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Open Thread: Leopard Preview

Apple - Apple - Mac OS X - Leopard Sneak Peek

Like most of you, I'm keeping an eye on today's previewed features of the upcoming "Leopard" (OS X 10.5) release.

Looks like some interesting ideas -- many of which, as usual, seem inspired by existing third-party products.

I think I'm most intrigued so far by the idea of "to-do" functionality from within Mail.app (thanks for the tip, Matt); let's hope that also means I can deep link to a given email from my iCal task list. I also welcome the concept of built-in email templates -- although I'm kind of bummed that they seem more focused on execrable 1999-style HTML emails than on the kind of functional time-savers found in the peerless MailTemplate.

To be honest, on first blush -- and I'm sure there's much more to come by the time of release -- this feels a bit cute and a little light on really revolutionary stuff (the long overdue promise of something like Time Machine notwithstanding). Stuff like (yet. more.) iLife integration is handy enough for the notional Swithcher and Grandpa Joe, but in general I guess I'm hoping for some serious power-user improvements to the core functionality. Maybe that's just me.

What do you think? What's "Yeah!" and what's "Meh?" Anybody else holding out hope for some really deep Finder rewriting and more functional iCal updates?

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Cross-Platform Punter's picture

I don't know about anyone...

I don't know about anyone else, but I have a Powerbook at home and do tech support for XP at work, and totally thought, "trying to look like XP, are we?"

Seriously, adding in notes and to-do makes Mail look more like Outlook. XP has a function similar to Time Machine already - you have to uncheck it before cleaning off virii so it will reset to "take pictures" of a clean system rather than retaining the virused version.

Not to say that XP is actually better or anything. You'll pry my Powerbook from my cold dead hands. I swore I would never give M$ another dime a long time ago. Supporting PCs does that to you -- the best thing I got from Windows was job security! But I have to wonder if Apple's seeking out things that XP has that OS X doesn't, and tweaking so users will see equivalents and make the switch. I never really felt the absence of any of the features in the preview, cause as someone else said, there are apps that will do a lot of that already.




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