The 23rd Annual Editors' Choice Awards
Posted 19 December 2007 - 05:27 PM
You obviously haven't been following the troubleshooting threads on Apple's and MacFixIt's discussion boards. Leopard is certainly a major upgrade for OS X, perhaps the most significant to date. But the changes under the hood as well as the new features have left many people struggling to cope. Problems start with the installation process which has caused no end of difficulties for early adopters. Then there are the features which take away far more than they add, like Stacks. Add to that various networking traumas and malfunctions and you have far less than a stellar new system. Leopard promises to be great but it has yet to deliver on that promise. Indeed, for headaches it compares quite well with Windows Vista, your boasts to the contrary notwithstanding.
For a daunting look at some of the issues, check out Ted Landau's MacFixIt column, Detours on the road to success with Leopard, at http://www.macfixit....07121710540526.
Posted 20 December 2007 - 07:50 AM
Of course Apple hasn't offered an official solution.
Posted 20 December 2007 - 08:26 AM
There were many Mac OS X native applications which are updated almost every 2-3 days to gather new functionality and fixes on the list we have chosen from. For Adobe Premiere I can say one thing. It is AVI based.
Posted 20 December 2007 - 08:31 AM
For example, Spotlight is a piece of trash under Tiger. It is amazing under Leopard. The Finder is barely tolerable in Tiger. OK, so it still blows under Leopard, but it blows a lot less because it now implements multiple networking threads and one can stop the Finder from complaining each and every time one changes a file name (i.e. the new Finder preference to turn off "Show warning before changing an extension").
Apple also must be very aware that many advanced end-users set up their client machines as servers. By willy-nilly changing the location of some things (e.g. httpd.conf) and by renaming system-level users (e.g. _postdrop) and leaving users to discover these differences on their own does nothing more than make advanced users leery of upgrading. This is not a good thing.
UNIX functionality is an entirely different level of change than, say, adding To Do items to Mail.app and should be undertaken only when the old functionality is broken (e.g. Netinfo) and only with bolded, blinking, ALL CAPS notices about all such changes.
Leopard (client) is a work-in-progress, perfectly fine for surfing and emailing, but not yet ready for production.
Posted 26 December 2007 - 07:48 PM
To wit: Lightzone is a nice photo processing application - you awarded it, I believe, 4 1/2 mice - but it does not play well with iPhoto '08. It takes a VERY long time to "import" its _.lzn file, and even longer to "convert" a file.
Photoshop, by contrast, is a quickie.
Posted 14 January 2008 - 12:26 PM
...An editor's choice award should also go to the redesign of MacWorld.
Posted 07 August 2008 - 03:16 PM