I was one of the folks that immediately had my copy of Leopard in hand for the update. Ordered the family pack for installation here at the Mactropolis offices and I was pumped. I’ve been using Leopard now since launch in late October. The last few months have given me a great opportunity to experience […]
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My OS X Leopard Experience So Far

My Leopard Experience So FarI was one of the folks that immediately had my copy of Leopard in hand for the update. Ordered the family pack for installation here at the Mactropolis offices and I was pumped. I’ve been using Leopard now since launch in late October. The last few months have given me a great opportunity to experience and share what I’ve found.

Installation on my MacBook pro was flawless and without any hang-ups. Immediately following the upgrade I of course began fooling around with the new features. Spaces was cool, the new ‘look’ I thought was OK, and Time Machine intruiged me. ‘I’ll have to get a huge external hard drive’ I thought to myself.

Initially Leopard was a hit here at Mactropolis. I installed Leopard on 3 more macs, each without any problems. With a few systems still running Tiger, I decided to leave things as is. I thought it might be interesting to see first hand the differences from Tiger to Leopard in terms of stability and usability.

Over time this became clear to me. In Tiger, I very, very rarely had any issues with applications locking up and freezing on me. In Leopard, I’m sad to report that this is a daily occurrence. In fact, shortly before sitting down to write this post, Safari froze up on me while I was doing some browsing. Frustrating to say the least.

On top of that, not only are things freezing on me, but applications are running a heck of a lot slower. I use Photoshop on a daily basis and work with some relatively large files. With Tiger I could hop right in and get to work on my files. In Leopard, it seems that files are taking a long time to open, and when working on files I often have to wait for the ‘watch’ or the ‘spinning beach ball of death‘. (I then hold my breath and hope that Photoshop does not crash!)

With all this said, I’m going to stick it out with Leopard at this point. While I could downgrade to Tiger, I know that Apple will be working hard on updates to correct issues and problems with the OS. I’m doing my part, sending in reports to Apple on a daily basis when apps crash on me 😛

What are your thoughts? I know I’m not alone here, as I’ve read a lot of disappointing reviews and reports all over the web.

How are you enjoying/not enjoying Leopard so far? Do you regret making the upgrade?

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