Apple: OS X Lion installed & test driving now… so far I am impressed & doing some very good lap time.
Burning Midnight Oil…Installed OS X Lion and test driving…
So far I am doing some very good Lap times.
Don't know why this happen to me all the time…a coincident maybe, I mention in my last post on Sri Lanka that my next post would be from Thailand, but then came Lion OS X last night. Now I am test driving…mind you half a sleep so please forgive me for any grammar and spelling mistakes…I need another coffee.
Like before, every time I have to go on a trip, just days before (it happen with Aperture 3 and others) a major update got released, so last night I burned midnight oil and installed Lion OX.
Lucky I had a good internet connection and the downloading only took 3.5 hours plus another 45 minutes for installation and checking the system, I was done by 4:12 AM. I just realized this is the entire flight duration from Manila to Bangkok.
Most of us in the Philippines and in Asia general going to have some difficulty with good connection speed, the only draw back when downloading huge files.
You might ask why going through all this trouble and burning midnight oil, (BTW I love the Band) but I am a Certified Apple Pro Trainer for Aperture and have classroom session and workshops I need to know if there are any issues so I can trouble shoot when needed.
But now to my first observation and some tips for you to move over to Lion, first of all; Make sure you have a back up of your previous system and you updated Snow Leopard prior installation. Making a good back up is absolutely crucial, you never know what can go wrong, Time Machine is a good choice but you can also clone your hard drive via another software if you wish to do so, but make sure you BACK UP!
Lion OS X is only available via download for the Apple App Store and it is about 3.5Gig this is a big Baby for downloading, so a very good connection is important, don't try this with a dial up, which brings me to the next issue, there are some rumors that Apple is going to supply some Memory sticks for some US$ 69.00 with Lion OS X but they want be available until August and this is not sure either.
If you must get Lion now go to a friends place buy some wine and sleep on the couch over night, or ask your Boss if you can do it at work, a good connection and healthy relationship in this case with your Boss is important to.
Compatibility, I am still test driving but so far have not encountered any major issues and the Lion is doing just fine except for some minor issues and getting use to an all new experience.
The scroll bar is gone, well not quiet, it only shows now when you move the mouse or scroll on the trackpad then it will show, the new interface is slick and responsive very quirky, nice one.
Of course there are some 3rd party softwares which do not run and below is a list of some I encountered, not a big deal I can either do without them or a fix will be available soon.
Aperture 3, not a glitch running very cool, Motion 5 is also not a problem, as a matter of fact almost everything I am running from before is fine.
Mail is now very slick just like on your iPhone or iPad, love this new look, but you might have to get use to the new way of scrolling and if you don't like it then you can always set it up to your preference.
Older versions of Stuff it Expander is not running, very old version of Microsoft Office like Word are also not supported, Drop Copy has an issue but no need for that any more since Lion has now Air Drop build in and that works within 30 feet, perfect.
For some 3rd party software you might need to install the serial number again but other than that, all is fine.
A bigger issue is fotoQuote: OSX Lion and Cradoc fotoSoftware programs and an Update pre-announcement
|Apple is releasing Mac OS Lion (OSX 10.7) today. The part of this email about the operating system pertains only to Mac users but we've sent this to both Mac and Windows users because of the fotoQuote Pro pre-announcement below that is in the works.
Apple has dropped its Rosetta support for many older programs and features in the Lion operating system conflict with many new programs as well. Because of this we suggest that you wait as long as possible to update to Lion.|
Peach Press announced some good reading material, like how to Tame OS X Lion, if you really get deep into it check it out @ http://www.peachpit.com/index.aspx
Rapid Weaver running perfect as matter of fact this is the very first post from OS X Lion, no problems.
I am still testing some other 3rd party software and if you don't hear from then all is good, however if I come across some issues I shall report them to you. Lion is so far super cool and very snappy indeed, lots of new and cool features.
But Remember…before any installation, Back Up and look for a very good connection!
BTW - if you do run into trouble and living in Manila talk to one of the trainers at Power Mac Center they are only to willing and help you out.
Now I have to run…my next post will be for sure from Thailand.
Motion 5, Final Cut Pro X & Compressor 4 important things to watch out for during installations
The all new FCP X - Motion 5 - Compressor 4
now Available at the Apple App Store
Apple has just released a complete new Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5 and Compressor 4, within a few hours of the release I had Motion 5 downloaded and installed, I love using Motion for my Presentations together with Aperture 3.
After burning some midnight oil the installation was straight forward including the "first" download of some 1.09 GIG that took some time even with a good internet connection from the Apple Apps Store.
The new interface of Motion 5
Installation complete so I thought...I clicked on the Motion icon at the Dock and here it was Motion 5, I open it...clicked a few new buttons in Motion 5 but then all of a sudden... the screen turned black. Uhhh...grrrr, I had now a restart on my hands.
My mistake... I should have checked first some sources for the installation, instructions which I only found much later, no instructions or warnings included during the first download/installation, it is all automatic direct from the Apple Apps store.
After installation the first thing you should do is a Software update which I found out, but now I had to download and install yet another 1 + Gig and a smaller pro application and morning was approaching.
But the biggest shock came when I was looking for my previous older version of Motion, I could not locate it anymore, well that was late last night (I guess it was early morning) and with a clear head the next day I did manage to find it.
Again it was done all in automatic and the older version of Motion was actually in the Applications folder, inside the Final Cut Studio Pro Folder.
It is indeed confusing that the new FCP/Motion/Compressor are installed “on top” of the old ones, meaning into the exact same directory, the icon you have in your dock automatically points to the new version without you having to change anything, as mention fully auto and no warnings or advise prior installation or download.
So don't panic if you can't find your old FCP or Motion, it is all there under Applications in the Final Cut Studio Folder.
I have already posted this advise last night ahead of this Blog on Twitter: Very Important Info: Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4: Installation best practices
Installation best practices http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4722
I am sure we will hear a lot more about the newly released FCPX, Motion and Compressor in the coming weeks, today is only my very first initial findings and I hope it will help some of you with the installations. BTW there is at the moment no Soundtrack studio in the Apps Store another question yet to be answered.
I am running some tests at the moment on Motion 5 and once I have some results I post a Multimedia presentation on my Blog, again using the combination Aperture 3 with Motion 5.
On the first glance the new Motion 5 interface looks very slick and cool from what I can tell so far (only downloaded it last night) a lot easier to use and to work with, but more on that later...and make sure you have a very a good internet connection for these huge files.