If you followed the previous ‘switch’ post, you know that I was almost ready with the install process. Now, after a few more hours of installation, authorization, etc. I’m ready with all the installation chore. All my softwares, all my plugins are up and running. Just in case you forgot it: I’m absolutely against the built-in migration assistant app. Use a full backup instead.
I’ve heard many good and bad things about Lion, but nothing can be more informative than personal experience. The first few days with the new os is absolutely flawless. I had to set up a few things in the os to fit my taste and workflow. These are not complicated things, but one article helped me much: Ceri Thomas’ Taming the Lion blogpost.
While I absolutley love Apple’s minimalist phylosophy, sometimes they rip away too much (in my opinion of course). I love to see hidden files and folders, my hard drives, etc. These so called personal preferences can be set in a few minutes. Once you are ready with all the personal things, nothing else left but to use the computer as usual. For me, Lion is faster and much more snappier than Snow leopard. I know that different hardware leads to different results, but each and every of my little tests showed the same speed increase. Of course, the most interesting part is how will the new os behave under pressure? In professional environment, when we deal with sessions in Pro Tools, then need to denoise some material in Izotope rx, then have a recording session with multiple cue mixes, then maybe need to do a temp mix. These are the real benchmarks.
I don’t just trust a new os. To be honest, probably I’m one of the most suspicious when it comes for a big change like this. I’m untiringly test the system in every possible situation to make sure about its stability and reliability. With Pro Tools it seems to me that it is up to the task. I mean I have almost zero problem with snow leopard 10.6.8 (beside a few bugs in pt) and now Lion seems to handle the tasks even better. The whole system tends to stay more responsive and snappy under the burden of huge sessions.
I wait a few days, trying out new things in Lion, and then I’ll decide how the “new-twice-as-amazing” features are working for me. Now, it’s enough about computers! But now, I started to experiment with magic trackpad, I’ll report back about it…