Your favorite new feature?

marsmissions

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What are your favorite new features or improvements?

For me, it has to be that the tracking speed of the magic mouse is no longer failtastic! I don't feel depressed when I need to turn it on to do some photo editing (using sliders in LR3 with a trackpad is shameful)

I am also enjoying full screen apps, I have never used spaces before, and I feel like integrating fullscreen apps into spaces was an excellent decision. Spaces in itself is a very old concept, and was pretty dated - this new iteration feels fresh and useful.
 

PicanteGamer

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Full screen mode, for sure. Since I'm on a 13'' MBP, screen real estate is at a premium and full screen mode helps a LOT. If I could take that feature and the new Mail app back to Snow Leopard, I would. That's all I really need, honestly.
 
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kirky29

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It's difficult for me.

Things like Fullscreen, iOS Scrollbars, auto-correct text, finders grouping and the great performance/speed improvements.

Using Lion makes OS X feel 'fresh' for me.
 
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westonm

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Of the headlining new features, probably versions. Being able to forget about saving documents is... freeing.

Of the minor features probably iOS style scrollbars. I like the clean look. :)
 
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Michael CM1

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Of the headlining new features, probably versions. Being able to forget about saving documents is... freeing.

Of the minor features probably iOS style scrollbars. I like the clean look. :)
I'd agree with you about the scroll bars. Unless you're on a craptastically old computer that doesn't support scrolling devices, STOP USING THE DAMN SCROLL BAR. OK, you also get a pass if you use an app that fracks up if you try to scroll -- hello, Moneydance.

I'm very AR about redundant stuff, and that had definitely become redundant with how little it is used.

I'm liking the full screen feature, although it's a little overkill on a 21.5" iMac. The 13.3" MacBook I have at work is still on Snow Leopard, so I might have to push for a new one or an upgrade.

The new Mail is just awesome. It's so much cleaner. If someone tries to make me use Outlook at work, he or she will be lucky to just get the stink eye.

The gestures are also quite great. I am limited with a Magic Mouse, but I just figured out the two-finger double-tap to bring up Mission Control. Hello. Now if I could just have a Kinect-like sensor that would allow me to change the volume like a freakin' wizard, my life would be complete.
 
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RamJetWorm

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My favourite features are:

1: Full disk encryption
2: The new speech voices. They're great.
 
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paulsalter

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Speed increase and Mission Control is growing on me

Struggling to like the rest of the new features (might when I get more used to them)
 
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adztaylor

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Full screen apps is my absolute favourite. A must for every MacBook. I'm loving Mission Control too, I never used spaces either because I didn't want to assign everything but love how each full screen app automatically creates its own space to swipe through. Used to be a Chrome user but the new Safari is great with Lion with the new gestures. Works and beds in very smoothly with the OS.

Liking the new UI and although I won't use the resume feature when I shut down but it's a great idea for an update which needs a restart.
 
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Mr Skills

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Of the headlining new features, probably versions. Being able to forget about saving documents is... freeing.
The only problem with their implementation is that you can't just forget about saving - at least the first time. You still have to press "Save" as normal before Versions starts doing it's thing.

I was hoping that you would be asked for a name as soon as you created a new document, which would be great for computing novices like my dad, who will happily write thousands of words in Pages without ever thinking to press Save. (And if he does remember, he'll just press "Ctrl+S" and think that it's saved!)
 
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westonm

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The only problem with their implementation is that you can't just forget about saving - at least the first time. You still have to press "Save" as normal before Versions starts doing it's thing.

I was hoping that you would be asked for a name as soon as you created a new document, which would be great for computing novices like my dad, who will happily write thousands of words in Pages without ever thinking to press Save. (And if he does remember, he'll just press "Ctrl+S" and think that it's saved!)
Resume would supposedly pick up the slack there, as it's really just a type of autosaving. If you quit the app without saving you can get right back where you were when relaunching (it autosaves on quit). And even with a unexpected failure -- power outage, frozen app -- resume saves data to disk every five minutes and during periods of inactivity so all will not be lost. Even without an initial save location.

The only time you can lose data is within those 5 minute windows, or if you specifically hit "Don't save" when given the option in the dialog. Assuming the application is written with resume in mind...
 
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hollerz

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The new Spaces/Full Screen/Mission Control thing is my favourite new feature. I got a trackpad especially for Lion and everything feels so fast and natural. I love it!

When I go back to school in October I'm looking forward to getting a lot of use out of AutoSave and Versions too!
 
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Watabou

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My favourite features are:

1: Full disk encryption
2: The new speech voices. They're great.

Are there really new speech voices? I only see the old ones...:confused:

Edit: Oh do you mean the downloadable ones? I didn't download them yet seeing each of them is <300mb.
 
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mcmlxix

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Something that hasn’t been given any mention, but was snuck in, is that Quick Look now right sizes the view of files when scanning through multiple files of differing sizes. Air Drop will come in really handy. Resizing windows from all sides is a good addition.
 
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basher

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New Folder with Selection

To see it in action, select multiple items and then right click. The option will appear at the top of the pop-up menu.
 
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TonicAngel

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Some of my fav features are: Launchpad (hot corner works best for me), full screen, mail, safari (finally switched back from Chrome), gestures, mission control, emoji keyboard support (no more x's on twitter) and the look of finder. I also love that they disabled the pinch to zoom in finder - I would do it on accident and it drove me nuts. Overall - there are a few bugs I've found but love lion! It's a lot of fun on my MBA. I can see why it would be a different experience on a computer with a mouse. Love Lion and am very happy I upgraded. :)
 
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mcmlxix

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I also love that they disabled the pinch to zoom in finder - I would do it on accident and it drove me nuts.
This actually has me fuming. I don’t ever recall activating it by mistake, and by purpose I use it all the time with image files, web archives, and many other things. Perhaps making it optional would make everyone happy, but Apple tends to keep options to a minimum.
 
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TonicAngel

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This actually has me fuming. I don’t ever recall activating it by mistake, and by purpose I use it all the time with image files, web archives, and many other things.
Oh really? I guess I have a habit of dragging fingers on the trackpad on accident. :eek: Based on what you use it for, I could see how it would be useful. I tend to use quicklook for images, photoshop brushes etc. Maybe they'll have it as an option in the next update.
 
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lamerica80

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Double tap Zoom in Safari. Awsome for me who surfs on my big screen TV, no more blurry ctrl+scroll zoom!
 
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Kayteaface

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I have to say Launchpad. I find it much more easier than scrolling through the applications stack to find what I want.
 
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