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3 weeks with a Mountain Lion

Mountain Lion was released 3 weeks ago to the day on Wednesday 25th July. Since then I’ve read a lot about Professional Mac users holding off and testing it on secondary partitions and older Macs, etc. I, however, upgraded straight away having prepared my workhorse Mac Pro for the installation by performing backups. I ran the update over my existing Lion installation. The upgrade went smoothly and all works perfectly since then. The Mac Pro runs well. My main apps run well. These include FCPx and Adobe Creative Suite CS6 which I use daily in my video and graphic production business. I haven’t had any issues. I’m happy.

As for the many new features of Mountain Lion, the notification centre is excellent. I love the fact that I immediately know when I’ve received an email, a tweet, a reminder or a calendar alarm, as a small box appears in my screen offering me the option of reading/accepting or closing/declining. There is also a do not disturb feature to turn this off temporarily.

The addition of the Reminders and Notes app from iOS is also great as I was a heavy user of these on my iPhone. Syncing via iCloud is seamless and keeps me up to date when I’m out or at the office.

One other feature I have tinkered with is Siri voice dictation. I’ve used it a few times to compose emails but to be honest I forget its (he/she?) there. At the end of a work day I’ve typed dozens of emails, tweets and Facebook updates completely forgetting Siri is just sitting there ignored and bored! I will try to make a conscious decision to use it from now on. Talking to my computer just isn’t a natural thing!

This is a very successful update from Apple in my eyes. My upgrade to Lion from Snow Leopard was not as smooth with sleep issues (my mac, not me!) and security permissions issues. I ended up doing a clean install to fix them and then installing all my apps again which was a painful process.

All in all Mountain Lion is my most anticipated OSx update because for me the iOS – OSx ecosystem is now more complete.

If you have a supported Mac, I’d definitely recommend this latest OSx update from Apple. It’s easily worth £13.99.


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Drew Curran

Director at Pixol
Drew is a filmmaker and designer and the founder of Pixol. Pixol produces corporate and commercial promotional films as well as graphic design and print for clients across the UK and Ireland. Drew is also a freelance cameraman and video editor for other production companies as well as a self-confessed camera nerd.

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