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Add a new Mac to your Mac. Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard is packed with over 300 new features, installs easily, and works with the software and accessories you already have.
Mac OS X v.10.5 Leopard is the newest release of Apple's innovative, stable and compatible operating system for Macintosh computers. This new release includes an elegant new interface and over 300 new innovations designed to help customers accomplish any task. Improvements have been included for all your favorite Mac programs like iChat and Mail, as well as all-new features such as Quick Look, which lets you peruse the contents of a multiple-page document or video without opening the whole file, and Time Machine, which can recover files in seconds. OS X 10.5 has all this, as well as the exceptional search technology, stunning graphics, rapid connectivity and solid stability you've come to expect from the OSX family of operating systems. This edition extends the license for use by up to five different users in the same home network. Time Machine lets you keep an up-to-date copy of all important files and, since it can recall how the system looks every day, it can recover files in seconds. iChat now lets you present movies, presentations and virtually any document during your chtas with iChat Theater. You can even save your audio and video chats for sharing or synching with an iPod to play on the go. Communicate with 30 professionally designed stationary template, keep important notes and track to-do items in Mail You can now group applications into Spaces and move between each Space with keyboard shortcuts to organize your windows and reduce clutter
Hello, tomorrow. The biggest Mac OS X upgrade ever, Leopard features 300+ innovations. Explore the Mac of the future today.
Create Stacks from anything to access quickly in one place.
Enjoy a gorgeous new look and organize your files in Stacks.
Desktop. A neat place to work.
From the menu bar to the stunning new Dock, the Leopard desktop isn't just about design. It's about enjoying the time you spend on your computer and getting more out of it.
An eye-opening experience.
Start from the top. The menu bar hovers transparently above your workspace, letting the desktop image--perhaps a favorite from your iPhoto library--take center stage. Dock icons rest on a reflective floor with a bright active application signal. And the look of Leopard extends to all applications: Every window has a consistent design theme, and active applications are even more distinct, casting deeper shadows.
Stacked in your favor.
Take a look at your desktop. Is it cluttered with files you downloaded or saved there (somewhat less than) temporarily? You're not alone. Everybody does it. Time to clean house with Stacks--a brand-new feature in Leopard. Create Stacks from anything you want to access quickly from one place: a handful of documents, a group of applications, an entire folder. Files you download in Safari or save from an email are automatically directed to a Stack in the Dock, and when the download is complete, the Stack signals that a new item has arrived. When you want to see the files in a Stack, all you have to do is click--Stacks spring open from the Dock in an elegant arc for a few items, or in an at-a-glance grid for more. Pretty neat.
Finder. Give your files the rock star treatment.
Browse your files like you browse your music with Cover Flow.
Imagine if browsing the files on your Mac was as easy as browsing music in iTunes. That's the idea behind the new Finder in Leopard. Now you can access everything on your system from an iTunes-style sidebar and flip through your files using Cover Flow.
Grouped sidebar items help you find what you need fast.
The sidebar steps up.
Leopard brings new power to your old friend, the sidebar. Now items are grouped into categories: places, devices, shared computers, and searches--just like the Source list in iTunes. So with a single click, you're on your way to finding what you need.
See what you seek.
Bring your files to life with Cover Flow in the Finder. Just as you use Cover Flow to flip through album art in iTunes, now you can use it to flip through your files. Cover Flow displays each file as a large preview of its first page. And you can page through multipage documents or play movies.
Stop looking and start finding with Cover Flow and Spotlight. Click a prebuilt search like "yesterday" or "all images" in the sidebar and Cover Flow displays your search results in the perfect at-a-glance format. Leopard comes with a number of helpful prebuilt searches, but it's easy to create your own customized searches as well.
With shared computers automatically displayed in the sidebar, it's far easier to find or access files on any computer in your house, whether Mac or PC. All it takes is a click. But here's where things get really interesting. By clicking on a connected Mac, you can see and control that computer (if authorized, of course) as if you were sitting in front of it. You can even search all the computers in the house to find what you're looking for.
And now, back to my Mac.
Ever need something on your Mac when you were thousands of miles from home? With Back to My Mac and a .Mac account, you can connect to any of your Macs at home from any Mac on the Internet. Your home computers will appear in the shared section of the sidebar just as they do when you're in the living room.
Improved spotlight searches.
From the Finder or the menu bar, Spotlight in Leopard lets you search for more specific sets of things. Use Boolean logic to narrow search results by entering "AND," "OR," or "NOT" into a search request. You can also search for exact phrases (using quotation marks), dates, ranges (using greater than [>] and less than [<] symbols), absolute dates, and simple calculations.
View, play, and read files without even opening them.
Quick Look. Look before you launch.
Using Quick Look in Leopard, you can view the contents of a file without even opening it. Flip through multiple-page documents. Watch full-screen video. See entire Keynote presentations. With a single click.
Opening files is so 2006.
So you're flipping through files in the Finder. But you're looking for something specific and you don't have time to open lots of files to find it. Enter Quick Look. It gives you a sneak peek of entire files--even multiple-page documents and video--without opening them.
Quick Look works with nearly every file on your system, including images, text files, PDFs, movies, Keynote presentations, and Microsoft Word and Excel files. Click the Quick Look icon or tap the Space bar to see a file in Quick Look. Then click the arrow icon to see the same file full screen--even video as it plays.
Time Machine. A giant leap backward.
More than a mere backup, Time Machine makes an up-to-date copy of everything on your Mac--digital photos, music, movies, TV shows, and documents--so you can go back in time to recover anything.
Set it, then forget it.
You can start using Time Machine in seconds. The first time you attach an external drive to your Mac, Time Machine asks if you'd like to use that drive as your backup. Say yes and Time Machine takes care of everything else. Automatically. In the background. You'll never have to worry about backing up again.
Back up everything.
Time Machine keeps an up-to-date copy of everything on your Mac. That includes system files, applications, accounts, preferences, music, photos, movies, and documents. But what makes Time Machine different from other backup applications is that it not only keeps a spare copy of every file, it remembers how your system looked on any given day--so you can revisit your Mac as it appeared in the past.
Go back in time to restore any file on your system.
Go back in time.
Enter the Time Machine browser in search of your long-lost files and you see exactly how your computer looked on the dates you're browsing. Select a specific date, let Time Machine find your most recent changes, or do a Spotlight search to find exactly what you're looking for. Once you do, click Restore and Time Machine brings it back to the present. Time Machine restores individual files, complete folders, or your entire computer--putting everything back the way it was and where it should be.
Customize Time Machine by modifying the following behaviors in System Preferences:
- Backup disk. Change the drive or volume you're backing up to. Or back up to a Mac OS X Server computer.
- Do not back up. By default, Time Machine backs up your entire system. But you can also select items you'd rather not back up.
- Encrypt backup data. Turn on encryption to store your backup securely.
- Backup storage time limits. Manage older backups so your backup drive doesn't fill up.
Drag windows to different workspaces and unclutter your Mac.
Spaces. Room for everything.
You do a lot on your Mac. So what happens when projects pile up? Easy. Use Spaces to group your windows and banish clutter completely. Leopard gives you a Space for everything and puts everything in its Space.
Rearrange the rooms.
Create a Space for work. Create a Space for play. Organize each Space the way you want it just by dragging in windows. Keep all your work projects in one Space and that fun flick you made in iMovie in another. Create a communication Space for iChat and Mail. You can even rearrange your Spaces with drag-and-drop ease--shift a Space and every window in it comes along for the ride.
Make yourself at home.
Moving from Space to Space is easy. Get a bird's-eye view and select the Space you want or toggle between Spaces using the arrow keys. Even the Dock is down with Spaces: When you click a Dock icon, Leopard whisks you to the Space (or Spaces) where you have that application open.
Pick your patterns.
Configure your Spaces by visiting the Expose Spaces pane in System Preferences. Add rows and columns until you have all the real estate you need. Arrange your Spaces as you see fit, then choose the function keys you want to control them. You can also assign applications to specific Spaces, so you'll always know where, say, Safari or Keynote is.
Email personalized stationery, write to-dos, and take notes.
Mail. Think outside the inbox.
Leopard transforms email into personalized stationery. Notes you can access anywhere. To-dos that change as your errands do. For everything you do with email--and some things you haven't thought of yet--there's Mail.
Mail for Leopard features more than 30 professionally designed stationery templates that make a virtual keepsake out of every email you send. Mail Stationary From invitations to birthday greetings, stationery templates feature coordinated layouts, fonts, colors, and drag-and-drop photo placement--everything to help you get your point across. You can even create personalized templates. And messages created using stationery in Mail use standard HTML that can be read by every popular email program on the market--for both Mac and PC.
Notes and tasks help you stay organized.
Ever email yourself a reminder that gets lost in your inbox? Mail lets you write handy notes you can access from anywhere. Brainstorm ideas, jot down meeting notes, scribble a phone number--notes can include graphics, colored text, and attachments. Group notes into folders or create Smart Mailboxes that group them for you. Since your notes folder acts like an email mailbox, you can retrieve notes from any Mac or PC.
Much ado about to-dos.
Forget manually entering a new item to your to-do list every time an email hits your inbox. Mail Tasks Simply highlight text in an email, then click the To-do icon to create a to-do from a message. Include a due date, set an alarm, or assign priorities. Every to-do you create includes a link to the original email or note, and to-dos automatically appear in iCal, complete with any edits or additions you make. And since to-dos are stored with your email, you can access them from Mail on any Mac.
Spotlight on Mail.
With smarter relevance ranking in Spotlight, you'll find the right email at the top of the search results list. And everything you create in Leopard Mail--to-dos, notes, and, of course, email messages--appears in a Spotlight search of your system.
Stop the presses.
Subscribe to an RSS feed in Mail and you'll know the moment an article or blog post hits the wire. Even better, you can choose to have new articles emailed to you. Sorting your news is easy, too. Use Smart Mailboxes to organize incoming news articles according to search terms that pique your interest. Mail shares its unread RSS feed count with Safari, so your reading list always stays in sync.
Say you get an email invitation to dinner. What if Mail recognized the address of the restaurant and let you map directions on the web? Or let you click once to add the date to your iCal calendar? With Leopard, it does. Mail even recognizes combinations of data in phrases like "lunch tomorrow at 12 p.m. at 701 Baltic Ave, San Francisco, CA," making it easy to make plans.
Setup made simple.
Now you can set up a new Mail account in one easy step. Just enter your current email address and password and let Mail do the rest. Mail works with the most popular email providers to automatically configure all those cryptic server settings for you.
Add effects to video chats and make remote presentations.
iChat. Not being there is half the fun.
Filled with fun new features, iChat turns any video chat into an event. Video backdrops, Photo Booth effects, photo slideshows, Keynote presentations, even movies on your Mac--you can share it all using iChat.
Transform your video chats using Photo booth effects.
Share your files with friends using iChat Theater.
Chat for effect.
Transform your video chats using new Photo Booth effects. Choose an effect and your image changes instantly--iChat detects your background and adds the effect only to your image. And the reverse is true for iChat backdrops: Drag an Apple-designed backdrop or your own photo or video into the video preview window to create an effect that will fool your buddies into thinking you're chatting from your living room, the beach, or the moon.
Show off (without showing up).
Why wait for a darkened room and a projector to present vacation photos or Keynote slides? Now you can do it all remotely, right in iChat. Put on an entire photo slideshow, click through a Keynote presentation, or play a movie--in full screen, accompanied by a video feed of you hosting--while your buddy looks on. In fact, you can show any file on your system that works with Quick Look.
Chatting for the record.
Now you can save your audio and video chats for posterity with iChat recording. Before recording starts, iChat notifies your buddies and asks for their permission to record. When you're done chatting, iChat stores your audio chats as AAC files and video chats as MPEG-4 files so you can play them in iTunes or QuickTime. Share them with colleagues, friends, and family or sync them to your iPod and play on the go.
iChat uses the AAC-LD audio codec to deliver the clearest possible sound during audio chats. A wideband codec that samples a full range of vocal frequencies, AAC-LD sounds great with any voice.
Still the best for text.
Sure, iChat has a lot to offer for video and audio chats, but text messaging also gets a boost in Leopard, thanks to these additions:
- Tabbed chats
- Multiple logins
- Animated buddy icons
- SMS forwarding
- Custom buddy list order
- File transfer manager
- Space-efficient views
AIM to please.
iChat works with AIM, the largest instant messaging community in the U.S. You and your buddies can be either AIM or .Mac users. Text, audio, and video chat whether your buddies use a Mac or PC. Sign in with your AIM account and all your buddies appear in your iChat buddy list.
| ||iCal. Your schedule is clear. |
Leopard introduces a new look to iCal, along with an easier-to-use interface that makes scheduling and rescheduling a breeze. Add new group calendaring features, and iCal works better for business or pleasure.
| ||Photo Booth. Say cheese. |
Come on. You know you want to. Your built-in iSight or USB camera just begs to take your snapshot. Open Photo Booth--now built into Leopard--and have a little fun.
| ||Dashboard. Where there's a will, there's a widget. |
Leopard lets you create your very own Dashboard widget from any website. And new .Mac syncing keeps all of your widgets on all of your Macs.
| ||Front Row. Put on a show. |
Looking for a great way to enjoy all the cool stuff on your Mac? Front Row in Leopard works like Apple TV to play digital music, movies, TV shows, and photos on your Mac using the ultra-simple Apple Remote.
| ||Safari. Still the world's best web browser. |
Now your favorite web browser is also the fastest on the planet. With page load speeds to rival every other major browser, Safari for Leopard also introduces a few new features to the mix.
| ||DVD Player. Very entertaining. |
DVD Player in Leopard probably boasts more features than the DVD player in your home entertainment system. And you don't have to leave your Mac to enjoy it.
| ||Parental Controls |
Give your kids a safer, happier Mac experience.
| ||Accessibility. More user friendly. |
Leopard offers new features destined to make it the most accessible Mac OS yet. New voice technology in VoiceOver, along with Braille support, Breakthrough Browsing, and extended keyboard capability, give users with visual disabilities more control over the Mac than ever.
| ||Boot Camp. Run Windows on your Mac. |
Leopard is the world's most advanced operating system. So advanced, it even lets you run Windows if there's a PC application you need to use. Just get a copy of Windows and start up Boot Camp, now included with Leopard. Setup is simple and straightforward--just as you'd expect with a Mac.
| ||Automator. Your personal automation assistant. |
Automator brings remarkable speed to any task that's often repeated on your computer. Leopard adds even more muscle to Automator, making it easy to automate more kinds of tasks.
| A host of new features that make life easier for every developer. |
Explore the core technologies that power Leaopard.
64-Bit. Advanced precision in one OS.
Leopard delivers 64-bit power in one, universal OS. Now the Cocoa application frameworks, as well as graphics, scripting, and the UNIX foundations of the Mac, are all 64-bit. And since you get full performance and compatibility for your 32-bit applications and drivers, you don't need to update everything on your system just to run a single 64-bit application.
Multicore. Fire on all cylinders.
Today's Mac computers offer astounding performance with up to eight cores of processing power. So how do you take full advantage? Simple. With Leopard. A rearchitected system, finely tuned key applications, and powerful new tools for developers make Leopard the perfect OS for your multicore Mac.
Security. Safer by design.
Every Mac is secure--right out of the box--thanks to the proven foundation of Mac OS X. Apple engineers have designed Leopard with more security to protect your personal data and make your online life safer.
Core Animation. Drag-and-drop-dead gorgeous.
Welcome to the next level in computer animation. No, it's not a feature film--it's your desktop. Core Animation is an API that makes it simple for Mac developers to add visually stunning graphics and animations to applications. Without any esoteric graphics and math techniques, you can create fluid, stutter-free effects and experiences as groundbreaking as Spaces and Time Machine.
UNIX. The UNIX you know. The Mac you love.
What can the fully UNIX-compliant Leopard do? It can run any POSIX-compliant source code. Help you make the most of multicore systems. Put a new, tabbed-interface Terminal at your fingertips. Introduce a whole host of new features that make life easier for every developer. So, really, what can't it do?
| Create stunning Mac applications more quickly. |
Ready. Set. Code.
Discover developer tools you can build on.
Xcode. Build fast. Work smart.
Xcode 3.0 delivers better performance, as well as innovations that let you create stunning Mac applications more quickly. Enjoy a graphical IDE in which form focuses your functions. Delight in a debugger so groundbreaking, you'll make mistakes just to see it in action.
Xray. Apps, the developer will see you now.
When you need help debugging, Xcode 3.0 offers an extraordinary new program: Xray. Taking interface cues from timeline editors such as GarageBand, Xray lets you visualize application performance like never before.
Dashcode. Widgets without the wait.
Ever wish you could make your very own Dashboard widget? A handy RSS feed of your favorite blog, maybe. Or a miniature photocast of your iPhoto library. Something uniquely useful, uniquely you. Say hello to Dashcode. Now you can get a widget up and running in minutes, even if you've never written a line of code in your life.
- Stable Platform
I have found OSX 10.5 to be a stable platform. The new features of the system that I use are the stacking and the stationary for Mail. The COMMAND + F feature is upgraded and very useful. The one problem I had was easily solved by updating the software immediately after loading the program. Without this update my Mail program didn't work. When you begin to upload the new OS the computer verifies the integrity of the DVD. I skipped this step without incident and saved 45 minutes. I can't say that the new system is that much better than 0S 10.4 to justify the expense. To me it was a matter of keeping up to date with features and security. I am satisfied with the new OS. ...more info
- Great OS, Great Price
The price for this from Amazon was phenomenal. The operating system, as we have come to expect from Apple, is top notch....more info
- Leopard is exactly what I needed.
Stable. Easy to use. Love the new Spaces. Built-in Mail application could have some additional functionality. Otherwise a joy to use. ...more info
- Still to soon
I write this on August 21st 2008. If you have not upgraded yet. Please, wait it is still too early. Many companies still have not upgraded drivers to printers, scanners etc., Also many programs need to be updated which is fine if the company has anticipated leopard. Many Indy companies have not though.
While Time Machine and Spaces are fantastic features. Being bleeding edge is not worth the loss in productivity you will have upgrading software....more info
- A Good As Expected
I( was very happy with the previous version, and this is even better, esp. with Time Machine!...more info
- A Good Experience
Unlike some, I've had good luck with update. I'm not sure what is causing the problems that some are having. I did an erase and install, after backing up my data to another drive. That may have helped me avoid some of the problems others are having. Yes there are some apps or peripherals that won't work, probably because of the drivers. It's not Apple's fault if manufacturers have chosen to ignore this release. One way around this problem is to keep a second hard drive, (either internal or external, what ever works in your case) and keep your tiger install on that. I did that, and it's working fine.
Spaces is working well for me,since I work in several apps at one time. I like the new mail app. , and Safari 3 is working well. You''ll either like or hate the dock, there doesn't seem to be much middle ground on this. There are many under the hood features in Leopard that are helping OS X mature, and subsequent updates with continue this process.
All in all this update, especially the family pack is good value. And the critics will always find something complain about. SO, you decide, it doesn't cost that much, less then a third of most of Vista's 7 versions (what's that about),...more info
- Bells and whistles do not a better OS make
I have run OS X in all its incarnations, on both PowerPC machines, and for 20 months on a Core Duo MacBook. Tiger was a dream. It never caused me a concern, was quick and reliable.
Leopard takes up an additional 4 gigabytes of space on my HD than did Tiger. It loads more slowly, much more slowly. Sometimes I think I'm running Windows again.
And speaking of Windows, my version of Parallels does not work well with Leopard, forcing me to make a decision to upgrade to 3.0, or go to Fusion (my likely choice).
Adobe still hasn't issued a version of PhotoShop Elements that will run natively on the Intel chip, and whereas PhotoShop Elements 2 ran well on Tiger under Rosetta, it will not run at all on Leopard--and I really miss it.
SuperDuper!, which I have used for back-up, and would prefer to continue using since you cannot boot from a TimeMachine back up, still hasn't issued a Leopard-compatible version. I'm sure it will come, but I miss it. It was quick and ultra-reliable.
I had to download a couple of drivers for printers I use.
The iPod-iPhone mods to Finder leave me cold, and stacks don't mean much to me, either.
I can still go back and restore Tiger with a SuperDuper! back up, and I think about doing that every day....more info
- almost great
A really good upgrade. I wish it took up a little less hard drives space though....more info
If you're lookin' for a serious upgrade to your Mac OS X 10.4, this one's not half bad. ...more info
- Mac OSXv10.5.4 found out the hard way
Nothing to blame except my own cluelessness. I bought this upgrade without realizing that once I installed it I could not run any OS9 applications. I run a printing company and have to call up files dating back 10 years (Pagemaker/Typestyler), plus I have to be able to open any old files my customers bring in. Guess I'll stick with OSX.4.11 for the time being and sell this upgrade on eBay or something. ...more info
- Great product and timely arrival
I love OSX Leopard. It arrived within the delivery time and I have been more productive using it....more info
- It just keeps getting better.....
What else is there to say? Mac OS X just keeps getting better - and faster, even in older computers - with each release. Well worth the price....more info
- The finally friendly OS
Just for the record: you don't need a degree in computer science using this finally human friendly OS...more info
- Slick, but....
There are a lot of gushing reviews on this new OS, and why not? Leopard is the smartest OS I've ever used, and the prettiest. But if you're wondering how much this OS is really going to cost you, take a deep breath. The upgrades I need to get my essential software running on this OS total more than $2000, and that's more than I can afford (and more than the price of the most expensive iMac). For example, my older Adobe package won't run on 10.5, and the upgrade is over $1300. In fact, the only older software I've found that does run on Leopard is Appleworks 6 and a few shareware programs. Now how is it that an old Claris software program can still work without a hitch and nothing else does? Apple and its software providers need to rethink their marketing strategy. I, for one, am not made of money....more info
- Apple does it again!
I was completely satisfied with Mac OSX Tiger since it came with my computer. However, the new features of Leopard finally attracted my attention and I bought the family pack so my family could enjoy them too. It has worked great so far and I am still enjoying the new features weeks afterward. Once again, Apple has created a great operating system, lets see Microsoft try and catch up in another five years!...more info
- Good Leopard
I found Leopard a little tricky to install on my g4. Othere than that, the product has been good. ...more info
- What a mess
Defective CD caused my fiance to lose contents of his hard drive with no hope of recovery. Apple Tech support suggested a re-install of prior OS X version. We knew to back up the contents, however, so many friends had no trouble, he didn't bother. What a mess! Apple has offered to replace CD, however, they won't mail to APO address...which is why we ordered from amazon to begin with. BACK UP YOUR FILES prior to an install! Where is quality control? I gave it one star because the system won't allow 0 stars....more info
- Nice upgrade from Tiger - few bugs though
I did an upgrade from Tiger to Leopard without reformatting my drive. Though that's not always the most efficient way of doing things, everything went very smooth.
The bugs I'm experiencing are specific to applications. If you are an InDesign CS3 user, be ready for some hang ups and crashes. Adobe and Apple are still working on this issue. Though there is one workaround for the ID CS3 crashes that has worked for me through research on this issue. Every time you open ID, just create a new blank document - then go about your business opening an existing file, etc. That seems to work for me - haven't had a crash since I started doing the "new blank document" trick.
The only other bug I ran across is using my Epson Perfection 3200 Scanner through Photoshop CS3. It hangs up the first time - but when if I force quit Photoshop, and reopen it and perform the same task - all works fine. Other than that, I really enjoy all the new features of Leopard....more info
- No problems, easy installation.
This is a fine product. I had no trouble upgrading several different kinds of Macs. This is convenient and worth the price. In particular, I like the simple method of registering the OS without keeping up with installation codes or special media....more info
- Ms. Swenson
I like the Leopard, and I have shared it with family members who also have a MAC. They agree that it is easy to use. The only thing I had to do...that I'm aware of ... is update RealPlayer. But that was very easy. This has some interesting ways of reminding me of things, and there are still some things I can't find. But I'm a slow learner, and I have to get with my "tutor" to be able to upgrade my brain. But so far, I have not found anything I don't like about it. ...more info
- I would not upgrade without research.
I've never owned a PC. I feed the PC is a rope holding back technology. Not that Apple is any crowing glory of achievement - they're just better that PC's.
I am a loan officer and I own three Mac's - 2 Mac Mini's and 1 MacBook - both Intel. I spend at least 8-10 hours/day weekdays using my computer. The program I need to conduct my business is called Calyx Point, and there is no Mac equivalent. Before, I had to use my company computers for Point, but since Parallels, I operate Point strictly from my Mac. It's the only thing I need Parallels for.
When I bought OS X 10.5, from previous experience, I installed it first as a fresh install on my home Mac Mini, and reinstalled only iLife '08 and Parallels. Parallels kept crashing and giving me errors. I reinstalled the OS X 10.5 as a fresh install in reinstalled iLife '08 and Parallels to no avail. There is now a beta patch for Parallels that seems to fix the problems, but I will not install 10.5 on my two work computers until a hard patch for Parallels is available, and I test it out on my home Mac Mini.
If you only need the core programs for your Mac - Mail, iTunes, iCal, Safari, iLife - then upgrade away.
But if you need Parallels to function, I would not upgrade until the hard patch from Parallels exists.
As far as all the cool new things for 10.5 - I don't like the fact that Sherlock in gone. I rarely used it, but it was definitely handy when I needed it. And, how the heck can you specify page size in Safari before you print? I'm sure it's there, but it's not where it used to be, under Page Setup. I can't rate any features of 10.5, because I rarely use my home Mac. When I can finally upgrade, I may post my opinion....more info
- Nice Upgrade
You may not use all of the new features, but Time Machine and the Mail upgrade make it worthwhile. Easy installation. If disk space is an issue, go to customize installation and omit the language options you do not need....more info