Apple Asking Feedback for Leopard 9A499

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Apple mailed out a survey link for ADC developers asking for feedback on the current Leopard seed (9A499).

The survey is actually asking developers for a comparison between Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and the shipping version of Mac OS X Tiger (10.4):
This survey is intended to allow you to compare your experiences using Mac OS X Leopard Build 9A499 and a shipping version of Mac OS X Tiger (10.4.x). Please rate all the areas that you have used in 9A499.
The survey provides comparison choices of

- Much Worse
- Somewhat worse
- About the same
- Somewhat better
- Much better

on a wide range of Mac OS X tools and features. The described areas of comparison are broken down into Mail & Web, Graphics & Media, Setup & Mobility, Desktop & Interface, Productivity & Communication, and Sharing & Devices.

You must be an ADC developer to participate in the survey (verified by email).

Apple is expected to ship the final version of Mac OS X Leopard (10.5) in October.

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Vidd

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It looks as if they're cutting it close if they're not going to delay it further.
It's mid-August already but it's a good opportunity.
 

arn

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yeah, not sure how much meaningful feedback and changes they can make for something like this.

(by october)

arn
 

Luis

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yeah, not sure how much meaningful feedback and changes they can make for something like this.

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arn
Agree.

What can they do if dev's tell them the new finder (or whatever other big feature) sucks? re-write it?
 

bananas

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Apple must think they are doing pretty well, they just wanna know if someone disagrees. This is the last change to fix things before the release.
 

PlaceofDis

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i'm guessing that at this point the finishing touches are being worked on for Leopard and that if they see something though this sort of survey they can act rather quickly since its a focal point. at least i'd hope so.
 

macguy59

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I sure hope they get enough feedback on the desktop and interface. The transparent menu bar and new dock needs to be configurable. <ie> Be able to change it back to 10.4.x style.
 

CalBoy

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Well, it seems like it's awefully close to be sending out a survey of this importance now. Leopard should be nearly complete, with only minor kinks being worked out at this point.

October 31st @ 11:59 PST
Sadly, I think we are looking at an October 30th or 31st release. If this survey is any indication, Apple will still be hammering out details a few hours before press time.
 

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I sure hope they get enough feedback on the desktop and interface. The transparent menu bar and new dock needs to be configurable. <ie> Be able to change it back to 10.4.x style.
Never.
Apple will make sure that there will be no disaster like "Windows XP in Win 2000 look" just for the sake of it, or, gasp, to even save some CPU cycles! No way!

They want a unified look, and such an option would work against it... IF it is possible, probably only in a hidden way, Tinkertool-style.
 

DOUGHNUT

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ummmm...shouldn't they have done this type of survey much earlier? considering they probably have 1 month left for development and polishing before the software goes gold, what if the response they get is largely negative?

i have a feeling that they saw the large negative response from iMovie, and they're trying to make sure it doesn't happen to leopard as well.
 

puuukeey

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feature creep?

bottom line for me? I'm really not that excited for the actual release. I'm more interested in what people will do with core animation. I hope to god someone does with it what apple should have done a while ago and start chipping away at the desktop metaphor.

take a look at the feature list. what are you excited for?
 

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Never.
Apple will make sure that there will be no disaster like "Windows XP in Win 2000 look" just for the sake of it, or, gasp, to even save some CPU cycles! No way!

They want a unified look, and such an option would work against it... IF it is possible, probably only in a hidden way, Tinkertool-style.
the menubar look has already been said that its optional. but i don't see them doing that for the dock. i just don't like the 'flashlight' look over the current arrows.
 

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Apple mailed out a survey link for ADC developers asking for feedback on the current Leopard seed (9A499).

The survey is actually asking developers for a comparison between Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and the shipping version of Mac OS X Tiger (10.4):

The survey provides comparison choices of

- Much Worse
- Somewhat worse
- About the same
- Somewhat better
- Much better

on a wide range of Mac OS X tools and features. The described areas of comparison are broken down into Mail & Web, Graphics & Media, Setup & Mobility, Desktop & Interface, Productivity & Communication, and Sharing & Devices.

You must be an ADC developer to participate in the survey (verified by email).

Apple is expected to ship the final version of Mac OS X Leopard (10.5) in October.

Article Link

So I am not sure if it is just my setup but I find that with BOTH the current and the last leopard build I have consistent instability with MS Office apps. (jokes aside on MS stability in general) others running Leopard try to view a powerpoint presentation in presentation view, I get a crash every time on 2 different machines. I also get crashes in word when dealing with files larger than 10 pages with any type of tables. I did not get this under tiger.
 
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