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On the Prowl With Tiger

Last month, Apple released the latest operating system for its computers called Mac OS X 10.4. Better known as "Tiger," the software has already made quite a roar among Apple fans.

"It's been a very successful launch for us thus far," said Frank Casanova, senior director of marketing at Apple. The main attractions, he said, are the software's new features that give Macs even more powerful capabilities.

"We built into Tiger, right at the core of the operating system, a search technology that we call Spotlight," said Casanova.

It's a lot like Google's desktop search tool. On demand, Spotlight can find files and applications that match whatever words a Mac user types into the search box. Casanova says because Spotlight is integrated into the heart of Tiger, it means one thing: "It's fast."

Tiger also introduces new terms: "Dashboard" and "widgets." Casanova calls them "cool little programs" that can do all kinds of things. One widget, for example, might be programmed to look for Wi-Fi "hotspots" which would allow Tiger-equipped Mac notebooks to wirelessly connect to the Internet. The widgets, which can be created by almost anyone, can sit on the Mac's desktop, creating a car-like "dashboard."

Still, not all Apple owners are purring over Tiger. Initially, small business owners and corporate workers who use Mac computers complained that Tiger wouldn't work with certain office network setups.

Casanova said Apple released a "patch" -- Mac OS X 10.4.1 -- on Monday which should fix many of the early problems and re-establish Tiger as the cat's meow among Mac fans.

-- Jim Hickey, ABC News

Cybershake is produced for ABC News Radio by Andrea J. Smith.

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