Early thoughts on Lion, Launchpad and Logic

The new Apple operating system, Lion, was released last week and I volunteered to be the test pilot for our house. At first, I wasn’t that fussed about it but gradually, the more I use it, the more I notice, and there are some bits and bobs that have caught my attention. Here are five of them:

  1. Natural scrolling. I turned off the natural scrolling straight away. They can call it natural all they like, but it doesn’t feel natural to me. Thankfully, this is something they give you a preference option for, so it was easy to switch back.
  2. Missing buttons. I was busy editing a podcast and thought I was going crazy when I kept moving my mouse in search of some left and right buttons on the scrollbar and they weren’t there. After too many muscle memory moments, I checked with Mr C and he quickly ascertained that I wasn’t mad, they were gone. I hadn’t even updated the software but lo and behold, something had been changed without telling me.
    Apparently, the idea is that everything in Lion is geared towards gestures on the trackpad, so who needs buttons when you can swipe two fingers left or right? I can’t stand the trackpad.
  3. Autosave. At first, I was mildly concerned about the concept of autosaving. It’s been gradually more prevalent in software, but usually with the control still ultimately resting with the user to save. The way it has been done in Lion seems interesting, and it’s not that often I need to go back on a version anyway, so I can’t see it being a huge problem. It does annoy me that sometimes a document can be a bit sticky as it’s working out where it is in terms of saving, and I opened up something that said it was locked because I hadn’t used it for two weeks. Like it’s my operating software’s business how often I open my files.
  4. Launchpad. I do love the new little Launchpad icon. It’s like a Windows Start button but for my Mac. That is something I’ve missed since switching, and having it right back is excellent. Accessing the Applications folder at the click of a button is brillo, although it may take me a while to organise the stuff within it into groups I like.
  5. Little upgrades. There are nice little features tucked away that don’t get shouted about, like the way folders unfurl when you open them within finder, or the preview that appears when you search for something in Spotlight. Any way of making Spotlight more useful is good in my book.

Plenty more still to learn, I’m sure, and I envisage getting angry and being pleasantly surprised in equal measures as I continue to uncover new stuff. For now, it’s a pretty smooth transition to Lion, but I do think the heavy emphasis on gestures is going to get annoying.

6 thoughts on “Early thoughts on Lion, Launchpad and Logic

  1. I’ve downloaded Lion, but not had a chance to install (parents are visiting!)

    Interestingly, I *only* use the trackpad so will be keen to see how that works out. But I can’t remember the last time I had to find an arrow to click on to move the contents of the window around. And as for natural scrolling, I think it depends on whether you see it as moving the window frame to see more of the view, or grabbing the universe outside the window and moving it around 🙂

  2. I’m going to upgrade to Lion on my MacBook but hold off on the iMac for now. The new features seem better suited to a laptop.

    Besides, upgrading the iMac will prevent me from using Indesign CS2 (a PowerPC application, and although most publishing companies have gone up to 4 or 5, as a freelancer you never know when you might get ‘the call’). I have CS4 as well, and my reservation here is that the absurd antipathy between Apple and Adobe will manifest itself in mischief at an inopportune moment.

    And Civ3 is a PowerPC application too…

  3. But I can’t remember the last time I had to find an arrow to click on to move the contents of the window around

    I can’t think of anything else I’d use it on, except perhaps a spreadsheet. I like that a button click moves a certain small distance along a wave-form, smaller than the general click on a scrollbar.

    I tried gesturing and it’s nowhere near as accurate, I ended up back about ten minutes, instead of the one second I was hoping for. Even if I practised, I can’t see that gesturing is ever going to be as accurate as a defined button click.

    Also, most of my annoyance comes from the fact that it disappeared from under me without warning because I changed my operating system, not the software. Not a fan of that.

  4. I have CS4 as well, and my reservation here is that the absurd antipathy between Apple and Adobe will manifest itself in mischief at an inopportune moment.

    That is always a worry. I have managed to steer clear of most things Adobe. Mr C is not so lucky!

  5. impressed that people can rely solely on the trackpad.

    the absurd antipathy between Apple and Adobe will manifest itself in mischief at an inopportune moment

    quite a few issues: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/905/cpsid_90508.html

    Even if I practised, I can’t see that gesturing is ever going to be as accurate as a defined button click.

    it is big problem in logic, i think they must’ve forget to test that app on lion. or simply don’t care enough about it to give a stuff.

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