I’ve already written in the past about the beauty that is Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. After using it for several months now, I have to say that the new features such as Quicklook, Time Machine, and Cover Flow are all fantastic.
Despite all that, the best new feature, as far as I’m concerned, is Spaces. It is the one feature of the OS that I can’t function without. The grace and ease of hitting F8 to see all of my Spaces at once is just great. At first, I didn’t make much use of it, but over time, I have come to utilize a four-desktop system that makes me much more productive. I put my email and chat program on one desktop, web browsing on another, and iTunes on yet another. It is so much better than using a single desktop with all of my open applications in my way. Now, when I want to start something completely different than what I’m running, I switch to the empty Space and start from there.
Spaces is so terrific that if you’re still using Tiger, I can’t help but feel sorry for you. I once tried disabling it, and Leopard suddenly felt like a caged animal. I know Linux has had an option for multiple desktops for a long time, and it gets the job done. Also, not everyone agrees that Spaces on the Mac is as great as I make it out to be. It depends on your computing habits. But to me, it’s great!