Some of Leopard's 300+ New Features


macrumors bot
Original poster
Apr 12, 2001

With Leopard's official announcement, Apple now details a list of 300+ new features that can be found in Mac OS X 10.5.

Sitening compiled a list (with descriptions) of 16 of what they felt were the coolest least known features coming in Leopard.

• TextEdit: OpenDocument and Word 2007 Formats
• Terminal: Workspaces
• .Mac Sync for System Preferences
• Guest Log-In Accounts
• Grammar Check
• Scroll Non-Active Windows
• Printer Drivers via Software Update
• PDF Manipulation in Preview
• Self-Tuning TCP
• Archive Mailbox
• SMS Forwarding
• Event Dropbox
• Font Auto-Activation
• Instant Screen Sharing from the Finder
• Wikipedia in Dictionary
• Synchronize with Yahoo! address book

Yesterday, we took a look at some of the under the hood improvements and system requirements as compared to Tiger.

Meanwhile, AppleInsider looks at iCal 3.0 and Safari 3.0, and Apple has updated their website, which shows off the major new features of Leopard.

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Administrator emeritus
Jan 15, 2006
The Kop
LOVE getting printer drivers via SWU. It's such a hassle sometimes through the manufacturers' sites. Hopefully Apple has it down.
Also paves the way to third party downloads. This will tie in well with the application signing for security measures.


macrumors regular
May 15, 2007
London, UK
Support in Textedit of MS Office and Oo_Org? AWESOME! Even basic text editors should be compliant in these filetypes too :D

Other than that, things like a non-beta Bootcamp are good for me!


macrumors 6502a
Oct 31, 2004
That there big London
A good pick. Sometimes the little features, tweaks and improvements can make as much difference as the headline items.

Maybe I'm being swept along on the hype, but in recent weeks I've been wondering why any home user would want to use anything other than a Mac once Leopard is introduced. They're so far ahead of Windows Vista in every single respect.

If there is any justice in the world, then Apple should really significantly eat into MS's home marketshare over the next year or two.

Also, I'm sick of being asked to set-up & fix Windoze PCs belonging to friends, family and colleagues. If they all just switched to Mac then my life would be way easier, and so would theirs.

There's my £0.02p.



macrumors newbie
Oct 5, 2007
Yeah, but where is java6

As long as there is no java6 Leopard is completely useless for me and thousands of other developers. I'm not going to spend my money on Leopard as long as there is no confirmation of Java support..



macrumors 6502a
Jun 24, 2003
I was just trying to scroll a window in the background yesterday while taking notes for a class. It seems intuitive so Im glad it was added to the list of improvements!


macrumors G3
Apr 30, 2004
1 TextEdit: OpenDocument and Word 2007 Formats
2 Terminal: Workspaces
3 Grammar Check
4 Archive Mailbox
They're great. Because:

1 - OpenDocument and W2k7 support be good :)
2 - OMFG I'm in terminal all the time using SSH, it'll be great ;)
3 - Maybe MacRumors members can use it :p
4 - I've been wanting to do this for years now. :rolleyes:


macrumors newbie
Jul 30, 2006

I've had to say WOW to quite a few of those. A great bunch of ideas. More useful to me than some of the already known features. It looks like I may be getting Leopard as soon as it comes out after all! :D


macrumors 65816
Sep 2, 2006
a gasping dying planet
8 short days

oh man, can't wait. text edit support for word and open document - brilliant!! plus guest login will be awesome since coworkers at work, friends at home/school are always on my computers. would rather not have them looking at mail, personal documents! how fantastic!!


macrumors 6502a
Jan 18, 2005
Alta Loma, CA
As long as there is no java6 Leopard is completely useless for me and thousands of other developers. I'm not going to spend my money on Leopard as long as there is no confirmation of Java support..

Thank God. One less person to bitch about the new dock!


macrumors 68000
Jun 14, 2003
Self-tuning TCP.. sweet. I guess now I'll be able to see if my 15Mbps FiOS internet is really near 15Mbps. So far it seems too slow. Though perception is different than hard numbers when calculating net speed.
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