Lion is for Power Users

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by Infrared, Jul 24, 2011.

  1. Infrared macrumors 68000


    Mar 28, 2007
    I was so so worried Mac OS X was being dumbed down. Having tried Lion,
    I can say emphatically it's not.

    Lion is more complicated, more inaccessible, more powerful and more
    geeky than Snow Leopard ever was.

    Take mission control. It's hugely complex compared to Expose or Spaces.
    I'm loving getting to grips with it, but someone needs to write a book
    so ordinary folk can use it.

    Take versions. It's a brilliant and completely profound alteration of a
    fundamental aspect of working with files. I can easily remember which
    programs use versions and which don't. Will the ordinary user be able
    to recall the difference? Will they remember that if they use app X they
    need to duplicate first, but if they use app Y, they can "save as..." after?
    I'm not so sure. But what do I care. That's their problem :)

    Look at this:


    That's the same file open in Preview twice. Time is reversible in Lion
    with versions, Memento-style, and now we're branching time, too. Each
    of those images is projected from a parallel universe. Cool.

    Natural scrolling. Great idea. I've adapted already. Like most power users
    I love change. I love adapting and learning new things, all the time, every
    time, constantly adapting and changing and learning anew. Change, change,
    endless change, layering the memories one thousand deep. Exhilerating.

    Launchpad. Great idea. Previously we could launch from the Dock, or by
    clicking on icon on the desktop, or within a Finder window, or by hitting
    the return key in Spotlight, or by using Recent Items under the Apple menu,
    or by having '/Applications' in a stack in the Dock, and so on, und so weiter.
    But that's not enough. That will never satisfy a power user. Why have 9 or
    10 methods of launching an app when you can add 1 more? That's the power
    of launchpad. It the powerful plusoneness of Lion, that adds more and more
    and takes nothing away. Layer upon layer of complexity and flexibility rising
    up into the lofty reaches of the intellosphere.

    I'm standing at the top of this stack of complication. I see some little people
    below. They look up, and their faces are small in the distance. What are they
    thinking? How it's going for them, the novice users?

    Riding the Lion and loving it,

  2. AdeFowler macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2004
    I need to read more threads like this before I take the plunge ;)
  3. b.lam macrumors member

    Sep 5, 2010
  4. Elven macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2008
  5. Switz213 macrumors 6502

    May 26, 2008
    I'm not really a fan of Launchpad. I have a ton of apps and it doesn't really sort them all that great. Quicksilver is still a thousand times faster.
  6. akm3 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    OP I know your post is sarcastic but I actually think your points are valid. And for the few problems people are having, when has Apple EVER made a drastic change and then not fixed it later?

    Patience people.

    Is this sarcasm too subtle?
  7. Shivetya macrumors 65816

    Jan 16, 2008
    I think you forgot the internet bandwidth conservation features of Lion, where i basically kicks you off the net after waking from sleep, like shouldn't you eat breakfast first.
  8. chillvisio macrumors member


    Jul 16, 2011
    Looks like no power users are running Lion yet, so no one could tell if true or false :)
  9. ufkdo macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2010
  10. Grolubao macrumors 65816


    Dec 23, 2008
    London, UK
    Being a power user I was also skeptical regarding the upgrade. Anyway, since I was a bit anxious I decided to go for it and couldn't be any happier.

    For me I just love mission control and the gestures with it. In one space I have iTunes, so whenever I want it I just slide 4 fingers right. Launchpad is great because there's a gesture that gives me direct access to the "dock". This way, I can have the dock hidden all the time.

    I've noticed some very small UI glitches but should be fixed eventually, nothing big :)
  11. JRoDDz macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2009
  12. mulo macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2010
    Behind you
    take a dive to the very bottom layer, the core of it all.

     open /Applications/ 
    simply, truth.
  13. zgh1999 macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2007
    Initially I was pissed off that Lion had automatically deleted the installation file after it finishes installing itself, and also automatically set page scrolling to inverse.

    I had to turn the inverse scrolling off.

    But now, after using mission control and the multiple desktops in Lion, I understand why Apple called inverse scrolling "natural" scrolling.

    I ended up turning inverse scrolling back on, and I am liking it so far.

    It took a while to get used to, but I now like it a lot.
  14. srf4real macrumors 68040


    Jul 25, 2006
    paradise beach FL
    Well somebody's got to be the expert to all them glazed faces down below. Nerds still needed.:D
  15. -tWv- macrumors 68000


    May 11, 2009
    I agree with the OP, Lions features definitely makes it easier for power users, but i think trying to teach someone how to use a Mac is going to be harder now with all the new stuff they added on, not looking forward to explaining all of that when someone else in my family decides to get a Mac and comes to me for help.
  16. Reach9 macrumors 68020


    Aug 17, 2010
    In America
    I don't think you caught the OP's sarcasm.
  17. gentlefury macrumors 68030

    Jul 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    If you go into the app store and hold opt when you click purchases you can re-download the installer.
  18. -tWv- macrumors 68000


    May 11, 2009
    Ugh, this would have helped me yesterday.. I had to install SL on an external HD, update it to the latest version, re-download lion and then burn it to a disc because I had already installed it before I had a chance to burn an install disc.
  19. noisycats macrumors 6502a


    Jun 1, 2010
    The 'ham. Alabama.
  20. infamous84 macrumors member

    Oct 7, 2010

    This is a life saver thank you very much for the tip, did not know this saved me a lot of time.
  21. Saturn1217 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 28, 2008
    I <3 this post!!!

    Simply Brilliant! Bravo to the OP.

    But in all seriousness I think this brings up an excellent point. I think Lion is simultaneously pissing off experienced Mac users and complicating things for novices and switchers.

    My boyfriend already growls at me every time he uses my computer and activates a hot corner. I think his head would explode if I kept reverse scrolling on and the thought of explaining Autosave/Versions/absence of Save As to a newb is just laughable.

    To the OP: From now on every time I get frustrated with Lion I will return to this post for another laugh :D
  22. saxon48 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2010
  23. ajvizzgamer101 macrumors 65816

    Mar 3, 2008
    United States
    People who like natural scrolling will survive 2012.

    Natural scrolling = change. change = evolving. evolving = survival. :)

    :apple: Think Different.

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