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Lesser publicised features of Mountain Lion

dante01

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Lifehacker has put together a list of what they call the "top 10 secret features of Mountain Lion.". These features are not strictly speaking "secret", but are less well known about or publicised than the headline features:

Top 10 Secret Features of OS X Mountain Lion

The features outlined by LifeHacker are as follows:

Copy Files in Screen Sharing
When you're remotely accessing another computer with Screen Sharing, you're generally doing this to control that computer. Sometimes you'll find yourself without a file you need on that machine, but happen to have sitting on your primary computer's desktop. In Mountain Lion, you can just drag the file onto the shared screen, drop it where you want it, and it'll be copied over the network. This feature has actually been around in Apple's Remote Desktop software for several years, but it's nice to finally see it on the consumer side. Note: to use this feature, both the shared and primary computer need to be running Mountain Lion.

Insert a Page into a PDF Document Using Your Scanner
Let's say you have a PDF document and it's missing a page, or you just want to add a new page easily. In Mountain Lion, you can insert pages easily by opening the Edit menu and visiting the Insert submenu. Here you'll find options to insert a page from a file or by scanning it in. Both are cool, helpful, and a welcome edition to Preview—OS X's most underrated app.

Share Images (and Other Stuff) from QuickLook
Mountain Lion makes every effort to make sharing easy, and one of the best implementations is through QuickLook. Say you're browsing photos on your camera using QuickLook and you want to share one, all you have to do is click the share icon and send it over to Flickr, Twitter, an email, or, in the Fall, Facebook. This is a pretty simple way to just get your photos where you want them at a moment's notice.

Rename Files in the Document Header
Working on a document and want to change its name? Prior to Mountain Lion you'd have to save it, close it, change the name in the Finder, and then open the document back up again. Now you can just click its name and choose Rename from a list of drop-down options. This is much easier and less time-consuming.

Quiet Notification Center for a Day
Notification Center does a pretty good job of staying out of your way, but if your want your notifications to shut up for awhile you can do that pretty easily. All you have to do is option-click the Notification Center icon in the top right corner of your menubar. Alternative, you can open Notification Center, scroll up in the list, and you'll find a toggle switch to turn "Do Not Disturb" mode on and off.

Single Sign-On
Since Lion, OS X has allowed you to sign into many of your accounts from the Mail, Contacts, & Calendars section of System Preferences. Mountain Lion now uses this information more effectively by keeping you signed into these services whenever you need to log in. This way you don't have to enter your username and password constantly, and that information is stored securely on your computer. Right now your options are fairly limited, but Apple intends to add Facebook access in the Fall so we may be able to expect incremental updates that add single sign-on integration in the future.

Tweet from Notification Center
If you like to tweet, Mountain Lion has plenty of ways you can do it with Twitter integration throughout the OS. Anywhere you see the share icon, you can share it on Twitter (if you're signed in via the Mail, Contacts, & Calendars section of System Preferences). Doing so ends up composing a message containing a file or URL, however, so it's not that convenient if you just want to tweet some text. That's where Notification Center comes in. Open it up, and you'll find a link that says "Click to Tweet" at the top. It does exactly what you'd expect.

Pin Notes to the Desktop
It seems Apple hasn't forgotten that people still love Stickies, an old little notes app from the days os Mac OS 9. Stickies is notably missing from Mountain Lion, likely because the Notes app has replaced it. It may seem like you can't have desktop-friendly notes, but if you double click on any note in your notes list you can open it separately just like the sticky notes of old. It'll stick around even if you close the primary notes window, too. Even better, your notes will now sync with iCloud so you can have all your important text on every Mac you own.

*This also works in relation to Reminders.

Organize Your Dashboard Widgets into Folders
In addition to offering a much simpler Dashboard where your available widgets are presented like apps, you can now organize them into folders. This works much like you'd expect. Just drag one widget onto another and a folder will be created. You can name it whatever you like and start keeping your widgets tidier so it's simple to find what you want. And if that's not enough, you can now search your widgets as well. You'll find a search box up at the top of the screen when adding a new widget.

Encrypted Time Machine Backups
Time Machine is a great, simple backup service that's been a part of OS X for a few years now. One of the primary complaints, however, is its lack of options. While Mountain Lion didn't bring a ton of configurability—and Apple is unlikely to add too many options in favor of simplicity—it did bring encrypted backups. If you've got some sensitive materials on your hard drive, you no longer need to worry. Enabling encrypted backups is simple: go into the Time Machine section of System Preferences, click on Select Disk, choose a disk, and check the box beside Encrypt Backups.

*This was apparent on Lion prior to Mountain Lion?



There are other unpublicised features of OS X 10.8 not mentioned by LifeHacker: In Launchpad (which you can access from your dock or pressing F4 on a new Mountain Lion install) just typing will start you on a search for any app you've installed. Mountain Lion also features new Screen Saver and slideshow options.


Feel free to post anything you've found or that hasn't been widely publicised ;)
 
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dante01

Distinguished Member
Here's another interesting one:

Multi-volume Time Machine

If wanting to take a backup drive offsite while keeping one at home, swapping them every week or month is a great way to protect against local disasters (floods, fire, electrical overload, cats and kids) that can potentially take out both your computer and the localised backup in one fell sweep. Time Machine has supported multiple disks previously, but you could only target one drive at a time; you had to manually reset TM to point to your drive of choice if wanting an additional backup.

Mountain Lion gives Time Machine full support for multiple listed target volumes; just add an additional backup drives in System Preferences. Time Machine will automatically rotate backup targets, using all drives alternately or if only one is available, it will target that until the other drives come back and default to using the most recent available backup set while bringing both TM backups up to date.
 
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Jase Winter

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You can now have a much more expose like mission control by deselecting group windows by application in the mission control preferences.
 

malk

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i have noticed,that when i go to the bookmark of my Facebook login page,the email addy,and password has already been filled in,but,not logged in,so its like halfway logged in,.whereas before,only the email was apparent,not the password.(re single sign on)
MMM,not to sure about this one,it definately wasnt like this previously,i do log on to FB,in the evening( i know,i know,),and if my MBP,was unattended,not in sleep,even if logged out of FB,someone could still get in to it,just by bookmarks,FB,enter ......not good,need to look into this one.
Maybe its a little"entry"to the FB thing coming,but straight away,security fail(if thats what it is..of course).
Maybe its just me overlooking something....

PS,the notes sticking to desktop is coming in handy,already got one for next meeting!!
 
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dante01

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That's not new in ML it just means at some point you clicked yes when it asked you if you wanted safari to remember the password.


If both are being filled in then anyone with access to your Mac can gain access to your Facebook or similar accounts.

Mountain Lion has no such feature


BUT …

Safari 6 does indeed remember both the name and password:
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With the AutoFill web forms User names and passwords feature enabled, Safari 6 users will see a dialog asking if they want to save the login information in Keychain.

This is a feature of Safari 6 and not Mountain Lion, although Safari 6 was included with Mountain Lion and Mountain Lion was the first OS to get access to the new version of Safari. The new version of Safari had the feature turned on by default.
 
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malk

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Yes, but the name wasn't also remembered previously. Both are now filled in (in malk's case) without any intervention by the user.

If both are being filled in then anyone with access to your Mac can gain access to your Facebook or similar accounts.

Mountain Lion has no such feature


BUT …

Safari 6 does indeed remember both the name and password:
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With the AutoFill web forms User names and passwords feature enabled, Safari 6 users will see a dialog asking if they want to save the login information in Keychain.

This is a feature of Safari 6 anf not Mountain Lion, although Safari 6 was included with Mountain Lion and Mountain Lion was the first OS to get access to the new version of Safari.
Thatll be the one then,,..cheers fellas,.
i definately always had to input password,yet not "keep logged in"so everytime i left the page,i would have to re-enter the password.
Now,the password,HAS been enterd,but not logged in.,so all i have to do is press enter.
I shall go forth and change the settings.THANK YOU.:)
 

dante01

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Thatll be the one then,,..cheers fellas,.
i definately always had to input password,yet not "keep logged in"so everytime i left the page,i would have to re-enter the password.
Now,the password,HAS been enterd,but not logged in.,so all i have to do is press enter.
I shall go forth and change the settings.THANK YOU.:)

You were probably previously not using the feature in Safari prior to upgrading to ML and the Facebook cookie was probably responsible for remembering youthen. It is just that you've now authorised Safari to remember both your password and name and the feature is active by default in Safari 6. Go back to relying on the Facebook cookie and you should get the behaviour you were used to back again ;)
 
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malk

Well-known Member
You were probably not using the feature in Safari and the Facebook cookie was probably responsible for remembering you previously. It is just that you've now authorised Safari to remember both your password and name and the feature is active by default in Safari 6. Go back to relying on the Facebook cookie and you'll have the behaviour we were used to ;)
All sorted...nice one.
i do remember,thinking about it,a popup,of Safari asking me something,and i think,that mustve been it......
When i saw the "sign on" bit on the thread,i just thought it was something to do with that.....just tried it,all is cool again,no chance of "FRAPE" now,..
You just saved what dignity i have left!!!:thumbsup:
 

Monopot

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Just noticed today if you open up an SD card which has the right file structure for AVCHD like a digital camera, it marks the PRIVATE folder as AVCHD and when you double click it gives you a preview window of all the clips.

Pretty neat, but also means for me to get to the folder I want for the raw clips I now have to do Show Contents 3 times :(
 

dante01

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Just noticed today if you open up an SD card which has the right file structure for AVCHD like a digital camera, it marks the PRIVATE folder as AVCHD and when you double click it gives you a preview window of all the clips.

Pretty neat, but also means for me to get to the folder I want for the raw clips I now have to do Show Contents 3 times :(

I don't think you are alone and many have posted their annoyance of the way AVCHD content is handled on SD cards by Mountain Lion.

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4143242
 
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Dante, thank you for the timemachine tip. That is fantastic for how i manage my backups.
 

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