Whether you’ve been lured away from the PC or you’re upgrading from an older Mac, Apple’s latest operation system will come to a revelation. Everything in the world of Mac is so simple and intuitive, yest almost every element of IOS 10.8 Mountain Lion will surprise layers of design and functionality.
Start computing with the cloud! With one Apple ID, you can access a variety of apps, including Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Messages, Facetime and Game Center, plus all your data – not nly from your desktop Mac but from your laptop or any IOS mobile device, and it’s all in sync without you having to do anything. As Apple says,” iCloud is automatic and effortless”.
These apps are just a few examples of the built-in apps to answer the basic question: What is OS X Mountain Lion has to offer. You also get Notes, which can handle Rich Text Format and can be pinned to your desktop. Reminders may well transform your busy life, with alerts to keep you on track of all your tasks. The Notification center also brings apps to your screen in truly easy-access format – you can tweet or update your Facebook account direct from here. If you like using Instant Messaging, you’ll love using iMessage : you can message anyone on iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch running IOS 5 or later; you can add photos, videos, and more, or hit Facetime for a live visual chat.
Invest in a Apple TV and the magic of Airplay will enable you to mirror your Mac to your HDTV. Great for film nights or enjoying your holiday shots. There are enhancements behind the scene too; Power Nap allows for software update when your Mac is asleep, and Gatekeeper safeguards the download of new apps.
Notes And Reminder
In Mountain Lion, notes have been promoted to their own app. Notes within the app stay in sync with all of your devices connected to your iCloud account and allow for images and attachments to be added. Notes can be assigned to specific folders and be shared via Mail or Messages using the Share button. You can even pull notes out of the application and open them in their own window i you want to keep them on the desktop.
Reminders in Mountain Lion works in much the same way as Reminders for iOS. Reminders sync through iCloud, so to-dos you add to your iPhone while out and about will be waiting for you when you sit at your mac. You can sort reminders into different categories, create to-do lists and set your devices to notify you when you arrive at a locator or leave it, or at certain time on a specific date. Each reminder can be given a priority and you can tick of tasks that you’ve completed on any synced device.
Again, assuming you have a suitable trackpad, you can use multi-touch gestures. You can swipe between different sets of reminders and dismiss each notification by ticking the box assigned to it. As your list of reminders grows, you can use the search feature within the app to find a specific item. If a reminder is triggered when you’re using your Mac it’s shown as notification and is also available to view in Notification Center.
If you have an Apple TV, you can display your Mac’s desktop on your large-screen TV wirelessly using AirPlay mirroring – click the AirPlay icon in the menu bar and select your output device.
You can also set an AirPlay device as your Mac’s audio output from the Audio pane in system Preferences. Simply select an Apple TV, an AirPort Express connected to some speakers, or an AirPlay-capable speaker system from the Output tab, and all of your Mac’s audio will be sent to that device.
Messages is now the perfect hybrid between iChat and iMessage. Chats yo have with other iCloud user are kept in sync on your iOS devices and your Mac. Now you don’t have stay at your desk to carry on conversations with friends, and you can share photos, documents and HD video through the chat interface – you can include attachments as large as 100MB. A Facetime call can also be initiated from the Messages interface.
This clever feature keeps your Mac up-to-date when it’s asleep. Currently available only for recent Mac laptops that use flash storage. Power Nap periodically checks for updates to Mail, Calendar, Photo Stream and more, so that when you next come to your Mac, it’s ready to go without you having to sit around waiting for your apps to get up to speed. Power Nap also sends backups to Time Capsule and downloads system and app updates automatically, so everything’s covered.
GateKeeper Better Security
Fresh from the ‘Flashback’ Trojan controversy, Apple has introduced a new featured called GateKeeper. GateKeeper can be set to allow apps downloads only from the Mac App Store or verified developers to ensure that no suspect software can access your computer. Developers can sign up for a unique Developer ID so their software can pass through GateKeeper’s filters, and it can even check to make sure apps haven’t been manipulated before installation.
Wherever you can type in Mountain Lion, you can use the new Dictation feature. This feature listens to you speak via your Mac’s built-in microphone (or another input source specified in the Dictation and Speech pane in System Preferences) and converts your words into text. The dictation function can be initiated with two tap of the fn key, whereupon it shows a Siri-esque microphone icon. It become more accurate the more you use it, learning your pronunciations. You can even add punctuation.
Dictation currently supports American, Australian and UK English as well as French, German and Japanese. It requires an internet connection in order to analyze your speech remotely on Apple’s servers before sending it back to your Mac. The process takes a matter of seconds to perform and, as with Dictation on iOS devices, words that weren’t quite understood are underlined in blue so you can make changes if needed.
Another exciting feature in Dictation is its ability to recognize people in your contacts list so it can add their names when you say them. Dictation can be used to compose emails or enter information into text fields but does have a limit on how long you can speak for – around 30 second. So at the moment dictating a few lines to your Mac is as much as you can do; long emails or documents are currently out of the question without a lot of stopping and starting.
Gone are the days of separate fields for web addresses and web searches. With the new unified search field in Safari, you can find what you’re looking for faster than ever. This feature includes suggestions when you search, using information from the web as well as from your bookmarks and browsing history to provide you with results that are more accurate.
When you have a bunch of tabs open, you can now use multi-touch gestures to move out your current tab by pinching two fingers together and swiping between your open tabs. You can then move two fingers apart to access the tab you’ve moved to.
A new feature called iCloud Tabs helps you access links you’ve browsed to previously, regardless of the device you were using. Clicking the iCloud Tabs button shows all of the open links on your iCloud devices including Mac, iPhones and iPads, and enables you to visit them with a click.
The Reading List feature has also seen an update, and now stores entire pages that you add to the list rather than just a links. This means you can view them when you don’t have access to the internet.
The sharing features found in other apps in Mountain Lion are also available in Safari. This means yo can quickly send website link to Facebook or Twitter,as well as email them or send them as a part of a conversation within Messages.
Most Important Mail
One of the new features added to the Mail apps in Mountain Lion makes filtering your messages much faster. The new feature is called VIPs and enables you to prioritize email from certain people. You can decide which contacts to make a VIP by clicking the star next to a person’s name in your inbox; a special VIP mailbox is then created just for them. You can now quickly jump to viewing only messages from VIPs within the VIP smart mailbox, so those all-important messages don’t get lost in the sea of marketing junk cluttering your inbox.
Mail also introduces an Inline Find feature, similar to the one in Safari. When you search for a word or phrase in Mail, the text is highlighted in the message while the rest of the words are dimmed so you can easily find what you’re looking for.
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