Check out the new features of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. There are new apps like Reminders, Messages and Notes. Apps can now save documents to iCloud. OS X now includes a notifications center and game center.
Hi, this is Gary with MacMost Now. On today’s episode let’s look at the new features in Mountain Lion.
So let’s start by looking at iCloud. So iCloud is now integrated into Mac OS10 with Documents. Just like it has been with IOS5.
So let me run TextEdit. In TextEdit here I actually have two modes in the open dialogue box. Let me zoom in on this so you can see. You can see the first mode is iCloud. The second mode is On My Mac. When you have On My Mac selected it is just like before. But iCloud gives you access to your documents saved to iCloud including ones that would be available on your IOS devices.
So here is one I have saved to iCloud. Instead of doing this let me create a new document here. Let me type something and then save it and you can see the Save dialogue box also has for under “where” you can do iCloud or you can go and select a regular Finder folder.
So I switched to documents and I can expand the window and have all the normal stuff. If I go back to iCloud it really only allows me to create a name so let me just save this as a second document here. I will close it and run TextEdit again and you can see now I have two documents saved here.
Now you can open one of these or you can switch to On My Mac to open a file that is on your local drive. Another neat thing is that you can create folders by simply dragging and dropping on top and it will create a folder. It looks just like an IOS folder.
So there are two new Apps that we have. One is the Reminders app. This creates a similar functionality to what you had before inside of iCal. You will be able to set events but this is Reminder just like you had on IOS now. Of course it uses iCloud as well and will sync up with your iPhone. For instance I can create a New List so I can have two different lists here. Once I have a list I can create a reminder and I can then click on the information in reminder and create things like when to remind me, priority, and things like that. So reminder kind of removes and puts that into a single app.
Likewise you have a Notes app now which mimics the IOS Notes app and syncs with it as well. So you can create different notes in here very easily, search through your notes and then share the notes even as well.
Now the Messages app is part of Mountain Lion. Of course the beta was part of Lion so a lot of you may already have experience with it. But you can use your iCloud account, your Apple ID really to send iMessages and you can send them to IOS devices and other Macs. It doesn’t work with the SMS system out there so you cannot just send them to a random cell phone out there but you can send it to someone who has an iPhone and is signed up for iMessage. It is a lot easier to type on your Mac keyboard sometimes than it is to type on a phone.
A big new feature is the Notification Center. You can see it here behind me. I just click on the little icon there and move me over so you can see it clearer. So it basically is this little sliding area here next to the spotlight button and you will get notifications for different things like say when you get an email message for instance or something else happens on your system. So if you have used growl before it is similar to that at least in concept. You also get notifications here when you get messages. All sorts of different things happen. Third party software can hook into this to actually send you notifications for different things that happen.
So we can see here if we get a new email message. So there we go we got a notification there and I can actually select it and it will jump to mail to show me that email message there. Here is what it looks like when you actually get the email message and you don’t have the Notification Center open on the right. You will still get a little message you will see quickly appear here on the screen in a second.
Another new feature is Dictation. Kind of like Siri on IOS but just the dictation portion. You go into System Preferences and under there you can turn on Dictation and in this case I am going to use a shortcut that’s a default which is to press the function key twice. You can do it in many different ways. So let me try it here. “This is a test.” There you go. It just did that off of the microphone on the MacBook Air that I am using for this demo.
So in Safari there are two big things I want to show you. First there is the Share button. You can click this and you can email a page, send it to Twitter, send it via message. Also notice there is no search box over here anymore. It is just one box. So if I want to search for something I just type in words here and it recognizes that this is different than typing a URL.
Also, of course in Mountain Lion you now have Game Center which is similar to Game Center in IOS. But of course different games for the Mac. You just have to wait as your favorite game adds Game Center functionality to it as well.
Another cool function is this Air Play function here. So now you can do Air Play from your Mac just like you could from say your iPad. You can see here I can select one of my Apple TV’s and actually mirror the screen of my Mac on Apple TV. Air Play was possible before with a video but this time you can actually mirror your screen.
So there is a look at some of the exciting new features in Mountain Lion. Now a lot of these I am going to be focusing in on in specific tutorials to come and I will be bringing up some more new things in Mountain Lion in the episodes in the coming weeks.
I hope you found this useful. Until next time this is Gary with MacMost Now.