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Old Mar 21st, 2006, 11:56 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Leopard preview. Some good stuff!

From looprumors.com comes information about the next big rev of Mac OS X. Of course, one shouldn't put total stock in any officially unreleased info, but there are a couple of features listed that I welcome greatly!

1) Dashboard improvements. The dashboard will see major speed changes in Leopard. Widgets will load and run in the background so when Dashboard is launched, there is no delay or load time before accessing the widgets.

It pees me off when that big pause occurs when first booting Dashboard. Even with a small array of widgets, it's too long. Although it will consume RAM -- and some widgets take up over 20MB of physical RAM each -- the responsiveness will finally make Dashboard work "as advertised" on the first launch.

2) Full-Screen Applications. The latest release of iPhoto has given us a preview of what we can expect in many of Apple's iApps. A full screen calendar (iCal) that can be used as a desktop picture. iTunes will also allow users to run in full-screen, optimizing the screen real estate on displays such as the 17" iMac.

With live updating off data, this could prove to be a lot handier than another app running in its normal mode.

3) Home Integration. We're receiving early information that Leopard will have tighter home integration allowing users to control certain features within their homes. Controlling iTunes wirelessly through your home stereo already exists. However, information we're receiving suggests that applications such as iChat, Keynote, and iPhoto can "photocast" and "videocast" images, video and music to your television allowing for videoconferences, presentations or slideshows on your television. We've also received information that Apple is testing ways to monitor your home remotely, using the iSight camera, and control turning on and off lights, alarms, etc. Whether this feature will make it to the final version is unknown.

"Open the pod bay doors, HAL." This automation could be very handy -- unless it screws up

4) Completely revamped Finder. We’re learning that not only is Leopard’s Finder entirely redesigned, but most of the Finder is being rewritten. Additions to the Finder include Smart Folders where the content of a folder is viewable at a glance by control-(right) clicking on the folder to reveal a hierarchical tree (directory) of the contents. Significant speed improvements are also being made to the Finder, particularly in resizing windows. There is also information we gathered that the windows will be resizable from any side by dragging that side. If true, this would be a first for Macintosh and a page from Microsoft’s Windows operating system.

SPEED is always good. And if Apple FINALLY cops the age-old Windows convention of being able to resize a window on any side or corner I will jump for joy like a little schoolgirl on Christmas day! I believe that Mac OS only allowing resizing from the bottom-right is RETARDED and inefficient.

5) Perfetching. This is a process in which the operating system loads key pieces of data and code from disk into memory before it's actually needed. Rumors have been circulating that Apple may introduce a flash-based laptop which would take advantage of perfetching. Of note, Windows XP already takes advantage of perfetching and is being implemented into Windows Vista.

Perfetching = MORE SPEED. Great. DO IT! With all this perfetching (shouldn't it be "prefetching"??) by the system and Dashboard, they better start shipping all Macs with 1GB RAM!

It'll be interesting to see how Leopard comes along.

Links:

http://www.looprumors.com/Pages/leop...o08302005.html
http://www.looprumors.com/Pages/leop...o09142005.html
http://www.looprumors.com/Pages/leop...o01242006.html
http://looprumors.com/Pages/leopardinfo0321006.html
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Old Mar 21st, 2006, 01:19 PM   #2
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"Open the pod bay doors, HAL." This automation could be very handy -- unless it screws up
If they do anytyhing like this they will probably leverage the X10 stuff ... which has been around for many many years and is super stable. I would LOVE to have a built in X10 controller on my computer. Especially as Apple has a great track record for most of their stuff in that it "just works". I can swee it now ... if they want to be the digital hub I think this would be a great move on their part.
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Dashboard Kickstart eliminates the load times...it's terrific....knock knock Apple...anyone home.

http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/28065 and it's free.

New Finder makes me wary if Spotlight is anything to go by.

Prefetching is really sort of what Dashboard Kickstart does set the stage for instant response.
A flashbased large cache for instant boot to last state is overdue on a portable.

They will have timing issues as many users are ahead of their machine responses and having a prefetching routine in the middle of that could make it worse not better ala trying to use a Mac while Spotlight is indexing.

However BOINC manages to stay out of the way entirely while maxxing the processors is how Apple needs to work the prefetch routines.
Like pipeline design in processors how it's designed will have a huge impact for better or worse at the finder level.

The window dragging I like ( I get stuck windows at times with no way to move them ). I just hope there will be options - like drag no resize for the sides.
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*Obligatory joke about Leopard screenshot virus*
dang beat me to it
was going to say, I'm going to open the links on my xp work laptop, just in case
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