On July 25th, I, like many other Mac users, purchased and installed OS X Lion 10.7. July 25th, Christmas in July. I immediately installed the update on my desktop (Mac Pro 2006). A few days later, I installed the update on my 2008 MacBook along with an upgrade to 8 GB ram. This leaves only my 2007 MacBook which is currently off at college.
Both my updates completed without a hitch. The process was amazingly simple.
I had intended to make an installer, either USB or DVD, but I missed my first chance with my desktop when the install package disappeared afar the install completed. This forced me to download the package again for my MacBook. This time, I saved a copy of the install package prior to launching the process. Haven’t made the install disk yet, but it appears to be a simple process.
Now that I’ve been using the new OS for a few days, I can give a few first impressions.
The change in scrolling behavior incorporated into Lion seems to be a huge topic with both supporters and detractors. There is no shortage of “how to’s” to reverse the default “Natural” scrolling. For my part, I like the new scrolling paradigm. The “natural” scroll mimics the direct drive mode in use on iOS devices. Instead of pulling the window up and down over a fixed page, now you push the page up or down. This method of scrolling is certainly natural on the iPad or iPhone, but I can see how it may prove difficult for those equipped with the traditional scroll wheel mouse. For myself, I have been using the Magic TrackPad for quite a while, so the “natural” proved to be natural after a short period of time. I still have to go “unnatural” when at work, but, so far, moving from “natural” to “unnatural” and back has not been so distracting as to reverse the mode on my Macs. I do admit that I sometimes have to think a bit to transition from work to home use.
Another blending of iOS and OS X is found in the LaunchPad. Those with iOS devices certainly recognize the home screen with the multiple icons, folders, etc. I didn’t realize I had so many applications installed until I began scrolling through all the pages of apps. Most represented application that I might run once in a blue moon. Thankfully, LaunchPad Control soon came to the rescue. LaunchPad Control is a free Mac application that allows you to customize which apps appear in the LaunchPad. I still have some work to do here, but at least I now have a tool to do it with.
To me, Mission Control is a composite of Exposé and Spaces. I’ve used it a little, It certainly seems to be a much simpler interface for moving apps into different spaces.
Full Page Apps
I have certainly enjoyed the new full screen mode for Apple applications such as Mail, Safari and iTunes. It will be only more and more enjoyable as more vendors push out apps supporting the new full screen capability.
With all the new User Interface (UI) candy, you knew that new gestures had to be included. I did do some tweaking here. On iOS, to move from one app to another, you swipe with four fingers. (At least those of us that could use Xcode to enable the gestures). By default, Lion had this set for three fingers, but allowed a change to four fingers. I appreciate consistency, so I made the change. I also enjoy the new “back and forward” in Safari using two fingers (left or right swipe), but have run into circumstances where the old arrows would be nice.
All in all, the upgrade to Lion from Snow Leopard was certainly more pronounced than the previous leap from Leopard to Snow Leopard. And it is certainly worth the $30 price tag. Right now, the Lion is ROARING!
- Mac OS X Lion: The pros and cons (csmonitor.com)
- How To Reverse Scroll In Mac OS X Lion (lockergnome.com)
- How To Take The iOS Out Of Lion: Always Show Scroll Bars (everythingmarc.wordpress.com)
- Apple Sells 1 Million Copies of OS X Lion on Launch Day (techie-buzz.com)