There has been so much written about the Steve Jobs keynote on Monday that I’ve been too busy reading to make any of my own comments.
Overall, the biggest surprise of the keynote for me was the lack of surprises.
Leopard’s “top secret” features were very slick (new desktop, new Finder), but not as earth-shattering as I had hoped. (Note that I’m still looking forward to Leopard almost as much as the iPhone.)
If the keynote felt a bit disappointing, it is surely the fault of having one year since we first saw some of Leopard’s most impressive features.
Here are some quick notes on the keynote:
Stacks: The long-fabled feature finally debuts as a part of the Dock.
These icon groupings function a lot like the tabbed Pop-Up Folders from Mac OS 8 (or, for the cynics, like more sophisticated versions of folders in the Dock).
They store a lot of items together (files, folders, apps) and fan them out (or display them in a grid) when clicked. When you’ve chosen the item you were looking for, the stack snaps back to its compact icon on the Dock.
This should be especially handy, given the introduction of a new Downloads stack in the Dock to store all downloaded files as they come in. (I love the little hop that the stack makes when a new download arrives!)
Sadly, stacks seem to work only in the Dock.