I was one of the first folks to update to Lion when it became available on the app store. This is normally not my M.O. as I usually wait for the first few patch fixes to come out for any operating system. However, for Lion I was very excited because of the prospect of a better Apple Mail. Along with Apple Mail came a new iCal and a new Address Book. All of the UI enhancements closely resembled the iPad. While this was not terrible I was a bit annoyed that we didn’t have the ability to customize the appearance of iCal and Address Book back to the old look and feel. The new look had a leather appearance with torn sheets design. It looks very un-apple and feels a bit clumsy to use.
I also noticed there were a few nuances that were quite annoying. Apple by default now hides your Library folders and doesn’t allow you to mess with them. Another annoying component was the fact that Launchpad while extremely useful was very cumbersome to update and move apps around. I also noticed that if you “X”-ed an app you were actually removing and deleting it from the app directory. The only way to really organize everything was to use folders and I didn’t want to mess with my main app directory structure.
I also still never liked the 3d look of the dock. In snow leopard I actually changed it to 2d which I thought was much nicer but for some reason Lion returned it back to the 3d dock.
Last but not least was the unfortunate font issues with Apple pre-installed fonts, namely Helvetica Neue. This one was a simple solution as all you have to do is use the LinoType version of the font and you are set.
Display your library folder in Mac OS X Lion
Open the Terminal app and type
chflags nohidden ~/Library/
The Library folder will reappear in your user folder.
Customize and hide apps from Launchpad from the Preference Pane
Change Mac OS X Lion Dock Theme to 2D
Open up the terminal and type
defaults write com.apple.dock no-glass -boolean YES
Now reload the dock by typing
Remove Mac OS X Lion iCal and Address Book Leather Design
And lastly, Mac OS X Lion GrowlMail for Apple Mail 5.0 Notifications Update
I posted this last week however, here it is again here