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Other Apps. I believe it was G.K. Chesterton who said, "I would have written you a shorter letter, but I didn't have the time." After the past eight hours of hammering on this keyboard, I know what he meant - so I'll wrap up this missive with a few closing thoughts on some other Leopard features and apps.
Mail. Well, more bug-riddled disappointments here. There's a lot to like in the new Mail - easy-to-use Notes and To-Do capabilities, Spotlight searching, real-time RSS notification, and more - but the new Stationery templates aren't part of the party, at least if the person to whom you're sending them is a user of Microsoft Office.
In my testing, Stationery-based messages crashed Entourage 2004 more than half the time, and were unreadable in Entourage v.X (and, yes, I had HTML turned on, smarty-pants). Apple's looking into my problems, and I hasten to add that you may have no problems whatsoever, but this was my experience. (Stationery-based messages look great when received and viewed in Mail, by the way.)
Oh, and the new Data Detection capabilities? They work fine when everything is laid out in a way that the AI understands, but get wonky when things aren't just so.
Safari. The new Web Clip capability - the ability to turn snippets of Web pages into Dashboard widgets - works great, but with a few caveats: First, you can't make a Web Clip widget that's smaller than 112 pixels high by 137 pixels wide, and the Web Clip widgets you create aren't true Dashboard widgets: They don't live in the Widgets folder, they can't be managed by the Widget Manager, and when you close them they disappear completely.
My daughter's in South Africa, so I created a Web Clip to track the weather in Cape Town - doing so took me about 15 seconds.
Preview. There are a slew of improvements to Preview, every one of which I find grand. One of them, however - the ability to reorder pages in a PDF document - doesn't work on all PDFs, notably ones which the author has protected at some level. Seems fair...
I could go on - and I will, in an article that'll be published in the January edition of Mac|Life, in which I'll share some tips and tricks for getting the most out of Leopard.
And if any of you want to take issue with some of my opinions, share some of your own, or point out bugs that I've missed, there's a Comments area right below.