Originally Posted by pondosinatra
You mean the cutesy interfaces for Address Book and Calendar? Or the completely useless launchpad? Or full screen which I think is completely useless on a desktop? The app store which I already have in SL?
And I imagine the font/spacing issue for the Help Menu still
hasn't been fixed...
The cutesy interfaces are certainly designed for the more casual users. What exactly is it you do? I really do feel there is something for everyone with Lion. Airdrop is pretty impressive and no other OS has something quite like it yet. Definitely useful. Cocoa support in Applescript applets is fantastic. Autosave fundamentally changes how you operate on a computer, and I for one cannot wait for it's appearance. Proper boolean searches across the Finder and all sorts of other apps is a great addition.
The ability to merge folders is finally
Full-screen apps in and of itself isn't that impressive, but how they've managed to make it seamless to switch between full screen apps or back to the desktop is ingenious. Launchpad, while I was a little "eh" initially, is truly a great way to manage your apps. Part of what makes it great is how quickly you can get at it. The new Mail is a huge improvement as far as usability and readability goes over the last one. If you're running on a newer laptop, it cannot be put into words how effective the multitouch implementation is; it makes working on a laptop far more pleasant.
Quicktime now has greater sharing options as well as the ability to merge two clips. Resume is a great feature that I can't wait to be using. The new Safari is really great and I haven't used another web browser that comes anywhere close to it in how it feels to use. The ability to remotely log into your Mac and your account while someone is on the computer and using it
is pretty neat. Application Sandboxing is a huge boost to system security. As a programmer, versions looks great
. There's been so many times when I wish I could just hop back to a few saves ago to grab something I got rid of that I'd like back. Versions makes this possible.
Even the whole shift of paradigm from interacting with applications to interacting with content is great.
Really, there's something for everyone in this update. I think you won't get a full feeling of how many changes and improvements there are until it comes out and some complete reviews start coming out. I've been using Lion through the DPs and it's hard to go back to Snow Leopard after getting used to some of the changes. I am unequivocally more productive in Lion, and for once, I'm not always missing my mouse when I have to work on the go.