So, by now you’re probably aware that Apple is set to release Mountain Lion tomorrow. If not…surprise!
I came across the above video while perusing Hacker News, and the discovery could not be more timely. Sure, I watched the key note during WWDC last month! But that felt like ages ago.
Apple also has a nice compilation on their website where they list out some of the major new features in Mountain Lion. There are some general themes with this new release. First, there’s deeper sharing integration, with support for social services like Twitter, Facebook, and Vimeo. To be honest, I’m starting to get sick and tired of seeing the growing proliferation of sharing buttons. That’s coming from a blogger, no less.
Other trends is the continued progression to an iOS-themed environment, with the inclusion of Notes, Reminders, and Notifications Center. The first two I rarely/never use, while the third isn’t exactly worth wetting my pants over. For what it’s worth, Notification Center is really just a dashboard of sorts that will serve as a replacement for Growl.
Oh, I see. One distraction replacing another. My life is so much easier.
Man, this post is sure cynical for an Apple fanboy. I should probably save it until I have actually started using Mountain Lion.
To end this post on a positive note, let’s look at some things to look forward to!
Preview is sort of like this underrated tool that people constantly ignore. For the longest time, I used Adobe’s PDF viewer, Acrobat Pro. It was clunky, crash-friendly, but it seemed more capable than its counterparts merely because its interface looked so much busier. I was foolish then, but I’ve slowly learned from those mistakes. Preview is an incredible tool. You should really get to know it sometime. Schedule a lunch date or something.
Anyways, Preview is going to updated with new capabilities for filling out forms and creating inline notes. Sure, it’s something Adobe Reader/Acrobat already does probably, but it gives me two more reasons to never go back.
God, I really love this feature. Perform software automatic updates while my Mac is on sleep? AND, it does it silently?? This is black magic right???
I can’t wait to try this out.
Take my money, Apple!
$20. That’s how much Mountain Lion is going to cost you. That’s ten bucks cheaper than its predecessor. Oh no! Does that mean that this release has fewer features??
That’s for future blog post.
In the meantime, remember to download Mountain Lion tomorrow when it comes out! And yes, you can only download it from the Mac App Store.