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  • "Power & Magic:" What's in the Lion Dev Preview


    Apple released the developer preview of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion yesterday, giving the first peek of what's to come on the Mac. With iOS-like UI design, easier file sharing and system-wide AutoSave with file versioning, as well as a fundamental rethinking of file management and application control, the eighth major revision to Apple's desktop OS will be the most significant upgrade since Tiger was released back in 2005. Lion will be available this summer, but registered Mac Developer Program members can download the preview now.

    When Steve Jobs announced Lion last fall, he said it would "combine the power of Mac OS X with the magic of iPad." And, as expected, the interface design borrows a lot of elements from iOS. The Mail widescreen layout looks very much like Mail.app on the iPad, finally bringing the popular side-by-side view to the desktop. The new "Launchpad" view lets users launch apps as they would on iOS, selecting from a Springboard-like grid of icons. Apple has even reversed the direction of scrolling to match iOS: now, when you do a two-finger swipe down on a trackpad, the screen moves down - in the direction of your fingers - rather than up, as it does in current versions of Mac OS X. It even makes a "rubber-band" visual effect when you get to the bottom of the screen. So it's clear Apple's really trying to leverage iOS popularity here.

    It's far more than a graphical makeover, though, as Apple has made subtle but significant shifts to fundamental activities like saving files and quitting programs in Lion. Auto Save will be implemented on all 10.7-compatible apps, allowing all open documents to be automatically saved as changes are made. Documents can be locked to prevent accidentally overwriting data, and will be "auto-locked" if they haven't been opened in two weeks. A very interesting new development is the Versions feature: Lion will save snapshots of your documents every hour they are open, and let you browse through previous versions and restore them using a Time Machine-style interface.

    Also, the command-Q shortcut will apparently be joining command-S in the Trash Can of history with Lion's Resume feature. In addition to auto-save of documents, Lion now auto-saves program states, meaning that when you come back to a program after you log out or reboot, the windows will all be in the exact same state you left them in. The "glowing dot" indicator on the Dock is gone in Mac OS X 10.7, underscoring graphically the basic concept that - from the user perspective - there's no difference between running and non-running applications. There are just different workspaces that you switch between, in regular windows or with the new Lion full-screen interface (another iOS feature making its way to the Mac).

    There's a host of other productivity and functionality improvements. Application sandboxing means that malware will have a harder time gaining control of your system through security holes in programs. AirDrop lets you copy files to other Lion machines over the network, dropping them in the destination Mac's Download folder. You can now switch between different online accounts for Mail, iCal, Address Book and Chat - a boon for people like me with the same computer for work and personal use - using a new "Internet Accounts" preferences pane. The Finder is completely written and sports a new iTunes-like interface that automagically groups files by type. And OS X Server is now bundled with the desktop OS, rather than being a separate product as it is now. With new file-sharing and profile management tools for iDevices, it's likely that many home users as well as businesses will find themselves running Lion servers.

    In a break with traditional distribution methods, the developer preview is available through the Mac App Store rather than by download or DVD. The process has been rocky, however: numerous developers have said they could not download the preview during high utilization periods. Some have also reported that they were unable to continue downloads that had been interrupted. While some of these problems are to be expected, it raises concerns if Apple is to switch to an App-Store-only model of distributing upgrades. Will this mean that you need Mac OS X 10.6.6 to upgrade to Lion? Apple has so far not responded to requests for comment.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: "Power & Magic:" What's in the Lion Dev Preview started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 68 Comments
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Before I go and download it, can you dual boot (or triple boot) Snow Leopard, Lion and Windows on a Mac?
      If I just partition a few GB's for Lion can I have all three installed.
    1. LittleJob's Avatar
      LittleJob -
      Quote Originally Posted by GmAz View Post
      Sounds like a step in the wrong direction. I'd be pretty pissed if I had a desktop OS that looked and felt like iOS. I dunno, it sounds like Apple is dumbing their **** down so much its less than useful.
      if you watch the video they got out now....its an option to bring up that menu to look like the ios...

      its just not always there..
    1. tom3k's Avatar
      tom3k -
      i think that xzibit was on the dev team for it though. only way i can explain "mission control". "yo dawg, i heard you like window management, so i put your mission control inside your expose inside your spaces on your dashboard for your desktop so you can manage while you manage while managing your management"

      OH AND BTW>>>> i am looking for a friend to help me out with getting back in the developer program, i never renewed mine after the 3gs ios beta release debacle, perhaps someone is feeling generous enough to help a fellow fan boy out. would love to pull this down and at least throw it on one of my macs.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Before I go and download it, can you dual boot (or triple boot) Snow Leopard, Lion and Windows on a Mac?
      If I just partition a few GB's for Lion can I have all three installed.
      The closest thing I could find on that is here
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      The closest thing I could find on that is here
      Thanks for that. Sure I'll create a 20GB Partition anywho and see if holding 'option' on boot allows me to choose between the three.
      Gonna backup via TimeMachine just to be safe tho
    1. dennder's Avatar
      dennder -
      Will download it today a due testing over the weekend on my mid'09 15" MPB, but this iOS integration and more "dumb-user" settings like auto-autosave push my balls hard. I want to be capable to ENABLE features i want, not disable those i don't...
      This might pretty much end up with Snow Leo as my last Apple OS on my macs and... welcome debian-testing, maybe LMDE. Sigh...
    1. mustard05's Avatar
      mustard05 -
      Hey guys, would any of you run Lion over your current OS. Like an upgrade? I know it's a beta but I am considering trying it. I have plenty of time machine backups and all of my important info is stored on a network drive si I'm not to worried about loosing any info . Any opinions would be helpful.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Thanks for that. Sure I'll create a 20GB Partition anywho and see if holding 'option' on boot allows me to choose between the three.
      Gonna backup via TimeMachine just to be safe tho
      Sweet, let me know how it goes! I may do the same thing.
    1. JerseyScottie's Avatar
      JerseyScottie -
      hey look a mouse that has the same concept as the click wheel... you can put icons on your desktop and create folders...where have i seen this all before..oh yeah windows from the get go.
    1. Raindrop's Avatar
      Raindrop -
      Got the beta, nothing wrong with it!
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      Quote Originally Posted by hacktarded1 View Post
      I can certainly understand why some people would be upset by these changes as Apple has always been for what I would consider "true computer junkies" who have a much broader knowledge base about computing in general and who are more likely to use a computer for much more complicated tasks than the typical Windows/PC user. And many of you see this Lion software "upgrade" as a move towards the over simplification or "dumbing down" of computer software in general.

      That being said, the very reason Apple's stock has shot through the roof is the simplicity and intelligent design of the iOS ecosystem built in to the iPhone and iPad. My 3 year old son can start up the iPad, navigate a few pages over to his favorite Thomas the Train game and play it all by himself for hours on end. HE'S 3 YEARS OLD!

      I'm sorry, but that's brilliant! Apple has succesfully created a computer software interface for people who were previously too inexperienced or intimidated by computers to use. This is the very reason they have become such a successful and highly sought after product.

      It only makes sense for Apple (as a company that is ultimately responsible to it's share holders) to redesign their laptop and desktop software programs to be just as accessible! This type of usability or as some of you are calling it "dumbing down" is exactly what Apple needs to do to completely take over the laptop market!

      I respect that some of you who are more computer savvy would be upset about this, but frankly, in the eyes of Apple, it's more important for them to appeal to the masses of less tech savy people (because there are A LOT more of them than there are of you), than it is for them to continue to be popular with the smaller group of "power users" who are disappointed by this change.

      Mark my words, Lion is going to move Apple to the front of the pack of the entire computing world (just like they already are for smart phones and tablets), which is EXACTLY why they are doing this. They aren't concerned about losing a few "power users" (because where are you gonna go? what else is out there that is much better?). What they're concerned about is broadening their appeal to the masses (because that's where the money that they don't currently have in desktop and laptop market is).

      I for one am looking forward to this change and will likely be compelled to finally purchase a Mac based computer.

      That's my 2 cents on it...... well maybe more like 50 cents, so keep the change.
      Agree in every aspect, good point!
    1. h2a's Avatar
      h2a -
      Quote Originally Posted by mustard05 View Post
      Hey guys, would any of you run Lion over your current OS. Like an upgrade? I know it's a beta but I am considering trying it. I have plenty of time machine backups and all of my important info is stored on a network drive si I'm not to worried about loosing any info . Any opinions would be helpful.
      i installed it on top of my main system after testing it out on its own for a bit and i haven't had any issues other than ModMyI being extremely slow on safari. i don't rely on my machine to make money, so any small inconveniences that come up, i'm prepared to deal with.

      Quote Originally Posted by JerseyScottie View Post
      hey look a mouse that has the same concept as the click wheel... you can put icons on your desktop and create folders...where have i seen this all before..oh yeah windows from the get go.
      really? i don't even understand what you're talking about in regards to a mouse, and Mac OS came before windows, and has always had icons and folders. go troll your *** somewhere else.
    1. ceris7356's Avatar
      ceris7356 -
      I wanna install over my main but what about apps?. Anyone had problems using old app?
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      Sweet, let me know how it goes! I may do the same thing.
      Work fine. Just used Disk Utility to resize my current Mac OS X partition and then created a new partition with that free space. Booted to the Lion DVD and installed as normal selecting the new partition as the install location.

      Before playing with Lion, if you had asked me if I thought Apple would make a touch screen laptop or desktop I'd have said no way. But now I'm not so sure. The inverted Scrolling (annoyed me), the bounciness in Safari, Launch Pad & iOS style folders, Mission Control (which is just Exposť's "Show All Windows option") default Dashboard (which I dislike alot, I prefer the current Dashboard where you can see behind it. Atleast its still an option) all make me lean towards the opinion that we could very well see an iMac Touch this year.
      Maybe some digging in the system files will uncover something?
      Overall I'm not hugely impressed yet. But I'm sure once I play more and tweak things to my liking I'll be more impressed. Not gonna replace SnowLeopard with this Lion beta just yet though.

      Actually might make a virtual machine of it and run it in Vmware Fusion.
    1. JerseyScottie's Avatar
      JerseyScottie -
      Quote Originally Posted by h2a View Post
      i installed it on top of my main system after testing it out on its own for a bit and i haven't had any issues other than ModMyI being extremely slow on safari. i don't rely on my machine to make money, so any small inconveniences that come up, i'm prepared to deal with.



      really? i don't even understand what you're talking about in regards to a mouse, and Mac OS came before windows, and has always had icons and folders. go troll your *** somewhere else.
      apple is making a big deal of having icons on your desktop that you can put into folders.. the 1980s called
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by JerseyScottie View Post
      apple is making a big deal of having icons on your desktop that you can put into folders.. the 1980s called
      Must be a Jersey thing....
    1. ceris7356's Avatar
      ceris7356 -
      Only real problem I am having right now is that sometimes the dock will quit randomly and when using launchpad sometimes the background will be all grey and messed up or it will cause my display to go all pixely and messed up. I have to restart to fix that. Other than that no problem at all
    1. ty22's Avatar
      ty22 -
      I hate this. These concepts feel like they are going to be screwing with my files etc without my permission. Leave my Mac OS, Mac OS. I don't know what I will do if changes like this keep coming. I could never go to windows (yuck!!!!) and I can't use Linux because of the lack of developer support. And I just cant not update and stay on an outdated OS forever. UGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Update: Installing on Vmware Fusion doesn't seem to work
      If anyone figures it out let us know.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Work fine. Just used Disk Utility to resize my current Mac OS X partition and then created a new partition with that free space. Booted to the Lion DVD and installed as normal selecting the new partition as the install location.

      Before playing with Lion, if you had asked me if I thought Apple would make a touch screen laptop or desktop I'd have said no way. But now I'm not so sure. The inverted Scrolling (annoyed me), the bounciness in Safari, Launch Pad & iOS style folders, Mission Control (which is just Exposť's "Show All Windows option") default Dashboard (which I dislike alot, I prefer the current Dashboard where you can see behind it. Atleast its still an option) all make me lean towards the opinion that we could very well see an iMac Touch this year.
      Maybe some digging in the system files will uncover something?
      Overall I'm not hugely impressed yet. But I'm sure once I play more and tweak things to my liking I'll be more impressed. Not gonna replace SnowLeopard with this Lion beta just yet though.

      Actually might make a virtual machine of it and run it in Vmware Fusion.
      I just changed the scrolling gesture, now its normal. I don't like everything that's in here, but most of it is pretty useful.