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This is the original operating system that came with my laptop. As I got it just before the new version came out my hardware is not being maximised by this product. It suffers from still using PPC compatible code which means the fact it can still run on older computers slows down the performance to new customers on new hardware.
My laptop is never fully shutdown and in over a year has never crashed on me. This is a real achievement and something which I never got close to with my old XP system.
The look and feel is really nice though some people might be scared off if you are too used to Windows. Apple know this though and the Apple stores will run a free course for you to come to and get training on how to use the new system and explain what the Mac equivalents to certain features are. I will use a point example though:
Searching for a file on a Windows PC takes ages. The more files you have the worse it is and even then it will only find files and not the content within those files. With the spotlight feature with Leopard which is located on the top right hand corner is simply a text box you insert what you are looking for and in under a second you have applications, files, emails, calender events basically anything which includes or is related to your search term. It is amazingly useful and one of the best things about the operating system.
I have never used Windows 7 so it might have something similar though i doubt it is as good
The Apple Mac OS X Leopard operating system is now the second newest operating system for Mac OS X. The Snow Leopard operating system was released on the 28th August, which is said to improve the speed of your computer as well as introducing some new features. However, older computers will have the standard Leopard built in, which I feel is an excellent update.
This version has many useful features including one that lets 'MobileMe' users access their information and files from home whilst on the move. There is also a Boot Camp feature, which enables programmes running Windows XP for example to be installed on Intel-Based Macs, which means you can run Windows on your Mac.
The most exciting new feature is the Dashboard. You can use the latest Mac keyboards to open it up as well as the Mighty Mouse, where you can customise it so that pressing down the scroll button for example brings up the Dashboard. You can add widgets to it including a calculator, translator, dictionary and thesaurus, weather, flight tracker and much more such as Notes, which is useful to jot down information. You can also select bits from webpages for examples or images and save them onto the Dashboard to view later, even when you're offline.
The Front Row feature where you can listen to music, view videos and photos has been updated to look like the Apple TV. Most of the applications have been updated too such as iCal, iChat, Preview and Safari but you can download the latest updates online too as the new Safari 4 is out but this Leopard pack contains Safari version 3. There have been many security updates too such as a secure Guest account where you can login but all data is erased for the next time you log in on the Guest account.
You will need a processor, which is any Intel or PowerPC G4 or G5 with a DVD drive for installation. You need at least 512MB of RAM and 9GB of disk space available. It's an excellent operating system and although it's not the newest, it's great to use with many useful features, which makes using your Mac EVEN easier!
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The best OS in the world to date, though that might be changed when Snow Leopard is released later this year. Neat, simple, and uncluttered, with fantastic features. Having used it for about a year now, I can report no crashes - it just works.
Spaces is one of the best new features, as it allows those who run multiple programs to split them using virtual desktops. I use four virtual desktops to keep all my open applications organised but the settings allow the use of two to sixteen, or even just the one if you're not that fussed.
Quick preview is also an excellent idea - it allows you to quickly look at a file and see what it contains - audio, video, text, images, whatever - without having to waste time opening a program - just hit the spacebar button
Spotlight allows you to search your whole computer for files and programs, among other things - just click on the tiny magnifying glass in the corner and start typing the name of the file/program/mail message/web history item/to-do/contact name - and the results come in seconds. Although originally introduced in Tiger, this version has some refinements that make it better.
Having said all this, there is no one "must have" feature that makes the OS stand out...rather it is the the whole package of subtle, delicate improvements and refinements that make this worth having...an evolution instead of a revolution. There are, of course, tons more features I have not covered, some small, some not so - for a full list of these check out Apple's website. The only gripe I can come think of is the price - the UK price is way more expensive than the US one.
I'm going to keep this review fairly simple as i'm still getting used to Mac after being a die hard Windows fan for some many years.
Straight to the main desktop. At the top the toolbar shows the time and various other connections such as internet, bluetooth etc and a main apple button that links to things such as shut down, restart etc.
Nice and simple, now to the bottom of the screen, the Dock. An Apple special this is a lovely way to show active programs and to have favourite applications available at the click of a button.
The main new features in Leopard that jump out straight away are 'Quick Look' and 'Time Machine'.
'Quick Look' allows you to highlight an application, document, video, song etc and at the touch of the space bar, view quickly the files contents without having to load up the application fully to view it.
'Time Machine' is a quite amazing way to back up your computer. It backs up fully the first time it is activated and then backs up changes to files and new documents. It keeps, if space allows, hourly backups for the past 24 hours and daily backups for the past month. The interface for restoring files is very nice too, letting you scroll through a time line to go back in time to find files and then choose where to restore them to.
Summary: Leopard is the latest and greatest version of the Mac OS X operating system and is in fine form with many new features, only two of which highlighted in this review. A definite must buy for any Mac owner.
I am not going to make this a very technical review. I could, but for most users what really matters is that an operating system is reliable, stable, easy to use and has some nice features bolted on top. The majority of us (myself included), use their computer for internet and email. Then you have to add on the ability to communicate in other ways, so word processing, presentations etc. Finally, most of us have digital cameras and/or camcorders, so the ability to get to our photos and movies is important. Well, Mac OS X Leopard offers all of this in a very user friendly package.
You need an Apple Macintosh to run this operating system. Many users who have swapped out their PC and bought a Mac never look back. The main 'Finder' is Apple's answer to the Windows desktop. Finder works in much the same way, albeit there is a 'dock' at the bottom or side of the desktop (you decide where the dock goes) which contains icons for all of your applications. These a like the desktop shortcuts that you can have in Windows XP or Vista. You can also add pop out windows or fans to the dock, which gives you easy access to all types of files.
Where Mac OS X really wins a lot of users is in its speed and stability. I can honestly say that over the past three years, I have had only one crash on my Mac. That crash was due to a dodgy piece of software crashing after installation, so very easily rectified.
Also, take into account that OS X comes supplied with Mail (email application), Safari (internet browser) or you can of course install Firefox, and iChat (for chatting to your friends). You also get 'spaces' which gives you multiple virtual desktops, 'Time Machine' for automating the backup of your important files, and 'Boot Camp' so if you really need to run the odd Windows based application, you still can, with ease.
For those of you with kids, superb parental controls are built in. You can limit which applications can be used, filter out dodgy websites, and even set time limits so you kids can only use for a certain amount of time on school nights. It works really well and is highly recommended.
There is so much more I could tell you about OS X Leopard, but I would end up boring or bamboozling you. The thought I will leave you with is my 11 year old daughter. She can install applications, set up printers, join her Mac to a network, all without any help or any problems... I think that speaks volumes.
Leopard, otherwise known as Mac OS '10.5' is an upgrade to the Mac operating system. It comes two years after 'Tiger' impressed users with its multitude of new features.
But is Leopard an upgrade in name alone? read below to find out.
Firstly, Is your computer powerful enough?
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You'll need an Intel or PowerPC G5 Mac. A G4 Mac will run Leopard, but you'll need over 800MHz for it to work effectively.
The installation process is fairly simple. When I installed Leopard from scratch, it took around half an hour to complete. You can customise the installation - and it's wise to do so. I always select not to install the language translations and the printer drivers for the makes I don't use. Doing this will save you a lot of disk space in the long run.
How does it look?
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The look is still clean and uncluttered like it's predecessor. There is a new feature on the dock called 'stacks' where you can easily group your documents. When you click on a stack, it springs open in a grid - allowing you to easily choose from the items.
Other new design features include the 'Cover Flow' view. You've probably seen this already on iTunes - it's like the album covers view on the black background - only now it's available on the desktop, and the album covers are your documents. It's a cool feature - but one which is more gimmicky than anything else.
'Time Machine' is a brand new system for backing up your harddrive. What it does is keep a record of everything you've done on your computer - and travel back in time along a virtual timeline - to restore long-since deleted files - quite amazing really! For the system to work, you need to have an external hard drive connected, and you can nominate that as the the Time Machine backup disk.
Other features of Leopard include updates to many of the programmes already in existance, for example 'Automator', and 'iChat' - which now has some fancy video backgrounds to play with.
Performance wise, Leopard does feel a little faster than it's predecessor, but that may just be my imagination.
All in all, if you're happy with whatever version of Mac OS you own, then you may as well stick with it. Leopard is excellent in its design and stability, but isn't groundbreaking. The Timemachine feature is a great addition - but most people back up their hard drives anyway, and this merely makes it a little easier - albeit with fancy graphics.
Leopard is highly recommended by me, but I wouldn't pay for the upgrade.