Apple Lists 254 New Features for OS X Lion

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Apple has posted a page on its OS X Lion site listing 254 new features in Mac OS X “Lion,” or OS X Lion as it is now known. When Apple showed off ten major new features in Monday’s World Wide Developer Conference keynote presentation, vice president Phil Schiller noted that there were more than 250 new features in total.

The features are broken down into 38 different categories, including the ten overall categories Apple already showed us during the keynote.

Accessibility
Address Book
AirDrop
AppleScript
Auto Save
Automator
Electronic Distribution
FaceTime
FileVault 2
Finder
Full-Screen Apps
iCal
iChat
Internet Restore and Utilities
Launchpad
Mac App Store
Mail
Mission Control
Multi-Touch Gestures
Networking
Photo Booth
Preview
Privacy
QuickTime Player
Resume
Safari
Screen Sharing
Security
Spotlight
System
System Preferences
Text
TextEdit
Time Machine
UNIX
Versions
Xsan
Other Features

The listed features include a few screenshots, though they are of reduced resolution like the images below, and they offer a broad view of everything you can expect to find in Lion when it is released in July from the Mac App Store for US$29.

In the image below you can see Mission Control, Apple’s new tool for managing applications and open windows, which are featured in the middle section of the screen, and Spaces, the virtual desktop tool for OS X, which are shown in the top row. Users can drag applications to and from different Spaces, switch between Spaces, or switch between different apps and windows in Mission Control.

Mission Control mini-image
Mission Control mini-image

In the image below, Apple is demonstrating Versions, the new document version tracking feature in Lion. Like Time Machine for system-wide backups, Versions allows users to view all of his or her saves for any particular file. The current version is on the left, while all of the saved versions are on the right, stretching out into the horizon.

With Versions, users can revert back to a previous version of a file or cut and paste between the current version and past versions.

Versions mini-image

Versions mini-image

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Comments

geoduck

Ok now THAT’s what I’m talkin’ about.
I’ve been fairly critical towards Lion. I saw a lot of cosmetic changes but not much substance. Well, I guess there was so much in Lion they had to skip most of it. As it turned out they skipped the parts I consider important.

AirDrop; Seamless file sharing between Macs with a built in firewall
AutoSave includes Duplicate, letting you use any document as a template
InstantWipe lets you instantly and permanently lock a file so it’s never going to be accessible, THEN it wipes the data from the disk.
Restore: Upgrading to Lion creates a built in RestorePartition. VERY handy.
Preview has some nice improvements
Location Services are now per App
Resume not only saves document status, you can set Resume on Wake so the system boots to the last state with all documents in place. Very handy if you have your system auto shutdown at night.
Safari has sandboxing.
Screen Sharing could be very useful
Application Sandboxing
Spotlight will let you search the web or Wikipedia. I’ll find this much more useful now
TextEdit, already my text editor of choice is mproved
Resize a window from any edge or corner. FINALLY!

So I’m getting quite excited about Lion. And at $29.99 for both machines in our house, the price is right.

1stplacemacuser

Don’t know if it will happen or if it has happened.  But for the address book, I would like to have a feature that will give the time stamp of when the contact information was added, and if it was changed from a previous one (new email address or new phone number), can have access to the previous one (because that’s the one I remember, say).

I often get a biz card and type in the information.  Then I forget the name of the person and have no idea how to find it.  So, I would like to type in the search field, “last month” or “last week” and it should come up with all new (and all modified) contacts for the last month or last week.

That would be nice.

1stplacemacuser

Don’t know if it will happen or if it has happened.  But for the address book, I would like to have a feature that will give the time stamp of when the contact information was added, and if it was changed from a previous one (new email address or new phone number), can have access to the previous one (because that’s the one I remember, say).

I often get a biz card and type in the information.  Then I forget the name of the person and have no idea how to find it.  So, I would like to type in the search field, “last month” or “last week” and it should come up with all new (and all modified) contacts for the last month or last week.

That would be nice.

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