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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 10:05 am    Post subject: What Are Your First Impressions of Snow Leopard? Reply with quote

What Are Your First Impressions of Snow Leopard?
Friday, August 28, 2009
Posted by: Fran

Snow Leopard is now available! We have all seen the early reviews, but now it's time to let us in on your first impressions of the new cat in town. So please share them with us here in the forums over the next few days. Let us know what you like, dislike, or what you think could be purring along better. It's all up to you!



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seeing as my mail order copy is delayed, I went to the Apple store and bought it. I just couldn't bare to wait over the weekend for an (apparent) 2nd September delivery. Only 'just' got the installation finished in the last 30 minutes. I've gone for the standard upgrade path. My mini is the 2.0GHz early 2009 version, with stock 120GB disk and 4GB Crucial RAM.

Installation took exactly an hour on my setup. Longer than I expected, but it went without a hitch. There was a slight hang when I logged on, I put that down to SL checking what was and wasn't compatible, and once at desktop 'proper' it felt okay.

Visually, no change at all (as we know). All my folders and icons were on the desktop, and I even kept my desktop background. Whilst the new Aurora looks very nice, it was nice to see my familiar background once logged on.

As I've said, I'm still very fresh to the new install, but so far I have noticed two things:

Mail - loads very quickly, much better than Leopard.

Safari - this is certainly impressive. Some of the sites I frequent, with lots of java and flash for example, are a pain to navigate - beach ball city. On SL, I can move around and navigate them SO much better, no hanging at all.

Will report more as and when.


I've just bought a 128GB SSD, and it's just sitting here looking at me. I am DYING to install it, but I thought it fair to give SL a chance on my stock hardware so to make a proper comparison!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gah, I've just realised I forgot to note my free hard disk space before the upgrade. I wanted to know how much I freed up by the upgrade.

Remember to keep a tab folks!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Time Machine:

I have a 1TB external disk for TM purposes. This used to report around 930GB. As you can see, this now reports nearly 1000GB.



Funnily enough, I read up on this earlier. So here's why.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Safari: WAaaaayy faster.
Mail: ditto
Lightroom 2 64bit: 3sec launch time
Photoshop CS4: 3sec launch time
MS Word: 2sec launch after initial launch and cache.
iPhone 3G: unlocked and jailbroken sync's just fine
Space regained: 7GB

Happy with OS 10.6 YES!

Compatibility Chart
http://snowleopard.wikidot.com/
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very snappish overall. Everything responds faster. Apps launch quicker. Safari feels completely new! Only downside so far is FruitMenu no longer works for me.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stacks. Hmm.

I thought they were supposed to be scrollable?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 12:42 pm    Post subject: You might want to wait before deciding to get it. Reply with quote

My configuration is Mac mini E09 with RAM extended to 3GB.

While Safari, Preview, and Finder, now 64-bit applications, work much faster, non-Apple applications, like Firefox, are significantly slower and tend to put much larger load on the processor. It might be caused by changes in the architecture of the system, and hopefully, it will be soon resolved by software developers.

The installation took about 45 minutes. A bit longer than I expected but it could be caused by my hard drive being filled to 90% of its capacity. A fill ratio of 50% and higher is known to negatively affect the performance of your hard drive, so I recommend cleaning up before the install. The installation went very smoothly.

After the install you should find extra 5 GB of hard drive space, some of it due possibly to the aforementioned denomination in Mac OS X from gibibytes (=1024 mebibytes) to real gigabytes (=1000 megabytes).

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 1:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1. The new Finder is very fast. I also like the slider for resizing.

2. I love the new Expose for switching between individual applications.

3. QuickTime X does everything I did with QuickTime 7 Pro and then some. I'm talking audio recording, saving trailers and screen recording. I did notice that it takes longer to save HD trailers though. Like way longer.

4. I'm not crazy about the new black contextual menus in the Dock. They are easy to read, but look a little out of place.

5. Time Machine backups are way faster than before.

6. This doesn't apply to the Mac mini, but I gained four-finger gestures with my older MacBook Pro. Man is it ever handy!

7. Stacks are way more usable now. You can see all of your applications and stuff now instead of being cut off.

8. Startup and shutdown feel about the same as before.

9. I like that you can see the signal strength of all wireless networks in the menubar now.

10. Installation took about 30 minutes.

11. Safari is way faster now! It's like useable again. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

aquaman wrote:
3. QuickTime X does everything I did with QuickTime 7 Pro and then some. I'm talking audio recording, saving trailers and screen recording.

Fantastic! I'm grabbing a copy tonight at the Apple store.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cheef wrote:
Time Machine:

I have a 1TB external disk for TM purposes. This used to report around 930GB. As you can see, this now reports nearly 1000GB.



Funnily enough, I read up on this earlier. So here's why.


Thanks, when I get mine I have a comparison screen or Before & After Snow Leopard, this 2TB today "Before"! My Snow Leopard won't be here till Tuesday!


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You'll be 'reclaiming' 200GB then.

Of course, you won't really, but visuals are everything in my book.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just think everything feels faster across the board. QuickTime X and a couple of the new features are nice though. I'm also a big Exposé junkie, so that stuff me impressed as well. I don't notice a difference with startup times, but shutdown is much faster. It's almost instantaneous now, whereas before it would take me like 10-15 seconds.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cheef wrote:
You'll be 'reclaiming' 200GB then.

Of course, you won't really, but visuals are everything in my book.

Smile



Question is this booting in 64-bit on your 2009 Mac mini?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

not a new member forgot my password and no longer have my email i registered with Sad

anyway before install I had 24gb free after I had finished i now have 46GB FREE amazing really impressed Laughing Laughing
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