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OS X lion – 5 Star Rating From Over 8,000 Users – The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

With well over 8,000 downloads from the US Mac App Store complete with 5 star ratings, there’s no doubt that OS X Lion is a huge sucess for Apple. There are currently 1,765 written reviews in the Mac App Store. Looking through the comments though, there are also quite a few customers experiencing speed problems amongst other things, check out our final paragraph in this post for some solutions.

Take a look below at what most users find to be the greatest feature of this new best selling app to hit the Mac App Store.



Looking for a fast way to share files with people nearby? With AirDrop, you can send files to anyone around you wirelessly — no Wi-Fi network required. And no complicated setup or special settings. Just click the AirDrop icon in the Finder sidebar, and your Mac automatically discovers other AirDrop users within about 10 metres of you. To share a file, simply drag it to someone’s name. Once accepted, the fully encrypted file transfers directly to that person’s Downloads folder.

Mission Control


Mission Control brings together full-screen apps, Dashboard, Exposé and Spaces in one new feature that gives you a bird’s-eye view of everything on your system. With a single swipe on the trackpad, your desktop zooms out to Mission Control. Think of it as the hub of your system: view everything and go anywhere with just a click.

Full Screen Apps


OS X Lion offers system-wide support for gorgeous, full-screen apps that use every inch of your Mac display. You can have multiple full-screen apps open at once — along with multiple standard-size apps. And it’s easy to switch between full-screen and desktop views.

System-wide support for full-screen apps means you can work and play without distractions, using every inch of your display. Everything looks great full screen, from Mail to iPhoto to Safari. And since full-screen apps use every available pixel, they make working on smaller screens more practical than ever.

The Problems


It seems many users are posting comments from very slow to download to incompatiabilty issues with some of their existing software and even odd scrolling problems.

Before you install OS X Lion you must ensure, to the best of your knowledge, that your computer is compatible. Firstly, your Mac must have an Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 or Xeon processor to run Lion. Find out if your current Mac has one of these processors by clicking the Apple icon at the top left of your screen, then choosing About This Mac. Secondly, you must ensure that you have the latest version of Snow Leopard running before attempting to upgrade to Lion. To do this click the Apple icon and choose Software Update to install the latest version. Thirdly, you must ensure that your computer has 7GB of available disk space and fourthly, you need a minimum 2 GB of RAM to run OS X Lion.

If your computer does not meet these minimum requirements you will need to upgrade your computer before you can install OS X Lion.

Adobe have also published a list of products that they state have been affected by this upgrade. There are a sleuth of products affected, these include:

        Acrobat family
        Adobe Drive
        Flash Builder
        Flash Catalyst
        Flash Player
        Premiere Pro

To view the Adobe knowledge base and fine answers to any issues you may be experiencing, go here.

Joanne Carter, creator of the world’s most popular mobile photography and art website—— TheAppWhisperer platform has been a pivotal cyberspace for mobile artists of all abilities to learn about, to explore, to celebrate and to share mobile artworks. Joanne’s compassion, inclusivity, and humility are hallmarks in all that she does, and is particularly evident in the platform she has built. In her words, “We all have the potential to remove ourselves from the centre of any circle and to expand a sphere of compassion outward; to include everyone interested in mobile art, ensuring every artist is within reach”, she has said. Promotion of mobile artists and the art form as a primary medium in today’s art world, has become her life’s focus. She has presented lectures bolstering mobile artists and their art from as far away as the Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea to closer to her home in the UK at Focus on Imaging. Her experience as a jurist for mobile art competitions includes: Portugal, Canada, US, S Korea, UK and Italy. And her travels pioneering the breadth of mobile art includes key events in: Frankfurt, Naples, Amalfi Coast, Paris, Brazil, London. Pioneering the world’s first mobile art online gallery - has extended her reach even further, shipping from London, UK to clients in the US, Europe and The Far East to a global group of collectors looking for exclusive art to hang in their homes and offices. The online gallery specialises in prints for discerning collectors of unique, previously unseen signed limited edition art. Her journey towards becoming The App Whisperer, includes (but is not limited to) working for a paparazzi photo agency for several years and as a deputy editor for a photo print magazine. Her own freelance photographic journalistic work is also widely acclaimed. She has been published extensively both within the UK and the US in national and international titles. These include The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Popular Photography & Imaging, dpreview, NikonPro, Which? and more recently with the BBC as a Contributor, Columnist at Vogue Italia and Contributing Editor at LensCulture. Her professional photography has also been widely exhibited throughout Europe, including Italy, Portugal and the UK. She is currently writing several books, all related to mobile art and is always open to requests for new commissions for either writing or photography projects or a combination of both. Please contact her at:


  • rozmi

    One unexpected result of installing Lion: my fans speed up very easily, even when I open multiple windows in a web browser, and my computer is running warmer than it did under Snow Leopard. I’ve heard one suggestion to try zapping the PRAM; hoping that’ll help things when I get home from work.

    • rozmi

      Apparently indexing is the actual culprit here. Spotlight is saying I have several hours to go.