Mac OS X Leopard’s new System Preferences

“Many functions in Mac OS X are only exposed to the user via System Preferences, so as you might guess, a lot of new things in Leopard show up there. Among them are a few of the ‘secret new features’ that have never been previously announced in demonstrations of Leopard, laying to rest the hopes of certain critics that Steve Jobs somehow failed to deliver upon his assurance that the new system would deliver a variety of other new features Apple was keeping under wraps so that competitors wouldn’t copy them before they were released,” Prince McLean reports for AppleInsider.

McLean covers:
• The Origins of System Preferences
• Control Panel Evolution
• Control Panel Items
• The Control Strip
• Control Panel Overload
• NeXTSTEP Preferences
• Mac OS X System Preferences
• New in Leopard: System Preferences
• .Mac Settings
• Accounts Settings
• Parental Controls
• Other New Settings
• Bluetooth Controls
• Sharing Controls
• Desktop Controls
• Network Controls
• System Cleanup

McLean takes a look at the origins of System Preferences and what’s new in Mac OS X Leopard in the full article here.

38 Comments

  1. It seems to me AppleInsider is the only site (apart from Apple) that is covering Leopard in any detail.

    I’ve really enjoyed their ‘Road to Leopard’ series, can’t wait for Friday 6pm!!!!

    MW: peace

  2. Dad was asking me just this morning about the family pack and if there was an education discount to tack on (family are either in school or are educators). Sadly I had to say no, but still it’s a good sign.

  3. I just wish that I could turn off the startup chime, and the throbbing bright white light on the front of my macbook when it’s asleep (that keeps me from being asleep). Why these two things are user-adjustable, and instead are shoved down users throats, i’ll never understand…

  4. Jim,
    I agree. Great coverage of the new features.
    My high regard for Prince McLean is due to the effort and detail he has put into the series. I noticed a few like dictionary got his hands slapped by Apple lawyers.

    Thanks MDN for providing links in.

  5. “laying to rest the hopes of certain critics that Steve Jobs somehow failed to deliver upon his assurance that the new system would deliver a variety of other new features Apple was keeping under wraps so that competitors wouldn’t copy them before they were released,”

    Ummm, I think the whole point of the “critics” that were searching for the “secret features” was that they wanted something more than new icons or redesigned system panels. All of that crap could be lumped into one new design feature.

    If 280 of the “new features” are new icons and new system pref panes, then we once again have hyperbole working in overdrive.

  6. Wow. You must be the most sensitive person Gawd ever created. The “stand-by/sleep” light on your Macbook keeps you awake at night? Damn. Tell me: Can you hear a bee fart in the next county? How about the full moon? Does it give you insomnia too?

    Here’s an idea or two for the nonce: TURN YOUR DAMNED COMPUTER OFF AT NIGHT AND GET IT OUT OF YOUR BED! Has that never occurred to you?

    ” . . . shoved down users [sic] throats”? You’ve got a real problem, st. You might want to run, not walk, to your nearest psychotherapist. You simply do NOT have enough to complain about!

  7. “Why these two things are user-adjustable, and instead are shoved down users throats, i’ll never understand…”

    shoved down users throats? you are talking about a couple LED’s and a startup chime. Take a chill pill already.

    Or you could: Turn the volume down before shutting down your system

    OR

    never restart the system and just keep it in another room or cover the led with something before you go to bed.

    Pretty difficult stuff.

  8. @ st

    You’re kidding right? You must be.

    In case you’re not, here are some things you might want to consider:

    1. Shut it down
    2. Turn it around so the blinking light doesn’t face you
    3. Put it under your bed
    4. Turn YOURSELF around so YOU don’t face it
    5. Sleep in another room (leave the MacBook behind)

    Let me know if you need more. You’re welcome.

  9. @ st

    You can never be too “careful” you know, there are always some idiot online (not saying you are one) that’ll say something too dumb to be true, but turns out they are that dumb. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

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