iOS gamers are starting to feel the love after an announcement today at Apple's WWDC press conference. Game Center will be coming to Mountain Lion when it launches this July. If a title is available on both platforms (iOS and OS X), two friends will be able to play each other -- but that's not it. Game Center on Mountain Lion will also allow for Mac-to-Mac support in addition to support with AirPlay. … Read more
Mountain Lion will sell for $19.99 for existing OS X Lion and Snow Leopard users.
Revealed by Apple today at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, the new version of OS X will start shipping in July. The new OS will be available in Apple's Mac App store.
Apple's newest operating system builds in several features inspired by its iOS mobile devices. Apple SVP Craig Federighi, who showed off the system, said the new OS has more than 200 new features, including notifications, Reminders, Game Center, Documents in the Cloud, and Messages.
Many of these features … Read more
Mountain Lion, originally seeded to developers in February, will be available from the Mac App Store in July for $19.99.
Apple's new operating system takes the Mac OS in a new direction, with Apple integrating a number of iOS-inspired features from its mobile devices. Apple SVP Craig Federighi says the new OS has over 200 new features, including notifications, Reminders, Game Center, Documents in the Cloud, and Messages. Many of these features are standalone programs, but some such as the Notification Center and sharing tools are systemwide services. Apple is also enhancing security options with its Gatekeeper technology, … Read more
MacFixIt Answers is a feature in which we answer questions e-mailed in by our readers.
This week readers wrote in with questions about upgrading to OS X Lion or Mountain Lion when it is released, managing large attachments in e-mail messages, using NTFS disks with OS X, whether to wait for Mountain Lion to upgrade or purchase Lion right now, and managing 0KB files that appear in various places in OS X. We welcome views from readers, so if you have any suggestions or alternative approaches to these problems, post them in the comments!
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One of the changes in OS X Lion from prior versions of OS X is its autosave and versions features, which offer a different approach to document handling within applications. Unfortunately these changes bring with them a difference in how users interact with their documents, and have resulted in the removal of the commonly used Save As feature that many have grown accustomed to. While Save As has been removed, the approach to it is not that different and you can still restore it to an extent by using the system's support for custom keyboard shortcuts.
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Apple's "Resume" feature in OS X Lion allows the system to save the current state of a program and, in conjunction with its auto-save feature, will restore both saved and unsaved documents as they were when you quit the program. This feature is convenient because it allows you to install application and system updates, or otherwise quit applications with little interruption to your workflow; however, in some situations it may not be a desired option to have.
Resume works by saving a profile of your current application's state within your user library folder in the /username/… Read more
Learning, keeping track, and remembering every keyboard shortcut for every OS X app is near impossible. While there are ways to figure out what keyboard shortcuts are available for some apps, those methods aren't always convenient to access.
CheatSheet is a small OS X app that runs in the background and will show you all the keyboard shortcuts for whatever app you're currently using.
Getting started with CheatSheet is easy; just make sure you're running OS X 10.7.Download and install CheatSheet. It's free. Unzip and move the app into your Applications folder. Double-click … Read more
A confusing aspect of OS X for those who regularly use other operating systems like Windows, is that quitting an application is separate from closing all of its windows. As a result, people used to Windows may simply close all windows and end up with numerous applications open at the same time, which can hog resources like RAM, use CPU time, and potentially result in slowdowns and reduced battery life.
In OS X Lion, Apple dealt with this problem in part by implementing a feature called automatic application termination, which will quit applications that are not in use. I covered application termination in a previous article, … Read more
Apple reversed scrolling in OS X Lion and called the feature "natural scrolling." Not everyone liked the change, but it could be turned off. There are some people that do like the new scrolling direction and even Google has added reverse scrolling to Chrome OS. If you're a Windows user and would like to try out reverse scrolling, here's how:
Step 1: Install AutoHotkey on your Windows PC.
Step 2: Launch AutoHotkey, and when prompted to create a sample script, click the Yes button.
Step 3: When the sample script appears in Notepad, paste the following … Read more
If you have a Mac Pro system and have updated to Apple's recently released OS X 10.7.4 update, you may find an apparent warning window appear whenever you reboot your system. The warning looks like a standard information dialog box window that contains a picture of a Mac Pro system from the side, but the rest of the window contains no information of value.
Instead of a hint at what the warning could be about, the window simply states "keyApplicationTitle" in the area where the referenced application name might be, "keyWarningOptimalInfo" where the … Read more