Leopard Is Coming, and I Want It

leopardAs you may know, Apple has posted a guided tour of Leopard to the company’s Web site, giving us the most in-depth preview so far of the latest operating system upgrade, which hits stores this Friday. After taking the 20+ minutes to watch the video in full, I can unequivocally say I am very impressed, and know I will be purchasing the upgrade as soon as possible.

If you want to gain the fullest experience of the video, then do as I did:

1. Download the Large (379MB) video as a .zip archive.
2. Unzip the file, revealing a file “apple_leopard_tour_768x480.mov”
3. Drag the file on to your iTunes, and wait for it to copy.
4. Sync with your Apple TV (You have one, right?)

Then sit back, relax and watch the video on your flat-screen TV, instead of a little window on your Mac. It’s good stuff. Although I’ve come to expect big things from Apple, I kept watching the demonstration of new features like “Stacks”, “Spaces” and “Data Detectors” within Mail.app that I know I would be using immediately. And the demonstrations of CoverFlow within Finder, as well as screen sharing from within iChat, could have dramatic impacts on how I use my Mac today or share with colleagues. Other little items, like browsing Devices or “Shared” computers over a network from the Finder, just make sense, and will make things I do every day just a little more simple.

I thought I would be blown away by Time Machine, as I first was when Steve Jobs demoed it. But the video showed you needed a 3rd party storage device for it to work, not just the primary Mac (somehow I missed that the first time around). I also sensed the video’s careful editing made some time-consuming tasks look instantaneous. But all that aside, I went from somebody who was on the fence as to whether I’d be getting the upgrade before end of year, to one who knows what I’ll be doing this weekend. It just had better not break my VMWare in the process.

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