OSX Mountain Lion

MacBook Pro

Just one year after the release of OSX Lion, Apple has announced a new OSX scheduled for 2012 summer release. Mountain Lion will be a paid upgrade but details have not been disclosed at this point.

Mountain Lion will have a tighter integration with iCloud and syncs your existing accounts, settings and personal data seamlessly. The new OSX will also come with a few new apps from the iOS which includes iMessage, Reminders, Notes, Notification Centre, Twitter integration, Game Centre and Airplay Mirroring.

For this upcoming release, Apple is introducing Gatekeeper which allows users to determine what kinds of apps can be installed on their machines. This follows Apple’s strategy of preventing malware getting into your system through the approval process. Like the App Store, Mac developers can now sign up with Apple and get the status of ‘identified developers’ with a personalized certificates. These developers can then cryptographically sign their apps with the certificates. If any apps from this group of developers turned out to be malware, Apple can then revoke that particular developer’s license thus preventing their products being installed on any Macs in the future.

Sharing has also become a whole lot easier in Mountain Lion with Share Sheets. These are pop-up menus that appear when you click on the Share icon within the apps. This can be a Safari webpage you are visiting or a picture or document in Preview. You can send the content via iMessage, tweet it or email the items.

Some of the new features in Mountain Lion are directly targeting users in China. In the new OSX, there is a dynamically updated dictionary for better suggestions or corrections. Also, Pinyin and English can be mixed during text-input without having to switch between keyboard layouts.

Search engine Baidu is now available as an option in Mountain Lion’s Safari. Sina weibo, a microblogging site, is supported in Share Sheets. As for video-sharing sites like Vimeo and Flickr, Youku and Tudou will be added to the list of supported sites.

This is definitely good news for those Mac users who worry that Apple is lagging behind OSX development in comparison to the iOS. This annual OSX and iOS release cycle will be hugely beneficial to both Mac and iDevice users alike.

Aperture 3.2 Update

The latest Aperture 3.2 release is available via Software Update. The details are listed in the Release Notes:

Aperture 3.2 supports compatibility with iCloud and iOS 5, and is recommended for all users of Aperture 3. This update addresses minor stability, performance and compatibility issues, including those listed below.

  • Resolves an issue that could cause the Loading indicator to reappear in the Viewer when cropping a photo.
  • Aperture now automatically reopens into Full Screen mode if the application was in Full Screen mode when last quit.
  • Pinch-to-zoom gesture now automatically activates Zoom mode in the Viewer.
  • Left and right swipe gestures can now be used to navigate between photos in the Viewer.
  • Microsoft Outlook can now be chosen in Preferences as the application used by Aperture for emailing photos.
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Aperture, running on OS X Lion, to quit unexpectedly when using brushes to apply adjustments.
  • The Loupe now correctly displays magnification levels between 50-100%.
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Aperture, running on OS X Lion, to display the incorrect color profile on externally edited images.
  • The Import window now includes an option to delete photos from iPhone and iPad after they have been imported into Aperture.
  • The Lift & Stamp tool now displays the correct cursor icons when being used in Split View and Viewer only modes.

OSX Lion and Rosetta

Chris Breen from Macworld has an article about Apple dropping support for Rosetta in OSX Lion which debuts in July.

Currently, in order to run applications that are PowerPC based (not Intel) on the current OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard, you need Rosetta to act as an interpreter. With the disappearance of Rosetta in the upcoming OS, the apps that are PowerPC-based will in effect be incompatible.

You can check which app is a PowerPC version by going to the System Profiler.

Safe Download Version

From Mac Observer:

If you have installed OSX 10.6 latest Security Update 2011-003, you will get daily safe file updates for Safari to prevent malware (trojan horse) from infecting your system. This is a direct response to the MacDefender malware back in May this year.

Security Preference Pane

Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that this works perfectly and you get the latest virus definition every time one is available. Thanks to Adam Christianson from Mac Observer, he had updated Safe Download Version to have the ability to grab the latest definition list directly. This OSX utility also shows you when the definition list was last updated and what version number is installed.

Safe Download Version

Safe Download Version is free and it is available for download on the bottom of TMO page here.