Apple Releases Mac OS X Lion Developer Preview [UPDATED]

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In what’s amounting to a busy morning for the company, Apple released its first developer preview of Mac OS X 10.7, also known as Lion, on Thursday. Apple also used the morning to release updated MacBook Pro models along with the first non-beta version of FaceTime for the Mac.

Apple says Lion blends Mac OS X with iPad and iPhone features such as Mission Control and Launchpad — both of which make accessing applications and documents easier on the Mac. It also supports more trackpad gestures than previous versions of Mac OS X such as rubber-band scrolling and full-screen swiping.

Lion’s Mission Control feature

Lion also includes an updated Mail application that borrows from the iPad’s email app and offers support for Microsoft Exchange 2010. The new version of Mail is designed to fit wide screen displays, conversation viewing, and improved message searching.

Lion introduces a new feature called AirDrop that lets users transfer files from one Mac to another without requiring any setup. The feature sounds strikingly similar to DropCopy from 10base-t interactive.

The new OS version will also include the ability to save multiple versions of documents as you work so it’s easy to roll back to earlier states of your files, Resume for maintaining the state of applications between launches and reboot, and Auto Save for automatically saving documents as you work. Apple is also updating its FileVault data encryption feature.

Apple is also rolling its Lion Server features into the standard version of Mac OS X 10.7. Most notable among Lion Server’s new features is File Sharing for iPad — a feature that lets users access, copy and share files via WebDAV from supported applications like Numbers, Pages and Keynote.

Lion Server will include step-by-step walk-throughs for setting up server features, and will still offer remote and local administration support.

Mac OS X 10.7 is available to Apple Developer Program members as a download via Apple’s Mac App Store.

[This article has been updated with additional information about Mac OS X 10.7]

Comments

BurmaYank

“Lion also includes an updated Mail application that borrows from the iPad?s email app and offers support for Microsoft Exchange 2010. The new version of Mail is designed to fit wide screen displays, conversation viewing, and improved message searching.”

That’s nice (I guess).

But, WHEN will that abandoned-for-a-decade, worse-than-useless Apple Calendar app (and that barely-useful Apple Address Book app) finally get even a tiny bit of attention from any competent Apple software engineer?

The Skeptic

@BurmaYank

iCal and Address Book are usable and useful IMO.  What do you think they are missing?

BurmaYank

I have utterly failed to find any linking mechanism between iCal and Address Book which would allow me to create an iCal event (such as an appointment) which could in any way refer to or draw upon on an Address Book card’s data (Name, Phone Number, Address, Group, etc.) - and “sending invitations” obviously does not provide that function.  There is no Address Book card drag-and-drop event-creation capability (as in Entourage, and the way there was in Palm Desktop, Now-Up-To-Date and all Apple’s pre-OS X Address Book/Calendar apps.)  It was also a piece of cake to do that on my Palm Pilot & Treos, and my Treos allowed me to make a call directly by just clicking the event/appointment’s embedded link - I sure miss that!!. 

Without that, meaningful/useful appointments are almost too difficult to bother trying to create - I might as well use paper.  And as a result, I surely cannot use my iPhone to make any but the most urgent appointments - it’s just way too labor intensive & infuriatingly frustrating to try to do.

PSMacintosh

BurmaYank, I agree. 
I’m a very long-time Mac user and fan who NEVER uses Apple’s Mail, iCal, or Address Book.  Wow!
Apple’s Mail and iCal and Address Book have never matched the internal INTEGRATION of MS Office’s and 2008 Entourage’s Contacts, Calendar, Mail, Notes, Links, Tasks, Projects, and Files.

Jeremy

There is integration between mail, addressbook and iCal. Mail parses emails for dates and names and allows you to add an event for iCal or add a name to addressbook. I use it all the time for appointments, cursor over a date in Mail and you get a popup menu to view in iCal or add an event. It even gets the time and pulls in the subject as the event name. Very cool. Cursor over a name or phone number and you can add or append to addressbook.

Never seen the need to do this from addressbook tho, I get all my contacts and appointments from OSX Mail. Courtesy of Apple Data Detectors, MacOS 8 era technology.

BurmaYank

There is integration between mail, addressbook and iCal. Mail parses emails for dates and names and allows you to add an event for iCal or add a name to addressbook. I use it all the time for appointments, cursor over a date in Mail and you get a popup menu to view in iCal or add an event. It even gets the time and pulls in the subject as the event name. Very cool. Cursor over a name or phone number and you can add or append to addressbook.”

OK, that might be nice for you and perhaps some others, but that doesn’t help me do any of what I need (see my note, above) with AddressBook and iCal, because there is apparently NO integration between AddressBook and iCal in any way at all! Not even the slightest drop-down-menu data-interactability, or any of the other connectivities that you would find in all & every one of AddressBook-iCal’s current and previous competitors (and in all Apple’s predecessor applications of this category before OS X)!

Apple truly crippled its contacts and calendar software when OS X came out, much more outrageously than any device-crippling Verizon might be notorious for!  And, WHY did they do that? I cannot imagine!

BurmaYank

“...there is apparently NO integration between AddressBook and iCal…”

OOPS!!! I’m so sorry - I just now finally discovered how to create an iCal event by doing a drag-and-drop from an Address Book card onto an iCal date-box.  (I still haven’t figured out yet why I was never able to do this every time I tried it previously.)

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