Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 27th Feb 2011 20:26 UTC
Mac OS X Earlier this week, Apple released the first developer preview of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. At the same time, Apple listed a number of new features we hadn't yet heard about, which are quite interesting. There are two themes: bringing iOS to Mac OS X, and adding features other operating systems have had for ages - except in such a way that you can actually use them. Update: Fixed that scrolling thing. It's the other way around of course.
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Comment by thavith_osn
by thavith_osn on Sun 27th Feb 2011 22:40 UTC
thavith_osn
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2005-07-11

I've been using Lion for the past couple of days and it's very nice. There are some features that I'm not that taken with yet (if ever) such as the launchpad, it looks great, but is basically useless. Starting apps from the Dock or folder in the Dock works more easily for me. For my friends, Spotlight is there "go to" option.

I love a lot of the subtle enhancements.

* Finder feels more polished now
* Full screen mode is a welcome feature, though struggles when running with multiple monitors (I am hoping that will be fixed). Basically, when you go full screen, the app takes up the entire "main" monitor, and takes control of your other monitor (I'm guessing all other monitors, I only have 1 extra) by putting a dark grey textured background there. It would be nice if you could specify which monitor your app will go full screen on and leave the other one untouched.

* I noticed the "aqua" blue colour in progress bars etc. is a lighter blue, not sure if I like it or not, but it's there.
* At the moment, shutting down takes forever as it goes off saving state and so on.
* Mail is really nice, but I don't think the new layout really changes the world that much, probably just a personal preference
* Subtle changes to bring some of the iOS gui to OS X. I don't think they are trying to make it iOS anytime soon, just taking UI ideas. I'm sure iOS gets a lot of ideas from Snow Leopard and Lion as well.
* One of the iOS changes is the autocomplete word feature in iOS. That has made it's way to Lion too. Again, not sure how useful that is, but it's there.

Right now, Lion feels like the same upgrade step as Snow Leopard was from Leopard. It's really nice and all, but not a huge move away from what we already have. I am guessing Apple will be introducing some "got to haves" before we get to June/July release.

Lion seems very stable however, if I could run XCode 3 on it, it would be my main OS right now (hoping XCode 4 is released very soon (you can't submit apps from XCode 4 beta currently)) :-)

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RE: Comment by thavith_osn
by _txf_ on Sun 27th Feb 2011 23:12 in reply to "Comment by thavith_osn"
_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

This:

Lion seems very stable however


Is probably due to this:
Lion feels like the same upgrade step as Snow Leopard was from Leopard.


Comparatively little changes generally mean a lot less breakage.

Edited 2011-02-27 23:12 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by thavith_osn
by thavith_osn on Mon 28th Feb 2011 11:04 in reply to "RE: Comment by thavith_osn"
thavith_osn Member since:
2005-07-11

Since writing my comment, I have noticed that others are saying how much it crashes.

Again, I haven't had that problem, and I am running on a iMac 2.16GHz 24" from 2006. I have noticed that it is slower than you'd expect from a release version, and there seems to be a lot of accessing of the HD. I haven't investigated why that is (yet). Developer releases are always slower, but I cant remember them accessing the HD this much before. It might be something to do with "Versions" perhaps.

Due to the age and speed of my machine perhaps, plus the fact that it's a developers release, but I have noted that OpenGL seems blisteringly slow ;-). My favourite test is to run the Arabesque screensaver. I run this because it was fine up until 10.6. Under 10.6 it stammers along, but under 10.7 it crawls. I'm sure this will speed up around GM (I hope).

I didn't mention some other nice little changes. iChat now has Yahoo incorporated into it (including video). As Yahoo rarely updates their messenger, this is a good thing. They have also added a Internet Management control panel (can't remember exactly what it's called), but from there you can set up all your internet accounts, Google, Yahoo, Mobile Me etc.

Address Book looks a lot like what the iPad has, and iCal has some very nice features added too.

I was messing around with Spaces, using the swipe on the magic mouse and finding it works very well. I miss a lot of the new features coming back to SL.

So many more things to look at, but as I only have it running a few hours each day, I haven't had as much time as I'd like to really get a good feel for it.

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