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OS X Mountain Lion Sneak Peek

Mountain Lion OS X 10.8 is coming this summer with relatively small improvements to Lion 10.7. that are mainly designed to make the iOS and OS X platforms more integrated. Here are main features of Mountain Lion:

iCloud

iCloud keeps your mail, calendars, contacts, documents, and more up to date on every device you use. So when you add, delete, or edit something on your Mac, it happens on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. And vice versa.

Messages

Messages lets you send unlimited messages to anyone on a Mac or an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch running iOS 5. Send photos, videos, documents, and contacts — even send messages to a group. You can see when your message has been delivered and when someone’s typing a reply. Turn on read receipts, and they’ll see when you’ve read a message. With end-to-end encryption, your messages stay safe and private. And you can start a conversation on your Mac and pick it up on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Reminders

When you have so much to do, Reminders helps you get it done. It’s all in a list. More than one, in fact. Make as many lists as you need and easily add to them. Set due dates and you’ll get alerts as deadlines approach. Check items off your lists as you go and keep track of what you’ve completed. And to be sure you don’t forget anything, iCloud keeps your reminders up to date on your Mac, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.

Notes

Notes in OS X Mountain Lion is designed for whatever’s on your mind. Think it up. Jot it down. Make it even more noteworthy with photos, images, and attachments. You can add, delete, and flip through your notes or do a quick search. Use the Share button to send your notes to friends or colleagues with Mail or Messages. Pin important notes to your desktop so they’re easy to get to. And take them with you everywhere. Notes works with iCloud, so when you create or edit a note on your Mac, it automatically updates on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Notification Center

Something new is always popping up somewhere on your Mac — an email, an instant message, a friend request, a calendar alert, and more. Notification Center makes it easy to stay up to speed, because there’s one place to see everything. Notification banners appear on your desktop and disappear quickly so they don’t interrupt what you’re doing. Swipe to the left, and you’ll see all your notifications in a simple, ordered list. So you’ll always know what’s up as soon as it comes up.

Share Sheets

You’ll find the Share button in many OS X Mountain Lion apps. It’s the new, easy way to spread the word — links, photos, and videos, too. Send links from Safari. Send your notes via Mail and Messages. Post photos to Flickr. Send videos to Vimeo. And tweet just about anything.

Twitter

OS X Mountain Lion keeps you on top of all things Twitter. Sign in once and you’re all set to start tweeting — and you don’t have to leave the app you’re in. Tweet links and photos directly from Safari, iPhoto, or Photo Booth with the new Tweet Sheet. Tweet comments and add locations. And when someone mentions you in a tweet or sends you a direct message, you’ll get a Twitter notification right then and there.

Game Center

The Mac is about to go up against iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch — in a friendly Game Center way. Now it’s a bigger playing field with even more competition. Just create a Game Center account with your Apple ID. Then sign in and you’re in. Friends will find you fast, and you’ll track them down easily. Get a multiplayer game started or go up against people you don’t know. Check out leaderboards and see how your high score ranks against opponents’ scores around the world. And discover new games based on the ones you and your friends already play.

AirPlay Mirroring

This new feature in Mountain Lion is made for an audience. With AirPlay Mirroring, you can stream what’s on your Mac to your HDTV via Apple TV. Show web pages and videos to friends on the couch. Share lessons with a classroom. Present to a conference room. It’s a big deal for your Mac. And for everyone around it.

Gatekeeper

Gatekeeper in OS X Mountain Lion makes the Mac safer than ever. It helps prevent you from unknowingly downloading and installing malicious software. And it gives you control over which applications to download and run on your Mac. Now you can choose from three security options. You can download and run applications from anywhere, just as in OS X Lion. To be even safer, download and run apps from the Mac App Store and apps with a Developer ID. Or download and run only apps from the Mac App Store — the safest setting of all. Gatekeeper lets you decide which setting is best for you.

Commenting on this Blog entry will be automatically closed on April 12, 2012.

ItalianMike's picture
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I'm really happy to see iMessage making it's way to the desktop. Ever since I got my first iPhone I've wanted to be able to send text messages from the desktop. I guess we are not fully there as it only goes to other iPhone users but it's a nice step in the right direction. Now they will need to get the system smart enough only push notifications to the device you have most recently used, so my laptop, iPhone, and iPad don't all make noise at the same time.

It's a really amazing time to be on the Apple platform because it's just coming together like never before. My wife bought a MacBook Air last week, her first Apple, and setting it up was a breeze. On the first login, everything was pulled in emails, contacts, address book. Such an amazing first experience for all these people that make the shift from iPhone to Mac. I remember when I used to do clean installs for new OS releases and afterwards would have to return preference files for all my apps. That stuff is all soon a thing of the past.

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I think I am more psyched about the GateKeeper. I know that we are not a target of malicious material, but now that the Mac is getting closer to Windows, it is only a matter of time. I really wish they would come out with something that doesn't pull on my processor like a few apps out there. I would also be more comfortable with something from Apple.

qwertyale's picture
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I ever expect more from Apple. I want a breakthrough Safari (because I use Chrome) or a browser that don't close randomly at iPad and more creative top menu bar or transparency on windows border. I use Dragthing and Growl to make something more creative on my workspace because It's becoming boring at all.

The notification area is not new for us. We use RSS Bar and twitter, Instagram Carousel and other geeky stuffs to create more "immersive" desktop.

I can't believe these stuffs are killing 07' 08' macbook updates (mine is mid 2010). A lot of good apps can be made with actual GUI, look the app called Courier that I love so much.

http://youtu.be/DSZY1jIqHGs

Apple need more talented GUI experts.

yes I'm brazilian xD

qwertyale's picture
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Apple will release an updated Safari as we desired with a single address/search bar:
http://www.theverge.com/2012/2/16/2803593/safari-5-2-developer-preview-mountain-lion-ui

yes I'm brazilian xD

Ivan's picture

Nice

ItalianMike's picture
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Like iMessages on the desktop, a unified search/address bar is something I've been waiting on for ages now.

qwertyale's picture
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Today I get rid of annoying "reopen windows when logging back in" function on shutdown process... Expect Apple make this setting available on Mountain...

yes I'm brazilian xD

Ivan's picture

How did you get rid of it?

qwertyale's picture
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I restored again because I'd many changes that make my boot very slow and I don't have time now to investigate if this script was the cause. I installed a lot of things on same day.

the tip is on the link below:
(undo if your system boot become slow)
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http://ikluge.com/2011/08/24/getting-rid-of-lions-application-restore/

yes I'm brazilian xD

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