Graphics in Mac OS X

Now you’re talking. If you want to see dilated pupils and sweaty palms, just say “graphics” to any Mac OS X junkie.

Yes, graphics is one of the big deals with Mac OS X, thanks to its sophisticated Quartz graphics-processing technology. Everywhere you look in Mac OS X, you’ll find visual effects that would make any other operating system think about early retirement.

For example: Menus are slightly transparent, and when you release them, they fade away instead of snapping off; you can set Excel 3-D graphs to be slightly transparent, so that they don’t block other bars in 3-D graph; when you paste files into windows in icon view, their icons fade into view; when you open an especially long message in Mail, its text fades in from white; when you open a widget in Dashboard, it splashes down with a pond-ripple effect; and, of course, when you switch accounts using Fast User Switching, your work environment slides off the screen as though it’s pasted on the side of an animated cube.

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