10.0). Eric Bangeman takes a trip down memory lane and mentions good and bad about our favourite operating system.

[ written by fryke™ on 2004-03-25 at 10:37 CET ]
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