anticipated release of Apple's latest operating system has been met
with a roaring success and after a month of use at impulsegamer, we
can finally inform our readers of this impressive upgrade.
A neat place to work.
Leopard brings a stunning new look to the desktop, and Stacks
provides a great new way to keep it clean.
Give your files the rock star treatment.
See your files right in the Finder and browse through them with
Cover Flow. And make distant machines look like they appear
nearby with the new Sidebar and Back to My Mac.
Look before you launch.
Instantly view full-size previews of your files without opening
A giant leap backward.
Automatic backup is now built right into your Mac. With a simple
one-click setup, Time Machine keeps an up-to-date copy of
everything on your computer — and if you ever need to recover a
lost file, Time Machine will virtually take you back in time to
Labeled as Leopard
by Apple, it's actually the Mac OS X 10.5.1 operating system that
contains a plethora of new features that will make your life
considerably easier. With that said, Apple boast over 300 new
features to Leopard that does make this upgrade a viable option for
users. (We cannot list all features here, however if you click on
the official link to Apple, prepare to be bedazzled!)
The installation of the Mac OS X 10.5.1
took around an hour to successfully install and we did experience
some issues with the installation process with the program freezing
and a reboot of the system was needed. However once these initial
hiccups were rectified, the operating system successfully installed
on our MacBook PC that kept all our documents and software settings.
There were a few
programs that needed to be reinstalled, however this was kept at a
minimal and the overall installation was quite impressive. We also
installed the operating system on a blank hard drive that had no
installation issues whatsoever so users should be made aware that
they may experience some installation issues if they are running
older Mac operating systems. Although on our fresh system, Leopard
was considerably faster than one that was running the previous Tiger
installation was completed, the most noticeable feature of Mac OS X
10.5.1 or Leopard is the streamlined interface that makes accessing
documents and programs a much easier task.
Users familiar with previous operating
systems such as Tiger should have no issues whatsoever when making
the migration to Leopard. A great new feature of Leopard is the
"revamped" Finder interfacethat easily allows you to search,
categorize and display document information that makes this a
painless procedure. You can even click on Today's date and it will
display all the files that you have modified in chronological order.
Leopard has some great new connectivity
features and whether connecting to the internet via broadband or
connecting to new networks and devices, the operating system
automatically configures these additions with minimal to no input
required from the user.
If you are heavily reliant on multitasking, Mac have assisted the
user in de-cluttering the interface with the use of "Spaces" or
virtual desktops that keeps all your applications neatly open in
their own separate areas.
The new Quick Look
feature also assists in previewing documents that works for a
variety of different file formats. For instance, by clicking a
Microsoft Word file or QuickTime movie, Quick Look will display the
file which is great for finding that document or movie when you are
a little dubious as to where it is. The other new feature is Stacks
that allows you to stack files into certain categories that makes it
easier for managing your files.
Mac have also introduced a great backup feature called "Time
Machine" that uses an incremental system of backups that means, the
operating system will backup the file only if it has been changed.
Incremental backups are extremely speedy and it ensures your
system's performance is kept free.
The interface, although quite
simplistic is quite powerful and accessing backed up files is quite
a straight forward process. Definitely a great feature for those
users who do not use backup systems, however the only side effect of
Time Machine is that it does not support bootable discs which does
makes things a little more tricky if your entire hard drive should
fail. My favourite feature of Time Machine is that it automatically
detects external hard drives and with just a few clicks, our entire
hard drive was being backed up to a USB hard drive.
Users who use chat programs will be
pleased to know that Leopard also has iChat which allows you to chat
to other Leopard users and best of all, you can even share your
files and access each other's desktops which is great for those
The system allows
you to record iChat conversations (great for podcasting), even save
them as audio and video files. For those wanting to be a little
creative, Apple have included iChat Theatre that allows to create
strange pictures of you or there are the stock standard avatars to
select from. Multiple chat windows can even be tabbed to save
Apple Mail returns with version 3.0 that has a new streamlined
interface and best of all, it's considerable faster than previous
versions. The program supports RSS feeds that is great for reading
your favourite RSS Feeds with their latest updates.
Mail 3.0 features some great templates
for your e-mails and even a To-Dos area, nicely round this program
out. The program also synchronizes with iCal 3.0 which is a powerful
and innovative calendar program. iCal is great for offices as it can
keep a track of everyone's calendar and match that with the new
CalDAV Group Scheduling option, provided you have a compatible
CalDav server and scheduling meeting has never been simpler.
The OS supports the Wikipedia dictionary system which is built into
the system, provided you are connected to the internet. If not, the
New Oxford American Dictionary works just as well, however there is
an option for Australian users as well.
PDF is also supported by Leopard through the user of Preview 4.0
that allows the user to perform basic PDF modifications to these
files. Supporting annotations and searches within PDF documents has
never been simpler on the Mac.
Security & the
Mac OS X 10.5.1 features a sturdy firewall program to prevent any
nefarious attacks on your Mac and includes the new "Sandbox" feature
that prevents your applications from being hijacked by external
sources. For parents, the system also contains a great parental
control functionality and allows parents to add time limits and even
activity loggers to monitor their children's internet usage.
Apple's own internet browsing program Safari 3 is one of the better
programs available on the market which has had a slight face lift
when compared to the previous version.
The best part of
Safari is the ability to take a snap shot of a webpage and turn this
into Dashboard widget.
The system contains a great DVD player
for users who watch movies on their Mac that has a remote control
like interface, ensuring navigation control that can be used by a
variety of people of all different skill levels. Other features such
as Auto Zoom, Time Skip and even a Scratched Disc Recovery option
that attempts to play even the most damaged disc nicely round out
In conclusion, Mac OS X Leopard is a very powerful operating system
that improves considerably since Tiger and does give Windows Vista a
run for its money. Vista versus Leopard? Leopard easily wins the
battle from its innovative interface and useful features that caters
for a wide variety of computer users.
The majority of
software is great, although it does need some tweaking in certain
elements, however this is quite minor and the only issues we had
with the operating system was with the installation but for those
seeking the latest and perhaps greatest, than Leopard should be a