Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Oct 2010 19:02 UTC
Apple So, Apple held its usual autumn press get-together just now, and after a few rather uninspiring ones (to me, at least), they finally managed to blow me away, with the new MacBook Air (especially the 11.6" variant). They also gave a sneak peek at Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, which has... An App Store. An App Store Apple is going to open on Snow Leopard within 90 days.
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I see some merits in Lion
by Eddyspeeder on Thu 21st Oct 2010 14:09 UTC
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I initially was not happy about hearing the updates they announced for OSX Lion. However, I got somewhat more optimistic watching the Keynote (indulging myself in the Reality Distortion Field).

Before I go into detail, I do want to make clear that these features alone are way too meager for me to make the move. I really hope Apple will come with more impressive features and expansions to the system come Summer 2011.

Of course, an oddity is that one of the features they discussed for Lion is the App Store, which they then say is made available to Snow Leopard users within 90 days (and FaceTime is available now)... So let's move on to the other features.

LaunchPad... when I first saw a screenshot, I shared the fear many people expressed above. I don't want my MacBook to turn into an iPad or ultra-large-iPhone! But then I realized that it actually solves an issue for which I had to come up with a workaround myself. I want quick access to many of my applications and I achieve that by having four folders in my Dock which expand in a grid: "Productivity", "Audivisual", "Graphics" and "System". LaunchPad actually allows me to ditch those folders and use an app instead.

Full-screen apps... Steve Jobs actually called this an "invention" during the Keynote *coughCoughSnicker*. But again, it seems they pinpointed one of my frustrations. I use Preview a lot to look at documents and graphics, but I can't switch between documents/graphics in full-screen mode. Returning to the system without having to leave full-screen mode is something I will quite like.

Window management. As someone who has used BeOS for years, I am a heavy Spaces user. The combination of Spaces with Exposé helps me to keep proper oversight and to quickly find what I need. Mission Control I am not so sure about. I often use Exposé just to distinguish between various Finder windows, not to see them piled up in a smaller view, which is what they demo'ed about Mission Control. So whether this is something I will like, I cannot say at this time.

Lastly, a general remark. As with OSX, I also thought the amount of improvement&expansion to iLife after two years was pretty disappointing, i.e. not enough for me to buy it. But I did notice that what they do, they do right. Professionally I am in cognitive ergonomics and watching just how they solved particular design issues in the most elegant way possible is a true pleasure. I am sure nobody will disagree when I say that Apple understand interaction design. And that is why I am on a Mac, even though I understand the fear of the Mac going the iOS way (there are a lot of seniors including my parents who also still need to keep understanding OSX!), and I can agree with those who rant about OSX deficiencies such as Tracker.

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RE: I see some merits in Lion
by Tuishimi on Thu 21st Oct 2010 17:09 in reply to "I see some merits in Lion"
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I think that, as with most of the little changes they've made to OS X over the years, people will find these changes useful.

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Oh yes absolutely, aside from the thing I've mentioned, only look at the way they made audio editing easy in iMovie'11.

But there is also a cost/benefit tradeoff (with cost being both finances and effort); people will ask themselves: "Are there ample improvements for me to invest in this?"

In practice, you can see that in the figures. Half the Mac users have not made the switch to Snow Leopard: 1/3rd still runs Leopard, 1/6th works with earlier versions (non-Intel Macs). And again, I agree that the advancements are helpful: for about half a year, I used Leopard next to SL due to a compatibility issue with certain software, and I discovered I had grown used to certain improvements in SL that I really missed in Leopard.

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