When Apple announced months ago that a new desktop operating system (Lion) was coming out and that it would work well with the IOS5 iPhone system AND play well with Apple’s new iCloud all for the low, low price of $29.99 for ALL of my computers, I knew I would get it.
However, from past experience I also knew how painful upgrades could be. Being on the cutting edge means you bleed. Sometimes a lot. So, I drag my feet a little longer these days.
Mostly, I wasn’t sure how Lion would affect my other computer programs. Once I read enough forum posts saying that my version of Microsoft Office (2008) would still work and my writing software Scrivener had created a update to work with Lion, I was ready.
First, I downloaded and installed it on my son’s laptop. Smooth sailing. Then mine — piece of cake. Then kid’s desktop and my desktop — brakes skidding hard. Apparently we didn’t have enough RAM to handle the system. It requires 2Gig and both desktops only had 1. So, a quick order from Other World Computing, two easy installs and I was on my way to having four Lions in my house. Yay!
All that took place this weekend, as we also upgraded our phones to the 4S and the kids got our hand-me-downs. I haven’t had time to try out all the bells and whistles, but I do already use and love Launch Pad. With three fingers and my thumb pinching together across my touchpad, all my Applications are brought up on the screen. I LOVE being able to easily and quickly open an App that is buried in my folder. Plus, I finally am seeing the benefit of multiple desktops, or Spaces and those areas are easily accessed through Mission Control. I could explain it, but Dave Caolo at Tuaw does it better.
I’ll play with it more later, including figuring out the iCloud. But for now, I must get to work. All systems are go and so far, no major issues with my software.
Are you a Mac user? Have you made the switch to Lion? Own an iPhone and upgraded to ios5? What do you think? Are things working well or are you about to give it all up and go back to pen and paper and pay phones?