Review: Mac OS X Lion

After having installed Mac OS X Lion, I am fairly impressed with some of the some of the features they have included.  The upgrade process could not have been easier.  The download, was a little slow but that is what should be expected with a 3.49 GB file to download.  Once you have the software, it is just a matter of launching it like a typical app and a few clicks.  The computer will reboot to actually perform the installation, which took about 35-40 minutes.

Having worked with it throughout the day, I have yet to encounter any major problems with my Canon mp560 Printer or any Applications that I use.  I am a little disheartened that they still have not included a way to share a printer as an AirPrint printer for iOS devices.

There are many things that Apple did include to improve on the overall user experience.  Below is a list of the features that I have worked with so far and what I think of them.

1)  Gestures

The addition of several multi-touch gestures is a welcome addition.  It adds speed to pretty much every task.  There will be a bit of a learning curve for me to get used to the three-fingered+thumb pinch to open the Launch Pad, but none the less, a welcome addition.

I am however thrown off because the three-fingered left/right swipe no longer works with Google Chrome to move forward or backward a page.  I used this all the time.  Hopefully an update to Google Chrome is in the works that will correct this.

2)  Launch Pad

This new feature has iOS written all over it as is allows quick access to your applications using the same gestures and folders used in iOS.  I personally think it drastically improves access to your applications.

3)  Full Screen Apps

This is one I have not been able to grasp it’s necessity yet, but in time, maybe.  It is nice to be able to use up as much of the screen when using an app as possible, but because of how I have resized my windows, I don’t notice much of a difference.

4)  Mission Control

This could definitely come in handy for switching between applications by using a visual representation instead of the application icon you get when switching with command+tab.  Three-fingers up is all it takes to access this.

5)  Mail

There are apparently quite a few improvements to the app, but I did not use it much before to really tell the difference.  There does seem to be some improvement in the app compared to before, but I can’t quite place my finger on what that really is.

These were the main differences that I noticed today while working with it.  I am sure more will surface over time since there are apparently over 250 improvements.  All in all, I am pretty happy having only spent $29.99 on what is considered an operating system upgrade.  It was the least painful process I have ever experienced with an upgrade.  Microsoft could definitely take some pointers from Apple on how to improve their upgrades.






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