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Preview: Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard

£85 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Apple

Our Rating: We rate this 4.5 out of 5

More details have emerged about Mac OS X 10.5, the next major update to the Mac operating system that Apple has dubbed "Leopard".

Quick Look


What it is: Last year, we were all impressed by a feature embedded within Time Machine that let you quickly preview the contents of most documents, without launching the programs that created them. That feature - dubbed Quick Look - is now pervasive in Leopard, especially in the Finder.

What's new: Basically an enhanced preview, Quick Look lets you instantly access a live preview of a file without having to open an application. For example, you can view a large, readable preview of a PDF file and flip through that file's pages, right in the Finder.

In the case of a movie or audio file, you can watch the video or listen to the audio with one click. And if the default preview is still too small, another click lets you preview the file at full-screen size.

Quick Look supports many common file types - including text, images, movies, PDFs and Word and Excel documents - out of the box; developers can supply plugins that add Quick Look support for their own documents.

This feature should be especially useful for previewing photos and movie files, but it will also come in handy whenever you want to take - well - a quick look at a file without launching another app. DAN FRAKES

Quick links:

Mac OS X Leopard Desktop

Mac OS X Leopard Finder

Mac OS X Leopard Time Machine

Mac OS X Leopard Quick Look

Mac OS X Leopard Spaces

Mac OS X Leopard Safari

Mac OS X Leopard iChat

Mac OS X Leopard Automator

Mac OS X Leopard Mail

Mac OS X Leopard iCal

Mac OS X Leopard Dashboard

Mac OS X Leopard, the complete package

Apple Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Expert Verdict »

There are currently no technical specifications recorded for this product.

  • Ease of Use: We give this item 8 of 10 for ease of use
  • Features: We give this item 9 of 10 for features
  • Overall: We give this item 9 of 10 overall

We're pretty excited about what Leopard - Mac OS X 10.5 - will bring to the table. Most of the changes are incremental, but as any Mac user knows OS X is an excellent operating system anyway. These improvements suggest that Mac OS X 10.5 will be a must-have upgrade.

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