Linked by David Adams on Thu 28th Apr 2005 07:05 UTC
Mac OS X OSNews reviews Apple's latest OS upgrade. Is it an overpriced, glorified point release or a truly worthy upgrade with major new functionality? Is it a Longhorn killer or just more of the same? We'll take a look, and try to see what's on the surface as well as what's under the hood.
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Awaiting my copy of Tiger...
by Waa on Thu 28th Apr 2005 17:52 UTC

I had my copy of Tiger shipped to my workplace, so I won't get it 'til later today, unless for some reason it shows up another day! That'd make me sad.

If you need an IM applicationt that support more than AIM and Jabber, check out Adium. It's an open-source IM app with tons of neat features, great customization options and support for nearly a dozen protocols. I recommend getting the latest beta at http://beta.adiumx.com.

I'm eagerly awaiting 10.4 to see how it improves with speed. I have a 400 MHz G3 iMac (the first DV se (graphite) model). OS X has seemed faster with each subsequent version, even on this old clunker. So, naturally, I can't wait to see if 10.4 does the same for this 5 years old Mac.

Does anyone know if Mail lets you create, uh, templates (for lack of a better term)? Back in OS 9 I used Eudora and I could set up emails that had the recipients and subject line (if not the body as well) already established. I've been whining about not being able to do that in Mail for some time now.

And why does everyone hate the brushed metal look? I want reasons, not just "It is the sux0r" or "it's ugly" or "you're dumb, Mac user." Give me good, sound reasons why you (anyone) thinks the brushed metal theme is so hideous! Seriously! Can you? It's not used willy-nilly. The original intention was to use it on the iApps. That still holds true. Safari uses it and that allows it to blend in pretty well with the iApps. The Finder and utility apps (which I consider Mail to be) use the same type of interface - which is apparently a flat grey in Tiger. Then there's the Pro Apps, which you use their own unique interface.

Need to get rid of the brushed metal? You can, with potentially buggy results. Right-click (control-click) the application's icon and view Package Contents. In the Resources, find the .nib file(s) for that app and open them up. You'll need the Developer Tools installed. In Interface Builder, get the Inspector palette/windlette open and for every part of the nib that has the brushed metal theme, go to Attributes in the Inspector and uncheck the box for using the brushed metal. Be warned: Brushed metal has slightly different limits and auto-guidelines in accordance with the Aqua Human Interface Guidelines. This means toolbars across the tops of windows, scroll bars, and other important elements could potentially look very wrong with brushed metal disabled. If you're comfortable with it, you can tweak a lot of the UI for any given app.

Now to muster up enough money for a new PowerMac... I just wish they were dual-core...