Mountain Lion boasts a number of improvements designed to help you work faster and more efficiently. Foremost among these is Documents in the Cloud, which makes it easy to keep documents synced across your Mac and iOS devices. Apple apps like TextEdit, Pages, Numbers and Keynote have support built-in, and third-party developers can write the feature in.
Launch TextEdit, for example, and go to File > Open. The dialogue shows the document stored on your Mac and those stored in iCloud. It will look a little bare to begin with, but begin typing into a new TextEdit document and the magic begins…
If you haven’t added a title to your document, it will just appear as an untitled file in iCloud with the date it was last edited. Save the file, and the document title updates too. You can even drag tags text documents onto the iCloud pane to send them to the cloud.
Each time you open TextEdit you’ll be able to see all of the files you have stored in the cloud and access and edit them as you would any other document. You can also drag files on top of one another in the iCloud pane to create an iOS-style folder. That folder then appears as a location under the iCloud section of the Save File menu. The same feature is available in Preview, Pages, Numbers and Keynote, so you can quickly find a file by the app it was created in, regardless of the device it was created on.
In your iPad or iPhone, make sure you’re logged in to the same iCloud account, launch Pages and, hey presto, there’s your file. Make changes to the file on your iOS device and, boom, the changes are reflected back in your Mac.
Another way that Mountain Lion will speed things up with the integrated sharing features: You can share links directly from Safari to Twitter or Facebook, send Videos directly from QuickTime to YouTube and Vimeo, and upload image directly from iPhoto and Preview to Flickr. The share button even gives you the option to add content to Message or send it in an email.
You can also make use of AirDrop to send all types of media and content from your apps to another Macs connected to same wireless network. Simply select AirDrop from the Sharing menu a pick a destination computer.
Once the other computer accepts the transfer, it’s sent wirelessly over the network.
In the Lion operating system, the Save As… command vanished from Apple apps like Pages and Keynote. But in Mountain Lion, while the Duplicate command remains the default option, holding down Shift button when accessing the File menu changes this to Save As… so you can save a file in a new location or with a new name as before.
You can also customise the sidebar in Finder by dragging categories up or down. (In earlier OS releases you could reorder items, but categories were fixed.) Also, Quick Look is even easier to access with a three-finger tap on a laptop or Apple Magic Trackpad.
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