Recent Mac OS 10.5 Leopard Posts

January 20, 2008

Mac OS X Server (Leopard) 10.5 Annoyances

We just got new toys at Student Publications (Xserve, Xserve RAID). On the software side of things, I am now using 10.5 Server. I have two gripes right out of the box, one of which I know is not just me.

Leopard Server has this new "Server Preferences" application that is used if you setup the server as a "Standard" configuration. Server Preferences is molded after System Preferences. It looks the same, acts the same.

Alright, I'm game. If Apple decided to create yet another new Server application, I will give it a try and see if it works as intended.

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October 25, 2007

FileMaker Pro 9 Does Not Like Leopard

So Leopard is out in the wild (bada-bing) and people other than beta testers and members of the press are starting to use it.

A lot of companies have already released statements that their software is compatable, or are releasing upgrades to make their software compatable with 10.5. FileMaker, a subsidiary of Apple, has announced that FileMaker 9 is not compatable, but at least now they give a date when we should see a patch for it, Nov. 19.

It would have been nice to know this, say, a few days ago.

August 11, 2006

Developers cope with Leopard adopting similar features

And there’s nothing as terrifying for those same developers as waiting to see if those new features do similar things to the software they’re already selling.
Source: MacCentral

We all know what happened to Watson and Konfabulator, and countless others. They get gulped up into Mac OS X. This year's great shareware that just got a lot more useless include: SuperDuper, ChatFX, VirtualDesktop Pro, Quicksilver, Pulp Fiction, Mail2iCalToDo, Searchlight, and others I am not familiar with.

There are some other good articles on this same subject, Apple’s Research & Rip-off department and 7 Apps on Leopard’s Hit List.

On one hand, this shareware gets expensive, and they usually conflict with each other or the operating system. When Apple incorporates this software into OS X, it works as it should, usually better with more features than the shareware, and it is one price, not 15 different shareware bills.

It also forces shareware developers to one-up Apple when a feature from their shareware gets eaten by Apple. This is good for the community, very good.

The other side of course is that a loyal Apple shareware developer is out a substantial source of income. It sucks, but you know what? That is how products progress. In any industry.

I just hope that Path Finder doesn't get eaten by Apple. Sadly, I have been waiting for it to happen though.

Leopard first looks: Time Machine

Time Machine uses a unique interface that turns the rather boring task of backing up and restoring files into something that you may actually enjoy doing. And you may not even have to think too much about the “backing up” portion of the exercise—according to Apple, Leopard will automatically back up your files as you work.
Source: Macworld

Out of the ten features previewed at WWDC this year, Time Machine was by far my favorite. There is third party software that will kinda do what Time Machine does. But nothing so seamless, but that is the Apple way.

Just get a very large (say terabyte) drive to be able to keep a nice sized backup on hand.

August 7, 2006

Apple WWDC '06 Keynote Today

This morning Steve Jobs will be talking Leopard at the keynote. But no one is interested in that (well, not really). You have to admit, banners that read "Mac OS X Leopard, Hasta la Vista, Vista" and "Mac OS X Leopard, Introducing Vista 2.0" are pretty funny.

My biggest hope is that Finder and Spotlight get a modest boost in speed. Both are dog slow, especially Spotlight -- which is also buggy as all hell.

But the big rumor is the Intel-based Mac Pro desktop. Apple needs to retire the G5 tower, and with the Core 2 Duo out, now is the time.

Wether we see Woodcrest or Conroe chips in the new Mac Pro, it is gonna scream. Xserve also seems likely to get new Intel hardware as well. We could also see new Intel chips in the MacBook Pro line, but I have my doubts on that one.

Will there be updates to the iPod and iTunes? If I were a betting man, (and I am not) I'd bet on it.

I am sure the keynote will have the usual fireworks, fake turtleneck, and "one more thing." The show starts off at 1 PM EST, with numerous sources giving live updates. MacRumorsLive and MacCentral are two places I usually read for the keynote.

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