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The Tiger has been in the news for a long time now. Since it’s formal introduction last January at MWSF 2005, Mac heads and journalists have been abuzz on what the Tiger has to offer. A lot of articles and commentaries can be found on the internet and I have more or less gathered some.

The articles are in chronological order with the latest news on top of the list. I’ll post the link and the source and try to put my own comments.

Added May 7, 2005:
Alright! That’s it! I think people has had just about enough about Tiger. This will be my last addition to reviews and comments about Tiger. Quite frankly, I’m sick and tired of it (and I’m a sour puss since I don’t have Tiger yet and missed the opporturnity of getting one this week with an iSight bundled, too!) Time to move on. I’ll post things about Tiger when people start complaining about it. Real valid complaints and nothing liek fairy wings and elves’ dust like this one.

May 6
After professional and not-so-professional reviews from tech personalities and from online magazines and newspapers, it’s time for the real world users and bloggers out there to post their own impressions and reviews of the Tiger. Here are two of them: St. Nate’s Blog and Orac knows, who jokingly complained to St. Nate’s for beating him to the punch in posting a review.

Mac User Talk cites that it’s not the easy-to-find files and not the cute widgets floating around but the performance boost as the compelling reason to get Tiger. What sets this review apart from others is that it happily goes into the irritating things the author finds about Tiger but in the end he is quite satisfied with the upgrade. (I still don’t know what “STFU” means.)

Mac Night Owl points out the stringent requirements to really enjoy Tiger. They lament that the memory requirements have gone up and Firewire is a must. The multi-video conferencing also needs mega-graphic cards requirements which means Mac mini owners won’t be able to use it. So to truly the real Tiger experience, you have spend big bucks for it. It turns out to be that the $129 price tag is just the tip of the iceberg. Scroll further down after the end of the article are tips and suggestions on how to install Tiger.

Macs Only posted benchmarks on how fast Tiger is. One more reason I’m sour-graping, I guess. They also have tips on how to install Tiger.

Eric Schwarz writes writes his own review of the Tiger. The review’s rather short and goes from installation to initial reactions and a bit more into some specifics.

May 5
Guardian Unlimited: “Two new technologies have come to symbolise Tiger: Spotlight, a new system-wide search technology, and Dashboard, a feature that puts dozens of convenient utilities one keystroke away.” Further adds:”Smoothing the rough edges of previous operating system releases may seem secondary to packing compelling new features, but Apple’s polishing efforts with Tiger do a fantastic job of pulling every aspect of Mac OS X together.” MDN

Dan Gillmor recaps a short history of the OS wars involving Windows, IBM, Mac and Linux. He then squeezes a bit of praise for Tiger and in the end says: “Personal computers are cheaper than ever, but they remain too unreliable and difficult to use. Only competition – from commercial and non-commercial sources alike – can make a difference.” MDN

Andy Ihnatko, writing for the Chicago Sun-Times, says Apple shatters Windows with Tiger. Column starts off by describing the past Mac OS X releases and then goes on about the different Tiger features. Reviewers have then tendency to forget to mention that the highly touted multi-video conferencing is not available to users who doesn’t have a souped up Mac PC. MDN

May 4
Time Magazine calls Tiger as their Gadget of the Week.

Charles Arthur of The Independent investigates the claim that the new OS from Mac is a faster, smarter cat. He looks into Spotlight, Dashboard, Smart Folders, Automator, and Safari RSS. After upgrading to Tiger which lasted 45 minutes, Arthur noticed that “…programs open quicker, downloads are faster, graphics are smoother.” He ends by saying, “For Windows users, it’s a sort of shop-window of what Longhorn might be like in 18 months’ time, providing your computer is fast enough by then for the next-generation product. For Apple users, it’s faster, smarter, simpler – and, what’s more, it’s here right now. At the price, it’s a must-have.” MDN

Chicago Tribune lashes out at Apple computers then puts a good word in for the Tiger. Not really much of a review. More like a rant or babble. MDN

What’s new in Mac OS X from Apple Developer Connection.

May 3
Apple now has a page for the rave reviews about Tiger. The page is entitled “This Tiger Roars and Scores“.

According to Yeald, the iPod has made Apple a “desirable brand” especially to those who normally wouldn’t look twice when it comes to Apple. However, this is not enough to translate to computer sales. That’s where Tiger comes in. In the absence of Longhorn, Tiger has become more attractive to first-time Mac users with its desirability as well as its technical superiority. So until the end of 2006, Apple will be in the hearts and minds of those who crave the latest and the greatest in tech. MacWorld

For Windows users who wants to experience Spotlight but don’t have the OS for it, CBSNEWs.com has the answer. There are free softwares that basically do what Spotlight does. Google has one. As well as Yahoo!. There’s also a freeware called Copernic. Read the article for pros and cons of each. MDN

Mac OS X Hints has the all-in-one slow motion Tiger hint. This basically tells readers what are the things that can go slow motion when the Shift key is pressed. Slow motion really doesn’t do much except show people uhhh… slow motion.

Macworld mentions a few positive reactions to Tiger; from Walt Mossberg to the Financial Times to Computerworld.

“Where to begin? The difficult thing about writing a review of a Mac product for a primarily PC based audience is that one is never quite sure where to pitch it.”

The Inquirer tries to write a review of the Tiger OS for a mainly Windows audience. It goes through installation process, first impressions, then to the specfic features of Tiger. It ends by saying:

“So is Tiger any good? Yes, it’s worth the upgrade from Panther. It does everything that Windows XP does, and in many cases it does it better, or simpler, or faster… For most Mac users, Tiger won’t be the revolution that they were perhaps lead to expect. For Windows users, it adds a couple of jawdrops that just highlight how behind the times WinXP is right now.” MDN

May 2
Michael Gartenberg of Computer World reviews the Tiger and focuses on two features that, according to him, will boost productivity: Spotlight and Automator. On Spotlight:

“With Spotlight, users for the first time aren’t forced to learn the intricacies of a hierarchal file system and then spend hours trying to keep organized. They know that when they need to use some information that’s somewhere in their computer, Spotlight will let them find it and then manipulate it.”

There are more stories about Tiger on the right hand side of the story.

Boston Herald looks at the new Mac OS X and once more Spotlight takes centerstage. According to Eric Convey, $129 is worth the price to pay for existing Mac users to upgrade.

Barefeats has a shootout between Panther and Tiger.

ZDNet gives Tiger an editor rating of 8 finding fault in that users with hardware a year old or more won’t be able to use some of what Tiger has to offer. ZDNet’s verdict on the Tiger is that “although its new user features have mixed appeal, Tiger’s technological changes and speed improvements make this an enticing upgrade, especially for those who passed on Panther.”

May 1
Washington Post’s Rob Pegoraro says that Tiger gives Panther owners little reason to pounce, saying “But it’s not such a huge leap past Panther to merit upgrading today. Some cleanup work from Apple could fix that. If the management there can hold off on starting the next big OS X project, there should be plenty of time to do the job right.”

After two days of using Tiger, a user gives his review. The first thing he tried out was Spotlight but he had to wait for 20 minutes while Spotlight built a directory of all his files. While this was going on, he tried out Dashboard, Quicktime 7 and iChat. The review is not that extensive it only appears so since it has screenshots of the Tiger apps.

Washington Post calls Microsoft’s Longhorn as “Windows XP Service Pack 3.” MDN

April 30
MacDailyNews reports Preview 3.0 now offers screenshot optiond and enhanced PDF abilities. Mac OS X users are familiar with Grab, a utility that can take screen shots. Preview now has the same abilities and allows the picture to be edited in Preview. PDF files can now be searched, annotated, bookmarked and filled up using Preview. More at Apple’s website.

Guardian Unlimited calls Tiger “a worthy upgrade that most Mac users will feel justifies its £90 price tag.” But further adds “Tiger is unlikely to provoke any mass exodus of Windows users to the Mac, but instead will serve as another reminder of Apple’s dedication to delivering powerful solutions that its customers enjoy using on a consistent basis.” MacDailyNews notes that Guardian’s test system was six years old. This contrasts highly against Microsoft’s operating system upgrades that more or less forces you to upgrade your hardware as well. MDN

Macworld‘s review aside from going into the goodies the comes with Tiger will give the readers advice on what to do before installing Tiger. It then goes into the eight key features that will ‘delight’ you (Spotlight, Dashboard, Smart Folders in the Finder, Burn Folders in the Finder, Automator, Safari’s new RSS feature, Integration and, Security. The review continues to the ten Tiger treats you might overlook and ten Tiger traps to spot.

“Mac OS X rocks!” So goes Rush Limbaugh in his “On the Cutting Edge” section. The audio file, which is encoded in WMA (?!?), can be found near the bottom of his page with the OS 10.4 logo. A snippet of the audio file says:

“I’m sorry you Windows people, but you might as well be back in the Stone Age here.” MDN

April 29
Andy Ihnatko writes extensively about the Tiger on its worldwide release. Reports on Spotlight, Dashboard, Automator, Safari RSS, and others.

Bob “Dr. Mac” LeVitus has install tips for the Tiger.

CNet reports on the Tiger unleashed.

Mike Wendland of the Detroit Free Press has called the Tiger as the “latest — and most extensive — upgrade to its already rock-solid OS X operating system.”

AnandTech gives a good review from a perspective of a “dual-user.” This means he uses both Mac OS as well as Windows OS. He did an Archive and Install on a mini, Powerbook G4 and a Powermac G5. Both the mini and Powerbook installed Tiger in 36 minutes while the G5 installed it in 22 minutes. The next sections talks about bugs and fixes, and how somethings are missing in Tiger. Tiger, according to the writer, seems to have been released hurriedly but subsequent patches might fix the things that are missing. The writer then moves to the over-zealous security feature, Smart folder and Dock bugs, Spotlight (again), Dashboard and its widgets, Safari RSS (Safari finally allows you to save webpages using the “Web archive” function), Mail 2.0, Automator, TextEdit (allows user to save in HTML 4,01 or XHTML 1.0), Calculator, DVD Player, iChat AV 3.0, and Quicktime 7. He then compares performance between Panther and Tiger. In his final words, he says:

But I have to find it difficult recommending a product that’s clearly unfinished, and clearly not without bugs. None of the bugs that I encountered were show stoppers, but I’m not one to support pre-release products that are being shipped as final. So if you’re expecting a perfect user experience with Tiger, you’ll be close but not quite there. I’m hoping the 10.4.1 update fixes all of my issues, but for now don’t expect a flawless $129 experience.

Looking at today, it’s an important day for Apple, a day to celebrate a very impressive OS launch – but I get the feeling that no one at Apple is celebrating quite yet, it seems like there’s still quite a bit of work left.

The review is a good read. Better than most I have read previously. Anandtech has two other Mac related stories: A Month with a Mac: A Die-Hard PC User’s Perspective and A Month with a Mac – Part II: The Mobile Experience.

PCNX reviews Mac OS 10.4. This review is different as compared to most other reviews in that the reviewer also put mentioned some annoyances and some more ‘missing’ features. The reviewer says $129 is too high a price to pay for an upgrade but ends with the Tiger being “a great operating system that will put Windows even further than behind Mac.”

PC World gives Tiger a 4.5 out of 5 stars. Saying that “Tiger lives up to the hype.” As usual, the spotlight’s on Spotlight. The review also goes into widgets, iChat AV and built-in RSS reader in Safari 2.0. It also discusses the tigher parenteral control and easier automation tasks. The bottomline?

“Mac OS X Tiger is a giant leap over its predecessor, Panther. In my tests the operating system seemed stable and relatively bug-free, and performance was excellent on both my new test system and my aging Powerbook. For me, the Spotlight search and Smart Folders features are worth the purchase price. That said, if they don’t wow you, RSS readers and widgets are available elsewhere, and there’s always AppleScript as a more technical alternative to Automator.” MDN

Boston.com asks the question whether Tiger will help those stuck in the Windows quagmire to finally decide to switch. MDN

Though people are probably sick and tired of the cliches attached to Tiger, CNN is nonetheless not shy it using them in its headlines: Tiger roars into stores. As most, if not all, reviews and comments found in the web, CNN again puts the spotlight on Spotlight. Not much of a review. Just an introduction. Actually, it’s not much of an introduction either.

Merrill Lynch thinks that the halo effect balance of the sales of desktops from Power Macs to the more affordable eMacs and Mac minis as more users gets caught up with the hype surrounding Tiger.

April 28
ARSTechnica gives the background and history of the Mac OS, Tiger’s new look, kernel updates, and whole lot more.

MacDailyNews links a review from ARS Technica. MDN highly recommends reading the full ARS Technica article.

BusinessWeek Online call Tiger “an incremental improvement, but it does make a very good piece of software even better.” MDN

David Adams of OS News reviewed Tiger and concluded:

“Tiger is a great OS update, precisely because it’s focused on a raft of incremental improvements rather than ambitious, flashy, ultimately useless features. You may not need to run right out and buy it, but if you do, you won’t be disappointed.”

The inestimable Walt Mossberg says “Tiger is a beautiful and powerful operating system that advances personal computing. It is a big gain for Mac users right out of the box.

Boston.com focuses more on one of the highlighted new feature in Tiger: Spotlight. People are digitizing everything around them more and more and storing them in their computers. These oodles of data has become near unmanagabe. Spotlight, according to Boston.com, helps eases the PC user of today better find his or her files from yesterday, last week or last year.

David Pogue mentions that April 29 is a special day. Not because it’s the opening of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy nor is it because it’s Uma Thurman’s birthday. April 29 will be when Mac users finally will see their long awaited Tiger let out of its cage. David Pogue discusses the groundbreaking as well as the not-so-groundbreaking-earth-shattering features. His column has pictures and a video as he tries out Tiger. In the end, this is what he has to say:

“And if you’re a Windows refugee or someone who’s never owned a computer, you’ll find this Tiger remarkably tame and approachable. Who knows? Maybe April 29 will mean something to you after all.”MDN

Unlike most reviews, InformationWeek starts off with the video capabilities Tiger offers users with H.264 tying Quicktime 7, iChat AV 3.0 and iMovie together. It then goes on about Spotlight, Automator, Dashboard, RSS, security and networking. It boldly concludes that Panther users will quickly upgrade to “Panther plus.” MDN

April 27
USA Today‘s Edward Baig highlight’s Spotlight, Dashboard, video conferencing, RSS and parenteral control in Safari, and Automator. As much as he likes Tiger, he still isn’t optimistic that this new cat will be enough to drag Apple out the single digit marketshare in the PC business.

Daniel Terdiman’s Put a Tiger in your Mac, sums up what articles all throughout the web has been harping about in his parting words:

Tiger is about Spotlight, the improved Mail and the great widgets I know the Mac community will come up with.

April 22
Macworld’s online poll says that 92% will grab the Tiger when it gets out of its cage. In that figure, 31% already preordered Tiger, 5% will buy at Apple Stores, 9% will buy a few days later Tiger is officially released, 17% will wait a few weeks and 21% will get it months after.

April 21
Time’s Tiger Tale takes time to talk about the tools and treats Mac users will find in Tiger.

Longhorn’s full of bull. In the annual sharholer meeting, Jobs takes a swipe at Longhorn saying “They (Microsoft) are shamelessly copying us,” and “they can’t even copy fast.”

April 20
Assorted Geekery makes 50 observations on Tiger. Try to read the previous blog.

April 19
ZDNet News says that both Apple and Windows are betting on the fact PC users have too many files and they don’t actually know where some of those files are. In their next OSes, both companies will be highlighting a search feature that will allow users to find the files long deep buried in their hard drive. Apple, however, has beaten Microsoft by more than a year in releasing the next OS. Tiger will soon be ready to pounce off the shelf.

Originally written April 30, 2005 9:04 AM

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