I downloaded Lion for MacBook Pro yesterday.

•••I love how they’ve implemented more “gestures” on the touchpad: Mission Control, right-swipe to Dashboard, and the up/down reverse (which takes some getting used to, but makes it feel more tactile, like you’re manipulating e-paper).

•••I like how they’ve modernized some of the regular interfaces, like the login-screen (and made it fit my head perfectly).

•••Love how the new Mail follows conversations like iOS does (and they didn’t do that sooner because…?).

•••And little things like changing “Turn AirPort On/Off” to “Turn Wi-Fi On/Off.” While AirPort was original, it was like trying to rename an already established colloquialism.

Expect a wait: 3.6Gb download took under 10-min at my office, but *much* longer for some of my friends abroad. Took about 30-min to install, and Mail took about 5-min to re-archive. But the whole process was simple, and smooth (downloaded straight from AppStore).

Two thumbs up from me, and further proof to all unbelievers that Apple does do it best. ch:



Johannes · 21 Jul ’11 at 8:27 am

Hey Chris,
did you check wether Logic Studio or Protools are able to run under OSX Lion?

    Christopher Hopper · 21 Jul ’11 at 10:35 am

    Yes. Logic 9 and up run; ProTools LE runs, but not regular (I have to imagine they’ll release an update soon). Check roaringapps.com

Laurie Steffan · 21 Jul ’11 at 1:02 pm

I’m glad to hear you liked it! I almost downloaded it yesterday but I read the reviews and they were mixed. I have a 2yr old Mac desktop computer, 2 ipads, and my son has a Mac book pro that we just purchased. Some of the reviews stated that their computers are running slower with lion. I thought maybe this is because their computers are older? Chris- is lion for the ipad too? Sorry if that sounds stupid…I’m still learning about my apple products. I love them all. I wasn’t sure if I should download it or not…maybe I will now after reading your review. Thanks for the review!! God Bless!

    Christopher Hopper · 21 Jul ’11 at 1:57 pm

    Hi Laurie! I was always taught that the only dumb questions are the ones we don’t ask. So you’re good to go! 🙂

    Lion is only for desktop and laptop devices (MacBooks, MacAirs, iMacs, MacPros, etc). iPad functions on its own OS, as does iPhone (iOS).

    I’m sure there is a mixture of reports as is expected with any new release. With Apple, you can be fairly certain they;ve done their homework before something is released, and it’s safe. (The put a lot of weight on reliability in their brand). If anything, my computer is running slightly faster today!

    I haven’t encountered any negatives to speak of with the OS at present. I’ll add updates to this post if I do.

Shane Deal · 21 Jul ’11 at 2:37 pm

I like it. My computer is running noticeably faster then it did with Snow Leopard. Which I’m very thankful for. A few minor annoyances, like I can’t seem to connect via VNC in quite the same way, havn’t figured that out yet. But overall it’s great! I like that I can install additional text-to-speech voices. 🙂

    Christopher Hopper · 21 Jul ’11 at 4:31 pm

    Haven’t used VNC once I moved to laptop which is always with me. What do you use it for?

Shane Deal · 21 Jul ’11 at 4:21 pm

Although, I can’t say I like losing the ability to run PPC programs.

    Christopher Hopper · 21 Jul ’11 at 4:31 pm

    The only PPC app I’ve lost in Word 2004. But I have 2011, and I’m using InDesign more now.

    What apps have you lost access to?

Shane Deal · 21 Jul ’11 at 5:33 pm

I used VNC with my iPhone to check the progress of things like video conversion when I’m not in the room. 🙂 As for the apps I’ve lost access to, two MIDI programs, and ironically, my computer’s VNC client.

Ted · 22 Jul ’11 at 11:01 am

Hey Chris,
What is this “lamp” that you mentioned in your title? I upgraded to Lion last night and for the life of me can’t seem to find it. Is it a new feature?

    Christopher Hopper · 22 Jul ’11 at 11:09 am

    Ted: man, my bad to mislead you! It’s a random movie-trivia line from Will Farrell’s “Anchor Man.” Which–oddly enough–I didn’t like the movie, nor do I recommend it, but there was one line, “I love lamp,” that has become a family joke. Just slips out sometimes, and in this case, on my blog title. lol My bad!

      Ted · 22 Jul ’11 at 11:10 am

      Ha ha, ok. now i feel dumb. The thing that caught me was the picture of your login screen. Is that just a creative photoshop job?

        Christopher Hopper · 22 Jul ’11 at 1:07 pm

        Ha ha…that’s actually the lights in my office. 🙂

Ted · 22 Jul ’11 at 11:12 am

Now i see it was probably just a photo of your screen, heh. Wouldn’t “Lamp” be a great app where it dims your screen in a creative way with random low lights graphics. We should pitch that one…

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