Fixes and features Apple should build into Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard

Macworld editors and contributors Rob Griffiths, Christopher Breen, Jason Snell, Jim Dalrymple and Philip Michaels have published a list of 23 things they’d like to see in Apple’s next-gen Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard:

The list:
• Improvements to Spotlight
• Built-in launcher
• Finder fixes
• Windows compatibility and integration…
• …Or virtualization
• Virtual desktops
• True media center
• File and account security improvements
• Restore more
• Smart locations
• Smart users
• Improve VoiceOver
• Expand Disk Utility’s powers
• More from Mail
• Smart syncing
• Keeping tabs with iChat
• Automator II
• More Automator updates
• Capturing moving pictures
• Bring back Sherlock
• Pop-up innovations
• Tabbed Terminal
• PowerPC or Intel or both?

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “LinuxGuy” for the heads up.]

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47 Comments

  1. I’d like to see a contextual menu in the Finder to easily move/copy files from one location to another. Mail has it done quite nicely: “move to” and “copy to”. Right now the only contextual “move” function available in the Finder is “move to trash”. Why not just call it “delete” like it is in Mail or other parts of the Finder (e.g. the delete toolbar option)?

    Copying/moving files in the current Finder is inefficient a lot of the time (open up two windows side by side, or spring loaded folders, or copy and then paste, back and forth or use the sidebar etc).

  2. Is there really any reason for me to bother getting 10.4 for my old iBook at the moment, with 10.5 a mere 6 months away? Apple should really drop the price on 10.4 in the interim.

    I hate upgrade dilemmas.

  3. My favorite OS X tip that addresses #2 – built in launcher – is to drag your “Applications” folder to the Dock just to the left of the trash can.

    (You may also do this with any folder or document you regularly access).

    Best is that if you hold down the left mouse button, it will display a list of the applications in the folder…very nice…better than the “Start” menu.

  4. Me, I agree, anyone who doesn’t have folders in their Dock is missing half the point of the dock.

    Built-in Launcher? You mean like the Dock? Or are they talking about LaunchBar which is nice but I’m not paying money for that stuff. All these shareware apps that people write; some of them are great! But I’m not paying money for them. You’re not going to get rich off charging me money for things like Flip4Mac and LaunchBar. I’ll be inconvenienced before forking over hundreds of dollars on software that after 22 years of GUI computing should be built-in.

    I guess that means we lose developers but seriously, get together start a company that makes one product that offers all this stuff in one $50 package and I’ll buy it. It’s called bundling. It works. Who would buy one disk utility that only checks for errors and does not defrag?

  5. I wish that you could view all iTunes music downloaded from all users on that computer, that way you don’t have to download certain songs more than once. If they had tabs on the left side that said My Music, and All Music, that would be sweet!

  6. ===============
    My favorite OS X tip that addresses #2 – built in launcher – is to drag your “Applications” folder to the Dock just to the left of the trash can.

    (You may also do this with any folder or document you regularly access).

    Best is that if you hold down the left mouse button, it will display a list of the applications in the folder…very nice…better than the “Start” menu.
    ===============

    You can merely “click and hold” on any item to access the the submenu for any Dock item. If the item is a folder, it will show the contents and allow you to navigate its contents.

    “Click and hold” for about a second is the way to access the submenu for any Dock item but holding control key when clicking can bypass the intention 1 second delay.

    No Launcher needed folks.

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