Another view of Leopard, four months later

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Now that I’ve been using Leopard for a while, what do I think? Do the features that looked great at first glance really work? Are there any features that I first dismissed but later embraced? Here’s my second look at OS X 10.5.

The Good

I really like the Path Bar, especially paired with the Column view. Screen sharing works amazingly well. I’m surprised by how much I like the new iChat—it’s nice to see how file transfers are progressing, and to record video and audio chats. In Mail, data detectors work really well—can we get them in other programs, too?—and the new search feature is great. When I first heard about Quick Look, I thought, “Sounds interesting.” Now I’m using it all the time. I never thought I’d use Spaces, but it removes background clutter. Spotlight 2.0 is nearly perfect. Time Machine will change the way people think (or more accurately, don’t think) about backing up. My other favorite changes are Help menu searches, live partition resizing in Disk Utility, AutoFS, and upgrades to Terminal.

The Bad

Automator does indeed have variables, but I’ve had issues with getting them to work properly. And tagging downloaded applications for greater security is more annoying than anything else.

The Ugly

The Finder’s new sidebar is far from ideal: You can’t rearrange the main categories, you can’t get rid of the search header, you can’t change the font or the text size, and you can’t access it with the keyboard. I’m also hating the new iCal: in-line editing makes creating, editing, and viewing events about ten times more difficult than before. Several new features in Mail—especially notes, RSS feeds, stationery, and to-dos—are just worthless to me.

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