10 Lion Bugs We Wish Apple Would Squash

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wordzenpix

I've noticed my wifi signal strength coming and going. iStumblr disagrees with Airport's indicated signal strength. Lion overall has gotten slower and slower and glitchier. Mac Mail is almost not worth using. Decides to download new mail when it feels like it. No amount of clicking will start it. Anybody finding solutions short of going back to SL. iPhoto '11 is terrible, the slowest iteration I've used, and I've got an 8-core Mac Pro.

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JanetMermaid

1. Drag and Drop seems to not work at all. It failed when I tried to drag from iPhoto into a folder. After several tries I gave up and used Export. It also failed when I tried to drag from a folder to the desktop.

2. I have had no luck with the mail search program. I have searched To and From addresses as well as specific content (such as a word in the Subject) but consistently get zero matches. I end up trying to remember the closest date to the email then scrolling slowly through the entire Inbox.

WISH LIST:

The one thing I truly wish Apple would do is create a path between mail and the Address Book. I want to select all the email addresses in the To or CC fields then do a Create Address Group option. The only way now is to individually save each address to the Address Book then go to the Address Book, create a Group, and drag all the emails into the Group. Slow, tedious, frustrating.

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JanetMermaid

1. Drag and Drop seems to not work at all. It failed when I tried to drag from iPhoto into a folder. After several tries I gave up and used Export.

2. I have had no luck with the mail search program. I have searched To and From addresses as well as specific content (such as a word in the Subject) but consistently get zero matches. I end up trying to remember the closest date to the email then scrolling slowly through the entire Inbox.

WISH LIST:

The one thing I truly wish Apple would do is create a path between mail and the Address Book. I want to select all the email addresses in the To or CC fields then do a Create Address Group option. The only way now is to individually save each address to the Address Book then go to the Address Book, create a Group, and drag all the emails into the Group. Slow, tedious, frustrating.

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billyjo316

In the history of apple to me this is the first time i dont want to upgrade. All the problems are not small but major ones and this is just not lion, Final cut x SUCKS compared to seven and motion 5 is so choppy its name alone is a lie. also what the hell is the delay with icloud. ITs like apple is imploding. I have not been very impressed lately and im very worried. I hate pcs but im getting flash back of pc nightmares with all this. Please apple listen to these people and the magazines that are in your name and fix these bugs and problems. There is nothing worse then reading a seven page article in a magazine titled "how to make lion run like Leopard" Or " Make Final cut x run Like Seven" If articles like these are running and people are attempting to do these things then there is a major problem. It should Be "Make Leopard run like lion" not the other way around. Im not running out yet but apple better wake up soon or there going to loose big time. Billyjo316

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taohinton

Firstly, I've no desire to get drawn into the whole Macs vs PCs merry-go-round, and no desire to demonise or heroicise either side ;)

That said, in the past I've always had a pretty good experience with Macs. Lion, however, appears to still be in its teething stage. A number of problems have already popped-up:

1) Does not allow me to add users for file permissions. The window opens, I make a selection - any selection - press OK and… nothing happens.
2) Does not allow me to designate a user as the owner of a file. In fact all the options from the cogwheel (in the Sharing & Permissions pane of the Info window) are greyed-out and don't work.
3) Frequently doesn't allow me to save or modify files as I "do not have permission", sometimes even with newly created files! All of these problems are in spite of all sensible changing of Sharing, permissions, etc, tried with each user (all admins) and following all help files I can find.
4) Problems with external hard disks (possibly more of a run-of-the mill problem or incompatibility)
5) Quicktime will only play sound files (at least WMAs) once. After that I have to close and re-open the file in order to get them to play again; though I am free to fast-forward and rewind the file to my heart's content, it will not actually play the file a second time.
6) Textedit automatically saves all HTM/HTML files as .txt, in spite of every effort and help file, and despite preferences being set to the contrary. Even if you create a brand-new HTML file using Textedit (it's an option when first choosing Save…) when you then edit and re-save that file, it will automatically change it to a .txt file. This makes it bloody hard to edit HTML files :(

The latest bug caused the whole computer to crash when trying to install the latest update. Eventually I rebooted from my old computer (also a mac, 10.4.11, which still works!) and looked-up how to perform a safe-boot, which has at least got this computer running again. Meanwhile, a number of functions are nigh-on impossible to perform.

Many default settings (such as hiding important things like the HD itself in the Finder pane) are also irritating (at least to me) or seriously problematic, and have required a fair bit of time spent searching through preferences and help files in order to access features that used to be immediately available. Some of the help files actually tell you to access folders which by default are not accessible in any easy way - you actually have to read a help file on how to be able to do the things the other help file is telling you to do!

Textedit, for instance, only allows you to change a file's name, extension/format and location the first time you save it. After that all you can do is 'Save a Version' - which in the case of HTML files automatically changes them to .txt files instead. In order to change a file's name, extension or location after that you have to either manually adjust the item in Finder, or duplicate the file and then re Save... that one - then delete the original in Finder. Why?

I can only hope that Apple is aware of *all* of these problems, and is busy working on a nice big patch to solve them all ;) It does seem hard to believe that with all the product testing that such a huge software release must surely go through, a product this significant and in-the-spotlight gets released with so many problems!

Tao

PS: I hope not to soon be editing this comment with further bug listings -_-

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donhnick

Seems that Lion brought me back to Windows XP type slowdown. Since I upgraded to Lion, my boot up is very slow. Also, I am constantly getting the darn rainbow wheel even on simple operations such as printing small documents, and using Office 2011 simple operations often give rise to the wheel for 15 to 30 seconds before an entry is recorded. These are problems that I had with XP and why I switched to Apple running Leopard and Snow Leopard. They worked fine, but Lion is a problem. I am running on a Power Mac with 6GB ram and lots of space on my hard drive. I have been through the disk repair route which slightly improved the situation but it is still very slow.

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united9198

While there are always a few bugs in every upgrade, I go back with Apple a long long way and they have a history of getting things fixed pretty quickly. I always upgrade because if you try to stand still, you are actually going backward.

I have run into the dropped internet issue even with my wired computer, so it is not an airport or wireless problem. Kind of annoying, but I know it will get fixed.

One other issue not mentioned is that at times I have programs that won't quit or respond even when the window is active. Quiting them in the dock does not work and usually requires a force quit from the Apple menu.

I would advise everyone to get up to speed and get Lion.

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justir7

I'm still using Snow Leopard 10.5.8... :P

My main reason for not upgrading is because I heavily rely on Microsoft Office 2004, and I hear that it would become useless in Lion. Does anyone else know of any work-arounds to this?

Plus, there's the bugs. :P

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iam4pe

When my MBP is closed it is awake*. When I open it, it goes to sleep. As I lift the display, I can see the desktop with everything on it, but it very quickly fades to black. I have found that hitting F2 brings it back, but it is annoying.
*I know it isn't actually on when it is closed. I know the display is turning on and back off; I just wanted to spare anyone the need to comment on that part.

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seven9

I have been having memory problems. With 4 GB of RAM I am coming back to my computer and finding that sometimes I have less than 8 MB of RAM remaining. This is with just Mail and Safari running. If I quit Safari I get maybe a GB back but only really see all of my RAM returned when I restart.

The dock does not appear when I move my cursor to the bottom of the screen and sometimes it takes multiple attempts to get it to pop up.

I have also had OS X become unresponsive and had to force a shutdown with the power button held down on multiple occasions. I can't really see anything that is causing this to happen, it seems random.

I'm on an early 2009 iMac 2.93 GHz Core 2 Duo with 4 GB RAM.

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JanetMermaid

I consistently completely run out of free ram even when only running a few programs. Quitting and restarting seems to help but only for a while. Obviously something somewhere is "grabbing" ram and not letting go.

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cmoney

the big bugs for me in lion are the time it takes to login (there seems to be some kind of ridiculously long delay after entering a password on all three systems i own with lion), and that the downloads folder keeps reappearing in my dock any time i use airdrop. i keep nothing in my dock except finder and trash, and like it that way (command spacebar ftw).

also, though 'all my files' is supposed to be one of those revolutionary and magical new features, it's completely useless and sucks to look at. nobody i know wants to see all of their files at once, especially with that ridiculous side-scrolling icon view.

edit: spotlight (or alfred) also renders launchpad completely redundant.

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MacAddict4Life

You may need to review your definition of bug... a lot of this is changes and functionality you wish worked differently, but a bug is an unintended glitch.

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wirelesswizard

"Your submission has triggered the spam filter and will not be accepted."

Really MacLife? That's exactly as helpful as Apple's "You've encountered error (-3135)."

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Bear90039

There are many things more aggravating than anything on your list. But I guess it depends on what you use more often. I don't use Launch Pad, I use shortcuts. Most Mac users use short cuts.
I absolutely hate the cache in Preview and Quicktime. Nothing is more irritating than opening a picture or a pdf in Preview and having every picture and PDF you ever opened, open along with it.. The same goes for Quicktime X. Yes, I know if you close those windows before quitting the app, then they don't open when you open the app again. (But who does that?) You can also hold down the Option key while opening the apps, IF you open them from the dock with the mouse? Once again, WHO does this?
I want Quicktime 7 Pro Back. I use it. All of it. QTX doesn't do anything but play a few formats. No editing. You have to have a third party player. VLC is the best choice.
I want Front Row Back, or at least the choice to delete if I don't want it. I have a few costly plugins for that app, they're no good anymore. You can install it with from another disk, but it won't play music. Only Quicktime Movies. And Quicktime X sucks.
Let's talk EUI. There are no colors in the finder or itunes. I want color icons. They are easy to spot and if I wanted grayscale on everything, I would put grayscale on everything.
You better install flash player from Adobe's website before attempting to use the web. Or the only website you can open is Apple.com. While that may be an exaggeration it's not far off.
You can no longer say "It Just Works" because it doesn't.
One more peeve and I'll stop. I could go on for hours. There is no longer iSync. If you don't have an iPhone, you can't sync your Address Book or your Calendar. That's a bitch isn't it. It has no plugins for any other phones (or even an app to plug them into).
"IT JUST DOESN'T WORK" PERIOD
I promised to stop, so that's it

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scottrey

I almost always lose my wifi connection when waking my iMac. I thought it was because of a new router and different isp. i find turning it off and on works.

I use SL at work and Lion at home, but I have had to use the space bar to wake both ever since getting SL so Lion is not different to me for that.

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mewen

I have noticed that I get many delays in launching programs, particularly in opening Word Docs (although Microsoft seemed to have fixed that with the recent upgrade).
But for me the biggest issue is that neither the Desktop nor the ScreenSaver show iPhoto as a choice in the selection. I can set a Desktop picture from iPhoto, but I am used to have both the Desktop and iPhoto cycle through some of my 15,000 pictures.

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joebinotto

The only issues I have had since upgrading; many times when I open my MacBook Pro it is trying to backup with time machine & it blocks the wi-fi connection. I have to either wait for the error or stop the back up so that I can access wi-fi. Has anyone else seen this issue?

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jjq224

So far the only complaint I've had (other than Finder being quite different as to what it shows) is that my MacBook Pro takes longer to respond from sleep mode. Kind of like me in the morning. Before Lion, when I opened the cover, the cursor moved and I could sign in almost instantly. Now, there is at least a 5 second wait before the Mac responds.

Other than that, I guess I'm lucky since I haven't had any of the issues I've read about.

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artbytar

The only bug I've encountered that is driving me to drink is font rendering issue for some websites in Safari. There are extensive posts regarding this on Apple's forum, yet there seems to be no effort on their part to fix this. One person posted a procedure which seems to fix the problem but requires one to venture into adding code to a system file that even with admin privileges won't allow me to make the modification. Seems if that is possible then Apple one get this one fixed. Having to use Firefox or Chrome just to be able to read some websites is really aggrivating. This issue appears to only show up for those of us using font management software such as Suitcase.

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EL FUEGO

Updated to OS X Lion 10.7
Love the new Mail App works! All my emails come in together
and can send out emails also!
Previously had Snow Leopard 10.6.8 was totally useless!
Mission Control so usefull can now navigate to where ever I want
with out any trouble.
Everything logs back to where I was last great, no bringing everything
back each time I log on.
Launch Pad overkill not needed but nice to have extra options.
Mac App Store THE BEST free, games, screen savers, Ebay, Wiki, etc.
Lion for Mac Roars 5/5!
P.S All those encountering problems don't lose faith.

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Vopat

So with Lion your able to send out emails? And Snow Leopard was totally useless? Does the Kool Aid come in different flavors, or just Apple?

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robwatterson

#10 is wrong. You can delete Finder sidebar items. Apple changed the method to make it identical to deleting toolbar items - command-drag.

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darnocs

To be completely honest, I have only had the last two bugs (sidebar headings can't be rearranged & can't drag and drop to delete from sidebar). I have not experienced a single one of the other bugs.

Things were a tad laggy after upgrading from SL, so I did a clean install and everything runs like magic.

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scotty321

I'm surprised that you didn't list the atrocities known as "Address Book" and "iCal" as the TOP 2 BIGGEST BUGS in Lion. These things were barely functional in Snow Leopard, and now they are completely destroyed in Lion.

Apple has gone completely off the deep end.

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Bear90039

Thanks

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Geoduck

I've held off upgrading to Lion because of an oft reported problem with NAS volumes. Until I know my iTunes Lib / iPhoto Lib / Time Machine drive will be there I'm hesitant to upgrade.

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JustinHoward22

Bugs I've experienced are:
- Icons in Launchpad rearrange on their own, especially the bottom row. I'm constantly moving them back to where I would like them to be
- I have the dock hidden on my Mac. Sometimes after using Launchpad, the dock will "stick" prompting me to move my mouse arrow to the bottom, then away to make the dock hide
- When using Mail fullscreen, you can't switch between an email that you're composing, and the rest of your mail messages. You have to close (or safe) your draft, reference your mailbox, then reopen your draft. This doesn't happen when Mail is not in full screen.

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frigmous

If Safari's set to open full-screen but isn't open, and links are set to open in new tabs, clicking a link in an e-mail opens a new Safari window in the current space, while secretly launching Safari full-screen in its own space, instead of just opening full-screen Safari and adding a tab.

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Bear90039

Don't use Safari.

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LDMartin1959

"Moving Mouse Doesn’t Wake Computer"

Uh...It doesn't seem to wake up the computer in Snow Leopard either that I've noticed.

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MacAddict4Life

Wake the computer is an imprecise way to put it. If the screen had turned off, but the computer was still awake, moving the mouse would reactivate the screen. If the computer was asleep, then just moving the mouse or trackpad would not wake it up. This one has annoyed me too; I have my laptop set to turn off the screen quickly, but never go to sleep on its own. After I upgraded to Lion, I learned that the main way I'd turn the screen back on was by drawing a circle on the trackpad, but now I have to actually click to get the screen back on.

Annoying, but still to a bug, MacLife. :P

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frigmous

It used to wake up my computer in SL, but maybe there was a system pref you had set differently?

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