I have a 17" G4 laptop running OSX 3.8. Everything works great (inculding Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro, etc.) Is there any real reason to upgrade to the new OSX operating system and risk all the glitches that usuallyl accompany Apple's new operating systems?
Probably not now. Wait until you see a reason you like. For example, a new version of an application you use may require it. (It's rumored that FCP5 will require it, for example.) But until you actually have a reason like that there's no reason you have to upgrade.
I am going to enjoy the new features it comes with (like Spotliht and Automator) so I'll be getting it when it comes out. But if you've looked at them and decided you won't use them much, well, then wait until you have a better reason like I mentioned above.
I'm not a fan of the Preview program either, but if you're looking at the icon view of a folder (not a list) you can hit Apple-J to bring up the prefrences for that folder. Use that to turn on a preview mode of images and then drag the icon size as large as it will go.
Yes but that's no match against Window's XP handling of icons and images. You open a folder, and just by clicking once on the icon you get the full screen image. And it's fast! You can browse an illimited number of images very fast. OS X didn't implement any such feature yet and in that respect it's still back in the first half of the 1990's. Not good. I haven't played with Tiger yet, but one Quicktime on their site seems to show a similar functionality in their new system. I really hope so.