Whenever Apple rolls out a new release of its Mac OS X operating system, it always seems to cram in a few useful applications and interface features that eventually force their way into Windows. Now Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard is here, let's look through its key features and see how Windows Vista measures up.
Leopard's Finder takes a cue from iTunes
Leopard wouldn't be much of a Mac OS update if Apple hadn't significantly altered Finder. The updated Finder includes the iTunes Cover Flow interface, which lets you scroll through thumbnails of your pictures, videos, documents, and folders. It's an interesting addition, but it could use some tweaking. Performance on older systems isn't exactly swift; and all folders use the same icon, regardless of the files inside them.
- Step into the Time Machine
- Go back in time with Shadow Copies
- Safari and Web Clippings
- Easy dashboard 'Apps'
- Firefox's best marketing tool: IE 7
- Gadgets and Sidebar
- Leopard's Finder takes a cue from iTunes
- A nice take on folders
- Quick Look: Live Previews in Leopard
- Previews through small apps
- Automatic listing of shared folders
- No more Network Neighborhood
- Searching Leopard with Spotlight
- Enhanced searching in Vista
- Stacks of files
- Too many apps for one screen?
- XP's multiple desktop PowerToy
- Task switching the Mac way
- Vista's Flip 3D
- Windows Vista: the definitive review
- Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard: first review