I don't really understand how Steam works - never used it. Is the Mac/PC version the same as the Steam version (sorry if this is a dumb question)?
I did download the Mac version, and I like some aspects of it, however, it appears I can't access all of the equipment in the pro shop (more club selection, etc. in the online/flash version). Assume all of this will be available later.
Some aspects of the Mac version makes it seems like an arcade game. Personally, don't really like the "coin" games and getting things like a shirt and some shoes that magically upgrade my abilities. That is a horrible idea and takes away from the realism of the game. Perhaps they should add an "arcade" version and a "classic" version so that those who want a cartoonish arcade game can have it, and the rest of us can play the more realistic classic version of the game (perhaps your player in each version of the game should be separate to prevent overlap/keep both versions separate and true to their intended purpose/audience).
Also, what's up with the putt preview? Is this going to be the norm...even for tournament play? Seems like cheating - you don't get a free practice putt before you take your actual swing on a real course). Putt preview is good for practice rounds, but it would be kind of ridiculous to include it in competitive/tournament matches.
I don't seem to have a hate on for this new version as much as some on this forum (but maybe it's because I have not played it that much yet?). It has some potential, and I don't like flash for many reasons (not the least of which is the fact that people can use it to cheat at the game), so I am not really sad to see flash go. Hopefully they'll bring improvements to the PC/Mac/Steam version and won't change it into a goofy arcade style style game, as I think many of us play this game for its realism. Arcade style play might bring in some new players, but it will surely drive some other players away from the game.
Lastly, did WGT post a full list of the differences between the online/flash version and the new downloadable PC/Mac/Stream version?