Steve Bellamy downloaded OS 10.7 -- Lion -- and installed it. He used it for about 3 weeks.
One guy said it took him about 7 hours to install it! (Note from Dave: I think that was due to it downloading slowly off the App Store.) Steve's download took less than an hour, and the install less than half an hour.
The most irritating thing Steve found about Lion: he would scroll down on the trackpad and nothing would happen. Lion reversed the directions of scrolling! This is to match the directions of scrolling on the iPad and iPhone. However, you can go into System Preferences, and go to Scroll Direction, and deselect Scroll direction:natural. On the other hand, one member contended that he had adapted to it straight away. By the way, the same scroll direction thing happens with a mouse!
Shareware: we can try out some stuff to see if it works in Lion. There is a place online you can check: roaringapps.com. I believe that the latest versions of Audio Hijack, Quark, EyeTV work, but Quicken will not work, nor will older versions of Quark or Adobe programs.
iBank works with Quicken investments, but others do not. Other people recommended Moneydance (although not the look of it, more the price) but this seems to be a big sticking point for a lot of people. After more than a decade with Quicken, any other software does not seem intuitive. Howevere, definitely NOT recommended was moving to Quicken Essentials, since it will not export a qif file, which is what you would need if you ever changed over to something better, and it definitely does not have the capabilities of Quicken re online banking, tracking investments, etc. Unless you want to move to a much more expensive solution, such as setting up a Windows machine or moving up to QuickBooks, it would really be better to test out an alternative to Quicken such as iBank. Personally, I've been using iBank for a while now and am getting comfortable with it.
(I told my Drive Genius 3 repartition story, where I tried using Drive Genius 3 to add two partitions together without losing data, and it would have taken ALL FREAKING DAY!!! 24 HOURS!!!!! I just formatted the drive and copied the data back onto it from a backup. Always have a backup.)
Parallels 5 does not work (so do the $40 upgrade to Parallels 6). This may take several reboots to work, if Steve's experience is anything to go by, plus a reinstallation of Parallels Tools.
Toast Titanium works (Note from Dave: I think, the table at roaringapps shows a yellow ! which indicates it has some problems), Skype works, some versions of TechTool Pro work. Google Chrome is working okay for Steve.
Photoshop: not every version works. CS2, no. PS Elements 4, no. CS4, yes.
Lion uses Mission Control as a replacement for Expose and Spaces. A lot of people did not use spaces, although Steve did (note from Dave: but Steve is not most people!). He finds that he cannot always have Photoshop in space 5. You cannot choose the space for your apps anymore (like if you always had Parallels in space 6). Well, once your app is open, you can move it (the app to a space). You can swap between windows by swiping 3 fingers to right. Lion has a special window for dashboard apps. You can use arrow keys to move between apps (there is the same problem of reversed directions as with scrolling).
As with the iPhone and iPad, you can look at your apps in a kind of icon view on the desktop. Clicking on Launchpad in the dock (I seem to remember a product called Launcher on the long lost pre-OS X past) gives you a view of all your Apple apps just like on an iPad. You have to scroll to the right to get to non-Apple apps on other pages. Somehow I don't see current Mac owners using this, but it's another sign that Apple is focused on new customers who may have come to the Mac via their use of the iPhone and iPad.
Dropbox: some of the audience wanted to know what would happen with their iWeb websites. You can have a website on Dropbox (MobileMe, and its iWeb websites, is going away in a year). Steve uses MacHighway to host websites (where SMUG is hosted). The Easy plan: $40 a year, up to 10 sub domains. You pay for the hosting and for the domain name.This is less than a MobileMe account, but it may not be the only thing you used that for. Now you may need different solutions for syncing, website hosting, data storage & backup, photo galleries, etc.
You get a new special reading list for bookmarks in the latest version of Safari. You can mark a webpage to look at later: this is called a reading list. It is kind of a bookmark, and takes advantage of the MacBook's wider screen. Mail is also changed in that way: mailboxes in the left column, list of emails center, then email body on the right. And Address Book now looks more like the iPad address book. The Calendar looks prettier - nice colors. The button to expand screens is in the upper right corner, use the ESC key to shrink back down.
Facetime is supposed to have special effects, but Steve could not find them.
Someone said Preview has been improved. Ooo, someone in the audience called Steve with FaceTime on his iPad 2! Cool!
Steve opened Adobe Illustrator CS4, it opened in its own window. It worked.
Flip4Mac worked fine. It played a WMV file in Quicktime (note from Dave: I have been doing this with Flip4Mac for some time).
TinkerTool, which (among other things) shows hidden files, seems to work okay on Lion.
What the heck is disable three-dimensional glass effect? Well, whatever that is, you can do that in TinkerTool. And when applications crash, you can choose to show an unexpected quit, or a crash report, or do nothing. Fonts: you can change them on system, applications, labels, window title bars, etc.
Firefox 5.0.1. seems to run just fine.
RealPlayer has some issues, RealPlayer SP is okay (before version12 is not good).
You have to install Flash yourself on Lion. (Steve got a message the first time he opened Safari: "Do you want to install Flash?")
VLC might need the latest version. It is free, so do it!
MPEGStreamclip, Perian are okay. (Someone thought Perian had some Lion problems.)
The About this Mac and More Info windows look different. (Note from Dave: I think there were more options.)
When you install Lion, it must be installed on top of Snow Leopard. It seemed that quite a few people were uncertain that they really wanted to do it after this presentation!
Dave Strom, SMUG Vice President
Steve Bellamy, SMUG President