It’s no secret that Apple is moving away from packaged software, with even OS X Lion being sold as a Mac App Store exclusive. As it turns out, there’s one noteworthy side effect of this new push -- the copy of iLife you get free with every new Mac will also work on any other system using the same Apple ID as well.
Apple sometimes introduces features that look awesome during a keynote, only to wind up being “meh” in real life. One such example is Launchpad, the new OS X Lion feature that brings iOS-style folder management for your Mac apps, but no way to manage all the extraneous stuff hiding in your Applications folder -- until now.
Apple has changed the sidebar in Mac OS X Lion so that the devices and local/external disk drives are at the bottom of the list. Some Mac faithful may not necessarily appreciate these changes, however. While Apple has not included a way to move these items back to the top of the Finder sidebar, there is a way to get some of the items at the top for easy access.
New reports indicate that an update is coming for Microsoft's Office for Mac that will deliver new Lion based features, including Auto Save and Full Screen Mode. That update, however, is still a few months away.
The main Office apps, Word, Excel, and PowePoint, run fine on Lion right now, but bugs have appeared with secondary apps and features. These and other smaller issues will be handled with periodic updates, but bringing the cool Lion features to the big three Office apps is something that will be "measured in months not days -- just to set expectations," according to Microsoft's Pat Fox.
The day you get a new computer can be an awesome day. Everything smells like an Apple store, your computer’s body is flawless, — even the keys are more click-y. But it’s also a day where you find out how much your computer was customized and personalized, tailored to your use. We took a look at our current computers and decided which apps we couldn’t live without it.
Reports are streaming in that OS X Lion is freezing up for some users. Although reports indicate problems at the login screen or after waking up the machine from sleep, many of the issues seem to occur around playing video clips in iLife apps.
For many users, it appears a hard reset fixes the problem. One user experienced multiple frozen screens when using iMovie, only to have the issue resolved after repairing permissions with Disk Utility.
It’s not surprising that any number of things can go wrong during a major operating system upgrade, especially considering the potential number of different user configurations and computers available. OS X Lion has purred along for most users (UI changes aside), but that doesn’t mean one or two bugaboos can’t be lurking in the big cat’s furry mane.
People have been armchair-quarterbacking the Civil War forever. This turn-based strategy game American Civil War lets you settle all that by controlling the Union or Confederacy in campaigns that focus on individual years or the entire five-year war.
Web applications have exploded onto the scene. From web-based word processors available online through services like Google Docs and Office 365, to full-fledged video games like Angry Birds made available in Google Chrome, there's plenty of evidence that the online world is expanding to more than just web browsing. But some users don't want to be stuck inside their browsers. For these people, Automator lets you easily create a fully customizable native application on your Mac based around your favorite web apps.
If you're a Mac gamer who appreciates the old Blizzard classics, then you may want to think twice about upgrading to Lion just yet. Blizzard has announced that some of its older games will not run natively in Mac OS X 10.7.