Ok, for starters, it’s not a Mac OSX anymore. It’s OSX – Apple wants us to forget about the Macintosh or Mac, for some bizzarre reason. Anyway – OSX Mountain Lion is here.
Installation takes about an hour, so be patient. There are some new features, so let’s have a quick look at the most important ones.
If you have used Growl before – you understand the logic of Notifications. It is useful, but if you like hot corners of your screen – Notifications are difficult to open, you have to be careful with your mouse or you will activate the hot corner. Not a big problem, but it could be implemented a little better. If you like Twitter – you can tweet from there. No Facebook integration – most likely it will appear along with iOS6 this fall.
Slightly modified Mail application lets you view all of your flagged messages in one place. Previously you needed to make a smart folder for that – useful, but it is not a revolution.
Safari – pretty much useless for me, as I use Chrome. I kind of like that they have followed the same patch as Chrome, single search and address bar, iOS users will appreciate the Reading list – but still, I will stay with Chrome.
Messages, the application that replaces iChat – still has some problems, it works and lets you chat via iMessages system, but it still messes the archive of old chats, as it used to in beta. Apart from that – no revolution here.
To be perfectly honest – this system does work, it’s fast and efficient. It seems to be faster than 10.7 Mac OSX Lion. But it is not a revolution – it’s a good evolution of the OSX system. In daily use – you will hardly notice any change. Is it worth $19.99? Yes, it is – get it from the App Store.
More details: http://www.apple.com/osx/
Excellent and very detailed review can be found, as usual, here: http://arstechnica.com/apple/2012/07/os-x-10-8/
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