- I’m not a big fan of the new toolbar icons. They’re just extra noise to me. Interesting notes: they darken when the mouse is over them, and some of the ones that are grouped are also available separately. Also, there’s no “small icons” option.
- I’d rather still have my mailboxes in a drawer. They put the list on the wrong side, and now it’s not tall enough because it has to go below the toolbar. I had to reorganize my list to get rid of the scroll bar.
- It took about 4 minutes to import my collection of something like 8500 messages, and that’s on my 867MHz PBG4 while Spotlight was indexing. While it was doing that, there was a link for me to read the What’s New page in the help, which brought up a blank Help Viewer window which seemed to think there were no help files on this Mac at all. I tried launching Help Viewer again after the Mail import was done, and it worked fine.
- They fixed one bug that annoyed me a lot: if you delete a message while the focus is on the message (instead of the message list), it leaves the focus in limbo where pressing any key, including Tab, will only generate a beep. Now, deleting a message returns the focus to the message list.
- The icon is subtly different now. If you do an archive-and-install you can compare it to the old one.
- The initial indexing took 30-35 minutes on the PowerBook, and much much less on the G5.
- The guy doing the presentation in the Apple store pointed out how Spotlight can find things that “aren’t even files”, like mail messages and address book entries. What he left out is that those things are actually stored as individual files now.
- I think the search results window ought to be owned by the Finder. Currently, it’s not owned by any particular application.
- When Spotlight opens a PDF file, Preview highlights the search text. I haven’t found any documentation on how other applications can implement this.
- iChat now supports Jabber.
- The audio/video chat button now indicates who you can multi-chat with.
- Bonjour is still a stupid name.
- The Apple store guy also took a moment to demonstrate the “new cursor”, a Tiger feature that most people don’t mention: the Universal Access preference pane lets you set the cursor size up to 4x normal. It just magnifies the regular cursor, and there’s no attempt to smooth it out at odd magnifications.
- Safari has a drawing glitch in the address/Google bar, which I assume doesn’t happen if you don’t hack it to turn off the metal appearance like I always do.
- The new “unified” toolbar look, where there’s no line between the window’s title bar and the toolbar, is apparently only available in Cocoa applications.
- The segment control is available in Interface Builder now, and it shows a difference in implementation between the Carbon and Cocoa versions. In Carbon, the segments can be a mix of styles: toggle, radio, etc. In Cocoa, all segments in the control must be the same style. Carbon segment controls were available in 10.3, but you couldn’t create them in Interface Builder. If you make one in the new Interface Builder, that nib won’t work in 10.4.
- Cocoa has a new “level indicator” control. It’s like a progress bar, but it can be divided in segments, and it can have “warning” or “critical” thresholds which cause the filled portion to be drawn in yellow or red. It can also be displayed as a row of stars like the iTunes “My Rating” control, or as a relevance bar as seen in search results lists. Carbon still has just the relevance bar.
- There’s a new slide show screen saver called Paper Shadow. I like the images, but only one of them comes in the Desktop Pictures folder. To get the rest, you have to go to /System/Library/Screen Savers and open the Paper Shadow.slidesaver package. I never thought about it, but the same applies to some of the other screen savers.
- It plays a sound when it copies files, sort of a twang/buzz/thunk. There doesn’t seem to be a way to turn it off. Just like the move-to-trash flickety sound, I guess. Edit: It’s in the Sound preference panel, called “Play user interface sound effects”. Too bad you can’t turn them off individually.
- Running applications that are always in the Dock as shortcuts now have a “Remove From Dock” command in their Dock menus. It’s the opposite of the “Keep in Dock” command that we’ve had for a while. Using this on Dashboard makes it disappear immediately from the Dock. Other apps disappear when they quit.