Lion is Apple’s first disc-less distribution of Mac OS X, and as such, is leaving many users with slow or no internet connections without any fun today. We’re going to show you how to easily burn your Lion installer to a disc in order to install the OS on a computer without a network connection, or even as a way to make an emergency backup copy of your $30 investment.
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The good people at RoaringApps have put together a wiki detailing which apps have been tested so far on Lion, and if they work properly or not. There are currently seventeen pages of apps on their App Compatibility Table, all listed in alphabetical order, with details about each app.
Following quickly in the tracks left by Lion this morning, Apple has also released updates for iTunes (10.4) and iWork (9.1) to bring the software up to speed with the big cat.
The 90MB iTunes update finally delivers a 64-bit Cocoa version of the media management software, and enables full-screen capability in line with other Apple apps in Lion. iTunes will also work with Lion's Resume, Auto Save and Versions features.
Launchpad allows you to organize, manage, and launch Mac applications just like you would on an iPad. The feature show and store applications as immediately as they're downloaded from the Mac App Store, and they can even delete applications downloaded from the App Store.
Apple has completely revamped the Mail application in Lion. Not only are they going for an iPad-influenced user interface, but they've also enabled a searching system that makes finding messages easier through the use of tokens. With tokens, you can search by date, name, message contents, or any combination of these.
With Lion, Apple has included a way for developers to implement versioning control in their apps. So when you're saving files like documents you'll have access to both the past versions and current version. With a Time Machine-like interface, you’re able to view all of the changes in your documents and restore past versions if you accidentally delete something in the current version.
The Screen Sharing application has been around in OS X since the days of Leopard (oh so long ago!), but Apple has added some nifty features to the application and underlying support in Lion. From a new tool bar, to a new per-user screen sharing feature, Lion has you covered when doing screen sharing on your local network between two or more Macs.
Spaces first appeared in OS X Leopard, but in Lion, the feature has been rebranded, along with Expose, into the new Mission Control feature. Mission Control is your one-stop place for viewing all of the opened application windows on your Mac, full screen apps and. Dashboard widgets. It also lets you create multiple desktops, which enables you to organize your windows by the types of applications or by the work you’ll do in each Space. Read on to find out how to best utilize Spaces.
Mac OS X Lion ships with a brand new version of the Safari web browser. Version 5.1 of Safari gives many new features, including the much anticipated Reading List. But, Apple has also included some new gestures for Safari that gives the web browser more of an iPad feel.
After all the waiting, all the speculation, and all the curiosity, there I was, finally downloading Lion. Little did I know, once I installed it, I was in for some very unexpected surprises. For days my workflow was impeded by seemingly arbitrary changes. So sure, while Lion is an update designed to be evolutionary rather than revolutionary, it’ll require some serious getting used to. After a few days of learning the system, my computer was a new beast.