The new Mac Operating System is here! It’s launching today in the Mac App Store. Wanna see the features before laying down that weighty $20 bill? I don’t blame ya. Here are 3 things that I’m most excited about in Mountain Lion.
- Documents in iCloud. I won’t sugar coat this-the first feature is kind of selfish. I don’t want it for you, I want it for me and all the techies that help you with your iDevice when something goes wrong. You can now let us go a little more. I’ve found that around 80% of the average population (read: Not nerds like me) who use Word, think that their documents are in Word. Until now, that’s been a rookie mistake. Now it’s true-ish. At least enough to let everyone use it that way. To get to your docs now-that’s right-open Pages. You’ll see all the documents there that are already on your iPad and iPhone and other Macs. Bottom line? Think about it less. iCloud takes steps and complexity away while you continue to use the apps you already know and love.
- iOS similarities. There is stuff you already use on your iPhone, probably all the time. Like the Notes app. Previously the notes that synced with your iPhone over iCloud were in the Mail app, remember? No, no one else does either. That’s why it’s getting it’s own app. Same thing with reminders. they were in iCal (now called Calendar, again, for consistency across platforms), and they’re stand-alones that looks just like they do in iOS. Basically, since millions of people know how to use iPhones and iPads, let’s just make it all consistent so you don’t have to relearn everything when you inevitably switch to Mac.
- Dictation. This is not Siri. You can’t say, “Open Garageband.” You can open Pages,
hold the two Command keys on either side of the spacebar (At least that’s what I’ve heard. Still waiting on the download as of this posting.)double tap the Function key (fn) and start talking. Talk your term paper. Don’t try this in a coffee shop. You’ll get a mocha in your lap on “accident” and you’ll pick up Frank Sinatra playing over the speakers. You professor will read, “The economy in Western Europe during WWII was dramatically affected by the fly with me, let’s fly, let’s fly away. If you can use some exotic booze there’s a bar in far Bombay.” Let’s save everyone the headache.
Honestly, there’s so much in this one that is going to blow your socks off. There are over 200 new things to play with. Most of the stuff I’ll be excited about is stuff that no one else will notice. Like Settings. I love settings. *pushes up glasses* And it’s all here today. For $20. Click here to make sure your computer can handle it.