“Apple is finally letting go of old windowing conventions that date back to the original Macintosh, allowing users in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion to fluidly interact with windows any way they like,” Prince McLean reports for AppleInsider.
“Many of these advances were pioneered by iPhone’s iOS, including the removal of full sized scroll bars that tend to take up a significant strip of valuable real estate, particularly on mobile devices,” McLean reports. “As was only hinted at previously, Mac OS X Lion will similarly draw only subtle ‘overlay scrollbars’ when necessary, allowing them to fade away to avoid consuming area within windows.”
McLean reports, “The Mac now gains the ability to resize windows from any edge or corner, similar to features exposed over twenty years ago by Jobs’ NeXTSTEP operating system, but which were removed from Mac OS X in order to preserve the look and feel of the original Mac UI. Lion exposes flexible window resizing without resorting to resize controls however; the edges of windows remain borderless, with only a pointer change indicating the directions a window boundary can be resized.”
Read more in the full article, which includes videos and info on enhanced gestures and new Finder features here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]