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Wired posted (Google cache) and then removed screenshots from the WWDC Developer's Build of Mac OS X Leopard.

Installation of the Leopard went smoothly on their Quad-Core Xeon Mac Pro, and their first impressions were solid:
Leopard already looks very sleek -- the reflective dock, translucent menu bar and deeper drop shadows behind active windows give the desktop more space-aged gloss. Animated behaviors like Stacks, Spaces and Cover Flow in the Finder rendered super-smoothly on our fast test system. There are new screen savers, updated remote desktop management settings and some of the core applications (Mail, Safari, iCal, etc.) have been redesigned.

The screenshots that were removed depicted iCal, Screen Sharing, and the new Screen Savers.
 

AdeFowler

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Seems strange that the png files in the 'stack' all have generic icons. I hope that's not a sign of things to come. I still can't see the point of the transparent menu bar. Oh well, roll on October ;)
 

panoz7

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The menu bar looks harder to read then in the keynote. Is it more transparent? I really hope that the transparency can be turned off.
 

ventro

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The screenshots of iCal reveal that the new "button font" has changed from Lucida Grande to Myriad Pro. Which is a pretty big deal. Strangely enough, the menubar is still Lucida.
 

mox358

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I'm really excited about Leopard. The feature set seems more evolutionary than revolutionary, but the new Finder looks amazing! If I can get around the system as fast as I can iTunes then my productivity will go thru the roof!
 

Sbrocket

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The menu bar looks harder to read then in the keynote. Is it more transparent? I really hope that the transparency can be turned off.

In my opinion, the transparent menu bar grows on you (as does the dock). Some of the graphical chances just take some adjusting to, and I think many people don't like them simply because they're different. I also think that the menu bar looks better with blues or darker desktop pictures, but that's just my opinion. The one thing I hope they change: the almost invisible icons for active applications in the dock. Ugh, they're terrible; you can barely see them, no contrast with the reflective dock.

The screenshots of iCal reveal that the new "button font" has changed from Lucida Grande to Myriad Pro. Which is a pretty big deal. Strangely enough, the menubar is still Lucida.

Leopard is released to the public in October; there's tons of time for changes.
 

Lixivial

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Well it's nice to see that they devised a way to discern between inactive and active states in the new unified windows. Kinda, anyway. It kinda applies to Safari (in that first shot), but the buttons aren't grayed out like the rest of the unified windows. Same with iTunes 7.

dartzorichalcos said:
I think it's better for the eyes, the eyes won't get so much eye strain.

It'll be interesting to see how the menu bar handles dark images, considering the text on it is black. If you have a busy desktop wallpaper, it could potentially be quite busy behind the menu bar -- not the best way to go about reading things.
 

Sbrocket

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It'll be interesting to see how the menu bar handles dark images, considering the text on it is black. If you have a busy desktop wallpaper, it could potentially be quite busy behind the menu bar -- not the best way to go about reading things.

The text of the menu bar isn't hard to read with black/dark background, rest assured.
 

Digitaljim

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I'm not sure about the new look. The menu bar does have a Vista air to it (not a bad thing necessarily).

I hope it's more customizable without having to resort to 3rd party nastiness.

PS. Thanks to Safari 3 and its spell check for me finally being able to drop necessarily in a post! ;)

EDIT: The scroll bars haven't changed; they look dated.
 

ortuno2k

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I think the dock and the menu bar should have settings to use the "classic" menu bar and dock, like in Tiger.
I don't like the way the dock looks in Leopard.
 

Much Ado

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I think it's time we killed the jelly beans.

But what to replace them with... the iTunes scroll-bars look like something from a Linux distro, but they're the best we've got.
 

dswoodley

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The screenshots of iCal reveal that the new "button font" has changed from Lucida Grande to Myriad Pro. Which is a pretty big deal. Strangely enough, the menubar is still Lucida.

is that brushed metal in ical. So is osx doing away with all brushed metal or just brushed metal in non-app features
 

synth3tik

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I love the new Finder, although I will not be using the Cover Flow. I would get pissed thinking my whole iTunes library was replaced with Applications.
 

DanB91

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The menu bar looks harder to read then in the keynote. Is it more transparent? I really hope that the transparency can be turned off.

someone earlier confirmed that the menu bar transparency can be turned off.
i personally love the menu bar and dock though :D
 

aLoC

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I like the retro screensaver. The author sounds pleasantly suprised that it actually jumps around but it would have to else it wouldn't be a screensaver.
 

prostuff1

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Don't step into the kawoosh...
I sorta like the look of the new leopard.

The only thing i don't like about the menubar being translucent is that some of the desktops i have are "signed" "under" the menubar. If it is translucent then I will be able to see the "signature"

another thing i am not sure that i like is that the finder looks ALMOST IDENTICAL to itunes. While that might be all fine and dandy i have a feeling that i might get some stuff mixed up to start. Another thing i would have liked to see in the new finder is TABS.

Safari does not really matter to me as i don't use it now.

I will probably use stacks in the dock but not spaces (except maybe on my iBook)

Obviously this is all based on only seeing the new leopard but i think some more could have been done with finder.
 
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