Some possible trouble spots showing on Apple’s latest upgrade of its OS X ,Leopard.
Although Leopard promises some 300 plus new features, Apple, on its web demo and in ads,basically highlights maybe 8 of them.
And, among the eight, it would appear that one doesn’t really work at all, while the other doesn’t work the way it was promised.
When we see a movie where the actors are flying about in darkest space, we are looking at a process called Bluescreen. The actors do their thing in front of a giant blue colored screen which allows filmmakers to substitute an animation for the color blue. Hence, the actors appear to be in outer space. A cheaper but similiar thing is used in television news weather forecasts when the weather guy or gal steps in front of a giant map of the U.S. or a Satellite photo.
What’s this got to do with Leopard? Well, one of those new features Apple is hyping, promises to do pretty much the same thing in your home. You step infront of the computer’s camera, select,say,a beach scene, and, presto, you appear to be in the scene on the beach. Nifty if it worked. But, it doesn’t.
When I tried it, the background video played well enough, until I put myself into the frame…The picture started to break up to the point that you might not even recognize the person in the picture.
I called the Apple help line and was assured there is nothing wrong with my MacBook which is only about 5 months old.
But, the best part came when I went to a local Apple store. Trying the same application on the store’s very own promotional computers, the exact same thing happened. It didn’t work.
When I asked the Apple “tech” kids at the store why, they said it couldn’t work as well as those expensive motion pictures. Well, no Sh–!!! Of course not. Problem is, it works perfectly in all of Apple’s promotional materials leading to the conclusion that the company is showing a simulated picture and not disclosing it.
The second problem with Leopard is the highly expected way you can leaf through your documents without having to open any application such as Word.
Well, unless you have a giant screen for your computer at home–and more people are now buying notebooks with smaller screens–it is all but impossible to read what the documents floating by say. The print is way too small and there does not appear to be anyway–or easy way–to change the situation.
Will keep you posted and wecome comments from other new Leopard users.
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