I’ve been running Tiger now for about 5 days and have a few comments so far. This post and others will cover them.
It seems like anywhere you go now on the Mac there’s something new, some refinement, some subtlety, if it’s not a downright new feature. Sure Spotlight’s new, Automator’s new, Dashboard’s new but Tiger has extra details all over.
Yesterday I took my Mac from one room to another, relying on my wireless network to keep up. Some quirk happened though and before I knew it there was an alert box on my screen warning me there was a problem reaching a website and offering to diagnose my Internet connection. It took me through several steps and finally concluded things were OK, and sure enough, the network was back in order.
This has come up again even while writing this post, when I moved into the other room. Safari gives me this: “Safari can’t open the page “http://www.apple.com/” because your computer isn’t connected to the Internet. Network Diagnostics can help you solve network connection problems.” followed by a button to call up the diagnostics. I choose my connection type: Airport and confirm the Airport Express I’m using. I let it know I use DHCP and click OK to the “Change has been detected” alert. Once again, all is well: “Your Internet connection appears to be working correctly.”
I can’t say how many clients have called on me for help when their Internet connection was playing up. Often they go changing settings thinking it’s their computer. WIth any luck this will sort them out before they really mess anything up.
The Menu Bar now has a light gradient. The Finder has new folders for saved Spotlight searches and a new Burn folder. I haven’t had time yet to figure that one out, but it’s there. There are new options in the Screensaver (check out the RSS Feed screensaver — thanks Dori), there’s a new look in the Printers System Preference. If you update the Calculator’s exchange rates it reports back which ones were updated and which were not. I’m disappointed though that a suggestion I sent in to add download speeds for files on websites isn’t there. If you’re a web developer, how about suggesting it?
Oh, there are smaller and larger changes everywhere. I can well believe Apple’s claim of 200+.