New Leopard 9a499 Screenshots

simontarr

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There are a load of new Leopard (build 9a499) screen shots at The Tech Blogger with more promised shortly. I stumbled across the website yesterday and made a short post about it in the Leopard Visual Enhancement thread, but I thought I'd post it for everyone else to have a look at if you haven't been bothered to read the rather vicious argument that's been going!

I'm really starting to dig the new menu bar, especially with the updated icons that came in the latest build. I'm still not sure about the dock though- it seems to take up too much space, or at least gives the illusion it does because of the 3D-ness of it.
 

acslater017

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There are a load of new Leopard (build 9a499) screen shots at The Tech Blogger with more promised shortly. I stumbled across the website yesterday and made a short post about it in the Leopard Visual Enhancement thread, but I thought I'd post it for everyone else to have a look at if you haven't been bothered to read the rather vicious argument that's been going!

I'm really starting to dig the new menu bar, especially with the updated icons that came in the latest build. I'm still not sure about the dock though- it seems to take up too much space, or at least gives the illusion it does because of the 3D-ness of it.
ooh thanks for the link. Yea, some people dislike the menu bar, but I think it's neat. That, combined with the deeper application window shadows, will make for a more coherent experience (esp. if you can make Spaces).

I think that the new Dock DOES take up a bit more space. In the screenshots that I've seen, it adds about a third/half of an icon's height to the Dock. When working on my MacBook, I'll probably set it to hide...when on an external monitor the space taken up shouldn't be an issue...
 

pcorajr

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Thanks for the link. The Site is working a bit slow right now, I guess is getting hammer.
 

twoodcc

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There are a load of new Leopard (build 9a499) screen shots at The Tech Blogger with more promised shortly. I stumbled across the website yesterday and made a short post about it in the Leopard Visual Enhancement thread, but I thought I'd post it for everyone else to have a look at if you haven't been bothered to read the rather vicious argument that's been going!

I'm really starting to dig the new menu bar, especially with the updated icons that came in the latest build. I'm still not sure about the dock though- it seems to take up too much space, or at least gives the illusion it does because of the 3D-ness of it.
thanks for the link
 

kap91

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The dock may look like it takes up more space but in actuallity it takes up slightly. If you resize your own dock so that the icons in your dock are the same size as the ones in any of the screenshots and then place the docks side to side the new dock is about a millimeter or two shorter than the current dock.:)
 

xUKHCx

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They've updated iCal so it is really obvious what day it is, not sure if i like the look of the mini calendar. Looks really good, just can't wait to get my hands on it.

Also i really like the fact that the have made quicklook work with folders.

Arabesque alos looks quite nice, and i like the path view.
 

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vandlism

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has anyone else noticed that these are the exact same images that think secret posted? particularly that first set of photos, except think secret never followed up with a gallery. i suppose if these make it to think secret we will know their source.
 

clevin

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the dark silver color looks too dark... why do I feel 10.4's UI is better?
 

Osarkon

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the dark silver color looks too dark... why do I feel 10.4's UI is better?
I also think it's a bit too dark. If they'd just kept the version that 10.4.x has it would look nicer.

But I guess in the same vein, as long as I don't see a hint of brushed metal i'll be a lot happier. :D
 

The Stig

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i still don't like transparent menu bar
I agree. I don't really like it either. I hope there is a option to make it solid. Jobs seemed to really like it too... but I see it more as a cheap trick that doesn't do anything... If they want do something with it, they should have a auto hide option for it or something. That would be cool.

The Stig
 

Soulstorm

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There is an option to make transparent menu bar normal. I don't like it either. But it seems to me that OS X is finally going to be unified... again.
 

Soulstorm

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Sure? I recall someone that has used Leopard mentioning that there is a way... Never tried Leopard myself, though.
 

SDAVE

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I'm sure Apple won't be that disgusting and add an option to disable transparency on the menu bar in the final release in october. If there isn't one, they'll be pissing off many people.
 

dmcbride

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I agree. I don't really like it either. I hope there is a option to make it solid. Jobs seemed to really like it too... but I see it more as a cheap trick that doesn't do anything... If they want do something with it, they should have a auto hide option for it or something. That would be cool.

The Stig
I actually like the menu bar, believe it or not, although I definitely think it should be an option - perhaps on par with going from windows' vista --> classic theme.

As long as UI changes do not cross the line and become buggers to my productivity, I will probably welcome the changes. I enjoy feeling like I have something 'new' to work with even if it is just slight visual differences.

The glowing dots signifying open applications though is something I absolutely hate. While I have read one user's feedback that he loves the glowing dots as he found the black triangles hard to see - I am experiencing the exact opposite. For example, I used to be able to see ALL open applications simply using my peripheral vision. This is no longer the case and bugs me to no end. Even if I am gazing at an icon directly BESIDE an open application, sometimes I cant tell if that application is open.

I just hope all of the major UI changes are toggle'able.
 

Sbrocket

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There is an option to make transparent menu bar normal.
No there isn't. Not even in 9A513 yet, though there are many internal rumors of that changing soon. Which reminds me, where's the post-9A499 info yet? I suppose there's less internal leaks than seems to be general consensus.

By the way, looks like Apple Legal got to the picture gallery finally. Took longer than I expected.