eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Apple Mac OS X Leopard - Application Firewall

 
 
By eWEEK Labs  |  Posted 2007-10-26
 
 
 

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Apple Mac OS X Leopard

As with previous OS X releases, upgrading was as simple as popping in the new DVD, restarting and next, next, nexting my way through the installer application. I was annoyed, however, when Leopard required me to register anew after installation.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Apple Mac OS X Leopard

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Apple Mac OS X Leopard - Authentication Prompts

Despite what Apple commercials suggest, Vista isnt the only OS with nanny-nag authentication dialogs. This pop-up was triggered by a file-moving operation.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Apple Mac OS X Leopard - Authentication Prompts

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Apple Mac OS X Leopard - New-Look Dock

Leopards dock has undergone a minor face-lift.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Apple Mac OS X Leopard - New-Look Dock

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Apple Mac OS X Leopard - Time Machine

OS Xs most promising new feature is an integrated backup system called Time Machine. I didnt have an external hard drive handy to devote solely to Time Machine, and I couldnt get the feature working with an NFS or Samba share--even with the aid of some

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Apple Mac OS X Leopard - Time Machine

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Apple Mac OS X Leopard - Quick Look

Leopard sports a file preview feature called Quick Look. For supported files, such as this MS Word document, Quick Look offers a peek inside--in this case, however, the fonts were practically too small to read.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Apple Mac OS X Leopard - Quick Look

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Apple Mac OS X Leopard - More Quick Look

For file types that OS X doesnt support, such as this Open Document formatted spreadsheet, Quick Look offers up a bit of metadata.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Apple Mac OS X Leopard - More Quick Look

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Apple Mac OS X Leopard - Useful Eye Candy

OS X sports a slick new Finder preview option for shuffling through folder contents.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Apple Mac OS X Leopard - Useful Eye Candy

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Apple Mac OS X Leopard - Help Is More Helpful

I was pleased to find that Apple has added a search function to Leopards Help menu.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Apple Mac OS X Leopard - Help Is More Helpful

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Apple Mac OS X Leopard - Help Is Less Helpful

I was annoyed to find that the Help window for which Id searched wouldnt allow other windows--such as the System Preferences dialog Id sought--to cycle to the front.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Apple Mac OS X Leopard - Help Is Less Helpful

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Apple Mac OS X Leopard - OS X Gets Virtual Desktops

Long the province of Linux machines or of Windows and Mac systems with virtual desktop add-in software installed, virtual desktops are now native to OS X. I liked the way I could preallocate virtual desktops for my applications.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Apple Mac OS X Leopard - OS X Gets Virtual Desktops

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Apple Mac OS X Leopard - DTrace for OS X

Suns powerful DTrace diagnostic feature now graces Apples OS. Here Im running a one-line DTrace recipe for listing open files and their host proce

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Apple Mac OS X Leopard - DTrace for OS X

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Apple Mac OS X Leopard - TextEdit Now Speaks ODF

I could open OpenDocument formatted files from within Leopards built-in text editor, TextEdit. The app also now supports Microsofts new DOCX format.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Apple Mac OS X Leopard - TextEdit Now Speaks ODF

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Apple Mac OS X Leopard - Tabbed Terminal

Leopards command-line application, Terminal, now sports a tabbed interface. Lack of tabbing in Tigers Terminal had prompted me to defect to the tab-savvy iTerm (as seen in the DTrace slide).

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Apple Mac OS X Leopard - Tabbed Terminal

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Apple Mac OS X Leopard - Advanced User Options

Leopards user account management interface now offers advanced options that indicate its Unix roots.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Apple Mac OS X Leopard - Advanced User Options

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Apple Mac OS X Leopard - Spotlight Calculator

OS X users need look no further than Leopards Spotlight search box for their Pythagorean theorizing.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Apple Mac OS X Leopard - Spotlight Calculator

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Apple Mac OS X Leopard - Application Firewall

Leopard has picked up application-specific firewall functionality, although the feature doesnt appear to offer granularity beyond a blanket per-application permit/deny.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Apple Mac OS X Leopard - Application Firewall

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