What would it take for me to buy Jaguar?
1. The return of the Apple menu--or if Apple put 2 and 2 together they'd simply make a "Favorites" menu. All the save dialogs already have the "Add to Favorites" command. Not even OS 9 had an "Add to Apple menu" command. I want my menu bar to have "Apple," "Application," "File," "Edit," "View," "Favorites," "Window," "Help."
2. Tear-off menus. They were in Mac OS X Server, but not in Mac OS X. Perhaps this has something to do with the integration of Carbon apps, but it would sure be sweet.
3. Performance that is on par with OS 9 on my G3 iBook. I have a 600 MHz G3, and it was purchased in December. I want it to perform fast as I expect a 600 MHz processor to.
4. A registered version of QuickTime Pro. Mac OS 8.5 did (or was it OS 9?).
5. A return of Labels. I loved these things, they let you set priorities for files in the system that were searchable in Sherlock. Very nice. This is metadata anyone can love.
6. A fully Applescript-able Finder, and the ability to record scripts again. I can't do this in OS X, but I can in OS 9.
7. Aggressive power management for iBooks. Spin down hard disks on command, save RAM contents to disk, five hours of battery life when doing basic word processing (I don't expect that kind of performance running DVD's).
8. A user-modifiable System folder. Maintaining Classic Mac OS was easy: whenever there was a problem, one held down shift when starting up. Extensions and Control Panels could be removed easily without messing with permissions risking system instability, or using an uninstall program (the few that even exist). If there isn't an uninstall program provided, how is the user supposed to uninstall a file in the System folder on OS X? It just doesn't happen. I would like for system functions to be bundled in packages that can easily be drag & dropped in and out of the System folder. For example a "QuickTime" bundle would contain every QuickTime system file. You drag that one bundle out of the System folder and it's uninstalled.
Geez where am i gonna find the $65 dollars to spend for the educational-discounted version of Jaguar? So much dinero for a student! I need that money for candy and dates with girls.
Update after trying Jaguar...
I tried out Jaguar at my local Apple Store (on a sweet 17" iMac!) and the new Find File is really sweet, and the Finder is much faster. Unfortunately the system doesn't feel much faster overall. Mind you I use OS 10.1 on an iBook most of my day and I was using a G4 iMac with 10.2 and it didn't feel all that zippy by comparison. It's still not as fast as OS 9 is. On another note, the spring-loaded folders are nice, but don't allow zero-delay (spacebar) spring-loading. And you still can't click-and-a-half browse (the other spring-loading function). To clarify: you can drag a file into a folder/disk and it will spring open, you can't click-and a half on a folder/disk and have it spring-load.
Sherlock is nice, as is the new slide-show desktop picture feature. The applications are the only strong reasons to upgrade, the new Find File, and the Finder. Yeah I'll shell out the $65 for it. <img src="graemlins/lol.gif" border="0" alt="[Laughing]" />
[ 07-24-2002: Message edited by: eddie ]</p>