Leopard debuts more than 300 new features, including a completely new desktop with Stacks, a new and intuitive way to easily access files from the Dock; a redesigned Finder that allows the user to quickly browse and share files between multiple Macs; Quick Look, a new way to instantly preview most files without having to open any applications; Spaces, a new and intuitive ability to create groups of applications and instantly switch between them; and Time Machine, an easy way to automatically back up everything on your Mac.
“Leopard, the sixth major version of Mac OS X, is the best update we’ve ever released,” says Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “And everyone gets the ‘Ultimate’ edition containing all the new and innovative capabilities, for just € 129.”
The new Leopard desktop includes a redesigned 3D Dock with Stacks, a new way to organize files for quick and easy one-click access. Leopard automatically places web, email, and other downloads into a Downloads stack to keep the desktop clear, and the user can instantly browse the contents of this and other stacks by displaying them in an arc from the Dock. The user can also create their own Stacks to quickly access folders, documents or applications. The visual aspect of Leopard extends to all applications; all desktop windows feature a consistent layout, and active windows are underlined with deeper shadows that make them stand out.
The new updated Finder includes Cover Flow and a new sidebar that provides an extremely simple way to search, browse and copy content from any PC or Mac on a local network. Now, you can search the content of any computer on the local network using Spotlight; this content can be browsed using Cover Flow or copied over the web with no more than drag and drop. .Mac members can also use the new “Back to my Mac” capability to browse and access files on their remote Macs connected via the Internet.
Quick Look is the fastest and easiest way to view the content of files without having to open them and without even having the application with which they were created. With Quick Look, users can instantly view files of almost any type, including multimedia, in full screen and in high resolution from the Finder itself.
Spaces offers users a powerful new way to organize their work by creating custom desktops that can contain only those applications or documents needed for each project, and with the ability to quickly switch between different Spaces with the mouse or keyboard.
Time Machine allows users to back up all data on their Mac, locate lost files, and even restore all software on their Mac. With a simple click to configure, Time Machine automatically maintains an up-to-date copy of all data. Mac content. In the event of a file loss, the user can search backward in time to locate lost files, applications, photos, and other digital content, and then instantly restore them. If necessary, Leopard can also restore the entire system from Time Machine data residing on an external disk.
Mail has been updated in Leopard and incorporates more than 30 formats and templates designed to look great on both a PC / Windows and a Mac; thus, the user can easily send stylish and personalized emails with graphics and photos. Notes and Tasks help the user to organize themselves, acting as emails that can be easily created, saved as drafts, synced between multiple Macs and stored in Smart Mailboxes. Data detectors automatically identify phone numbers, addresses, and events, so they can easily be added to Address Book or iCal with just a few clicks. Additionally, users can stay up-to-date with the latest news and blog updates directly to their mailboxes thanks to the integrated RSS reader.
iChat, the easiest video conferencing application to use on a personal computer, enables even more advanced video chats in Leopard thanks to iChat Theater, which allows you to easily display photos, presentations, videos or files in a video conference. The ability to share screen (Screen Sharing) allows users to view and operate another Mac remotely. The Photo Booth effects that it incorporates make it possible to apply fun distortions; and video backdrops allow users to instantly appear video-conferencing from anywhere in the world, or even from space.
Leopard’s new capabilities also include:
• Enhanced Parental Control, which helps parents manage their children’s online activities, with automatic identification of inappropriate content before allowing access to a website, as well as timers and activity logs accessible from any Mac connected to the home network.
• Full version of Boot Camp, previously available only as a beta version, which makes it possible to run Windows natively on Intel processor-based Macs (requires additional Windows license).
• Web Clip, which takes anything the user wants from a web page to the Dashboard, as a dynamic widget.
• New features in Photo Booth, which allow the user to create animated icons for iChat or fun effects and backdrops from still images or videos.
• New improved Dictionary, with built-in Wikipedia, which allows users to access up-to-date information on virtually any topic immediately.
• New and updated iCal with shared group calendar capabilities, based on the open CalDAV standard.
• Updated version of Front Row, which makes it even easier to play music or watch movies, TV series and photos on a Mac, using the ultra-simple Apple Remote.
Price and availability
Mac OS X version 10.5 Leopard will be available on October 26 in the Apple Spain sales channel and in the Apple Store online at the recommended price of 1