Activate Motion Blur On Mac OS X Lion

I just came across this cool feature in Mac OS X Lion and couldn’t help myself from sharing it here. Mission Control in Mac OS X Lion has a unique ’Motion Blur‘ effect that can be activated as follows:

Firstly, you need to  enter Enter Mission Control. On entering you can use shortcut “Command+M” to activate motion blur.

Blur Mission Control

As you can see in the above image the motion blur effect can be seen by moving about within the Mission Control performing actions, its also visible while entering and exiting into Mission Control, also while clearing the desktop windows, switching between desktops, and selecting apps and windows.

It’s a very cool effect to show off, but the motion blur can get slightly fizzy on obsolete  Macs or machines with less RAM, which is probably why Apple hasn’t made the effect as a default feature. You can always deactivate blur by pressing Command+M again.

Similarly, a blur effect can be activated  in Launchpad by using the same keyboard shortcut. Both of these bits of eye candy were seen in the original presentation for OS X Lion at the “Back to the Mac” event.

Check out the video below to see it in action: