Thursday, May 19, 2011

Lion Preview: round-up

Mac OS X Lion (version 10.7) will be the eighth major release of Mac OS X, Apple's desktop and server operating system for Macintosh computers. Mac OS X Lion is set to be released in summer of 2011 and will be available in the Mac Appstore and on optical media. With the release of Developer Preview 3 apple is heading towards the gold master.

A good time to review all the additions and changes in Mac OS X Lion.







Disk Encryption

FileVault,a system that protects files on a Macintosh computer was introduced with Mac OS X v10.3 ("Panther"). Content is automatically encrypted and decrypted on the fly.

With Lion Apple changed this concept from a user folder encryption to whole harddrive encryption, and they did an awesome job.

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Quick Look and Spotlight

Quick Look is the innovative technology that gives you a sneak peek of entire files — even multiple-page documents and video — without opening them. All you have to do is select a file in the Finder and press the Space bar. An elegant transparent window appears, showing you the contents of the file instantly. It’s great when you’re looking for something specific but don’t have time to open lots of files to find it.



Mission Control, Launchpad, Spaces and Dashboard

Mission Control is a powerful and handy new feature that provides you with a comprehensive look at what’s running on your Mac. It gives you a bird’s-eye view of everything — including Dashboard and full-screen apps — all in one place. With a simple swipe, your desktop zooms out to Mission Control. There you can see your open windows grouped by app, thumbnails of your full-screen apps, and Dashboard, arranged in a unified view. And you can get to anything you see in Mission Control with just one click. Mission Control replaces Exposé and combines Spaces hot corners and Exposé to a unified experience.


Versions

Versions records the evolution of a document as you create it. Mac OS X Lion automatically creates a version of the document each time you open it and every hour while you’re working on it. If you need to revert to an older version or retrieve part of a document, Versions shows you the current document next to a cascade of previous versions — in an interface similar to that of Time Machine — so you can see how your work looked at any given time. You can revert with a click, or quickly copy and paste work from a previous version into the current version.

Server Overview
Mac OS X Server is now a core feature of OS X Lion, and bundled with the standard version of Mac OS X. Server Tools are not installed by default, but can be installed by clicking customize during the installation process. Mac OS X Server includes services and applications for file sharing, sharing contact information and calendars, schedule events, send secure instant messages, conduct live video conferences, send and receive email, contribute to and comment in wikis, publish a companywide blog, produce and distribute podcasts, and set up websites.





About this Mac
Just a little change, but interesting nonetheless, Apple changed the System Profiler which opens when you click "More info.." in the "About this Mac" Window in Lion to a more iOS styled App.

It's quite useful for system administrators or to do a quick hardware check.

16 comments:

Colin Biano said...

Quick look sounds useful :D

CPH said...

Great post! I'm interesting in trying this out.

R.C said...

Oh man, that quick look would be perfect for my hundreds upon hundreds of pictures of my-erm-nevermind...

phthalo. said...

That Mt. Fuji wallpaper is gorgeous.

wellpickedbooger said...

Looks like a very clean UI, I like it!

logo mess said...

quick lock and encryption are some essential features, they should vbeen used earlier, but great though this will start out

TheGuy said...

I'll be trying some of this out when I get a new Mac.

Fang said...

Good to see the server stuff is included in the default package now.

Mr. Storyteller said...

sweet, I'm so getting this..

Jay Reid said...

Wallpaper is the best part.

emosniper said...

Nice post, love your blog. everything mac all the time.

Mike said...

GAH, Wish I had a mac:(

Raw News said...

wow, it looks impressive. they really have done a whole lot with the Linux kernel

MarkeeTeeVee said...

Looks nice. I hope i could get oneeee

Bremsy said...

The server overwiev looks great :] not to shabb not to shabby at all

tkNova said...

Looks awesome, I'll be updating as soon as it comes out :D