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Leopard Update Straightens Stacks

February 13, 2008 Leave a comment

If you haven’t noticed yet, there is a 10.5.2 update awaiting you in Software Update. It has the usual under the hood tweaks to the operating system, but it also makes a significant change to the way the Stacks feature works in the dock.

This feature allows users to click on folders in the Dock and see the icons of its contents either fan out across the desktop or show up on a grid. I was one of those who wasn’t thrilled with the feature because of the number of items I have in those folders; most of the time I ended up opening up the folder instead of using Stacks. Also, the look of the icon in the dock was a little sloppy. It appeared as a pile of icons with only the topmost icon showing. I prefer a more consistent look, where it simply shows the icon for the stack folder.

Both of these issues have been addressed. Now we can control click on a Stack to reveal new options, such as making the Dock icon appear as a folder and setting the folder’s contents to appear as a list, which is better for folders with a lot of items. I’ve set each of my stacks to do something different, based on how I like to access that folder and based on how many items are there (for example, I have my Applications stack expand as a traditional menu, because I have so many of them).

And who says Apple doesn’t listen to their users! See the complete list of changes included in the 10.5.2 update here (including the ability to turn off translucency in the menu bar!).


Mac Tip: Mail Folders

January 9, 2008 Leave a comment

Did you know that in Apple’s Mail app, you can show the contents of multiple folders in the message list? Shift-click or command-click each folder you wish to reveal and you’ll see the contents of all selected folders in the message list window. See below…

I’m using Leopard’s version of Mail, and I haven’t tried this in Tiger.


Apple’s Future is Bright (Thanks to Windows?)

December 8, 2007 Leave a comment

If speculation at The Register is right, and Apple is preparing Leopard to be capable of running Windows applications without having to boot the Windows OS, the Microsoft bunch should take notice.

I don’t understand all the techie talk about PE files and DLLs, but if I’m reading this right, then we could be on the verge of another major shift personal computing. There is no question that Apple makes the finest hardware available, and the only thing holding some people back is the need to run certain Windows programs. If these could run natively inside OS X, the doors are blown open for Apple to take huge chunk of the market share over the next 5-10 years.

Off the top of my head, I can’t think of any Windows apps that I’m desperate to run right now, but if the option was there, I’m sure some would cross my path that I would love to use. Despite the fact that the Windows OS is a royal pain, I am aware there are some great apps on the platform.

Even if this speculation turns out to be just that, the ability to run Windows apps in OS X has gone from clunky (with Virtual PC) to smooth (with Parallels). And hidden in Apple’s incredible 3Q financial report are a lot of people who have bought a Mac, knowing that their Windows experience has not been thrown completely out the window (excuse the pun). These are people who, within six months, will probably be wondering why they held so tightly to their Windows programs. This is a glowing good sign for Apple’s future, and it explains why Apple’s stock is up 40% since September 1.

Vista Wins “Award” on CNET

December 1, 2007 Leave a comment

Vista Home Premium

CNET has picked Windows Vista as one of the 10 worst tech products ever made.* I haven’t had much of a chance to work with Vista, and from a distance it looks a ton better than XP. However, the eye candy doesn’t deliver better functionality. We are still in using XP at work, and the more I read about Vista, the more I understand why.

I don’t recommend relying on user posts for factual data when researching a product, but this comment from a user about Vista on CNET’s site was a good summary of the experience a lot of upgraders have had with Vista:

Aaaah… Vista! I loved the smooth transition from XP on my 12 month old hardware. I got my Gig of RAM, check, my overly expensive graphics card, check. Everything looking good, here we go… no problems whatsoever, everything running like clockwork. THEN, I suddenly woke up and realized I’d fallen asleep midway through the 6 hour install process (including downloading all the required driver and software updates with the requisite restarts every single time. I got so bored waiting for the PC that during one of the annoying restarts I decided to upgrade the 8 year old Mac I have lying around to Leopard (Nice 800MHz G4 with 256Mb RAM) – all went well and the Mac was up and running again in less time than it took the PC to boot back up. In fact, I then used the Mac to download all the other driver updates I needed for the Vista ‘upgrade’ because it was just quicker that way.

Regarding the Leopard install comment, his 800MHz G4 doesn’t meet the minimum system requirements (867MHz G4), so either he is making that up, or the newest OS from Apple is more backwards-compatible then we realize.

*In fairness to Windows users who feel that the list should have included a Mac product of some kind, you should note that the “hockey puck” mouse from the iMac G3 in the late nineties. 🙂 Oh, the memories…

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