First boot with Mac OS X Leopard visual tour

“The latest version of MacOS X – 10.5 aka Leopard – was revealed at WWDC 2006. On exiting the keynote, the developers in attendance received a beta version of the new OS which will be released in April 2007. The goal of this article is to show the new software functionality that we use on a daily basis through images,” MacBidouille reports.

Full article, with screenshots, here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Todd,” “Peter B.” and “LinuxGuy and Mac Prodigal Son” for the heads up.]


  1. NOOO!!!! What the hell is wrong with Apple?? Have you seen the new screenshots of Preview? They’ve changed the beautiful, large, descriptive, colourful icons into those completely ugly, identical, non-descript chicklets that they infected Mail with in 10.4. What is going on?? Why are they doing this? Those buttons are _DISGUSTING_. Also, what’s up with systematically replacing drawers with sidebars? How is a sidebar better than a drawer?

    I’m really disappointed by their choice of interface.

  2. This a clear violation of the disclosure agreement. It’s disrespectful and on par with betraying a friend’s trust.

    This is a prime example why Apple is keeping other features secret. They want time to test out features to determine if they are feasible and will produce reliable results. As such, something may be implemented differently, or perhaps won’t be included in the final release. Revealing such testing before the final release is like passing around a friend’s first draft of a new novel when your friend asked you not to do that.

    As another example, this is a problem Microsoft is having. They revealed what they wanted to include in Vista before they discovered they couldn’t implement certain features. Now there’s a general disappointment about what won’t be included instead of an appreciation of what will be included.

    MW: same, as in “Give the same respect you want to receive.”

  3. It’s not a violation of the NDA if he’s showing nothing more than what was disclosed to the public at WWDC. Now, if he starts spouting off about the “secret” features that he agreed not to talk about or display publicly when he got his developer copy of Leopard, then I won’t be surprised if Apple’s legal eagles swoop down from on high without warning and peck his eyes out.

  4. Mail’s “chicklet” style buttons aren’t my favorites either, but hardly worth having a coronary over. As for those disappearing drawers, I say good riddance. Very hokey idea. Many of my clients are confused by them, especially when they switch sides on their own. I was very happy to see the demise of the Mail drawer. Different strokes for different folks.

  5. I actually like drawers, never had anyone complain about them in my products. Call me odd. As for the bubble-toolbar-icons, eah, not too big a fan. But, I don’t care that much. You might find it hard to believe, but I actually do like how different programs have different window styles, Safari v Mail v iTunes. All good to me. That seems to be a big issue with people “OM@#$@#$@# the programs aren’t consistent!”

  6. I too hate drawers. Never there when I want them, in the way when I don’t want them. Don’t ask me why, because it’s sort of a matter of semanitcs, but I just find drawers more annoying and confusing than sidebars.

  7. Agreed with multiple interfaces. When you work with multiple apps, and switch between them frequently, the interface is what tells you what app you’re using. I’m really concerned about iChat getting a plain-jane interface without window borders. Brushed metal provided a very “solid” texture for windows, which is a crucial component of interactivity.

    And things are getting way too “bubbly”…

  8. Cubert, I couldn’t agree more! That is the most annoying thing when renaming a file (unless you don’t have extensions showing- but who doesn’t?!)

    I don’t think the Mail-like buttons look like chicklets- actually, the Safari buttons look more like chicklets than the Mail ones.

    Apple, don’t listen to those of them that don’t like the inconsistency- it’s a nice thing that different apps have different interfaces. Or you could at least make an option to go Unified or not.

    The Help menu is also a neat idea as well. And up to 16 space?! Wow. That’s really neat. I wonder how it works on multiple displays…

  9. I’m wondering if the 16 was a type-o and they instead meant 6 (as pictured). Anyone know for sure?

    Also, I like the new way to find in Safari. I really hate the separate find window in the current version of Safari. Ironic how that little window always gets lost!

    Time machine seems really cool, but the back up I currently make with SuperDuper is bootable. Maybe Time Machine will also make bootable backups by the final release.

    As for the drawer vs sidebar issue, it looks like there is a button named Sidebar. I’m guessing that will allow the sidebar to disappear just like a drawer would. Sidebars look better in my opinion.

    I’d like to see Finder speed improvements. I have a 1.42 ghz mac mini so maybe that has something to do with it, but I sometimes get a lag of a second or so from the time I click on a folder in column view until the contents of the folder get displayed. Otherwise, I’m pretty satisfied with 10.4.

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