Mac OS X Lion Review

Chris Burns - Jul 22, 2011, 12:37pm CDT
Mac OS X Lion Review

What you’re about to experience is a trip down the rabbit hole with Mac OS X Lion, Apple’s newest desktop operating system. With yours truly you’ll be both exploring and judging the way this nearly radical new system is set up and what it means to you, the consumer and me, the tech news publisher. What you’re going to find is Apple’s most innovative release since the original Mac OS X, the first big departure from the known paradigm inside the Mac world. In one gesture, (literally one gesture, as seen in section 2 of this exploration,) Apple has both bridged a gap between what’s been called mobile OS, (or in their case, iOS), and desktop OS, further turning what it means to own a computer into what owning a computer will or does mean to you.

Before we begin, know that although you do not have to upgrade to this newest Mac OS, I do recommend it. Things like the pushing and pulling of pages instead of scrollbars, massive moving screens, and extra desktops made me hesitant to go further into the system when I first laid eyes upon them, but after a bit of use, everything comes together nicely. And better yet, if you don’t like some of the features, switch them off! This system allows for much customization and de-evolution, if you know what I mean. And it looks nice and smells good. Now, on with the show!

Installation

If you end up purchasing an Apple computer from here on out, you’ll already have Mac OS X Lion (or above, depending on when you’re reading this) installed for you automatically. If you’re like me, and have a MacBook Pro from the newest generation NOT to have Lion, you’ve got to head down to your local Mac App Store sitting in your dock (or your applications folder.) From here you’ll be downloading a 3.74GB file. You’ll have a perfectly simple time installing the system with a rather simple looking installer app that give you the option of either installing by choosing an install disk or not doing so, no customizations anywhere.

We did run into one small snag, that being that if you’re using an older router for your internet connection or are in a place with a connection that the App Store does not like, you’ll have to move to somewhere with either a hard line or a perfectly speedy hookup. Once we connected to the hard line, the download took less than 30 minutes.

For a look at the hardware end of this equation, head to our MacBook Air 13-inch core i5 Review (mid-2011), courtesy of Vincent Nguyen!

Starting with Scrolling

When your computer starts for the first time after having had Lion fully installed, you’ll be presented with a window that’s got some flawlessly looping fingers demonstrating how your entire scrolling world has been suddenly flipped upside down. “Scrolling In Lion” shows you that, like what you’re very likely used to in iOS, Apple’s mobile operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, you’ll be pulling on your content to move it rather than using a scrollbar to move through your browser. In other words, where you may have used two fingers to pull DOWN when you wanted to go DOWN in a window before, now you’ll be pulling UP. The scroll bar is no longer king.

Swiping with All Your Fingers

Things have changed a little bit in the swiping department. There’s a whole slew of different actions you can take now with a simple two or three-finger swipe to the left or the right, and with your Trackpad Settings in your global Settings app you’ll quickly understand what you’re going to be able to be working with. Much in the same way you’ve seen a few fingers flying around in the initial scrolling screen when you restarted your computer for the first time after installing, so too will you see some excellent and relatively seamless animations showing you the ways of the force here, right next to your options to turn them off or on again.

When you’re on the desktop, swipe left or right to get to your Dashboard or any one of your multiple desktops. What’s that? You don’t know what’s new about your Dashboard, and you didn’t know you could have multiple desktops now like you’ve been able to have on your iPad or iPhone for several years now without a second thought? It’s true, it’s all true!

Multiple Desktops

You’re able to create multiple desktops here in the new world, each one of them with their own desktop wallpaper, open windows, docked apps, and open apps. The things that stay the same are: settings of all sorts, icons on your desktop, and icons in your dock. Basically what this Multiple Desktops function does is it allows you to have multiple places where you can do your work. In other words, if you’re going to do a blog post and you want to make a nice photo as edited in Preview, plus you want to edit a video in Quicktime, and type out your post in TextEdit before you paste it in WordPress on the web, you can now do each of these on a different desktop without having to flip through a bunch of windows on a single desktop. My whole world has suddenly, actually, really become a lot less cluttered.

Dashboard

Where before you were working with a Dashboard that floated in from beyond the edges of your desktop, it’s now it’s own window that can be accessed with your Dashboard button, by three-finger-swiping all the way to the left, or by clicking it in Mission Control. This Dashboard is one that, if I’m not mistaken, will encourage people to download Widgets like never before. I must admit that beyond using a widget once in maybe a month before this upgrade, I’ve already been checking out which widgets I’m going to fill up my Dashboard with because the default wallpaper is the sort of bubbled rubber that makes one feel as though they’ve got a real desktop sitting there begging to be filled with awesome widgets. Simple visual stimulation for what I’m certain Apple hopes will be giant results. Look for Widget development to increase in the next few months significantly.

A strange thing that’s happening in this environment is that Widgets are not yet integrated in the Mac App Store. Where in your Launchpad and in your Applications you’ll be filling the ranks straight from the Mac App Store, for Widgets you’re in a web browser-based download space. If Widget production is going to increase, Widgets will have to be placed in the Mac App Store.

Launchpad

When you see the Launchpad, you’ll instantly understand why this version of Mac OS is being called a bridge between Apple’s desktop operating system and mobile. Apple’s iOS, as seen on iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch is the original place you’ll see this layout of apps, and much in the way the iTunes App Store has garnered a MASSIVE amount of development and downloads, so too may this setup allow the Mac App Store to blossom. Launchpad is a set of screens where all of your desktop apps are set up in a series of grids placed across several screens. Just like in iOS, you’re also able to take one app and place it atop another to create a folder with the two inside, this folder then up for additional apps in the future.

Just like inside your Safari browser, two-finger swipes advance you to the next page or the previous page of apps. You may also click one of the several dots at the bottom of your screen to advance to that page. Your dock remains visible the entire time you’re in Launchpad, this encouraging you once again to populate your world with apps galore. In that Launchpad now exists and that the Mac App Store has existed for some time now, Apple has finally created an environment where desktop apps can become as desirable to download as apps on mobile platforms. Several times since I installed Lion I found myself searching for more apps to put on my computer here so that I’d be fully stocked. That comes from the mobile device user in me, without a doubt. Whether or not its because I despise using mobile web browsers or not is still up for debate.

Mission Control

The screen known as Mission Control is accessible by you by clicking the Mission Control icon in your dock, or by swiping three fingers upward on your trackpad. Once you’re inside you can exit again with the same three finger swipe but down instead of up. Mission Control is your overhead look at every page you’ve got open at once. You can see your Dashboard on the left, each of your many desktops on the right, and your full-screen apps in between. Front and center is the screen you’ve currently got open. In the case of this being your desktop with several apps open, it’ll separate the apps into smaller windows with their app icon displaying what app they come from.

It’s here that you travel about your computer, here that your compute becomes many computers at once. If you’ve never used a computer that had more than one monitor attached to it, you’re in for a treat. You can now do things like have a Photoshop project open on one screen, save an image to your desktop, open your other desktop, upload the image to your blog, and swipe back to the first desktop to continue editing without having closed or opened any new windows. This will be extremely helpful for those people like your humble narrator who has trouble not opening 1,000 windows a day in multiple apps and browsers. It’s essentially a much, much bigger desk space for all your junk.

Another use you might consider for Mission Control and your multiple desktops is giving each member of your family a different desktop to work with. This of course would only make sense for one-computer families, of which there are a surprisingly small number of in the USA today, but hey, what if you’re on vacation? Mission Control takes your windows separation and the rest of the commands for quickly changing apps or moving them out of the way, these features that came with Snow Leopard, and moves them to the next level. This is a great way to divide and conquer. Another great thing this Mission Control does is make you WANT to use a lot of windows at once. In this way you’ll perhaps also want to upgrade your computer to a strong one so that you might make the best use of the operating system’s abilities. Truly it is a strong system for sales, as well as productivity.

Finder

Each time Apple changes the way the basic Finder window works, I have a little heart attack. This newest version adds “All My Files”, that being a separation of every single file you have on your computer in one place, separated by filetype. Being someone who has an inordinate amount of apps in my computer, this screen is straight up useless to me. There is a “Show All” button for each category, this being a viable option for me to separate videos, for example, but beyond that, I won’t be using this feature at all.

Next there’s AirDrop, an extremely simple system in which you can connect peer to peer with people running AirDrop on computers near you. You can drop a file in AirDrop, your friend sees it, accepts it, and you’re transferring. Extremely simple and it works really well. Apple notes that this functionality works out to about 30 feet, this being the range that these most modern models of MacBooks can see one another. This system is not connected via Wi-fi, again, it’s peer to peer, meaning you don’t need the internet at all to make it work, just two Apple computers.

Versions and Resume

The user interface you may be used to if you’ve ever used Time Machine before (or since you started Lion) is back with some awesome work in the saving department. While saving files has been a conundrum for many since the dawn of computers, here again it’s innovated upon, with versions of your work being saved instead of just the newest iteration. Saving your work automatically saves it to this Versions, you able to go back to ANY version you saved in the past if you wish. Developers will be able to add this to their apps with Apple’s SDK tools of course, with OS X working on the file system allowing developers to forget about worrying on the way they’re working it.

Saving happens whenever you want it and automatically at regular intervals while you’re working. In addition to this, the auto-save function in apps seems to have been improved, allowing you now to start documents off where you left them if you close an app without saving PLUS now upon starting up your computer (or restarting it) you have the option of having it load up everything you had open before you closed – note though that it might not come up in the same order as you left it, but it’ll all be there.

Spotlight

Up in the very top right of your display you’ll see a magnifying glass. For those of you that’ve never used this bit of magic, it’s called Spotlight, and with it you can find anything and everything. This newest iteration of the app shows you not only results on your computer, but webpages, music, web searches, and more. Mouse-over any result to see a preview. Very simple and a very viable option for opening apps, browsing the web, and finding old emails.

Safari

It is Safari that stands to gain the most at first in this operating system as far as web browsers go. Of course this makes sense as it is Apple’s browser, but be careful you don’t have a heart attack when you realize that your Chrome browser can no longer use a three finger swipe as it’s been taken instead by the operating system itself. Inside Safari you’ll be able to swipe back and forth, or forward and backward, if you will, with two fingers. That is, instead of clicking the back button or the forward button, you have only to swipe with two fingers to the right or to the left.

You’re also able to pinch to zoom or double-tap to zoom. This is an ability I use constantly from my mobile devices because the displays are too small to read tiny bits of text. Why you’d want to zoom into a webpage from your already correctly sized desktop I’m not sure, but it’s nice to have such a feature. Another feature that’s nice to have is the ability to sandbox webpages to stop malicious attacks on your computer, this and the ability to remove all website data via your cookies (that you can also view individually) is another welcome change in its implementation (however slightly different.) Extensions have been further highlighted in your settings, so we’re pumped up about what’s to come there also.

Promotion of Apps

You may find that you’re prompted to add your email account associated with certain accounts online to your Mail, iCal, and iChat account. It’s here that Apple draws you back in if you’ve stopped using these apps as I have. Now with iCal I’ll be sure to keep up to date with my appointments, my iChat allows me to connect to all my Google contacts, and Mail I’m still hesitant on because the mail app “Sparrow” still has me enthralled enough to win. Will you tie yourself in deeper with your own computer? This is what Mac asks you here, in so many words.

Mail, Contacts & Calendars

In Settings there’s a pane called Mail, Contacts & Calendars. In this you’re able to have a central location for all of your accounts to be added or subtracted, tied then to apps such as Address Book, iCal, iChat, Mail, and more. What the more is and if how and when other connections will be able to be made (Twitter and Google+ come to mind) is still a mystery, but having a more central place for all of this account business again promotes Apple singularity and use of the apps the big A intends for its users to use.

iCal and iChat

Both iChat and iCal have been bumped up a bit, both receiving upgrades in several places making them desirable to use once more. We expect very much that iCal in particular will see a giant boost in users once iCloud is active and running, and iChat being promoted by the in-browser connection to your accounts is a massive potential plus. Note: the first place I saw the promotion window pop up was whilst logging in to Google+. Very enticing.

Mail

This update to the app is more of a user interface change than a functionality change, if that makes sense. Some of the elements have been pushed around a bit, and there are some improvements to the search function in that you’ve got the stacking of terms and the ease in finding messages you need, but for the most part, this is an upgrade to a place where, again, Sparrow has already been for a while.

Address Book

Not a whole heck of a lot of change has happened to the functionality, again, of Address Book, but it looks a whole lot more enticing. This seems to be the trend in OS X Lion, re-invigorate your interest in the apps the Apple intends for you to use. Address Book stores all of your contacts in an easy-to-access format that can be used in a large variety of apps.

Quicktime

There’s a single element in Quicktime that makes Lion worth the $30 by itself: screen record. You can simply open up the recording window, hit the record button, and your entire screen is recorded for all your directional needs. This isn’t a new function, but in that Quicktime has done it in such a simple manner here, it’ll be something I use often. Quicktime also offers some excellent simple drag-and-drop video editing with sound, making editing of clips so very easy that it might be time to drop the whole iMovie thing, if you would so dare to do so.

Dictionary

Auto-correct continues, and in that it’s not nearly as harsh as the iOS version (or any other version that comes to mind, come to think of it,) it’s a winner. You’ve got the option of switching auto-correct off, but be sure to keep the Dictionary on. The ability to control-click any word and have it spell-checked or looked up in Apple’s Dictionary changed the way I do work – this set of functions is bumped up with a three-finger-tap on a word, this bringing up a bubble that identifies the word. This takes out a whole step from my day, therefor it’s a win.

Preview

It being one of my most-used apps, Preview is always the first app I check out when I do a full update such as Lion. The update to Preview that corresponds with Lion here is the greatest change to Preview in its history. In that you can use your two-finger gestures to push photos back and forth, info is added, notes, simple editing of photos, painting, different choices for viewing images, and more have been added, Preview has a full-on great update going for it.

Full-Screen Apps

You’ll notice a new button in the upper right hand corner of many of your day to day apps – this button sends your app into full-screen mode. Once you are in full screen mode, it’s quite intuitive to use your three finger swipe up to get to Mission Control and switch between apps (and desktops). It will be a bit of time before many apps besides your basic Apple apps are able to make this move with ease, while apps like Firefox have had the ability to go fullscreen for a while, though now don’t automatically have the button until they’re actually in full-screen mode, at which time Lion is more than willing to allow you to minimize them once more.

Windows users have had similar abilities for some time now, but in that they don’t have a central unit for control as nice as Mission Control in place, I must say this seems to be the nicest solution presented thus far – multitasking ho!

Recovery Disk

For those of you who’ve ever had a big fat problem happen with your software that’s required a full wipe of your system, or for those of you that’ve inherited your computer from your kids who have moved on to greater things (like a new MacBook Air with Lion, for example,) you know that it’s rare that you’re going to want to use your original install disks of your computer’s OS, but when you do, it’s usually to trash the whole works, starting from blank. In other cases, it’s nice to go back to the point at which all of your apps were installed but there wasn’t a whole terrible mess going on with all of the Reddit pics you’ve downloaded. In either or any case, you’re going to like what’s going on in Lion.

There’s no Lion install disk, so what do you do? Lion has its own bootable recovery partition. Because of this, if you hold down option while booting up your machine you’re able to select your recovery partition and recover your system from a Time Machine backup. You’ve also got the option to reinstall Lion or run Disk Utility from here. You can also browse the web with Wi-fi using Safari in recovery mode if you’re part of a one-computer household and need to browse Q&As or help documents online to help make your computer live again. This is one of those things that should have been in place years and years ago on all operating systems, but we’re glad to see it’s arrived finally!

Will my old apps work?

You might be asking yourself if apps you’ve been using for many many years will be fully functional with this new system. The answer is: maybe. It appears that most apps that haven’t been updated since the year 2004 and before are not working the best in this new world, while essentially everything inside the past 5 years is working just fine. For a rather comprehensive look at what works and what doesn’t, head to Roaring Apps and click around a bit.

Little Things

The Red/Yellow/Green buttons in the upper-left of your windows have been sized down – not by much.

You’ve lost the ability to use three finger swipes in several apps because this function has been bogarted by the OS. You’ll have to figure out new solutions for Chrome, Reeder, and the Mac App Store if you want to keep on swiping.

One of the swipe commands you’ll more than likely not be apt to perform is the three finger and thumb pinch. You open your fingers opposite your thumb up to get into Launchpad, pinching to get out. I’ve been much more apt to click the Launchpad icon in the dock myself. Similarly, a long-hold of an app starts the whole bunch jiggling, just like in the iOS version of your apps screens, showing you they’re ready to stay or ready to go, directly to the trash bin.

Performance

The only time I’ve felt like there was a hiccup in the system here now that I’m upgraded to Lion on my newest generation MacBook Pro is when I’m attempting to use gestures to get to Mission Control or the Launchpad. While this could very well be because my fingers weren’t working correctly, but I do dare to say that gestures aren’t perfect- especially when I need four fingers to perform what one could do with a simple move and a click. The software works fine, is the compatibility with the human brain that might not match up so well.

Booting apps appears to be at least slightly quicker. The old go-to test for this is opening Photoshop, and I’m glad to say that before I updated, Photoshop (version CS4 is the one I’m using here) booted in about 30 to 40 seconds while now it’s down to about 20 or 15. Compared to 10 years ago that’s an absolute miracle. Compared to pre-Lion that’s a few extra bonus points. Furthermore moves seem swift, everything seems smooth and nice, animations appear flawless.

Wrap-Up

When I first laid eyes on the notion that Mac OS X Lion would be like iOS for desktop, I was majorly hesitant. I’m not the biggest fan of iOS, it being a system I find slightly small and limited compared to the capabilities I know my MacBook Pro here is capable of, so thinking my computer would be all app screens and one app at a time or nothing iOS business, I was certainly thinking that maybe I’d skip this version of OS X. So I asked my Google+ posse what they thought. Their responses told me that there are certainly some problems that THEY were experiencing, but that overall it’s a massively awesome system. So I took the plunge.

Now here I am using Lion and it’s quickly becoming a system I’m not sure how I could work without. Similar to the ability to move all windows out of the way given to me in Snow Leopard, my swipes will never be taken away from me lest a better solution present itself. I’m using Mission Control on the regular and LaunchPad has made me want to download a slew of new apps.

OS X Lion combines iOS and Mac OS in a way that, above all else, makes me wonder what they’re going to do to innovate on iOS when the time comes for the new iPhones and iPads to be released. It’s remained, if I may be so bold, relatively unchanged since basically the start of this Apple mobile revolution – is this combination with desktop going to show the way to a bright new iDevice mobile operating system? For now we’ve got the Lion roaring in on the Pro here in the office, and it’s going pretty well. While I was hesitant to adopt many of the new features, it quickly became apparent that the ones I didn’t want to use could be switched off and the ones I got used to I really ended up enjoying.

Ultimately the verdict is this: OS X Lion has the functions I need to do my day-to-day work as well as the abilities to drive software innovation and growth through the future. I’ll be using Mac OS X Lion for the foreseeable future.


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46 Responses to Mac OS X Lion Review

  1. I have a $15,000 Mac Pro and use it for graphics. Where does the “gesture” software help me? I use a $500 tablet and a pen for my “gestures”. It is plan to see that Apple has become a phone company writing software for children to play on the internet. Apple can go ^@$& themselves.

    • @Guest55874 – Im confused as to how YOU equal ALL of the Apple Community. Just because you spend $15,000 on a machine that has millions of capabilities and use only one of them is not a viable reason to try and pick apart Apple.

      • Honestly, I think the problem that most people are having (myself included) is the shift to pretty and simple over useful and powerful. I have stoically and prejudiciously used Macs since I knew how to use a computer, and loved it. In the past several years, however, Apple seems to be putting more emphasis on “look – you can do this with a couple fingers!” and “ooooh – look how pretty our interface is!”. I don’t think the OP is trying to “pick apart Apple”. I think he’s disappointed that they’re not dedicating their efforts to a more serious user base.

        I can sort of understand it, as their main clientele these days are rich people’s kids who want to brag about their über computers (even though they only use them for YouTube). But seriously…

        •  Apple seems to be trying to turn their computers into huge iPhones/iPads. Merging two entirely different products is a dumb move, in my opinion.
          They’re calling it “Back to the Mac”. I think a “Bring Back the Mac!” plea is in order.

      • I think he spent 5000 grand for a machine + 2000 grand for a graphics card + software. It makes total sense. It’s sad that apple is so blind with their success that they are simply ruining their image in the eyes of professionals. Their products are now all about “do it with a finger, two fingers” etc. They claim to be the most advanced OS… that’s a big fat bulls.ht, as well as Apple’s new Final Cut Studio – that was a big spit on the eyes of all professional video editors. 

      • I think he spent 5000 grand for a machine + 2000 grand for a graphics card + software. It makes total sense. It’s sad that apple is so blind with their success that they are simply ruining their image in the eyes of professionals. Their products are now all about “do it with a finger, two fingers” etc. They claim to be the most advanced OS… that’s a big fat bulls.ht, as well as Apple’s new Final Cut Studio – that was a big spit on the eyes of all professional video editors. 

      • I think he spent 5000 grand for a machine + 2000 grand for a graphics card + software. It makes total sense. It’s sad that apple is so blind with their success that they are simply ruining their image in the eyes of professionals. Their products are now all about “do it with a finger, two fingers” etc. They claim to be the most advanced OS… that’s a big fat bulls.ht, as well as Apple’s new Final Cut Studio – that was a big spit on the eyes of all professional video editors. 

    • You are obviously in the minority in the way that you use your equipment, so it’s not good business sense to make OS’s for that market…… and you already have gestures with your tablet, so stop trolling lol

    • Have you even tried to install Lion or are you just unimpressed with the new features they are raving about? I too use my Mac (and Wacom pad) for graphics and I an not sure if I want to try Lion after all the bad press…

  2. To me it just seems like Apple is trying to move everyone to a world where you can only install apps on your mac that came from the Apple App store!

  3. I’ve used Macs since 1986 and I’m deeply unimpressed with Lion; flash over substance. In particular, I can no longer run a number of my most useful programs, hence making my computing life considerably harder. Apple have systematically moved away from high-end computing, such as the demise of Xserve, and have focused all their attention on mobile devices. I understand that this is where the money is, but they have abandoned those of us who use Macs for scientific computing. Lion is another step toward this. Sad.

  4. Installed lion Friday and Safari is worse than the old windows vista…Slow is an understatement   Oh to have leopard back….not worth the $30 dollars….To bad Steve…

  5. I don’t know what people are complaining about – I have a macbook and it’s faster than EVER after Lion!! All my gestures work like a charm via trackpad or magic mouse. All my apps are up to date and all works fine. I am actually Loving the gestures, using the mouse and/or trackpad the “microsoft way” was totally unnatural and caused major wrist pain. Lion roars!!

    • That literally makes no sense at all. Microsoft makes the OS, not the hardware. While it’s true there are no multiple finger gestures, using a track pad on a Dell computer vs. a pre-Lion Mac is roughly the same. 10s of millions prefer to use a mouse and keyboard over a track pad no matter what OS you are using!

      • Dell basically sucks.  I am a lifelong Windows person and a former software consultant, but I could never envision wanting to use a mouse and keyboard over the Macbook pro track pad with its most useful functionality unless, of course, I want to make my life more difficult.  No comparison between a Dell with a mouse and keyboard and a Macbook Pro running Leopard/Lion and its track pad.  None at all.  The latter destroys the former.

  6. There have been numerous reports of existing external HDD’s used around the planet in Time Machine on MAC’s no longer work with LION… This is actually WORSE than we think….I got a note from the Seagate folks this morning telling me my 1.5 tb Free Agent Desk model would probably NOT work on
    LION and that they had no intention of fixing them. So now on top of every thing else, the HHD makers are telling us to buzz off too??

    WTF?

    Any hints on a way around this OR do I either just stick where I am now with Snow Leopard or pay 3-times too much for a ANOTHER APPLE device????

  7. There have been numerous reports of existing external HDD’s used around the planet in Time Machine on MAC’s no longer work with LION… This is actually WORSE than we think….I got a note from the Seagate folks this morning telling me my 1.5 tb Free Agent Desk model would probably NOT work on
    LION and that they had no intention of fixing them. So now on top of every thing else, the HHD makers are telling us to buzz off too??

    WTF?

    Any hints on a way around this OR do I either just stick where I am now with Snow Leopard or pay 3-times too much for a ANOTHER APPLE device????

    • Yeah right, an external HD that can’t be formatted with Lion. You need a driver for using disks from Seagate? I don’t think so.
      And if not, there should be no problem.

  8. With my 5-day old installed Lion, I have found that when I open my MacBook Pro Intel… my WiFi does not recognize what it has always recognized here in my home. I have a Time Machine through which the Internet is delivered to my Mac, and everything about it has always worked perfectly. I can only attribute this to OS X Lion. Anyone else?

  9. I absolutely love Lion. It’s the best OS I ever used. 

    BUT: Lion turns out to be quite dangerous. And this is not Lions fault, but mine…
    After roughly one week using Lion on my personal MBP at home, I went to the office and already got into the habit to not save documents on my Win7 machine, and to carelessly save changes, that should not have been made..

    Lion is great, but if you have to life in both worlds: Life’s getting actually a little bit more complicated.

  10. On my old leopard my mac was ready to work 25seconds after I turned on, now I counted more than 1 minute.
    The other thing is that my mindmanager does not work well anymore, I called Mindet, and they told me they were working to fix that problem, they estimate to have it solved in the midle of August.I need to work with Mindmanager, how can I return to Leopard?

    • You probably need to fix the permissions.  Use a tool link Onyx to fix your new OS files and remove old cache … etc.

      http://www.titanium.free.fr/

      I hoped that you backed up your old OS prior to updating to Lion, so you can go back.  I always save a copy either via Time Machine or Carbon Copy Cloner,

  11. Lion is the absolute worst operating system I have ever used in my life. It is so sluggish and buggy on my Mid-2010 i5 15″ MBP 4GB I cannot even run iTunes and Lightroom at the same time without the music skipping when I am moving the sliders in Lightroom. Everything runs slower, Firefox takes 10+ seconds to load, Boot takes over a minute every time, not all of the same gestures that were in Snow Leopard are offered in Lion…I could go on forever. After the first hour of use I knew I was downgrading to Snow Leopard ASAP. I stuck it out a week to be fair, and it is still the worst operating system I have ever used. I had Windows ME for 6 years.

    • I don’t have any of your problems on MBP 2007 2.2ghz merom and 15″ display supported by the Geforce 8600m GT 128MB. iTunes never skip even if I’m running Photoshop, Lightroom, full screen 720p video on 2 displays ( I have one external 1600 x 900 display).

      Did you run Lion in 64 bit mode then? That takes more memory. Didn’t you know that? I’m running in 32bit mode and have 6gb of RAM. 4gb is way too little.

      I’d say you have too little RAM — 4gb is nothing — and probably too slow disk as well.

  12. Hey Guys 
    In my own personal opinion i do not like lion that much as my programs u can’t use as it is not supported yet.
    Also i find it really laggy and safari takes for ever to load a page.
    They need to fix these problems or everyone will try and revert back to snow leopard as i know a way to do it

  13. “One small snag…if you’re using an older router for your internet connection…”  This is a SMALL snag!?  If it connects to the internet it connects, why the hell would the age of the router matter?  How “old” is old?  This seems like it’d be a pretty severe hangup for potentially many many users, especially how there’s already been reports of people having lots of issues with downloads and installs.  So far it seems Lion is the Vista of Mac

  14. I  hate the Lion, and want my snow leopard back!  I hate the way it arranges my files now, my You Tube Grabber will not work, and I had how my pictures open. . . . .

  15. Is it just me or is the multiple desktops thing just spaces with a new dress on? The author talks about using it the same way I’ve been using spaces for years.

    Some interesting new features, but as someone who has never liked trackpads and wasn’t a big fan of the iPhone, I’m not sure it’s worth the grief. It seems this release is aimed specifically at mobile computing, and hasn’t added too many hooks for those of us trapped behind a desk.

    I think I’ll follow my usual rule and wait for the .3 release…

  16. My experiences with OS X Lion have been horrible. On my year old Powerbook laptop it basically has slowed my ability to do things down to a crawl. Add onto that issue the fact that it freezes my system up indefinitely with the spinning circle icon (with no way to escape out!) until I do a hard reboot and OS X Lion has basically ruined my laptop for any of the work I need to do on it. Thanks for this piece of garbage OS update Apple… I am starting to think that Apple is practicing forced obsolescence on its computers.

  17. Wow, after reading this article I was just about to upgrade to Lion… but after reading all the reviews I think I’ll stick with my Snow Leopard… just too may bad reviews to consider switching to Lion just yet.  Maybe I’ll wait till a newer version comes out. 

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