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10.5.2 first impressions

341Mb of update later (followed by 48.6Mb of Leopard Graphics Update) and the trusty Macbook is running 10.5.2. Nothing immediately different on startup except one puzzling problem that I will detail later. Here’s the most immediate visible changes.

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Nothing unusual there, so on to the first of the visual changes. The Transparent menu bar seemed to get an unusually high amount of scorn when it was first revealed. My menu bar under 10.5.1 looked like this:

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Not as offensive as some of the mac fanatics would have you think. Different yes, but over the months since Leopard’s release I have come to appreciate the subtle blending that makes the menu bar look more part of the desktop rather than an interface element sitting on top.

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That’s the new appearance for those who preferred the Tiger look. The setting for this is found on the Desktop Tab of the Desktop and Screensaver preferences page, as shown below.

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The next visual and usability change is the re-introduction of a list view for folders in the dock. Flashy as the Fan and Grid views are, they’re no substitute for the Tiger list view. Well, it’s back, with all the existing options to determine how your files and folders are displayed.

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Not sure how the automatic option works, I expect it switches from fan to grid to list as you add more items to the folder. Here’s what it looks like in use:

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Nice to know that changes aren’t always irreversible, and that Apple does listen to its customers. I’ll post more photo’s if I find any more changes, but for now here’s the first bug I have found. When the Macbook restarted after installing 10.5.2 the first window that appeared after loging in was this one.

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Not what I was expecting to see, but surely a simple conflict to resolve? This one didn’t want to go away though. Selecting either of the options and clicking done brought up a ‘sync now or sync later’ dialog. Selecting either of those options started the cycle over again. Force quit didn’t work, and neither did starting iCal or iSync. I couldn’t sync my Nokia 6300, this just hung at the start of the sync process. The only way to stop this endless loop was to delete the calender from iCal. Luckily it didn’t contain much, but for a software update that has been through so much testing this is surprising.

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