Sunday, May 15, 2011

Lion Preview: Developer Preview 3 (build 11A459e) review

Yesterday Apple released Build 11A459e also know as Developer Preview 3 of Mac OS X Lion.

This version includes mostly GUI changes and Mission Control add ons.



So what is new? The first thing i noticed is a redesigned login screen and a nice animation from login screen to the desktop.




The Mission Control (formerly Spaces) preferences got 2 additions and there is an Mission Control application now, so you can put it in your dock. (i think Mission Control was available as application since DP1 but now its inside the Applications folder instead Core Services)

You can add desktops now right from Mission Control by clicking "+" and close spaces as well.

The new scrollbars change color depending on the background so they are better visible on dark backgrounds.

The Dashboard got a new icon to switch to the next space.


New Desktop wallpapers.

That is all i see so far, but i guess there will be more new stuff i discover in the next days.
So stay tuned.

For more details check my other posts about Lion:

31 comments:

CPH said...

Very informative, thanks for posting.

i.Mo said...

great post

retrak said...

another exciting dev release

James said...

Very good review, and a good improvement by apple.

Gaston said...

Dude I want to try this out so bad...
1 step...get a mac :(

Colin Biano said...

login screen looks good :)

MarkeeTeeVee said...

Looks very good!

Fang said...

Lion is getting some pretty nice new things, but I still don't understand why the hell they need to bring tablet features to a desktop.

Trelin said...

You should give away a free mac to a lucky reader.

Potholderz said...

Sound cool, i'll have to let my roommate that has a mac know about this.

logo mess said...

Hah nice, they finally solved to make an switch to next screen button :) very helpful

Randall A. said...

You should work on how huge the pictures are when they open in-screen, or make them open in a new tab or something, IMO.

Also, where did you find this info and pics?

ApocTV said...

Great post

mac-and-me said...

@Randall A
i made the pics myself and found the infos on my local installation
about the pics size, yeah i should make the loginscreen pic a bit smaller

Watchtower Corp. said...

I heard that lion is going to be available on the app store, is this true? and for how much money ? i use snow leopard

Patti D. said...

very nice, love all the features.

theWhale said...

Nice features ! =)

Tokajo said...

looks great

P.Jordan said...

looks great!

dende said...

Wonder if Lion will work on my Hackintosh setup :>

cadexn said...

Looks great, awesome features too. Thanks for the share!

FLOXIC said...

thanks for this information.

ds said...

Those screens look pretty cool!

Zach said...

Looks sweet, I love when you get to use developer builds

hyyypz said...

looks very cool :)

STRAFOR said...

Great!

cheshire said...

Awesome post man, sleek looking OS there.

G said...

looking very cool

Zerox8610 said...

I need to get a Mac and try one out

ApocTV said...

great post man, looks awesome

Sebastian del Valle said...

This is the first REAL review of 11A459e so thank you very much. All I had seen so far was a "list" of the supposed updates which were wrong (there's no such thing as a "boot animation" as they all are saying, neither the login has become part of the booting process, they just removed the rolling wheel and increased the boot time a lot, as far as I can tell at least (i have an SSD so boot time has never been an issue to me)).