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MacOS X Lion released with plenty of useful/less stuff

Thursday, July 21st, 2011 by Servage

Yesterday Apple released their newest operating system MacOS X Lion, sticking with yet another cat name in their operating system’s X-era. Is it just me, or are there others out there, wondering when it changes the prefix? Anyway, it’s an update from the old system Snow Leopard, with a whole lot of new stuff to explore. Some of it is really cool, innovative and useful. Some is not. Either way, it’s a a good upgrade, and definitely worth the price of USD 29.

Autosave and┬áVersions. In my opinion this is the best new feature, with the largest potential. Basically apps can now save content automatically, and afterwards you can browse through earlier versions of your files. Like Time Machine for individual files. This improvement will surely assist users in avoiding data loss. So far, this feature is implemented mostly by Apple apps, but I’m sure other developers will integrate quickly.

Mission Control is an improved Spaces, giving more overview and control over your current apps.

Full-screen apps are supposed to be used more and more according to Apple. Thereby users can leverage their entire screen more, when inside the sphere of a single app. It will be interesting to see if and how other developers will use these capabilities.

Multitouch has ben improved and integrated system-wide. This will mostly be good news for laptop users, but also for the rising amount of people that have trackpads for their desktop systems. However, what I would really want to see, is a multitouch screen for laptops and desktops.

Launchpad is an attempt to make the Mac more iOS like, with a easy way of browsing and starting apps. The further integration of the Mac App Store, and an increasing amount of desktop apps, will definitely move in that direction. I would love to see developers offer their products platform-wide, so we don’t need to by individual iOS and MacOS versions.

Resume can remember the state of your system after a restart, so you don’t have to open all apps and windows again – like what already worked when putting the computer to sleep.

Airdrop enables easy file sharing over WIFI. Anyone can drop stuff onto your Mac. Nice.

Mail has been improved. I think the biggest advantage is the horizontal division of the interface, like in Outlook.

There are over 250 new features in Lion. Check them all out here.

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Good points.

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