So, Leopard is 7 days away. I can’t wait. I had a chance to use Leopard shortly after WWDC this year and I really enjoyed the experience. I’m very much looking forward to having the final copy on my Macs come Oct. 26th. There are a lot of new features in Leopard…some big…some small. There are over 300, in fact – but I thought I would write up the 5 that I’m most looking forward to.
I’m curious to know what your Top 5 are too, so please feel free to leave your Top 5 in the comments below, or post about them on your own blog, and leave us a link.
5. The Desktop
While I don’t really dig the semi-transparent menu bar, I love the look of the Dock, and I find Stacks to be incredibly useful. I am the world’s worst about desktop clutter, and I cannot wait to have all of that automatically placed in my downloads stack, so I can get to it easily, without having to look at it on my desktop. The Spring-loaded Dock feature sounds interesting, but I’m already sold on Stacks and the new look of the Dock.
4. Auto Font Activation
Yeah, I know…WHAT? It may sound stupid, but I’m a graphic artist too. I have over 4,000 fonts on my Mac, mainly because I get artwork from people sometimes that need one of those fonts. Do I use them? Hell no. I don’t use 1,000 of them commonly, but it’s nice to have them all there, so that when I do need one, I have it. What sucks is having to wade through all of them to get to the ones that I commonly use.
With Auto Font Activation, I’ll be able to disable about 3,000 fonts, that will only pop up if I need them in the future. That’s AWESOME!
I love Dashcode. You might remember this little video tutorial that I did a while back with the beta. At the time the beta didn’t support the kind of hosting we are using for the podcast. The final version should have that corrected, and I’ll be able to make an Apple Gazette Daily Widget.
I’m looking forward to making all kinds of widgets and trying to really get into the Dashboard, which is something that I don’t really use very often.
2. Multipage PDFs in Previews
You know the thing that sucks the most about Adobe illustrator? The fact that you can’t make multipage PDF documents with it. It’s insane that you can’t do that (and by the way, if someone can tell me how, I’d LOVE to know), but Preview for Leopard makes it so easy you won’t believe it. It creates beautiful PDFs, and all you have to do is drag and drop your pages in.
1. The New Finder
I HATE the Finder in Tiger. HATE. HATE. HATE it. The new Finder in Leopard is fantastic. I even found Coverflow to be extremely helpful when trying to find an image file that I had forgotten the name of (which happens to me a few times a week). The new Finder is, to me, the best innovation of Leopard, and the thing I’m looking forward to having the most on my machine.