After what looked like an end to Leopard screenshot (and video) fakery, it appears as though it's still alive and well. Digg user "qwertymen" has posted a screenshot purporting to be Mac OS X Leopard (link
), which, unlike most attempts, actually proposes new features and additions to the OS, and is somewhat different from the many photoshopped Finder and About This Mac boxes that have circled the Web for quite some time now. And while that may be enough to lead people to believe it's real, I'm almost certain it isn't. Here's a list of problems I found with the image:
- The Apple and Spotlight icons are different colors; Apple originally had them this way when testing Tiger in WWDC 2004, but changed them back to match the rest of the menu bar when it was released.
- A small strip of the menu bar is slightly brighter than the rest of the bar (look at the image from an angle to see it better).
- Is that my Desktops Switcher icon I see in the menu bar?
- All of the drop shadows in the image are at a 120 degree angle. All drop shadows in Mac OS X are at a 90 degree angle.
- The "Start Menu"'s drop shadow is nowhere near the size and blur it is in Tiger.
- The whole bottom bar looks way too Windows. There's no way Apple would put in their own versions of the Start Menu, Quick Launch and toolbar (and in their exact same places, I might add).
- The shelf that appears at the right is not rounded off on the bottom, and transparency is not used for shelves.
- Another brightness problem on the bottom bar.
- The giant "Desk 2" bezel is too large, the shadows are not right and the bezel's rounded rectangles appear to be distorted.
- Um... why the Click Wheel?
- The image quality and size is very poor; Mac OS X does not create such low quality screenshots.
So there you have it. I do give kudos to the creator for thinking of ways to improve Mac OS X, but there are too many mistakes for me to believe it's real.