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Lion - Day 5

July 25, 2011 - Dave Hecei
Lion – Day 5

Hits and Misses

So far I have to say that Lion, for me, is a hit. I have loaded up my MBP with most of the essentials and I have yet to run into a major problem. But then most of my software was found on the Mac App Store, which I am sure is as up-to-date as possible. The only thing that doesn't work that I am disappointed about is Office 2004. Of course I don't have to have Office, but it allows me to be more compatible with files from work.

In the interim, I have been using Open Office 3.3.0 for Mac and iWork '09. These allow me to be pretty much MS Office compatible. I also have loaded up Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, Adobe Premiere Elements 9, and Photoshop Elements 9. These all run great and have not had any problem.

All the standard OS X Apps are great. Since I was able to make Apple Mail look like the old version I have been very happy with it. At the moment it is only doing my MobileMe account. I have yet to try it on a POP3 account or a Gmail account. I don't expect to run into any problems.

Now we can get on with the fun stuff. Gestures are really big in Lion. It takes a bit to get used to all the things you can do, plus a little bit more coordination. After loading Lion, the defaults for some features are different. The biggest is scrolling. Before Lion, and we are talking several years of scrolling enabled track pads and even more for scroll-wheel mice, you moved down and the page scrolled down.

In Lion, moving two fingers down actually moves the page up. The other change is moving around in Safari, or any web browser. Before Lion you used three fingers swiping left to go back and right to go forward a page. In Lion you only use two fingers. But this move also scrolls left or right if the page is too big to fit horizontally in the window. It all works very well, but it takes a few days to get used to it. I still occasionally swipe back with three fingers, which of course brings up Dashboard and my Widgets.

For the other fun stuff in Lion, the only thing that I am actually using is LaunchPad. I kind of like this a whole lot better than the Dock, which after a certain number of icons really gets to be too small. LaunchPad might be a bit too iPad/iPhone-esque for some, but being an iPad owner I do like it.

For the most part, I don't do production on this Mac yet. This is just my personal travel computer that I use for just this sort of thing – testing and playing with new stuff. If this Mac was important for producing publications or time-critical video or web content, I probably would of not installed Lion on it. There is no crucial reason to install Lion. There is nothing out there that will only run in Lion, that I know of. If you want to play with Lion you can always install it on an external drive and then you would have a dual-boot system – one where you can boot into either Lion or Snow Leopard. Then you would have the best of both worlds – an OS for work, and one for play.


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