Operating systems

Mac OS X Leopard: The Right Tool for the Job?

Mac OS X Leopard Stacks

Here you can see a Stack accessed from the Dock. In this case, I dragged the Applications folder to the Dock.

As a result, whenever clicking on the Applications icon within the new Dock, I can now access the folders contents from this new Stack menu.

Stacks can display items either in a window or grid pattern, as shown here, or in a curving (fan) column that rises from the Dock itself.

Such time-saving Dock tweaks make the OS much more usable and user interaction much more efficient, particularly when on the go. In my professional experience working as an IT consultant, these improvements alone justify the upgrade cost.

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Erik Eckel owns and operates two technology companies. As a managing partner with Louisville Geek, he works daily as an IT consultant to assist small businesses in overcoming technology challenges and maximizing IT investments. He is also president o...

5 comments
seveno
seveno

Just wondering if anyone is having problems with the sound while using Windows XP in Parellel. Everything is working except the sound. Any advice will be appreciated. Please email me at xpwin1@gmail.com Gary

rose.peola
rose.peola

I have a Mac mini w/ 10.39 and I'm not sure if I can put it on my computerIt has 1.42 GHZ Power PC G4 w/256 MB DDR SDRAM - can you help me decide - rose.peola@yahoo.com

kjets
kjets

Yes, Leopard is great for time machine alone plus all the other features but considering how much Adobe products are used on the Mac you would think they would make sure you could make PDFs straight from the applications without having to make postscript files and then use the distiller to make the PDFs. Big problem until figured out.

mwarbeck
mwarbeck

Every other article I've read pans the firewall because even when you block all it lets some things through. Is your review not as thorough?

jasondlnd
jasondlnd

I have an Intel Macbook, and Leopard works extremely well with the newer Mac Hardware. The networking is easier, the system is more stable, and Finder is easier to use in this release. If you already have Tiger installed, I would recommend backing up your data and starting out fresh, as the system will behave much better (and even load faster). I definitely recommend Leopard to anyone who has newer Mac hardware.