The 10 best features of Apple’s OS X Mountain Lion

Apple’s new OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion “brings more than 200 new features to boost the way you use your Mac. Making use of iCloud, Mountain Lion claims to make it easier than ever to keep all of your media, documents and important information in one place and, as a result, available across all of your devices. It also adds deep integration with Facebook and Twitter, turning your Mac into a highly sociable machine,” Ben Harvell writes for MacFormat via TechRadar.

“The gradual merging of iOS and OS X features continues with the arrival of Messages, Reminders, Notifications and Dictation in Mountain Lion – the aim being to make switching between any of your Apple devices as seamless as possible,” Harvell writes. “But do you need these new bells and whistles or should you be content with what you’ve got? We weigh up the new features as well as the upgrade considerations in order to provide you with an answer.”

The 10 best features of Apple’s OS X Mountain Lion:
1. Social integration
2. Game Center for Mac
3. Improved Notifications
4. AirPlay
5. Messages
6. Notes and Reminders
7. Dictation on the Mac
8. Power Nap
9. Better security (Gatekeeper)
10. Safari 6

Read more in the full article here.

31 Comments

  1. None of these bullshit “features” are worth the thousands of $ it would cost me to replace my Rosetta dependent apps and I’d like to continue using Save As without having to fight my operating system.

          1. Fujifilm’s Hyper Utility RAW software for their professional digital SLR’s is Rosetta only. I can’t give up that software so I am stuck on Snow Leopard for at least 2-3 more years.

            Really sucks.

            1. You’re not missing anything unless you’re a gamer, generation X or Y socialite, or like software that apparently had no quality assurance provisions in place.

      1. … list. I’m confident that ML is in several (many?) ways better than M and SL, but “better security” – doesn’t EVERY Mac have “better security”? – is the only one I’d bother upgrading for. So … maybe I won’t?
        Not whining. Just stating the facts. Accepting the “penalty”. That “Save As” feature out-weighs all that froth listed above.

      1. Notifications and reminders do NOT work great. How about a stupid notification that can only be blindly snoozed with no options for customized delays? If I want my notification to come back in one hour or two hours, instead of popping up constantly like a barking chihuahua, ML doesn’t offer that. It’s worse than before in this regard.

      2. You seem to have missed how those Rosetta apps worked great for 10% of the 21st Century.

        In many, smaller fields, app developers do software development as a sideline to their real work. They don’t have the inclination, time, or other resources to produce updates for every OS change.

  2. I just love how ML quits my app after closing the last window.

    I FEEL RIGHT A HOME LIKE WINDOWS!

    Never mind it takes forever to open the apps like Photoshop.

    1. ML doesn’t quit apps after closing the last window any differently than other version of OS X. Tested with Mail, Safari, Skype, Logic, iTunes, Calendar, Messages.

      There are a few apps that close when you click the red button — Contacts and iPhoto being two of them. iPhoto has always been this way. I don’t spend enough time in contacts to know whether or not it’s always been this way.

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