Originally Posted by PhilBoogie
Originally Posted by rcfa
...total disaster that was Lion.
If that is your experience then I can understand a rant. Out of curiosity, can you give one example of what you think was badly done in Lion? And make it a lasting statement, well founded, grounded, solid statement of why it was bad. Something like "I didn't like the Auto-version-ing as opposed to the Save-as commands because when working on a picture on my SD card it never asked me to safe changes; it all happened automatically and I cannot revert to the original version"
Examples, more than I care to remember:
a) kitschy, dysfunctionally decorated apps (AddressBook, iCal, etc.) that sacrifice functionality (e.g. the back and forth paging between AddressBook groups and address list view, which is a massive step backwards from the clean, functional Snow Leopard (and before) interface of AddressBook, which allowed you to adjust the width of the various columns and panes to fit your working style and screen space)
b) the "hunt for GUI elements" approach, which not only makes an artificial distinction between mouse and touch interfaces (cause there's no mouse-over in a touch interface), but is also unproductive, e.g. UI elements that only become visible when the mouse is near them, such as scroll bars, or the replacement of disclosure triangles with usually hidden "hide/show" tags
c) lack of UI precision, be that with the disappearance of scroll bar up/down buttons, or with the invisible, but existing window borders
d) the abandonment of what you see is what you manipulate: you can see a window below two neighboring windows, but you can't click it to the foreground, because the invisible (i.e. fully transparent), but existing, window borders register your click rather than the window that you see and think you're clicking. All in the name of "visual simplicity", when it castrates intuitive interaction
e) the un-natural "natural" scrolling, which neglects the difference between a full-screen touch interface and a windowed pointer interface
f) Mission Control and the disappearance of two dimensional spaces and the show all windows command, which results much less efficient window management for anyone who has more than just a few open windows.
g) the creation of an app rather than task centric interface, visible in both how iCloud document storage works, and in the lack of the all windows view of Mission Control
h) the discontinuation of keychain syncing, which is a massive step backwards in security, because if you can't sync keychains, you end up having to choose again passwords you can't remember, since you can't remember (and sync instead) a password like "ljkhOPU0-9ih(lG;Ghkglh_RDt" and will instead use something like "password123"
i) the creation of a standalone "Notes" app, instead of keeping it integrated into Mail.app, which just results in more app switching for no good reason, the creation of a separate Reminder's app instead of keeping To Do's in iCal, the removal of calendar groups, etc.
j) the new layout in Mail.app, and the naming of the "classic view" which is just a hair-width away from calling it "deprecated view" even though on a regular sized computer screen it's the much more productive view than the iPad inspired layout.
k) the AirPort utility, that no longer shows certain key information
l) OS X Server, which keeps losing functionality
etc. There is more, but that should give good enough of an impression.
Some of the most obnoxious things are somewhat fixed, e.g. Contacts now allows again a column for groups, even though the window layout is still more rigid than in Snow Leopard, and the kitschy, non-functional decorations still remain, or e.g. the ability to disable the "group windows by application" setting in Mission Control gives at least the "all windows" command back, even though not in the full glory of Snow Leopard.
But by and large, while Mountain Lion is a big improvement over Lion, it's still a step back from Snow Leopard.
I've been using NeXTSTEP since the 0.8 release, and Mac OS X since it was called Rhapsody Prerelease, and Lion is the worst in the entire 24 year history, and Mountain Lion is just a tad better.
Apple keeps dumbing down things past the point of usefulness.