Terminal.app Is Getting A Subtle Yet Gorgeous Facelift In OS X Lion

Terminal.app Is Getting A Subtle Yet Gorgeous Facelift In OS X Lion

When OS X 10.7 ships later this summer, one of its least used yet most beloved system applications will be getting a gorgeous new facelift.

Starting with Lion, Terminal.app will not only gain the ability to adjust the blur on transparent terminal windows, as seen in the above screenshot, but program will finally get a true full-screen mode, perfect for immersive late night sys rooting (not to mention Nethack all-niters).

Even better? Full-screen Terminal works great with Lion’s new multitouch gestures.

Full screen Terminal is made even more interesting when combined with some of the new multitouch gestures; a four fingered sideways swipe on a touchpad will smoothly slide between full screen apps and desktops.

Here’s what one of those transitions looks like under Lion:

Terminal.app Is Getting A Subtle Yet Gorgeous Facelift In OS X Lion

There’s plenty of third-party terminal applications that do stuff like this, but it’s nice to know that Apple will be fleshing out the default Terminal.app in Lion. These are changes anyone who spends time at the command line will find pleasantly surprising.

  • Imp

    Personally I hate Apple’s Fullscreen. I use “Spaces” a lot, and when I switch to my 4th Space, Apple Mail just isn’t there when its open in Fullscreen, meaning I have to use the Arrow Keys to navigate through “Spaces” when using Fullscreen Apps.

    Sucks.

  • benmiller

    bugreport 4tw!

  • Imp

    Above scenario is just as an example, same issue is present with Safari and any other Apple App I use in Fullscreen.

    Glad for finally a Terminal re-fresh, but at the same time, still waiting for the iTunes re-fresh, its one of the few Apps left that hasn’t received a single change in the Lion “Beta” so far. Not even a Fullscreen Button in the top right hand corner or a change to the scroll bar. Nothing.

  • andersonshatch

    New tabs open in the same directory as the current one too. Didn’t happen in SL.

  • Howie Isaacks

    I like the new terminal a lot, but I have to clear the display after launching it a few times.  It lists all of my past logins at the top of the window, instead of the last prior login.  This is annoying.

  • Charlie B

    You get easy access to change the ANSI colours now too.

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