The clean install of Leopard went smoothly. Now I’m installing various applications, entering serial numbers, setting preferences, adding fonts, and so on.
I love doing an erase and install because it cleans out all the cruft that has accumulated as I try out software, make screenshots, play with images and generally give my Mac a full workout. It may take a little longer than a simple upgrade, but at the end I know I have a finely tuned machine.
Also, when I start with a fresh install of software I sometimes find things I’d never noticed before — perhaps toolbar options, window layouts, colour choices.
Leopard’s all looking great so far. I love Spaces. I’ve tried out virtual desktops before, with assorted third party software, but for various reasons hadn’t persevered. Spaces I like.
The new Finder windows are definitely different. I haven’t yet reinstalled Path Finder, my usual Finder replacement, because I thought I’d give Finder a workout first. Earlier I accidentally did a Spotlight search when I thought I was doing something else. It was massively fast!
With installing all this software I’m mounting loads of disk images. For some reason I’m having trouble ejecting them afterwards.
I love the new integration with network volumes.
Next up: installing iLife and iWork 08, Photoshop, and Snapz Pro X. I think the latter has an annoying thing where you have to get a new license key …