What's Actually New In Leopard?

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Steve Jobs covered ten points about Leopard today, but it wasn't all technically news. In fact, we could count just nine true news items to come from the keynote. Let's recap what's really new about Leopard, right here in easily-digestible form:

•There's a new Desktop, with a dock and menu bars that adjust to your background.


•Stacks are like folders but they let you see items in a bundle, and when you click on them, they pop up.

•Network View shows computers (Macs and Windows) and their files as if they were residing on your own machine.

•Back to My Mac: .Mac knows all your IP addresses of your computers, so you can use .Mac to communicate over the net.

•Cover Flow comes to OS X, giving you that same liquid movement to all your documents that you have with your album covers now in iTunes.

•Quick Look lets you view Excel, PDFs and Word documents without having to launch an application. You can use it in the Finder and in browse-intensive apps like Time Machine.

•Leopard is now entirely 64-bit, but you can still run 32-bit applications on it.


•iChat has new effects, including the R2D2 hologram that, only a few hours public, is now world famous.

•Safari 3 finally shows up on Windows XP and Vista. Some people are saying it's a lot faster.




The interface isn't revolutionary or anything, it's just a nice refresh... but maybe a little to much... it's starting to look like a wet fun house with all those reflections. Transparency used to be used for aesthetics and usefulness here it's mostly aesthetics. There is no need for the menu bar to be transparent but its there anyway. IMHO though its still better than Vista's (yeah even though they look a lot alike now). For Vista every-time you open a new window you have to wait for that sliding effect (yeah its a split second but a lot of the times you want to get rid of those dialog boxes ASAP), you use 3D flip you have to wait till all the windows are organized then flipped. Where as in Exposé a flick of the mouse does the job. Leopard, seems to still have more usefulness in the UI than superfluous effects. Also one last comment, I think one of the best things about Leopard is that it works with you, everyone is trying to do things faster now a days. Leopard helps with that, instead of launching an app there's Quicklook, instead of searching through tons of windows (even in Exposé) there is Spaces, instead of looking for folders there are stacks.

PS. when writing this long comment I just wondered WHERE IS BUILT IN GRAMMER CHECK??