“Wired News has obtained a preview copy of the new Mac OS X 10.5 operating system. We installed Leopard on our test machine (a quad-core Xeon Mac Pro), and the installation was accomplished very quickly with zero difficulty. We checked the option to keep all of our personal settings and preferences, and those were preserved when Leopard booted,” Michael Calore blogs for Wired.
“First impressions: Even though the code isn’t final, Leopard already looks very sleek — the reflective dock, translucent menu bar and deeper drop shadows behind active windows give the desktop more space-aged gloss. Animated behaviors like Stacks, Spaces and Cover Flow in the Finder rendered super-smoothly on our fast test system. There are new screen savers, updated remote desktop management settings and some of the core applications (Mail, Safari, iCal, etc.) have been redesigned. Firefox 2 and Photoshop CS3 both booted up just fine. We mounted a 3G iPod via Firewire with no problems. Spaces is controlled by the F8 key, so if you’ve been using the F-keys for Expose, the workspace manager is easy to add to your muscle memory. Spaces can also be assigned to a button on the Mighty Mouse — super handy,” Calore reports.
Full article, with some screenshots (including Safari 3 Public Beta passing the Acid 2 test), here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Harrison” for the heads up.]