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Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard"
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So I kicked around the new version of Mac OS X commonly referred to as "Leopard". Doing a clean install was a breeze. Setup runs through the typical setup options. Like 10.4 it tries to force you to sign up for a ".Mac" account on Apple's web site with no visible way to skip it but "command-Q" lets you skip it anyway. At least  there is no retarded activation or anything like that.

Default Desktop
This is the Mac OS X 10.5 default desktop.

Of course Apple changed the over all visual appearance. There is no more "pinstripe" texture anywhere, and the dock has a new 3D look. The dock has reflections too! The brushed metal look that the Finder and some other apps used has also been eliminated.

There are now more items in the sidebar on the Finder and they are organized in to collapsible groups. And they try to sell you on their iDisk service by placing an icon for it prominently in the sidebar.

As with previous versions, the Finder can view files as a list, icons, or columns. Mac OS X 10.5 adds the "CoverFlow" view.

In CoverFlow view, the Finder displays large previews of each file that fly across the screen in 3D as you scroll through them. You can use these huge previews as you would regular icons, dragging them around or opening them. Some file types such as Quicktime videos can play directly in CoverFlow view.

This is a very, very cool looking feature, but I am not sure how it is supposed to be useful. I guess the larger previews can make it easier and quicker to see what is in a document or group of documents without having to open them. Hmmm, that would be very useful for organizing  my porn.

Here is another new feature: Place a folder in the dock, click on it, and WHEEEEE! The files pop up in a fan as shown above or appear in a grid that can hold more icons. These are called "Stacks".

By default Mac OS X 10.5 adds your documents folder and the downloads folder to the dock as stacks. Apparently the operation of these stacks is so intuitive that Apple needed to include a full page document about it in each of the default stacks.

In previous versions of Mac OS X you could click on such folders to bring up a menu. This replaces that functionality entirely. Which is kind of unfortunate as there is no way scroll through the content (it will only show so many items) or to open a subfolder within a fan or grid. These actions must open a Finder window.

Multiple desktops are nothing new, but Apple brings it to the Mac with style.

Once turned on, "Spaces", as they are called in Mac OS X 10.5, lets you switch between different desktops opening different applications in each. You can preview all of the desktops at once and even drag and drop applications from one desktop to another.

Time Machine
While it is really a separate application, the new backup utility called "Time Machine" works with the Finder to let you fly through folder revisions in 3D. Coooooool.

To use Time Machine you MUST have a dedicated hard drive or hard drive partition. A flash drive or network drive will not do. Guess what I don't have.