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The Finder & the Desktop. As I mentioned, there are approximately eleventy squillion places on the Web to find out about all of Leopard's new features, so I'll try to focus on things you can discover only by putting it through its paces.
Take the Finder, for example. The new Cover Flow view is truly remarkable, especially if you resize your Finder windows to be larger than Leopard's rather small default size. You may notice, however, that some of the file images and application icons in Cover Flow view appear jagged, as Roman discovered is true with JPEGs created by Photoshop.
The solution is simple for images: Just turn off the thumbnail-creating feature of that app (in Photoshop CS3, for example, it's in Photoshop > Preferences > File Handling > Image Previews) and resave the file. Those third-party app icons, however, will remain jaggy until their publishers offer updates.
If you're a photographer, Cover Flow view is a godsend - as is View > Show Path Bar (check out the file path at the bottom of the window).
The new Sidebar in Finder windows is most definitely all it's cracked up to be. Most impressive are the Shared section, which lists all the active Macs on your local network (the ones that have System Preferences > Sharing > Personal File Sharing enabled, in any case), and the Search For section, which comes populated with a handful of time- and type-based searches for files and apps, though, oddly enough, not folders. You can, however, easily add your own custom searches, including folder searches, by opening a search window with File > Find, adding your criteria (which can be remarkably refined), then clicking Save.
If you're on a local network, you'll notice that the Shared section lists Macs running either Leopard or Tiger. (I was unable to test with Macs running older versions of Mac OS X - if you've have a Panther, Jaguar, Cheetah, or Puma roaming around your LAN, let everybody know how it responds in the Comments section below.) For File Sharing, Leopards and Tigers get along just fine – you’ll also notice that Tiger Macs have generic icons while Leopard Macs have Mac-specific icons. Spotlight searches, however, come up with erratic results unless the Mac being searched is running Leopard.
An Apple rep told me that they don't support Spotlight searches on shared Tiger Macs; my experience showed that sometime the searches work and sometimes they don't. Your mileage may vary. Speaking of searching shared Macs: Make sure to enable View > Show Path Bar in the Finder when you're searching multiple shared Macs - it makes it a lot easier to discover a file's residence.
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