Emilio Suarez's WebLog

Monday, November 05, 2007

Leopard is here

Well, after more than a week, playing with Leopard, the latest version of the Mac OSX operating system from Apple, I am sold on it.
As Walt Mossberg declares, it is not "Revolutionary" rather "Evolutionary". And the main thing is that it is a really stable version that builds on a a great foundation that was "Tiger" the previous version of the OS.

There has been extensive coverage of the new features of "Leopard" such as the ones from the NYTimes (David Pogue), USAToday, MacWorld, but the most extensive and comprehensive (in my opinion) is the one from ArsTechnica. It goes into details of both the things that you see, and the ones that are under the covers.

Personally, the features that I like the most are:

* Quick Preview: it is one of those things like QuickSilver, once you start using, you cannot imagine living without it.
* Spaces: I have used Desktop Manager before, but having it built-in the OS makes a huge difference.
* Networking: there are a few changes to the networking components including Airport that just make it easier to work with multiple networking environments.
* Screen Savers: There are a couple of really nice screen savers, specially the ones for displaying photos and mosaics.
* Mail and iCal: have much better interfaces and features. The stationery in Mail is very slick and easy to use.

And the most important feature is that everything works. VMWare Fusion released an update for "Leopard" and I haven't had any issue with any other applications. The same applies to my old Powerbook G4 that I also upgraded and handles the new OS perfectly.

2 Comments:

  • Hey emilio, nice to see you blogging. I've been playing with Leopard at home, but it hasn't been completely smooth sailing unfortunately.

    My ReadyNAS NV+ is not kosher with the cool new network UI, and Adobe Lightroom is doing some funky things as well. Finally, it's really irritating that we don't get Java 1.6 and that Time Machine can't backup to a network share.

    All said and done, I'm pretty happy with it and expected a few bumps in the road, but it hasn't been a perfectly smooth one for me.

    By Blogger dolan, at 12:22 PM  

  • Great Dolan... it is really a nice improvement over Tiger... as always there are little issues but in general it has been working great for me!

    By Blogger Emilio, at 3:19 PM  

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