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Leopard: more news, updates, tidbits

updated 02:45 pm EDT, Fri October 26, 2007

Leopard: more news

Apple today is launching Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard in the U.S. at 6:00 p.m. local time, but Mac owners in the UK and Japan are already cracking open their freshly-purchased boxes as a result of the time difference. A PhD student at the natural language processing group of the Computer Science Department at Columbia University is putting the finishing touches on Letterbox for Leopard, which is scheduled for release later today or some time tomorrow. Some eager Apple fans are already waiting in line at the Southpoint Mall in Durham, North Carolina to get their hands on Mac OS X Leopard when it hits store shelves there; the patient customers are broadcasting live video each hour, on the hour, of their experience waiting in line.

One blogger has posted a review of Leopard's improved search feature, Spotlight, vs. QuickSilver -- a utility that allows users to create keyboard commands to rapidly perform tasks like launching applications, manipulating files as well as data, and running scripts or sending email.

Apple appears to have removed a key feature in Leopard just before the software is set to launch, according to forum posters cited by AppleInsider. The company repeatedly touted the ability to easily back up data via Wi-Fi using its Time Machine backup utility, but has since quietly removed all references to the feature on its website. The apparent move is frustrating many customers who plan to use the new feature and especially those who purchased expensive wireless devices as a means to make use of Wi-Fi backups once they acquired Leopard.

MacEnthusiasts today announced that it will host a Mac OS X Leopard release party from 5:00-9:00 p.m. on Friday, October 26th. In conjunction with the release of Leopard, the group has arranged for a live spotted leopard with two trainers on the premises as well as free tacos and Halloween candy for kids. MacEnthusiasts is providing live Mac OS X Leopard demonstrations as well as raffles for Apple products all night long, and is giving away a free T-shirt with each Leopard purchase. The party will also include a DJ and free iPods with a purchase of a Mac and an Applecare plan. Leopard sales will begin at 6:00 p.m.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Fishtank22

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I just installed. I'm extremely impressed with 3 things so far:

    1. Share Screen works amazingly well for computers outside of my network. VERY Responsive

    2. Safari downloads are optimized. I'm getting rediculous speeds. EFFING AWESOME!

    3. Spaces is better than expected. If you click an icon in the dock, it jumps to the space with that open app. Very nice feature. makes it easy to jump.

  1. PHitchcox

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Archive and Install

    Please be sure to use at least "Archive and Install"; the default (Upgrade) put me into the Blue Screen of Death for the last two hours; finally found my way back; don't take the chance.

  1. jhawk95

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Up and running in Kansas!

    I got mine at 9:18 AM CDT adn installed it immediately. It is awesome. Spaces if the best frackin thing.

    Backgounds are cool too. Also love the new finder.

    I cannot test anything internet related until I get home. Also, can't wait to try Time Machine tonight.

    Also think the stacks are amazing. I can launch any app not already in the dock in two clicks....and it looks cool too.

    Upgraded to get going and will do a backup of key files and a wipe and clean install this weekend. However, the upgrade was flawless. I just prefer to start from scratch when we get these types of updates.

  1. Beechlady

    Joined: Dec 1969



    So, I order it on October 17th. After waiting DAYS anxiously for the magical 10:30 delivery time (EST), I got the mysterious "package delivery exception". When I called Fed Ex, "Apple REQUESTED that we deliver after 2 P.M." WTF? So, I wait and I wait and I wait. It's now 5 P.M. No Leopard. I specifically ordered from Apple online thinking I'd get my Leopard on the day promised. All they (Apple) had to do is send out a mass email telling us they didn't want us to have it "too early". Man, am I mad....

  1. boazh

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Having issues

    Did fresh install, no issues installing... the best improvement so far is my home network is finally working like it should!! the OS is much faster as in regards to response time as well as Safari is just so snappy. One issue that I'm having is after my MBP is awake from sleep I can't get my emails and can't browse although it shows that I'm connected, only rebooting helps... What Apple was thinking when they designed this 3D dock... it looks like so "UnApple"... mine dock is now on the left!

  1. zzimbob

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Stacks Not so Amazing

    > Also think the stacks are amazing. I can launch > any app not already in the dock in two clicks.... > and it looks cool too.

    Stacks are actually a major step backward in functionality. In Tiger, using a docked folder you can launch any app not already in the dock in one click. In addition, using a docked folder you can navigate through subfolders to launch an app or open a file - still with just one click.

    With Stacks, clicking on a subfolder opens that folder in a Finder window. If the file is there, you have to find it and click it to launch it. If it's buried deeper, you have to navigate the subfolders to find it before you can launch it. That's three clicks at the very least whereas with docked folders there was only just one click needed.

    Last but not least, with docked folders there's no limitation as to how many items show up when you click on the folder. Stacks limit you to 24 items, and if you have more in the folder you have to click on a "more" link to see all of them.

    For those of us who use docked folders all of the time, this is a big step backward in usability and functionality. Supposedly, navigation through subfolders with Stacks was present in pre-release builds of Leopard. Let's hope that Apple listens to the complaints out there and adds (actually, restores) that feature.

  1. localnet

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Just installed...

    Everything is much faster, VERY noticeable increase in speed across the board. Web browsing and downloads are exceptionally faster on both MacBooks.

    I would highly recommend this upgrade for the increased performance alone. I can't wait to load it up on the MacPro 3.0.

  1. himself

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: stacks not so amazing

    I whole-heartedly agree with the main points you made about stacks. I tried out 10.5 at the Apple Store, and everything is amazing, including stacks. But stacks have only limited usability that works well in only a few specific instances (like a downloads stack).

    Apple should really include the option to select whether a folder acts like a folder or a stack in the dock, because today on Tiger, a big part of my workflow depends on docked folders.

  1. hezekiahb

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I'm disappointed at hearing about the folder issue with stacks, yet if spotlight performance is much improved I hope to be using folders in the dock very little going forward. Anyone know how smart folders behave in stacks, any issues?

  1. jstephe

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Mostly good

    I installed this morning on iMac G5 (No iSight) 2GHz 20". Mostly working great but when I use Front Row (Love that I can finally use it without a remote), the audio goes out of synch if I fast forward any video. Other than that I am impressed.

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