Apple released OS X 10.8, otherwise known as Mountain Lion, today. I was pretty quick to grab it, mostly because I’m an Apple fanboy. I’ve been playing with it for the last 45 minutes or so, and thought I’d post a quick review with some of my initial thoughts…Download and installation. This part was pretty painless. The download took about 45 minutes and the install took about 30 minutes. All in all, this went pretty smoothly. I was a little shocked initially during the download, because it was moving quickly and then came to a screeching halt for about 10 minutes. I was worried something went wrong. Luckily, not so…Initial reboot. The initial reboot took a tad longer than normal, but I expected that. As with most other softwares that you install, the OS has to configure itself for the first launch. Not a big deal. Once the OS loaded and I was in Finder, I ran into a few snags. Here they are:
Java SE 6 runtime. The first time the OS loaded, I received a pop-up message about needing to install Java SE 6 runtime. This is a program that is needed with many other aspects of the computer, including surfing the web, Adobe Creative Suite, etc. The message does give you the option to install the software, however the Apple Software Update returns a message that it can’t find the software to install. It’s a catch-22. Luckily, I did some searching and found the software package needed. Feel free to click here if you need to download/install Java SE 6 runtime. Mail. Apple Mail will do a rebuild of your accounts/mailboxes to optimize for the new OS. This process took about 15 minutes, but will probably vary based on how large your mailboxes are. Once I got into Mail, it was pretty easy going. One noticeable change is that there is a folder at the top (right under Inbox) for flagged messages. The annoying thing is that I can’t get rid of it. I like having a shortcut at the top of my mailboxes that allows me to quickly view my flagged messages, but I don’t like having the message count listed near my Inbox. Call me OCD, anal-retentive, whatever. It’s kind of annoying. I like that you can flag senders as VIP, similar to Gmail, but I don’t think that’s a feature I would use very much.Reminders. Apple pretty much took this right from iOS, which isn’t a bad thing. There are 2 things that I don’t like about this app, 1) You can’t reorder the items in your list. It appears that they are randomly ordered, which makes it difficult if you have a reminder that you need for today showing up under an item for next month. 2) I don’t like that this is separate from Calendar (formerly iCal). I liked having them together so I could easily compare my to-do list with the meetings I have going on. This prevents that from happening in the future.Notes. I like this app and it will probably replace Stickies for me. Allowing me to sync quick notes between devices is extremely helpful. I say “quick” notes because my meeting notes and extended notes will probably continue to stay in Evernote, at least for the time being. The 1 flaw with this is that Exchange accounts can’t sync Notes on iOS, however they can in Mountain Lion. Since my work email system is Exchange, this means I can’t have work notes sync between devices. Gmail, iCloud, and other systems appear to be fine.Calendar. Aside from my complaint with Reminders, I like the new design. Having the calendar list pinned to the left side is a nice change and is much more practical than having it as a disappearing box at the top. Well done.Notification Center. I honestly haven’t done much with it yet, but I’ll add more thoughts to this in the future when I use it more. I can say that I like the Growl integration when new messages (email, chat, etc.) come in. So far so good.
I think that does it for my 30-second review. I’m sure I’ll add more in the future. Let me know your thoughts!!