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>Leopard annoyances

>I finally made the switch from Mac OS X 10.4 “Tiger” to 10.5 “Leopard”. Here are some things I ran into while upgrading:

iChat:

  • iChat still has separate windows for Jabber-, AIM- and Bonjour contact lists. Chax can fix this, though;
  • one of my ‘buddies’ has both a GMail account (via Jabber) and a MobileMe account (via AIM) – these get mixed up in the contacts lists;

Migration:

  • When migrating the programs from my Tiger backup, I also migrated some issues, so I decides to reinstall all programs.

Spaces:

  • Spaces does not support labels for spaces; numbers are quite meaningless.
  • NetBeans 6.1 does not work well with Spaces. If you press Cmd-Tab to switch to NetBeans, the correct Space is not activated. Very annoying. It has been noticed by others as well.
  • I assigned F6 to Spaces, to show the overview. It’s not possible to start dragging an application and then press F6 to drop it in a different space.
  • Software Update does not seem to work with Spaces, when I Cmd-Tab to it after it completed (and starts jumping in the Dock), nothing happens.

Mail:

  • When I tell Mail to permanently accept an SSL certificate it considers unsafe, then it still keeps asking for it when I restart Mail.
  • When replying to a mail I sent to somebody else, my address is in the To: field and the original recipient is in the CC: field. I would hope this was fixed since Tiger.

Finder:

  • I tried to customize the icon for a folder by dropping a JPEG on top of the icon in the “Info” window. Instead of showing the image, it shows a generic JPEG icon. D’oh! The Iconic tool provides a partial resolution. It ‘carves’ an image into a Leopard folder image and makes that the icon for a specific folder, if you want. I’d prefer to have just the original image as the folder icon, but I’m not sure how to do that.
  • It is not possible to add a mount point to the Locations-section in the Finder sidebar.

Spotlight:

  • When searching with Spotlight, the results window has no option to show more columns, like the number of attachments or the size of the image. And it’s not possible to hide the Relevance column (which I never use). Leap is a powerful alternative, though.

AddressBook:

  • Sometimes when I start editing a card, all details disappear. This is resolved by pressing Cmd-Z.

Dock:

  • If I put the Dock on the right side of my screen then it turns into a 2D-style Dock; so far so good. But then when I move the mouse pointer over the stripes (between the applications and the stacks) that allow me to change the size of the Dock (without clicking), then the mouse pointer keeps its resize-appearance.

Other:

  • X11 does not work for me. XQuartz 2.3.0 seems to work like a charm though.
  • Software Update still says there’s new software available for my computer (in bold) even after it finished installing all available updates. Confusing, especially for less tech-savvy people.
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Posted by on 25 August 2008 in annoyances, mac, macos, macosx, osx