Natural Scrolling is a new feature in the latest version of OS X (called Lion), and for some reason it’s drawing massing amounts of hate. If you’re unfamiliar with it, let me explain it briefly. At the heart of it all is the idea that all our lives, we’ve been scrolling backwards. When you roll your mouse wheel down, the content on the page goes up. The same is true for scrolling with a track pad… drag your fingers down and the content moves up as well.
Natural Scrolling turns this upside down, quite literally. Dragging your fingers down will result in whatever you’re looking at traveling toward the bottom of the screen, as though you were actually touching it. This sounds like a completely wild and stupid thing to do, until you consider the iPhone and iPad. When navigating with these devices, you’re already unconsciously using natural scrolling. All Apple did was apply that principle to OS X instead of having it solely on iOS.
Personally, I use a Magic Trackpad and have found that after the initial fight with muscle memory, I absolutely love the change.
There are a lot of people who are violently opposed to it, however, and have taken to any form of media available to bash Apple as being stupid or what have you. I don’t understand this reaction, because there are hundreds of features in every operating system that users tweak to their own preference. This is no different. If you don’t like it, simply don’t use it. It’s extremely easy to disable. Most of the people who have gone on rants about how stupid it is could have disabled it 20 times over by the time they finished typing said rant out.
Am I in the minority here? Are there any other Mac users out there that like scrolling the “natural” way?
- How to use Trackpad gestures in Lion (onsoftware.en.softonic.com)
- Get Lion’s new scrolling in Snow Leopard today (macworld.com)
- First Impressions of OS X Lion (jnassi.wordpress.com)
- Mac OS X Lion wants to reverse how you scroll – and we don’t like it (digitaltrends.com)