Leopard vs Tiger: Bringing You the Pretty
I have had a good 72 hours with Leopard now and I want to bring to you some of the visual changes I have noticed between Leopard and Tiger. I only have one negative concern in the Finder, but I’ll get to that. Unfortunately, I don’t have images of Quicklook or Coverflow at the moment but will get those soon.
Note: Tiger pictures were taken from my Powerbook. Leopard is from my Mac Pro. The version from Tiger will be first followed by Leopard.
As you can see from the desktop, there is relatively no difference except my wallpaper, but that’s a matter of choice. Upon closer look at the top, you can see the differences of the MenuBar.
An obvious note is the difference in color between Tiger and Leopard. Tiger has a white Menubar while the Leopard is actually translucent. It looks a little gray because of the wallpaper behind it. Also, the Apple logo has been taken from blue to a dark gray and so has the icon for Spotlight.
The dock in Leopard (bottom) now has a 3D reflective look to it. There has been a lot of complaints about the dock’s new look, but I’m a fan. The black triangle that notifies you which applications are running has been swapped out for a blue light. You can also see the new preferences icon from the switch/apple logo to the gears found on the iPhone. You can also see the icon for the new application Time Machine. The vertical line next to the trash can in Tiger has been replaced with a line of dashes. The 3 icons to the right of the dashed line in Leopard are stacks: applications, downloads, and documents.
Above are the two views of stacks found in Leopard. The top is “Fan” and the bottom is “Grid.” The fan looks a little weird with the leaning, but I guess stacks tend to tip a little when items are stacked on top of each other; I’ve played Jenga.
Note: I changed many of my Tiger icons in the finder on my laptop.
The stock icons are Leopard, Music, Sites, and Public. All with the glossy, slanted icons with a picture. The new icons are a matte blue with an embedded icon. You’ll also notice the Icons for coverflow and quicklook at the top. On the bottom of the main window is the “path” to let you know how you got to where you’re at. And what’s that massive gray box around it? That’s the much larger drop shadow to differentiate windows from each other. You can see a much smaller drop shadow behind the Tiger finder. Of course it’s not that black on the desktop but the alpha layer didn’t pick up in the screen capture
The left pane in the Finders are completely different. If you’ve ever used iTunes, you’ll recognize the pane in Leopard. It looks just like the iTunes finder pane. Leopard has a flat gray background, smaller icons, and links to searches done in Finder. However, unlike Tiger, I had to manually add music, movies, and pictures. They didn’t come standard. What is more weird, is (I’ll add a picture later) when you import in iTunes a finder window opens and it shows music, movies, and pictures under a Media heading. I’m not sure why this happened but I’m hoping there will be a fix or hack for this. Even under the Finder preferences, “Media” is not an option to view.
Drop shadow change of course and if you look REAL close, you can see Tiger has lines all through the pane whereas in Leopard, the lines are gone for a much cleaner and sleek look. You’ll also see new icons for Expose, Time Machine, and Parental Controls along with a few “others” which I added.
Bluetooth preferences went through a major overhaul, but still no device uses for iPhone, hmmmm. Bluetooth is a LOT more friendly than it was before which is nice.
The network pane is also completely different and more user friendly than before. Forgive the Pixelmator stamps. I’m using the demo.
The Adium preference pane is a great example of how Apple manhandled the design of all apps to look the same. There hasn’t been an Adium update for Leopard, but you can see the sleeker gray in Leopard along with the larger drop shadow. Also note the beveled select of the “appearance” in Leopard as opposed to a full button push of the button in Tiger. It’s little tweaks like that, that make Leopard pop. It’s a really professional but fun looking appearance.
All in all, Leopard makes the OS X interface more visually enhanced but other differences like preferences really make picking up the OS a lot easier. Stacks is a welcome addition that makes getting to programs and documents a lot easier and definitely reduces desktop clutter. The idea is so extreme that you shouldn’t even need your HD’s to appear on the desktop.
Stay tuned for more Leopard.