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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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I have to say that...

I have to say that I am excited about truly shared calendars. No more emailing or telling my wife to add my daughter's dr. appt. to our "shared" household calendar. I can do it.

Also, Notes in e-mail with TO-DO iCal integration? Sounds interesting. Possibly very useful for colllaborative projects. On the GTD tip... How about using Notes for Project Management. The classic downfall of GTD Project vs Context seems to be linking NAs to Projects. For the people who do not see the need to get OOP just to run kGTD, they can now pseudo do it in notes. Keep a note for each project with "to-do" NAs that sync to your Contexts in iCal? That was my first thought.

Time Machine seems cool. I could use that now as "Missing Sync" seems to have erased the proposal I was just working on.

I second the "meh" on html mail templates. Making my own widgets is cool though. (I am not a programmer. Possibly an aspiring power user at best.) Damn I could use a spell-check in this little Reply box!




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