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10.5: The first 300 Leopard hints System 10.5
So as you probably read on about 225 sites yesterday, Apple announced an availability date for Leopard: Friday, October 26th at 6:00pm. But they also did something I don't recall them doing before, and that's revealing a number of fairly interesting yet not necessarily mainstream tips about the new OS. They put all of these things together on a special Leopard 300+ New Features page for everyone to peruse.

Now, some of what's there is relatively light -- for instance, the six new 10.5 screen savers count as six of the 300+ new features. Much of the rest of the features are just general tidbits of knowledge ("See files for what they really are. Leopard displays icons that are actual thumbnail previews of the documents themselves"), not actual hints. But buried amongst all the other stuff, there are some genuine tips. So the purpose of this very first Leopard hint is twofold:
  1. To link to Apple's 300+ features page, as it contains some good info.
  2. To request that you don't submit tips from that page. To save on possible duplication of effort from thousands of tipsters, I will pick some of the more interesting actual tips from that page and run them here once Leopard ships a week from Friday. That way, the rest of you can focus on finding the real hidden Leopard tips.
And why might you want to do that? Let's just say we've got something of a contest planned with some pretty nice prizes for the winners. You'll be hearing more about the details in the days to come, but for now, start thinking about how you might want to dig into Leopard and its apps to see what nuggets are buried there (hint: strings - ... is a most useful Unix command).

Leopard tips will be accepted prior to the official release of 10.5, but none will be published (other than this one, since it's based on information Apple themselves has made public) before 6:00pm west coast time (USA) on the 26th of October.

Signed, your happy-about-a-new-OS-release tipmaster;
-rob.
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10.5: The first 300 Leopard hints
Authored by: appleman_design on Oct 17, '07 08:52:14AM

glad to see the small things get you happy Rob... ;-)



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10.5: The first 300 Leopard hints
Authored by: piyayo on Oct 17, '07 09:36:42AM

According to this page, one of the new features in Leopard's Spotlight is "Search by Filename". They're not even joking.



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10.5: The first 300 Leopard hints
Authored by: leamanc on Oct 17, '07 01:27:02PM

Oh my, that is so classic Apple. I think it was either 10.2 or 10.3 that had 200-some new features, and a lot of them were really simple stuff--or things that previous versions of the Mac OS had. (Like, in this case, we get search by filename back. Yay!)



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10.5: The first 300 Leopard hints
Authored by: Imaria on Oct 17, '07 02:03:11PM

And the worst part is that I am actually excited about that feature. Argh.



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10.5: The first 300 Leopard hints
Authored by: hankk on Oct 17, '07 04:52:01PM

You've got that feature already built in already (sort of). Just use the shell command 'locate <string>' -- it's a standard Unix command that's been around for quite some time, and will search quickly for any filename with <string> contained in it. Assuming OS X's version is the same as the regular Unix command, it has the disadvantage compared to Spotlight that it uses a database that is updated periodically (e.g. daily), so the most recently created files may not show up.



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It's not funny. I had to write a commandline script to do it
Authored by: Lectrick on Oct 17, '07 05:33:50PM
Sometimes I KNEW what a file was called, and it wasn't in the Locate database yet. Well, you can control Spotlight from the command line, and you can have it only search by name there. I wrote a command "ff" (find file) which looks like this:

mdfind "kMDItemDisplayName == '$*'wc"
So you could then do "ff some words" and it would find files with "some" and "words" in the filename only. Worked great, but very kludgey...

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10.5: The first 300 Leopard hints
Authored by: n1mie on Oct 17, '07 03:43:08PM

Here's a tip. Everyone is talking about the "ship" date of Leopard of being 10/26. When I placed my 'pre-order' I was notified it would be delivered on 10/26. That is a fairly significant difference that no one is talking about.

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10.5: The first 300 Leopard hints
Authored by: robg on Oct 17, '07 04:35:19PM

I called it the availability date :).

-rob.



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10.5: The first 300 Leopard hints
Authored by: calum on Oct 18, '07 05:43:46AM

Nothing new there, to be honest... Apple often ship software from their online store prior to the advertised release date, so you'll get it the same day as you could if you visited a bricks and mortar Apple Store. (And quite often, a day or two sooner.)



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10.5: The first 300 Leopard hints
Authored by: NoSpamMan on Oct 17, '07 11:08:51PM

Does anyone know about any "secret" capabilities of Spotlight? I keep reading over on TidBits that the guy who is raving about it signed a NDA and cannot reveal what Spotlight can finally do. Is he just yanking my chain, or is there a rumor that it might do something really amazing that Apple has yet to reveal? Like find my missing socks...?



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A2DP ?
Authored by: mocara on Oct 18, '07 04:56:01AM

What about a2dp and avrcp?



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10.5: The first 300 Leopard hints
Authored by: hazkid on Oct 18, '07 05:32:01AM

I personally think it's ridiculous that you have to wait until the 26th to post hints. Chances are, Apple won't care. If they do, just remove them. It's that simple.

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10.5: The first 300 Leopard hints
Authored by: duffster on Oct 18, '07 05:37:41AM

Anyone else find it odd that Address Book will use Google Maps but sync with Yahoo Mail?



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10.4 had a similar page
Authored by: bfad on Oct 18, '07 07:00:19AM
When they released 10.4, there was a similar page. Not sure about the other releases, but take a look on archive.org.

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10.4 had a similar page
Authored by: asmeurer on Oct 19, '07 04:32:46PM

I seem to remember one for 10.3, but I could be wrong. There definently was one for 10.4, I remember the "200 features".



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