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Febian 10Feb2007 19:19

Vista vs Mac OS X
 
Vista and Mac whos better? No one really knows but what's true is that Vista has a lot of new applications and cool new features but the problem are the rumors which say that Vista is a Mac rip off.

Instant Search and Spotlight



First lets start with the search tool. As we all know Apple created the best search technology in history and is called Spotlight available since Mac OS X Tiger came out. Well, as we all also know Vista added a search tool on almost everything on windows Vista but specially on the start menu and obviously it's a rip of spotlight but if we actually think of it on Windows XP it also has a search tool but it was just a huge windows with different search options and now on Vista is easier and cleaner and is pretty neat that Vista added that there cause it helps a lot.

WMP11 and iTunes



iTunes is considered to be one of the most used music players on the net plus you need it for your iPod but now windows invented WMP11 the next gen of windows media player. I must say I used it myself on Vista at my friends house and is great but on the other hand for me it sucks on xp cause its slow, buggy and makes visualizations run very of slow but I really liked it so lets compare it. On iTunes there's the iTunes music store and the search tool and on WMP 11 they included a search tool which is blazing fast and the Urge music store which I didn't really liked. I think that on this part iTunes copied just a little from WMP 11 and what I mean is that when your using wmp11 and you go to the playlist section and you click on albums you can see that is very similar to the album view on iTunes 7 but that's just me so just try it youself. Another comparison is that now when you play a track on wmp11 you'll see that the album art will appear while the visualizations are still playing.

Sidebar and Dashboard



Dashboard is an amazing application only for Mac OS X tiger and leopard which lets you run widgets on your desktop and what are widgets? well there like mini and fun applications like weather, phonebooks, flightracker, translation and much much more that help you on a daily basis, but for Windows XP we always had third party apps to imitate it (at least us modders) but now on windows Vista they have this new feature called Sidebar and what's sidebar? Well its literally a sidebar with gadgets well there actually widgets but they had to change the name so is not that obvious that the ripped it off macs but there gadgets and gadgets are the same thing as widgets mini applications that help you on little tasks. I must admit is pretty cool and is quite fast and fun but is kind of obvious they had the idea from dashboard but maybe they probably saw all the third party widget engines apps that xp had and maybe they wanted to integrate it into Vista.

Vista and Mac interface



Ok I have heard a lot of people saying that the Windows Vista interface is very look-alike to the Mac one but seriously I find them completely different first of all Macs don't use transparency on windows only for those little menus and second people get confused about interface and programs cause Vista may have very look-alike apps but the interface is completely different from Mac OS X but that's just my opinion if you have yours please post it here.

Photo Gallery and iPhoto



iPhoto is a program on Mac OS X which lets you upload your pictures to your Mac with any camera which is just amazing and you can make slideshows, movies and even add music. Now on windows Vista they included something like iPhoto but now is called Windows Gallery which lets you add your photos there and you can fix them etc and make slideshows and add music and it even interacts with movie maker but it has almost everything that iPhoto and picasa offer but is still a very cool enhancement to windows Vista cause if your like me I have a lot of photos and it organizes all of them on a good way and it looks a lot like the WMP11 interface.

Flip 3D and Expose



Expose is a cool and convenient way to look for your windows from a certain point of view like for when your doing a lot of stuff at the same time. Windows Vista now has something very similar called Flip 3D which is activated by pressing alt + tab now if you do this on Windows XP you'll get this ugly window which shows you all the apps you have opened but now in Vista is awesome the effects are cool and fun plus has that cool aero interface in it too. Like I said before they invented a lot of third party apps for Windows XP just to imitate the Mac OS X ones and this is one of them but now is integrated on Vista.

Vista icons and Mac icons



Now that Vista is all graphics they just had to change the icons and now there in a better quality which are called png's which are also used on Mac OS X now you can resize your icons on Vista to different sizes and since there all png's they will stay with the same quality plus Vista uses OpenGL just like Macs do and many other video game consoles.

IE 7 RSS and Safari RSS



Nobody really uses IE 7 but this time is a little different. Now it has the same Vista interface and it has tabs yes ie 7 now has tabs, and now has the search tool integrated just like safari and just like firefox and I told you that the search tool was everywhere. The only actual comparison I could find was that both of them use rss at least on the Vista version I dunno on Windows XP and it still has some minor bugs and the only one I have is that it doesn't really update the sites I visit, for example when I visit osx-e it has desktp pictures from last month. If anyone else has bugs like this please be sure to post them here.

Conclusion



Something I learned is that both OSes are very good and people love them both. If you guys think Mac is better than Vista or Vista is better than Mac well good for you and be sure to post your opinions here.I think this is enough for one day and I know I still have more stuff to talk about but if you would be so kind and posts stuff I left out.


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