Top 10 Lion-Ready Apps
Apple's OS X Lion brings with it a variety of new features that app developers are quickly implementing. Full-screen apps, multitouch gesturing, and resume are just a few of the features software makers are using to improve their creations. Unfortunately, Apple doesn't make it easy to find Lion-ready apps in the Mac App Store--at least not yet. That's where we come in. We searched the App Store up and down to bring you 10 of the best Lion-ready apps currently available.
iWork ($19.99 for each app)
Apple’s iWork productivity suite, Cupertino’s answer to Microsoft Office, takes full advantage of several of Lion’s new features. The "Pages" word processor, Numbers spreadsheet software, and Keynote presentation program all support full-screen mode and autosave, which stores a copy of your work every five minutes or during pauses.
Each component also supports Versions, which automatically creates a new version of a document each time it is accessed and every hour (so you can easily compare changes). Then there's the very useful resume, which restarts a closed app wherever you left off. Autosave is especially welcome, because it will eliminate those panicked 1 a.m. searches for documents that you forgot to save before your laptop’s battery finally gave out.
BusyMac’s BusyCal is a desktop-based calendar that offers users the ability to share their calendars across small workgroups. Calendars can be synced between a user’s iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Google Calendar, or iCal.
Calendar sharing provides multiple users with access to and the ability to edit a single calendar, while Sticky Notes add notes to calendars that users can share with others on their network. The app has been around for a while, but this latest release offers a host of Lion enhancements, including full-screen mode, trackpad gesture support, and Lion’s new scrollbars.
Cruz Browser ($2.99)
Tutor for Lion ($4.99)
Sparrow is a Mac mail client that offers near native support for Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, or any custom IMAP server. Facebook integration allows users to see their friends profile pictures in Sparrow and add friends through the app. Quicklook lets you preview all of your attachments, while inline attachments lets you drag and drop documents and photos directly into your messages.
Lion users can take advantage of multitouch gesture support and full-screen mode. The app also supports Lion’s bounce feature, which will automatically bounce emails back to senders you don’t want contacting you, making it appear as if your email address doesn’t exist.
OS X Lion Server ($49.99)
WordCrasher is a cross between Tetris and Scrabble that forces users to create words out of random letters as they fall down the playing field. Holding off and using several letters to form a long word will score you more points, but if you let the letters reach the top of the screen it’s game over.
You can use either your mouse or keyboard to make the words, but using a keyboard is your best bet. Lion support for WordCrasher comes in the form of full-screen mode and resume, which can prove quite useful when you're in the middle of an intense game and the boss swings by your desk.