So, did anyone see Steve Jobs keynote speech at WWDC07? It was totally underwhelming IMO.
You can watch the recording if you go to http://www.Apple.com
The link is in the lower left corner.
I was underwhelmed however there were some things of note that I did like.
EA, EA Sports, and Id will be releasing new games on the Mac starting next month. Madden 08, Tiger Woods, Harry Potter, and a few other titles will be here by the end of the summer.
The Desktop improvements are subtle but substantial. Looking at the desktop you can only see that the Dock has a minor change in its background and the Menu Bar is now translucent. However STACKS is a new feature that puts folders onto the Dock. When you click on the Stacked folder its contents expand across the screen. The effect is really nice.
Core Animation was shown off again. Jobs showed off a screen full of hundreds of movies playing in the background at the same time. If you did a search for movies with the term "water" then a row of movies with Water in the title or description would fly out from the background to the forefront. This was just one cleaver part of Core Animation. IMO this is one of the strongest reasons to upgrade to Leopard.
The Strongest reason is Time Machine. It is a backup utility like no other. Not only can you backup your entire system to a USB, Fireware, or Ethernet attached hard drive, but you can recover files so easily that it is amazing no one has done it before. If you realize you need a file that you deleted several months ago, you can scroll through time machine (which is fully animated) and see the actual documents. Lets say you have the document, but you need a paragraph you deleted for the original version that was created a year ago. No problem. Time Machine can go back to that version and recover the document. You should really check it out on Apple.com because I'm simply not doing it any justice here.
Finder has also been updated. Finder is to OSX what Windows Explorer is to Windows. They have added a new view called Cover Flow. Cover Flow was originally introduced in iTunes 7.0. In iTunes, you can flip through the cover art of your CDs and Movies for navigation. The same goes for Finder. Now you can flip through PDFs, Excel spreadsheets, photos, etc, etc. If you find something you think you want, you can hit the space bar and another new feature "Quick View" will expand the file instantly without launching the application. So you can get a quick glance at your spreadsheet (even tabs that are in the background) without opening Excel. The only thing you can't do, is edit the file. The same goes for Movies, photos, and just about any other document. You can even view your applications in this way. It is very cool.
Apple has also added a new feature to its .MAC service which allows you to remotely access files on your home PC or Mac. It is pretty similar to GoToMyPC except that there is no remote desktop. However Apple already has remote desktop features.
iChat has seen a HUGE upgrade. Now you can put backgrounds into your video conference. It can make it seem as if you are speaking in front of a picture of your wife. Or you can put a movie into the background. That lets you look like your in the movie. This lends itself to letting you embed a keynote presentation into your ichat session. This is going to make for a fantastic presentation tool IMO.
There are over 300 new features, but these were my favorites.
In other news. Jobs confirmed that the iPhone will be released on June 29th. He also stated that certain web development tools will be available for the iPhone. However those appear to be limited to AJAX and Java web apps. IMO this is a huge disappointment.
So that's it in a nutshell. I was still disappointed. There were no new iMacs, no new iWork or iLife, no killer app for Leopard. Some good stuff, just not great stuff.