Iyaz Akhtar wrote earlier about some of the new features in Leopard, set to debut in nine days. The full list spans over 300 new features — some of them niftier than others. This is my first major OS X upgrade since I switched (back) to […]

index_hero20071016.jpg Iyaz Akhtar wrote earlier about some of the new features in Leopard, set to debut in nine days. The full list spans over 300 new features — some of them niftier than others.

This is my first major OS X upgrade since I switched (back) to Mac, and it struck me as funny that a friend wants to wait a week to see what issues come up with Leopard. (Isn’t that what beta testing is for?) So I have two questions for you, dear readers:

  1. Are you planning to upgrade to Leopard immediately or soon after it becomes available on October 26th?
  2. What 1 or 2 new features or enhancements are you most excited about?

I’ve already preordered my copy, and I can’t wait for the new AppleScript and scripting bridge as well as beefed up security (especially 256-bit AES).

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  1. Also preordered a copy (5 license edition) in the Dutch store.
    The normal Dutch site hasn’t been updated but the store is already new…

  2. I am not sure if I will bother upgrading at all. I am currently using a 1 GHz G4 iBook which does meet the minimum requirements but I am planning to get a new Mac (iMac most likely) within the next two months and so far I have yet to be excited by any of the new features (haven’t heard if they got ZFS support working or not for the final version though). I figure I might as well put the money I would spend on the upgrade towards the new machine which will include the new OS.

    Another reason I think I should just stick with 10.4 on this iBook is that I have a feeling that this is going to be the first version of OS X that doesn’t run as good as or better than the previous version. With the exception of 10.4 (which didn’t seem to be any faster or slower than 10.3 on my hardware) so far for me every version of Mac OS X has run better than the version before it. I fear this streak is going to be ending soon.

  3. I plan on upgrading relatively soon, definitely within a week or two of it’s release at most.

    I’m most looking forward to the new finder, which looks to streamline navigation immensely, and as a relatively new switcher to Macs (I bought mine at the beginning of the summer of 2006), the finder is the one thing that I still can’t stand. As it is now, it’s practically broken. So I’m definitely excited for the redesign.

    The other feature I’m really excited about is spaces. Sure, there have been virtual desktop managers around for a long while, however spaces seems to do it in a non-buggy, smooth, intuitive, and natural way. On my linux boxes I’m a multiple desktop junkie, and I can’t wait to be able to do it hassle-free in Leopard.

  4. Pre-ordered my educational copy today, a whole $13 off from those money-gubbing whores in Redmond, oh wait, we are Mac users aren’t we, huh, getting a bit confusing with all the Gates-esque moves that keep flowing out of the Fruit campus.

    But pretty much excited to not be running Tiger and playing with all the new features to see what improves my machine’s performance and my workflows and my playflows as well.

  5. Leopard may be Tiger with more features but they are nice upgrades and worth the money IMO. I’m most excited about better annotation in Preview, the new Quick Look and the Finder features. Although I don’t need Finder much thanks to Quicksilver and Pathfinder.

  6. If you buy it from your campus bookstore instead of the Apple education site, you’d only pay $50 or so.

    I do plan on switching over on release day, the delay in launch seems to have given extra time for most of the third-party software I use to get Leopard updates already.

  7. yeah, i’m planning on upgrading. i’m most looking forward to spaces and stacks

  8. I can’t wait for it!
    I am looking forward to Time Machine!

    Oh yea, I made this little widget that will count down to the release of leopard, it can be found here: http://www.needmacsupport.com/news/news.html

  9. I have already ordered my copy, and I really look forward to trying out the new Apple Mail – will it handle text coding in a way so that some European characters won’t look like chinese when being sent to people with Exchange Servers.
    I am also looking forward to the new Spotlight and Finder abilities.

  10. What’s really important IMO is the fact, that Leopard is UNIX 03 certified. Check out this page to learn more about UNIX technology in Leopard and this page to see what exclusive club Leopard just joined.

  11. I pre-ordered 2 copies, one for my MacPro and MacBook Pro.
    relatively cheap ($158 each AUD) compared to the dozen versions of Vista that I’d have to endure choosing if I continued to use my PC for work.

    Actually looking forward to the 64-Bit OS, as I don’t think Tiger is 64-Bit, and improving the performance of the MacPro in general.

    Stacks and Spaces look cool too.

  12. Twist: I think the minimum spec is G4 867MHz, not 1GHz!
    See http://www.apple.com/macosx/techspecs/

  13. @ divigation — I know that the edu version is up in price this time, but it’s still 10 percent off, which is inline with their hardware academic pricing.

    @ Sigge Stark — That always frustrates me that text encoding isn’t handled the same cross-platform. Of course, the Mac always gets the blame for it, but it’s really an issue of coding (UTF-8 vs. ISO-8859 version Latin-1, etc.). I’m happy that AppleScript is now natively Unicode!

    @ Tomas — I’m definitely looking forward to “real” Unix too! I was hoping someone else would say that. :) I’m a Unix nerd at heart, so this is an important one to me.

  14. i will upgrade asap … (with current superDuper backups at hand) on my Mac Pro and if that goes well for all my apps i will upgrade on the macbook pro also.

    spaces, time machine and the finder are highly apprecc.

    The missing (full) support for ZFS is a nuisance, but hopefully this will be delivered in a few months.

  15. We ordered the family pack when it was available for pre-order from Amazon a couple weeks ago.

    I’m looking forward to the new Finder, the new features in Mail and notes syncing with my iPhone… and all the other 297 features. :)

  16. Spaces.
    Desktopmanager is nice, but still a little buggy here and there.
    I simply need 4-6 Desktops … spanning my two monitors.

  17. I am an Apple Certified Systems Administrator and with my 10 years of experience with apple systems I plan on waiting just a bit.

    No problem with those of you who are going to install it right away, Apple OS X has always been pretty good straight out of the box, but I am sure an update will be released a few weeks from Oct. 26th.

    Also my current situation requires a real stable system for my work so for now OS 10.4.10 will do for me.

    I will be putting the OS X on a test server when it comes out, so that is where I will have my fun.

  18. I’m really looking forward to the new desktop.. The new finder, quicklook, spaces (which I think is way better executed than any other virtual desktop app) and stacks..

  19. It’s the Family Pack for me.

    Cover Flow for documents

  20. Upgrading as soon as possible.
    Most looking forward to improved spotlight, stacks, Grammar checker, quicklook.

  21. I unfortunately probably won’t upgrade until I get a new Mac, which won’t be until my Powerbook dies. My Powerbook is running fine (3 months out of Applecare, so cross your fingers) and does what I need. Being a full-time stay at home blogger sometimes mean taking the hard choice, and sticking to a budget.
    I’m looking forward to Time Machine, automatic font management, better handling of disconnected network shared drives, and the new screen savers.

  22. I’m definitely going to upgrade. I plan on ordering two copies, one for each of my computers (actually a Family Pack, since it’s cheaper).

    I’m really looking forward to Spaces, since I usually have a lot of different projects going at once, Time Machine, and other things, like Stacks (my dock is always too full) and the new iChat and Terminal.

  23. Looking to upgrade right away and I appear to be excited about one particular feature that nobody has mentioned yet: The updates to iChat. I use iChat so much that anything new would be fun to mess around with.
    I’m also excited about most of the other features mentioned here too.
    I do have a question and I believe that from the many posts here it’s already been answered but I’m going to ask it anyway.
    Is the normal ($129) version only single license? If so, my dad’s and my plan to split the difference and install OS 10.5 on both our books doesn’t look like it’s really going to work.

  24. 1) I will be there the 26th. I don’t like pre-ordering because I want to get it sooner than a pre-order.
    2) Time Machine

  25. I want a better Mail, and need Notes to sync with my iPhone. All of that integration with Address too. And I’ll probably start using Time Machine immediately.

  26. Definitely upgrading. First for Time Machine (I always thought it a little shameful that Apple makes you buy a .Mac account to use the well integrated “Backup”). And second, for the enhanced mail. I always felt the current Mail was very weak, for a system that targets a “creative” market. The new Mail has a lot of neat features, that will finally make my mails look like they were created on a Mac.

  27. I won’t be upgrading right away due to having no money (sometimes being a student really bites) but as soon as I can I will. Looking forward to the new Finder, Spaces, Stacks, Mail and Quick Look the most.

  28. Colin,

    You and your Dad can buy the family pack for $200.00. Additionally, have your Dad call the nearest Apple store, if he is an employee of a firm that has an employee agreement with Apple, he can get a discount.

    I’m a Fed, and I got the pre-order for $165 before taxes.

    Will update right away, backups will already be performed on both machines – a dual 1 gig G4 MDD (2002) and a core duo MacBook.

    Looking for Time Machine and all the new nifty features of the finder to make file management better.

  29. I’ve already ordered by British copy on education discount for £75. Im mainly looking forward to the new Finder and definitely Quicklook for images. Better networking with PC’s will also be good since im the only one with a Mac in the house.

    Don’t worry tho, im working on them to make the change. Slowly but surely. lol.

  30. “If you buy it from your campus bookstore instead of the Apple education site, you’d only pay $50 or so.

    I do plan on switching over on release day, the delay in launch seems to have given extra time for most of the third-party software I use to get Leopard updates already.”

    Is this true?
    Which college?

  31. Hmmm…I know we have a friend who has an agreement with Apple (or I think) but we aren’t.

    Thanks rwahrens.

  32. I am certainly looking forward to Leopard’s release. I hope to get it shortly after it is released. I’m considering the family pack (since we have 6 macs in our family).

    Most anticipated features:
    1. Core Animation I think that Leopard is really going to be impressive with its new array of groovy animations.
    2. Finder/Quicklook. Finder has been mediocre/terrible for far too long. I’m really looking forward to the new look and the subtle enhancements. I can’t wait to play!

  33. I’m planning on getting it as soon as my University store has it in stock. (I have one on hold right now)

    My #1 feature far and away is Time Machine. My #2 is probably a tie between the enhancements in iCal and the new Mail.app features.

    I skipped the upgrade to Tiger because I didn’t see anything too worthwhile (though I did get Tiger when I got a new Macbook =]), I don’t see that same situation with Leopard.

  34. 1. Built in Ruby on Rails support with Mongrel and Capistrano. Finally, it is here.

    2. Spaces Finally, I won’t be envious of my linux buddies.

  35. Family pack on order. I’m looking forward to all the enhancements, but the 2 that stand out for me are Finder and Mail :).

  36. I’ll wait a couple of weeks before upgrading as work is taking up most of my time.

    I like the minor enhancements in general.

  37. @ Larry Wigren — You echo a sentiment that I heard quite often when I was a field engineer with a hardware/software vendor. My customers were very hesitant to install upgrades (or even patches) until they had steeped — fermented, even — for a good, long time. Some would even stay two revs back on patches just to keep from being bitten. I can understand not wanting to be on the bleeding edge, but that’s like installing 10.4.9 the day that Leopard drops. In a production environment, it’s best to be judicious (no betas!), but there’s a point where that turns to absurdity. Don’t you agree?

    @ Kyle Hayes — Preordering through apple.com will deliver on the 26th, not ship on the 26th, according to the Apple online store. Other online preorders may or may not deliver on the 26th.

  38. I`m upgrading asap.
    THe 2 big things for me are –
    1> DTrace
    2> Ruby is now a first class citizen for doing cocoa development.

  39. I don’t think I will be upgrading to Leopard immediately, but the two features I’m most looking forward to are quicklook and time machine. Quicklook is a lifesaver 8)

    Why can’t some smart dev come up with Quicklook for Tiger? Anyone ;)

  40. Well, since I just ordered a new mac, I’ll be getting the Leopard up to date for $10! If I was not getting a new mac just now, I’d probably wait untill 10.5.2, just to be sure that Leopard had been field tested well

  41. Definately upgrading as soon as I get it. I heard that you can get Leopard for free if you have bought a new iMac within a month before the release date of Leopard. Which I did, so I might get it for free. If not I’ll just buy it anyways. Looking really forward to do!

  42. 1) yes.

    2) time machine and quicklook. i would do it for time machine alone.

  43. Well, I will be getting my first Macbook in a couple of weeks, so that is when I will “upgrade”. Currently, I mooch off my brother’s G4 which is still running 10.3.9 like a champ!!
    I’m looking forward to the new Finder, and Spaces.

  44. Leopard, hey! Friday, October 19, 2007

    I’m excited about Leopard, but I believe that is because I’m not the ordinary mac user, but a programmer. Most of the really cool new features cater to my group.

    Not that there aren’t any significant end user features. For one, it seems that they finally fixed the f***** finder. But the end user side of things is not that significant compared to the goodies that Leopard brings to programmers/unix geeks.

    I have compiled a list in order of importance down
    at my blog.

  45. Time Machine is pretty huge for me, for no other backup solution I’ve used is remotely as easy to restore from as Time Machine appears to be.

    The system-wid PIM improvements (to-dos and calendar) is probably #2 for me.

    TextMate 2 is a Leopard-only deal. I will be upgrading in the parkinglot at the Apple store Fridayeve.

  46. This is my first upgrade, so what should I expect? Is it such a big difference from like windows xp to vista and most programs and drivers wont work. Or can I expect that quicksilver, firefox, variations of office programs will work out of the box? Should I do a clean install or just install over 10.4?

  47. @ Lordmike — I’d hesitate to say that everything will work perfectly, but I wouldn’t expect it to be anything like a Windows upgrade, either. Some things, like drivers, might have a few issues (most drivers are already part of OS X anyway), but most of the software you’re using should already be Leopard friendly (or will be very shortly) since developers have had access to the Leopard betas for some time now.

    For the specific apps you mentioned: Quicksilver has a prerelease version that Leopard users should download. According to Mozilla, Firefox is supported but there are a few known issues. For office programs, iWork ’08 is definitely supported. Office 2004 should be supported, but I can’t find anything definitive. NeoOffice 2.2.2 also works in 10.5.

    The only area where I’m anticipating problems is the driver for my HP All-In-One device. (HP lists the driver as 10.3 and 10.4, with no mention of Leopard. Considering it took me a day and a half and three system reinstalls to get it installed the first time, I’m not expecting this to be easy.)

    I’d recommend doing a full, bootable backup to an external drive and then a fresh install. It’s the method I will be using on Friday afternoon. I personally won’t even do the migration option, but instead copy over my data manually. That may be overkill, though, unless you’re a control freak like me.

  48. @Billy Halsey
    Well since I have first generation of macbook pro 15″ and a lacie firewire hdd which I haven’t had any problems with (except noisy fans and heat problems) I guess most things will work smoothly.

    Thanks for the information!

    Backup: what do you recommend that I use as backup programs? Most things I want to backup is photos and movies of my family which is already on my lacie drive (I think). Oh well will see once I get my hands on 10.5 :)

  49. @Lordmike — Be sure to take a look at Jason Terhorst’s How to: Upgrade to Leopard for more information on these questions. I personally recommend SuperDuper! and iBackup. SuperDuper! is great if you need bootable backups; iBackup doesn’t support them, but does have a more modular way of backing up your file and preferences. Which to use depends largely on your need to boot from your backup.

  50. Wait to see what bugs come up? This isn’t a microsoft product. They actually take time to fix bugs before releasing it. And it helps that there are not two dozen different versions of the operating system to cause problems.

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