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Thinking of upgrading to Lion. Need opinions

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mac2112 Calculating status...
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Oct 27, 2011 12:49 PM

I have a MBP, about 2 yrs old. Thinking of upgrading to Lion so that I can take "advantage" of icloud. Heard conflicting advice as to weather or not its a good idea. Have all the issues been sorted out? I'd love some real insight from users here

 

thanks

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,035 points)
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    Oct 27, 2011 12:51 PM (in response to mac2112)

    It really is irrelevant to your decision. If you want iCloud you must upgrade to Lion.

  • bobwild Level 4 Level 4 (1,510 points)
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    Oct 27, 2011 1:05 PM (in response to mac2112)

    What? There are issues? I have been running Lion since release date on an iMAC and had no issues with Lion.

  • Tony T1 Level 6 Level 6 (8,125 points)
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    Oct 27, 2011 1:09 PM (in response to mac2112)

    mac2112 wrote:

     

    Have all the issues been sorted out? I'd love some real insight from users here

     

    thanks

     

    No, neither have the issues been sorted out in Snow Leopard, Leopard, Tiger, Panther, ...... or ever DOS

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,510 points)
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    Oct 27, 2011 1:14 PM (in response to mac2112)

    Are there any Power PC applications or hardware drivers that you are addicted to? If you upgrade to Lion it will be "Farewell" to Rosetta forever. Otherwise just go ahead and enjoy Lion.

     

     

    Léonie

  • GlennW Calculating status...
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    Oct 27, 2011 1:15 PM (in response to mac2112)

    You will get conflicting advice regarding just about any technology purchase or upgrade you ever consider.  With every change some people love it and some people hate it. Lion has generated more passionate responses than most (although if you go back and look at some of the posts from when Snow Leopard first came out you will see a lot of negative comments there as well).  This is most likely due to the combination of new features that are very controversial (versions, autosave, Launchpad, Mission Control), the loss of support for older Power PC software, and that some users continue to have stability issues.

     

    For answers to your Adobe questions look here.

     

    Bottom line, as Kappy says, if you want iCloud you need to upgrade. If you do want to upgrade, make sure the software you currently use is compatible with Lion or has a compatible upgrade available that you are willing to buy.  Your hardware should be fine running Lion.  You will be happiest if your MBP has at least 4 GB of memory.  If you run memory-intensive programs or tend to have lots of apps open simultaneously put in as much memory as you can afford.  A two year old MBP should support 8 GB.  That's what I have in my late 2008 MacBook.

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,010 points)
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    Oct 27, 2011 1:24 PM (in response to léonie)

    leonieDF wrote:

     

    Are there any Power PC applications or hardware drivers that you are addicted to? If you upgrade to Lion it will be "Farewell" to Rosetta forever. Otherwise just go ahead and enjoy Lion.

     

     

    Léonie

    That's a very critical point.  I had one PPC application (Quicken) that I used a lot and would have gladly paid for an Intel version if one was available.  I did find a poor substitute (Quicken Essentials) that functions with Intel machines.  I deliberately held off my upgrade until I was confident that I would have no need to access the old Quicken files.  I now have Lion and couldn't be happier (except, of course, for the crappy Quicken Essentials).

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,010 points)
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    Oct 27, 2011 1:39 PM (in response to mac2112)

    Yes, you can migrate to iCloud and keep your iWeb site on MM at least until they pull the plug some eight months from now.  I've done it myself and I'm using the ample warning time to look into alternatives.

     

    My CS5 works fine.  Absolutely no issues whatever.

  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,420 points)
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    Oct 27, 2011 1:39 PM (in response to Philly_Phan)

    I tried Quicken Essentials but only after I bought it did I discover how truly poor of a substitute it was. In fact for me it was so poor that even after paying for QE I dumped it anyway for iBank.

     

    Allan

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,010 points)
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    Oct 27, 2011 1:43 PM (in response to Allan Eckert)

    Allan Eckert wrote:

     

    I tried Quicken Essentials but only after I bought it did I discover how truly poor of a substitute it was. In fact for me it was so poor that even after paying for QE I dumped it anyway for iBank.

     

    Allan

    I tried iBank but had difficulty with it.  It was unable to access most of my financial organizations.  Honestly, I didn't do too much troubleshooting with it because the data conversion didn't work too well and I was spending every waking hour tweaking the data.  I'm thinking about changing over on the first of the new year and starting out blank.

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,010 points)
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    Oct 27, 2011 1:44 PM (in response to mac2112)

    mac2112 wrote:

     

    Thanks Philly Phan.

     

    And will I be able to make changes to the site? Basically continue to use it and iweb exactly the same way, until june 2012 of course, right?

     

    Thanks

    Yes.  iWeb functions with Lion exactly as it did with SL.  Since upgrading to Lion some ten days ago, I modified my web site twice.

  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,420 points)
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    Oct 27, 2011 1:50 PM (in response to Philly_Phan)

    I had exactly the opposite experience between Quicken and iBank. I never was able to get anything downloaded to Quicken from any banks I work with. On the other hand iBank, in their latest version, was able to connect up first try. Online banking was one of the big fixes in this latest version.

     

    Allan

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