I don’t like the way the new Dock took away the hierarchical menus that allowed me to navigate through my disks and folders. However, Default Folder is giving that back to me. I’m actually running DF 2.0.4, and although the core functionality is not working, the doodad in the menu bar is. The developer says he has a DF4 coming, I guess Ill wait until he releases that to upgrade from DF2.
I actually like the way the new Dock looks, except maybe the indicators that show which apps are running could be more obvious.
My menu bar on my iMac G5 is not translucent. I guess I don’t have the graphics card to handle that kind of “advanced processing.” So it looks fine to me.
Screen sharing other computers directly from the Finder is really cool and actually works better than other VNC clients I’ve used.
I’m not seeing the Quicklook/CoverFlow previews of my Freeway files as in the screen shot linked above, but I don’t know if I’ve done the right things to make that happen.
I did sorta get the blue screen hang after I installed, and it seemed Spotlight indexing was hogging the machine. I ended up doing some geeky stuff from a remote terminal to stop it.
I haven’t tried Time Machine yet, that was one of the big reasons to upgrade, although I still backup via other means. (It’s best to have multiple backups, and even better to keep a backup off site if you can, but anything is better than nothing.)
I was pleasantly surprised when my Canon Lide 30 scanner and CanoScan Toolbox software worked.
Every app I’ve tried has worked fine so far, though I must admit I just launched stuff and poked around for a minute before moving on. The only things I’ve had some trouble with are a few third party preference panes, like Peripheral Vision. The main functionality of that one works, but the Pane itself will not load. If it doesn’t get updated, I’ll probably install growl instead.
Some menu backgrounds seem very white and bright to me, I’m not crazy about that. Also, some text seems smaller/darker/more cramped. I’m not sure what’s happening there. Both of these may just be something to get used to.
Overall, I’d say it’s going well and I’m looking forward to taking advantage of the new features as time goes on.
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