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!”

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