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Your Leopard Love Affair

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).

50 Responses to “Your Leopard Love Affair”

  1. 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.

  2. @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.

  3. Lordmike

    @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 :)

  4. @ 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.

  5. Lordmike

    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?

  6. 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.

  7. Leopard, hey!

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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

  11. 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 ;)

  12. @ 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 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.

  13. 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 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.

  14. 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!