Mac Lion OS First Opinions
Any who… guess who downloaded Mac Lion yesterday!?!? Yep… I did! Initial opinion? Not as spectacular and “oooo” “aahhh” as Snow Leopard. I think it may be the lack of familiarity in the more…. unorganized?? spaces, which are now combined into one “Launch Pad”. That, and the fact that scrolling windows is completely reversed. Up is down, and down is up! Think of it as being on your iPhone. You swipe up to bring the page down. The same idea is now brought to the trackpads for all the laptops. This part is great, however it gets confusing when switching to a mouse. I am sure I will quickly get used to it, but I do foresee this as being a very picky issue for many users. It will become another “Mac has NO right click button”…. where in actuality they had it for years and people didn’t know how to turn that option on. I do know that there are small apps that will reverse the scroll back to “normal”, but I AM determined to figure it out as to how it is now!
The speed has neither improved, nor regressed in terms of running applications. From reading online I have found out that Lion does use more RAM, so I am planning to purchase 8gig in the very near future especially since I was often hitting my max 4gig when running multiple applications when doing new designs.
Ok… so we really have not got to the great things about Lion! First and foremost, is the amazing boot up and shut down speed! Not only is it fast, but it saves the exact state you shut down at, and will turn back on with all the same applications open and the same browser windows running in Safari. That is a feature to get used to, and I foresee being quite handy. Next, is the upgraded Mail App. I like it a lot… however I am still very disappointed not to see a iCal integrated as a separate tab or something. And last but not least, the full screen apps. I personally quite enjoy them because I am always working on a 15″ MacBook Pro, however those working off larger 30″ monitors may not appreciate so much screen being used (Kelly). haha.
Anyways. Look foreword to our new design coming and many new articles! We have, sort of, been holding back on the articles until everything gets updated… so stay tuned! And go buy Lion! For $30 digital download on the Apple website you can’t really go wrong! As of yet, all my programs have worked and I have had no compatibility issues (thus far).
OS Lion Update (December 18th, 2011):
Mac OS Lion has grown on me a little more… simply because I’m forced to use it. If there was any easy way to switch back to Panther, I think I would have made the change back – even with the software updates. Luckily, there have been performance updates such as the Safari update that stopped RAM from compiling (huge issue for me). That was finally updated last month! Hopefully later next year Apple will announce their next OS update along with their long line of expected product redesigns such as the iMac, thinner MacBook Pro, and a possible iPhone 5!