Earlier today I brought this up Computer Solutions forum over on JLC but since I think BreakTime is a more Mac friondly environmant or at least I think there are more Mac users hanging out here I thought I bringit up here too.
After a streak of 411 days of continuous operation on Mac OSX 10.2 Jaguar without a crash, virus, and only one forced restart (which I may or may not have had to do it turns out) and no problems I could think of (talk about rock solid) that streak ended.
Last Friday night I went to the local Apple store, waited on line for forty minutes like I was getting Springsteen tickets and picked up a copy of OSX 10.3 Panther that I had been sort of anxiously waiting for since I first saw it last summer at the MacWorld Expo show in NYC. Made the switch without any trouble or hint of inconvenience other than it took a few hours for the installer to do it’s job and then began to use the new OS last Saturday morning.
Yeah, I think it’s pretty good and while I have heard a few people complain that $129 is a steep price to upgrade a system that they may have only just recently upgraded to Jaguar, I think just the benefits of the new system feature of Exposé alone is worth the price of upgrading.
I think Exposé is simply the best innovation to window management since the concept of working with overlapping windows and files was created. What happens is you press the F9 key (or any other key you assign the function to) and then all the open windows and files shrink themselves up and distribute themselves on the screen. You can then move you mouse over a particular shrunken window and a little “chicklet” appears with the name of that file or finder window. Click on that shrunken window and the normal sizing returns and that window you clicked on moves to the front. For someone like me who works with lots of different files running in different open applications this is a HUGE deal. And that’s the short version of file and windows management is better than ever.
The Finder has been improved too. Every Finder window now shows you all the available disks, your iDisk and favorite folders in a column on the left side of every open window (and the feature can be turned on an off). And this same feature appears in the save as dialog windows too making keeping all your files in the right place even easier and more convenient. And colors for Finder labels are back with this upgrade too.
Each day this past week I discover a few more new system features that as soon as I can break my old habits are really going to make this even a bigger pleasure and more convenient system to use too. I just discovered the built in Faxing by accident last night when I was saving a documet as a PDF (which is built-in too).
My one complaint and it’s relatively minor one I think is when using the new Fast User Switching feature, while I get the fast user switching functionality I don’t get the really cool 3D animated transition which as I understand it right now is due to not having a OSX10.3 driver for my video card yet. Also when I switch users my Wacom Graphire3 tablet and cordless mouse wont work since it’s an “application” and therefore recognizes and thinks that it is already “in use” by another user.
I could go on and on liek a kind in a candy store but I don’t wat to be too much of a screaming loud noisy Mac evangelist in what is obviously a Windows world but is there anyone else out there who’s made the move or contemplated upgrading?