I mean, I know I'm weird, but I have been playing with Lion some.
You know what? I kind of like it.
On my MBP, the gestures are actually very useful (three finger drag is very nice, and fast). I like fullscreen, and as much as it's a real pain to setup, Launchpad is actually alright nice you get it organized and use a gesture to get to it (it takes way too long to get it organized, and is completely oversimplified at the point).
Sorry, I am so weird.
I will now go back to my corner of internet shunned questionable pro-ness.
Yes you are but so am I. The magic trackpad I got a year ago finally had a point. Launchpad- I did just like my iPhone and organized the apps by type. Compression, editing, animation, DVDs, etc. Swiping between fullscreen apps is nice. Not just cuz it looks cool, but because I can swap apps without the dock or keyboard. But the whole thing feels very unfinished. Especially launchpad. Why'd they hide the user library? FCPX was also unfinished, and the iPhone 5 never came out, but the iPhone 4s with beta Siri did. Thunderbolt too. Came out without much to get for it. I think Steve was trying to cram 2-3 years of forward progress into 9 months.
Finally being able to re-size an active window from any edge is nice.
The new layout of Mail is too.
Mission control is Okay, but lost some Spaces functionality.
I thought I would never like the new "natural" scrolling. Meaning, scrolling on a Magical Mouse or Pad is now like an iPhone or iPad. I've been scrolling the other way since, well since you could. But, if you don't use the new natural method, swiping between screens is backwards. I decided to give it a try and now I'm amazed I'm fully adapted to it. When I pick up my MacBook Pro it's frustrating because it's still running Snow Leopard.
This natural scrolling wasn't thought through. It really dates back to being a click lock on the scroll bar, which is very natural representation of where you are in a page. And it also makes sense on things like audio sliders in FCP 7 audio tool (remember how nice and useful that is guys?). But with natural scrolling on, you have to pull down to get the faders to move up. Hardly natural. But, I switched too. I dunno why. It was a little challenge.
I'd suggest you roll with it as Apple gives it to you, at least for a week. You'll be surprised how quickly you'll get annoyed with unnatural scrolling once you get used to it.
Check this out - if you use the Magic Mouse, two finger tap opens up mission control. Two finger swipe on the mouse switches between spaces, and you can get your library folder back via a terminal command that google will provide you.
I've been rolling with Lion since the first beta and really like it a lot. For an OS that's at .3, it's pretty awesome. It's also becoming more and more apparent that those who wish to customize and reject the apple way (logitech mice, DIY RAIDS, etc., are going to miss some of the most obvious and super easy features Apple products provide. So many folks reject the magic mouse, but man it's so addictive. I never thought it would replace my logitech, but it did. Do yourself a favor and get 'better touch tool' for the trackpad. I added a five finger tap to CMD-W (close window) and 3 finger tape to 'open in reader' for Safari. You can also make app specific ones for the trackpad for things like insert edit, overwrite, etc. So so awesome.
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It's working for me, too. If you have a Wacom Bamboo tablet, you can drive the gestures on it with your fingers, too. If some of the Lion behaviors are not to your liking, there a utility called Lion Tweaks that lets you modify some of these behaviors.
I don't love it but also don't find it wildly difficult to adapt. And, as someone just said (sorry, I forget who) you can adjust certain functions so that they no longer appear backward as compared to previous versions. All in all I don't share the white hot hate that many people appear to have for Lion.
[Jeremy Garchow]"Oliver, does the bamboo work with the native Lion gestures or do you have to set it up in Wacom software?"
I think you have to install their drivers. I haven't used it much, so I don't know how extensive the support is, but you do have the option of using it like a trackpad and at least some of the gestures work.