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I knew I wasn’t going to get a review done in time to cash in on all the link bait craziness yesterday. I did not even attempt it. Instead I thought I would allow myself to give the operating system a day to bake in. I would see how it goes and write-up my impressions.
Overall, my laptop seems to be faster. It also ended with more hard drive space than when the install started. Yes, I did take into account the size of the installer that was deleted. It was only a few gigabytes, but every bit helps.
I’m bummed out that they removed the RSS reader from within the Mail app. I knew it was coming. Right before the upgrade I backed up all of my personal RSS items. It’s not like I don’t back up the same information in other formats. I admit this was a complete redundancy strategy. While I’ll miss this function it has no great effect on my normal work flow.
Being able to right-click images and send them to Flickr is awesome. This is definitely a feature I will be using. It really is only worthwhile if you are a Flickr Pro user, thankfully I already am. I no longer have to open up the browser, navigate to Flickr, and select upload. I know, this one definitely falls into first world problems.
The Twitter integration I probably won’t use. I would have to change the flow of how I do things to really use it. I rarely use the web interface. I’m assuming I may use it just a little less than I use the Twitter home page. I did select to update contact photos from Twitter. At least it is going to do that much for me.
The notification center is cool. I did have to download Hiss so my Growl notifications are sent to it. It gives me a simple an obtrusive method to check status of different things. I’ve used Growl almost as long as I have used OSX. I never managed to delve into the advanced features, but as a desktop notifier it works great. Essentially the notification bar gives me a command center that I can hide or show when I want.
Other than those things, I haven’t tried out anything in my normal workflow. I have no complaints at all. Definitely worth the 19.99 upgrade cost for the increased speed. Overall, I’m happy with it.