Last month, Apple released the latest update to its Mac OS X operating system, known as OS X 10.7 Lion. This is without a doubt one of the most significant updates that Apple has made to the operating system that powers its various models of computers, and proves that Apple is dedicated to bringing together the best parts of its iOS mobile operating system with OS X to create a premier computing experience.
While Lion has received a large amount of praise from journalists, bloggers and users alike since its release, a few of the changes have irked long time MacBook, MacBook Pro and MacBook Air users who had become accustomed to the way that OS X operated in previous versions. Thankfully, an independent developer has taken matters in to their own hands, and released a program called Lion Tweaks which is intended to remedy this problem.
The main issue that most of those frustrated with Lion have is that Apple included a lot more “eye candy” in this release. It's clear that the Lion design team wanted to sugar coat a few of the features in OS X to make them a bit more friendly for the average MacBook user without sacrificing any of the quality that Apple has built into its flagship operating system. When changes like this are made, power users tend to become frustrated and try to change things back to the way they prefer them; this is exactly what Lion Tweaks was made to do.
Essentially, the Lion Tweaks software lets users pick and choose which of the Lion features they want to use and allows many of the features to be turned off entirely. Lion Tweaks also provides users with the ability to customize many different pieces of OS X, fine tuning such things as the theming of the iCal calendar program, using a 2D dock, disabling Apple's built-in spelling correction, enabling permanent scrollbars in windows, or allowing keystrokes to repeat by holding down a single key on the keyboard.
Lion Tweaks is extremely easy to use. One simply downloads and runs the program to view a window offering a number of settings. From here, you simply click “Yes” or “No” buttons to enable or disable the feature in question. The software works immediately, however a couple of users have reported that it's best to reboot the machine to ensure that all of the intended changes have taken effect.
What's the best part about Lion Tweaks? It's free! It's almost unheard of to see a tweaking program this powerful get released to the world at no charge, so if you are a MacBook or MacBook Pro user who is already sick of how some of the changes in Lion look or feel, you can simply download Lion Tweaks and make the changes you want.
One final note - for power users that find that Lion Tweaks isn't offering enough options to customize OS X, it's worth checking out another free program called TinkerTool. TinkerTool has been around for quite a while, and was recently updated to work properly with OS X 10.7 Lion. Inside TinkerTool, users can adjust settings for the Dock, Finder, the Desktop, Fonts, Login Items, Safari, iTunes and more. The software is incredibly powerful and allows for significant customization, but isn't intended for beginners or those that don't already know their way around OS X. If you're unsure about what some changes mean, it may be best to avoid them to prevent any issues from popping up.
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