Category Archives: Lion
Apple is moving fast and furious with their updates and news releases. First it was IBooks Textbooks For The IPad, IBooks Author, then the leaking news about the imminent release of the IPad 3 and now, yet another update for the Mac.
Introducing OS X Mountain Lion – the successor to Lion OS X. And, it looks like this Mac App only update, scheduled to be released in late summer, is going to fill Lion’s shoes – or paws, so to speak, very nicely.
Everyone is giddy with excitement, as this update will be a true reflection of everything that is now possible on the IPad. Except, now you can sit at your Mac, texting and tweeting the hours away as you work on your Mac projects.
Here are some of the highlights of Mountain Lion, from the pages of Mashable.Com:
And Mac OS X has had to throw out some of its stuff. Bouncing icons in the dock? Who needs them when you’ve got Notifications, which appear in classy banners down the side of the screen? The venerable antique Instant Message software, iChat, a 2002 vintage? A stupid wagon-wheel coffee table, says iOS. Throw it out.
Instead, here’s iMessage, which will still let you IM your contacts (if you must). But what it really wants you to do is use Apple’s seamless texting replacement of the same name. Admittedly, the thought of being able to immediately text anyone with an iPhone for free from your desktop is so unbelievably cool, it can bring on an attack of the vapors.
You get the sense the Mac is going to be happy with its new roommate. What’s not to like about Airplay, which can seamlessly mirror your desktop on an HDTV? Or a separate Notes app, where you can attach notes to the desktop like stickies? Or Game Center, which will mean a lot more cross-device play?
Or a “share sheet,” which effectively means developers are going to be able to put Twitter buttons everywhere? Mountain Lion will already let you tweet from all standard OS X apps such as Safari and Photo Booth. That means you can sit and take photos of yourself and instantly tweet them, to your heart’s content. It’s a boon for Twitter users (Twitter readers, not so much).
And, of course, everything will be seamlessly synchronized with your mobile devices via ICloud. So, for example, if you are working on a Pages document on the Mac, your work will be stored in the cloud for future access on another device. Or vice versa. The possibilities are endless.
Technology is a very good thing. And Apple technology is even more exciting, healthy even. You know, “An Apple (product) a day keeps the doctor away”. And, when you are a senior citizen, this motto makes even more sense and resonates to a higher degree.
My only concern: isn’t Apple going to run out of cat names soon? Cheers!
So, okay, that was easy. After months of trepidation, I finally took the plunge and downloaded Lion OS X. All that hemming and hawing and scare tactics from other Mac users that Lion was going to destroy my Mac were in vain. The Lion update downloaded and installed seamlessly.
Now, mind you, it did take time. The update takes up 3.97 Gigs on your Mac – that is pretty huge, so one has to set aside 5-6 hours to complete the entire process. Perhaps less if you have a strong wireless connection.
But, when all was said and done and the computer went through the restart phase to seal the deal, I was greeted with the face of a Lion accompanying my login information. And, guess what? The beastly critter didn’t bite at all.
All my files, media and applications were visibly intact and, quite frankly, I found that my 24″ IMac was operating smoother. And quicker!
Now, I know you’re wondering what motivated me to take the plunge after all these months. And, even if you don’t care, I’ll tell you anyway.
It was the newly-released Mac App, IBooks Author, that prompted me to take the leap. I have been waiting for a program like this forever and a day. The ability to design your own interactive e-book intrigued me and I needed the Lion upgrade to grab the free App from the MacApp store.
More about this at another time – I hope to review this cool App very soon.
Going back to Lion – a few words of caution. There is a great deal of documentation out there regarding how to prepare your computer for the upgrade. You have to sift through the plethora of information to filter out right from wrong.
Over the past few months, I have been reading many articles – some excellent, others not so -just to make certain that my computer was ready for the upgrade.
I would advise all of you to do so. I learned a great deal in the process and it made me realize the powerful creativity of Lion and of technology in general.
I have provided links at the end of this article to the very best guides. They should be your tech bible if you want to follow through with the upgrade.
Also, now is the time for you eliminate all the clutter on your computer. If there ever was a perfect time to house clean, this is it.
Also, it won’t hurt to clone your hard drive. All this may seem like overkill, but it really isn’t. By taking the proper precautions via regular backups and cloning, you will rest assured that your data is safe and protected in the event that your computer fails somewhere down the road.
Now, if Apple would just bandage the gaping wound in their second generation Apple TV unit, I would be in Apple heaven.
As promised, here is a resource list of excellent articles that will transition you through to this next phase. Read them at your leisure, carefully, and don’t be afraid to ask questions or email the author for advice if need be.
Or here’s a thought – leave your comments and questions in the comments section attached to this blog topic.
Have you downloaded Lion already? Was it a success or no?
The other day, my external drive died. Kaput! Finished! Whatever! It was a two-year-old Lacie product and I was using it for my Time Machine backup.
Here is the full story.
It’s a great read and a valuable resource as you explore and acclimatize yourself to Apple’s new operating system.
Enjoy and please add your own hints and tricks in the comments section.
Bye for now. Grandchild calling! 🙂
So, I guess it is safe to say that Lion has emerged as a great, big hit across the media board.
I have delayed purchasing Lion because I wanted to make sure that all was well and good and it looks like it is all that and more.
Lion is the perfect complement to the IPad and IPhone, allowing users to experience the tactile interface that is core to these mobile devices.
It seems that, with the introduction of Lion, Apple solidified it’s hold as a major player in the technological
field. In fact, it’s the only player that counts at the moment.
I will be downloading Lion this weekend when I can fully concentrate on the mechanics of this procedure. Right now, I am in Grannie mode, so priorities prevail.
Please share your Lion experience with me in the comments section. Bye for now.