Mountain Lion is the next major new version of the Mac OS X operating system. It’s due out in July in the Mac App Store and will cost only $19.99. This really looks like an exciting update for OS X – with over 200 new features.  It brings deep Facebook and Twitter integration, an iOS […]
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Are You Getting Ready for Mountain Lion?

Mountain Lion

Mountain Lion is the next major new version of the Mac OS X operating system. It’s due out in July in the Mac App Store and will cost only $19.99.

This really looks like an exciting update for OS X – with over 200 new features.  It brings deep Facebook and Twitter integration, an iOS style Notification Center, Messages as a desktop counterpart to iMessages, AirPlay Mirroring from Mac to an HDTV via Apple TV and a host of other new features. The promo video on Apple’s Mountain  Lion page promises that it ‘works better than ever with your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch’.

My favorite new feature so far is Dictation – which offers speech-to-text capability and again looks to be deeply integrated in Mountain Lion. I am using Dictation more and more frequently on my iPad. It works fantastically well and I can’t wait to use it on my MacBook Pro.

I’m really looking forward to the Mountain Lion update. I’ll be looking to install it as soon as I feel confident that all my critical apps are compatible – so I’m already taking some steps to get ready for the move to Mountain Lion. Some of these are based on great suggestions offered by Erica Sadun and Steven Sande in a series of posts at TUAW on Getting Ready for Mountain Lion and some are just common sense things I generally do for this sort of OS update preparation. Here’s are some of th things I’ve done or am planning to do soon to get ready for the move to Mountain Lion:

— Checked the latest state of play for Mountain Lion and apps compatibility, via this excellent table at Roaring Apps.

— Checked and confirmed that my MacBook Pro is the right ‘vintage’ to meet system requirements for Mountain Lion.

— Doing my best to clean up and optimize my MacBook Pro in these weeks leading up to the Mountain Lion release. I’ve been getting rid of apps I don’t often use, cleaning out the Mail app as best I can, and generally freeing up space on my hard drive.

— I use Time Machine in tandem with regularly scheduled backups of my user folder as standard practice – but I’ll probably look to create a bootable backup shortly before doing the Mountain Lion upgrade.

How about all of you? Are you planning to update to Mountain Lion soon after it’s released? Are you already getting ready / taking any of the above steps?

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