Yes, Mac OS X is cheap at $29. In some ways, it’s more sophisticated than previous Mac cats. In other ways, Lion is dumbed down for the masses.
After Lion’s release, one of the first things many Mac users wanted was customization. Get rid of some of those new features and get things back to the way they were in Snow Leopard. Here’s 18 point and click ways to tweak Lion on your Mac.
Back To The Way Things Used To Be
Each new release of Mac OS X seemed to advance Apple’s state of the art. Until Lion. Apple appears to be determined to make Lion, capable though it may be, easy for the great unwashed masses of Windows switchers who love their iPhones, iPods, and iPads to have a similar love for the Mac through a familiar interface.
That means Lion comes with some gotcha features that veteran Mac users don’t care for.
For many of us, it’s a healthy list; healthy enough to need correction.
Lion Tweaks is a hastily developed Mac app that aims to tweak Lion on your Mac. It brings back some of what you loved in Snow Leopard, and dispenses some of what you don’t like about Lion.
Even better, Lion Tweaks is free, restores Lion to default settings with a click, and could not be much easier to use unless you hire someone to do the pointing and clicking for you.
What you get is a healthy list of Lion features to enable or disable, depending on your needs.
One function that Apple took away from Lion that I missed right away was Finder access to the user Library folder. Lion Tweaks brings it back with a click.
You can also enable the 2D Dock, remove all that new-fangled animation, kill the leather look in iCal or Address Book, and add a few functions you probably didn’t know you had or need.
For example, Lion has a hidden FTP server. Click to turn it on and your Mac does FTP out (instead of just in). Remove the Reading List icon in Safari, enable permanent scrollbars (instead of having them pop up when you mouse over).
Even customize the Launchpad folder background image. Alas, there’s no way to control or manage Launchpad icons other than the old fashioned way. Manually.
Lion Tweaks opens up a few other features that are not new to Lion. That includes Show Hidden Files. For an even bigger list of tweakable options, try Onyx or Maintenance, both free.