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Creativity on the Mac

by Derrick Story
Mac Newsletter for 10/11/2002

Dear Mac Reader,

In a recent Weblog, "Mac OS X: More Creative Than You Think," I talked about the beauty of Mac OS X for music, digital photography, and movie making.

As I look at the upcoming schedule for the Mac DevCenter, I see more articles focusing on these creative pursuits, which I think is a terrific balance to the technical pieces we've been covering all along. Why do I mention this now?

Well, I think more than anything, it's a sign of maturation for this platform. In the early days of Mac OS X, we had to focus on the things that enabled the basic tasks of computing. In other words, you must have a network connection before you can publish Web pages. We all spent a lot of time figuring out these necessities because we had to.

But now, with the latest version of Jaguar, many of those basic functions are working well. Our Macs are handling daily tasks with ease and speed. This allows us to start thinking a little more about recreation and creativity--a pastime that Mac users have always excelled in.

Don't think for a moment that I'm going to slow the pace of our core content for developers and power users; I'm not. But we're going to also cover more music, digital photography, and movie making.

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As you read this letter, I'll be hiking in the California wilderness taking pictures of fall color. I'm really happy that I have my PowerBook loaded with iPhoto, Photoshop, QuickTime, and other creative tools so I can relive the moments from this trip for years to come.

I promise, I won't subject you to a vacation slide show, but I will continue to show you new ways to explore your creativity using Mac OS X.

Until next time,
Derrick
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Derrick Story
O'Reilly Network Managing Editor
derrick@oreilly.com

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