Today I received my copy of Mac OS X Leopard. Just as promised it took about an hour to install it on my MacBook Pro. My first impression is that it feels more responsive than Tiger – maybe because of better support for multi Core CPU’s. The reworked interface looks nice, especially the new cover flow like feature in the Finder is fun to use.

Here a screenshot of my new desktop:

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I was impressed that my Cisco VPN CLient was still operational like most of the other Apps. Also most important for me: Finally in Leopard  you can use Cisco VPN Client over a PPP connection! This is the greatest improvement or lets say bug fix for me. I often need to access networks using the VPN client and – to be honest – while being on the road my mac was not capable of doing this easy task without the help of vmware and windows.

For the other apps – I ran into the following issues:

  • Quicksilver – Icon was shown in the dock even if hide from dock was selected after updating to the latest version everything was fine.
  • growl – growl mail plugin is incompatible with leopards mail app. Hopefully this will be fixed soon – I already miss this.
  • Spaces: What I really like is spaces since I missed this feature most since I moved from Linux to OS X. All previous implementation where not that useful, but spaces is! You can easily move between spaces by hot-keys, move windows around and – what I like most – predefine space per Application.
  • Ichat:The new Ichat is fun, too. I played around with the effects and the screen sharing, also the presentation mode is quite nice. Ichat now handles multiple accounts and I got it working with our Jabber server at work. I still have some strange problem with an other Jabber account on a different server  but i will investigate later.
  • Timemachine: First thing i did was of cause plugging a new 500GB drive in in order to let time machine make a full backup. The initial backup took about an hour (about 65GB) which is still fast compared to the backup I made on Thursday using Carbon Copy Cloner which was about 5 hours for the same amount of data. The Interfaces is really nice and making backups or restoring things is pure fun. I think this is really a nice approach to provide such a convenient interface that people start using it. All other backup solutions i know are uncomfortable and unsexy compared to time machine – only drawback is the lack of network backups – or is there a way?
  • Preview:One thing I noticed is that preview has improved much – you now have more image processing tools at hand for example one to resize images easily.
  • Dashboard tool:As promised creating “widgets” from Dashboard is now really easy. In safari just select an area of a website and your done. I have not yet found a useful use case for this but it is at least a nice idea. 😉

These are only a few things which i already tested, hopefully I will find a lot more improvements.

For now I can summarize  that Leopard is not re-inventing an OS but a solid update with a few very nice new features and many useful improvements.