300 new features...... I use about.... eh.... 8

Discussion in 'macOS' started by one1, Jan 12, 2008.

  1. one1 macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2007
    Chattanooga, TN
    The following is what I have used in the Leo update, I count about 8 features or so that I actually use of the 300.

    I'm not writing a review or an impression I wanted to see how many of the 300 new features you use. I'm curios as to how useful the 300 features have been to you and how many you actually use.
  2. bluedoggiant macrumors 68030


    Jul 13, 2007
    MD & ATL,GA
    trust me, there are more that you use that you don't even notice ;)
  3. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    ok so i just went though the whole 300 features and i like, use & take advantage of 97 features. here they are in code tags so it doesnt take up too much space:

    [COLOR="DimGray"][FONT="Lucida Sans Unicode"][B]Boot Camp[/B]
    Microsoft WHQL-Certified Windows Drivers
    Convenient Boot Camp Task Bar Shortcut.
    Web Clip
    Downloads Stack
    Sorting Stacks
    Spring-Loaded Dock
    Wikipedia in Dictionary
    [B]DVD Player[/B]
    Improved Full-Screen Interface
    Image Bar
    Time Slider
    Chapter Thumbnails
    New Sidebar
    Cover Flow
    Icon Preview
    Path Bar
    New Folder of Options
    Folder Sharing
    [B]Front Row[/B]
    Apple TV-style Interface
    Streaming iTunes Content
    [B]Graphics & Media[/B]
    Multicore Enhanced
    EXIF Color Space Support
    Improved iCal Interface
    Inline Editing in iCal
    Data Detectors
    Photo Browser
    Simple Mail Setup
    New AirPort Menu
    Self-Tuning TCP
    [B]Parental Controls[/B]
    Simple Account Setup
    [B]Photo Booth[/B]
    Control Effects
    Video Recording
    Photo Booth with Burst Mode
    New User Interface for Preview
    Smooth Zoom and Scroll
    Improved PDF Annotations
    Relevancy Ranked PDF Search
    Simplified Printing
    Quick Print Preview
    Printer Support
    CUPS v1.3
    [B]Quick Look[/B]
    Quick Look
    Full-Screen Preview
    Fastest Web Browser
    Enhanced Find
    Movable Tabs
    Pull Tab into New Window
    Easily Create Tabbed Bookmarks
    Merge All Windows
    Full History Search
    Reopen Windows
    Resizable Text Fields
    Preview Controls for PDFs
    Remove History Items Periodically
    Desktop Picture
    Warning Before Closing Tabbed Window
    [B]Screen Savers[/B]
    Arabesque Screen Saver
    Clock Overlay on any Screen Saver
    Mosaic Display for Picture Screen Savers
    Application-Based Firewall
    Sharing and Collaboration Configuration
    Library Randomization
    Windows SMB Packet Signing
    Mac OS X Security Tech Brief
    Advanced Searches
    Dictionary Definitions in Spotlight
    Calculations in Spotlight
    Spotlight Application Launching
    Icon Mode in Open and Save Panels
    iLife Media Browser in Open Panel
    Help Menu Search
    Guest Login Accounts
    Grammar Check
    Scroll Non-Active Windows
    Empty Trash Button
    Eject All Partitions
    [B]System Preferences[/B]
    New Parental Controls Preferences
    Improved Network Preferences Interface
    Advanced Account Options
    Hot Corner for Sleep Display
    Window Settings
    Movable Tabs
    Tabbed Windows
    Adjusting Window Settings
    [B]Text Edit[/B]
    OpenDocument and Word 2007 Formats
    [B]Time Machine[/B]
    Back Up Everything
    Automatic Backup
    Go Back In Time
    Automatic Stop and Resume
    Do Not Back Up List
    Manual Backup
    Quick Look Before Restoring
    UNIX® Certification
    Multicore Optimized[/FONT][/COLOR]

    i agree that Apple went a overboard boasting about 300 features as some are hardly a feature and some were already in tiger. for example:

    Spotlight - search system files. how is this a feature? searching in the library folders was actually possible in Tiger. Apple took this away in Leopard and added a search attribute. i guess you can now search in the system folder which is good.

    Front Row - DVD Playback in Front Row, Movie Previews. this was already in tiger?
  4. emptyCup macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2005
    The real value of the upgrade is the under-the-hood stuff which makes it easier for developers to create better, more capable programs. The rest is icing. Some of us like icing more than others.
  5. motulist macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    Of course no particular user is going to use all 300 new features, but because there are so many great new diverse features it means every individual user will have plenty of new features that they find really valuable. I bet most users only use somewhere around 25% of the features available in any version of OS X.

    So to figure out if any new upgrade is worth it for you as an individual you have to determine if the new features that you in particular will use are worth the asking price. For me, I very much use quicklook, safari 3, ical updates, improved spotlight, mail notes, space and much more. Reviewing my purchase of leopard, to me those features alone were worth the asking price.

    In fact, I'd probably have bought quicklook alone for $20 - $40. If you want to see (or hear, or watch) the contents of any file, you just hit the space bar and *poof* the document instantly opens in full detail and scrollability without needing to launch any application! If you want to see a few pictures at once for comparison, just select them and hit the spacebar and you instantly see all the pics side by side. Or if you want to do a slide show of a bunch of pics, just select them, hit spacebar and then click the slide show icon. And all this happens instantly without having to open any application programs!

    OS X has a broad user base composed of many different types of users, and they do a great job of offering everyone features that are awesome just for the way they want to use their Mac.

    So it's not about how many features you use, they weren't designed to all be used by every user, it's about how useful and awesome you feel about the particular features that you yourself have a reason to take advantage of.
  6. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    "features" nowadays is a cheap word, slightest change can be called a "feature" in Apple's world. lol
  7. JML42691 macrumors 68020


    Oct 24, 2007
    As several have already said, you use many more that you don't have any knowledge about, like the under the hood stuff.
  8. Wild-Bill macrumors 68030


    Jan 10, 2007
    What happened to RESOLUTION INDEPENDENCE???? Or the other things Steve promised but failed to deliver??
  9. Techguy172 macrumors 68000

    Feb 2, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    Half the Crap they call a feature is not a feature. Maybe things like spaces, Stacks, Time machine. not all that other crap.
  10. callmemike20 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 21, 2007
    I bought leopard, not because of the features, but because its new. I simply bought it, and I don't care what I paid for it, because its new. I can't stand having an old operating system on my computer. If I wasn't getting a mac, I would had put vista on my desktop machine. Features are just an added bonus for me.
  11. Killyp macrumors 68040


    Jun 14, 2006
    RE QuickLook

    You do realise you can just hit SPACE to view in QuickLook, and hit SPACE again to close...
  12. samh004 macrumors 68020


    Mar 1, 2004
    It's there, just not enabled as nothing supports it yet :p
  13. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    linux sounds a great fit for you, windows updates every 5 years, OSX updates every two years, Linux update every 6 months.... no .. Im not trying to convert people.
  14. Soulstorm macrumors 68000


    Feb 1, 2005
    Actually, I use more than 8 new features. However, much fewer than those were the reasons I bought Leopard. Among them are the new XCode, new ObjC, improved XP support and faster user interface.
  15. Flowbee macrumors 68030


    Dec 27, 2002
    Alameda, CA
    Well, that works out to about $16 per feature... not a bad deal overall.

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