Sam Brown

Mac OS X Leopard Follow Up

As promised here is a follow up article to the one I wrote on Friday: Mac OS X Leopard First Impressions. I have been using Leopard now since Friday and am very impressed with the release as a whole and I have not had any issues with it yet aside from my cookies mysteriously disappearing. I’ll keep this post brief and mostly in picture-book format!

It’s still really really fast

Just to hammer this point home, Leopard is a lot faster than Tiger ever was. Everything from Spotlight to the loading of the application icons in the Applications folder. Cover Flow is mighty quick and the Quick View application, well I am not sure how I survived without it. Select a file, hit spacebar and the Quick View app launches and previews your file, doesn’t matter if its an image, text document, video or audio file, pdf, a photoshop file, just about anything!

Quick View Spacebar

Web Clip

This has to be one of the most underrated additions to Leopard, and I have yet to hear many people really talk about it in-depth. Essentially Web Clip is a Dashboard Widget that lets you look at a certain part of web page. Hitting the Web Clip icon in Safari allows you to select any part of a site via div tags or you can simply click and drag over an area you want to use.

The Web Clip I am loving at the moment allows me to check the number of people subscribed to my sites RSS Feeds via Feedburner. I simply logged into my Feedburner account selected the div with the stats in it and hit Add. Now when I load up my dashboard I can check the RSS stats from there, phenomenally easy and very very useful!

Web Clip Feedburner

Precise Coordinates

Taking a screenshot in OS X is easy CMD+SHIFT+3 gives you a full screen screenshot, while CMD+SHIFT+4 lets you select the area you want. In Leopard there are pixel precise coordinates next to the selection tool to help in creating the perfectly sized screenshot.. I’ve used this countless times creating the screenshots you see here.

Stacks

I haven’t really found an overwhelming need to use stacks for anything other than the Downloads folder yet, perhaps I could throw some of my not so commonly used Dock Icons in there to tidy my dock up a little.

Downloads Stack

QuickTime

QT looks much better with the new unified interface design, much cleaner and less clunky looking.

QuickTime

Todays Date

The iCal icon in the Dock now displays the correct date and not July 17. You were able to accomplish this in Tiger with a small third party hack but its the little things like this that Apple has included in Leopard that are very pleasing.

iCal Current Date

Blurred Text

Speaking of the little things, when opening a menu from the menu bar in any Application the background is not only slightly transparent it also blurs the text underneath it, lovely!

Blurred Text

Renaming Files

Did you know that when you have a file selected you can push the Enter key (not Return) to rename the file? Now in Leopard when you do this it only selects the named portion of the file, and not the extension! No more silly mistakes to be made there.

Rename

High Resolution Icons

The icons in Leopard have been upgraded to 512×512 pixels in size and they look gorgeous!

Hi-Res Icons

I’m sure I will have a lot more to post and talk about in the future, but I think that is enough love making with Leopard for the time being!

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Sam Brown co-founded Iterate, and was previously VP of Design at Foursquare. Based in NYC.

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