Four days after Lion was released, I bought my first Apple computer – A Macbook Pro. I have used Snow Leopard and previous versions of OSX throughout my life, but never exclusively. The first thing I did when I got home was update to Lion.
My opinion? I love it. A lot. I was a hardcore Windows guy before this who jumped boat because of how Microsoft has been heading and I am happy I did. I didn’t write this article to say bad things about OSX, from what I’ve experienced this far it might be one of the most forward-thinking platforms around. But, I do have a few gripes with it and here they are:
Inconsistencies in Trackpad Motions
My favorite thing about Lion is how it handles multiple desktops. I am a multitasker and use this feature a lot. Four fingers, and swipe. Sadly, once I open Launchpad, it is 2 fingers, and swipe. I am not saying to take away the ability to swipe with two fingers within Launchpad, I am however, asking they add four finger swipe as well to keep Lion consistent.
Can’t Move Desktop Order Around
Fullscreen apps are good ideas for some apps that I do not multitask with like iTunes and the Adobe Suite. But I want to be able to move my desktop order around in Mission Control.
This feature I think could take off with advanced users. Like I said, multitasking is huge. Now if I could set all of the programs I use for image editing to open on a desktop called ¡°Graphic Design¡±, it would help organize my programs.
Changing Desktops Using the Dock
As of now, if I want to use a program that is already open and is on another desktop, I can hit the icon in the dock and be taken to that desktop. Problem is, Lion actually physically moves that desktop to be next to the one I was on. So if this application was on desktop 7, and I was on desktop 1, now my order looks like 1,7,2,3,4,5,6. Without names, the number thing makes whatever inch of OCD in me go a little bonkers. Take me to that desktop, but leave it where it is.
Ethernet Icon for Menu Bar
Maybe this is the windows native in me speaking, but I’d like easier access to settings and information about wired connections just like I have for Wi-Fi. I guess wired connections are’t hip anymore, but there are many cases where wired is used in my daily life and going to system preferences gives me a bit too much information in too many clicks.
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