Mountain Lion Archive

Apple Releases OS X 10.8.5 Update for Mountain Lion

Apple has quietly released OS X 10.8.5, the latest update for Mountain Lion.  The update, which is available through updates in the App Store app on your Mac, brings a wide range of fixes, updates and improvements to the current OS from Cupertino.

In the release notes on this update, Apple provides a rather detailed list of items addressed n the update.

The OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5 Update is recommended for all OS X Mountain Lion users. It improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. This update:

  • Fixes an issue that may prevent Mail from displaying messages
  • Improves AFP file transfer performance over 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • Resolves an issue that may prevent a screen saver from starting automatically
  • Improves Xsan reliability
  • Improves reliability when transferring large files over Ethernet
  • Improves performance when authenticating to an Open Directory server
  • Addresses an issue that prevented a smart card from unlocking preference panes in System Preferences
  • Contains the improvements included in MacBook Air (Mid 2013) Software Update 1.0

The update is free to those already running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.

After upgrading my Mid-2011 Macbook Pro with this update I can say that Mail performance has greatly improved and seems far more reliable, especially with an Exchange account.

Apple Seeds Safari 6.1 to Developers

Apple has seeded the latest beta of Safari 6.1 to developers today.  The beta release is aimed at Lion and Mountain Lion users and brings many of the updates to the browser that Apple intends to bring to OS X Mavericks when it is released.  The seed is the 7th in the beta cycle for Safari 6.1 and developers are being asked to test their extensions against the new platform according to our developer resource.

Many of the updates what are planned for Safari in OS X Mavericks which is slated for released later this fall.  If history is any indication, once Mavericks does become publicly available, this update to Safari will be available as well to those running Lion and Mountain Lion.

There are a pile of updates in Safari 6.1.  According to the seed notes, here is what is expected:

Safari Sidebar

The Safari Sidebar makes it easy to access your Bookmarks, Reading List, and Shared Links. (Shared Links on Mountain Lion only)

Shared Links (Mountain Lion only)
Shared Links shows you links from people you follow on Twitter. You can see who shared the link, as well as the comments they posted about it.

Continuous Reading (Mountain Lion only)
Continuously scroll through all the articles and webpages in your Reading List and in Shared Links. When you select an item and scroll to its last page, the next item in your list automatically appears below it.

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Easy Retweet (Mountain Lion only)
A Retweet button in Shared Links makes it easy to retweet links from people you follow on Twitter.
Redesigned Top Sites
Top Sites has a new look and makes it easier than ever to get to your favorite websites. Rearrange sites by dragging and dropping thumbnails.
Safari Power Saver
Safari conserves energy by playing only the plug-in content that’s front and center on the webpages you browse to. Safari displays a preview of the plug-in content on a webpage’s margins, but waits until you click that content before running it, so you only use energy viewing the content you want to see.
Third-party data blocking
Safari blocks third-party websites from leaving data that could be used to track you online.
Faster Javascript
Thanks to the faster Nitro JavaScript engine in Safari, browsing is even faster and more responsive
iCloud Tabs autocomplete (Mountain Lion only)
When you type into the Smart Search Field, Safari shows you webpages in your iCloud Tabs, making it even easier to pick up your browsing right where you left off on another device.
Yandex search built-in
Leading Russian search provider Yandex is a built-in option for Russian users, in addition to Google, Yahoo! and Bing.
Sandboxed plug-ins
Safari sandboxes popular plug-ins, making it safer to run them by restricting what they can do and what data they can access on your system. The Adobe Flash Player, Silverlight, QuickTime and Oracle Java plug-ins are sandboxed in Safari.
PDF sandboxing
Loading PDFs in Safari’s built-in PDF viewer is safer thanks to sandboxing. Sandboxing restricts what a file can do or access on your system, so if PDF file you view on the web contains malicious code, Safari can prevent it from harming your computer.
To get the Safari 6.1 beta you will need to be a part of the Apple Developer Network.

How To Change The Finder Default Folder in OS X

Finder in OS X is a powerful tool for finding files and folders on your Mac.  By default, Finder is going to open up Documents when you start it which may work for most but for me, didn’t work at all.  Why?  I’m a Dropbox user.  Having the Finder Default Folder on Documents meant that I was always at least one click away from Dropbox when I was looking for a file.  That doesn’t sound like a big deal but as we all know, one extra click when you are in a rush is not a good thing.

Apple has made it quite easy however to change the Finder default folder in OS X so you can customise it to work best for

Changing Finder to Open A New Default Location

Changing Finder to Open A New Default Location

you.  To start, open up Finder on your Mac.  Next, open up the Preferences for Finder by either going to Finder>Preferences on the Menu bar or by tapping Command+, on your keyboard.  Once the Preferences are open, make sure you are on the first tab, the General tab.

Notice in the middle of the General settings for Finder there is a drop-down menu titled “New Finder windows show:”.  This is the setting we are interested in for this How To.  Use the menu to select the folder you want to have Finder open each time you start a new Finder window.  You can chose any device or folder on your Mac and if you don’t see it listed, simply go to the bottom of the menu, select More and use Finder to find the location where you want it to start going forward.

Once you have selected the folder you want as the Finder default, just close the Preferences setting and close the Finder window you opened.  Open up Finder again and you should be at your new default folder.

For more How To’s for both iOS and OS X, be sure to check out the AlliOSNews How To page for links to our over 100 tips & tricks.



Apple Seeds OS X 10.8.5 Beta Build to Developers

While most of the Apple community has turned their attention to OS X Mavericks, it doesn’t mean that Apple themselves have done that completely.  Yesterday Apple seeded the latest OS X 10.8.5 Beta to developers, continuing the update process for Mountain Lion.

The latest beta comes a month after the last beta build and is noted as Build 12F36.  It is something that is downloadable for developers from the Apple Developer site or can be updated via the App Store on their Mac on their development machines.

The Release Notes for this latest OS X 10.8.5 Beta indicate that developers are asked to focus on WiFi, graphics, Wake from Sleep, PDF viewing and Mobile Device Management.  As is the norm, there are not specifics mentioned on what to test according to our developer contact here at AlliOSNews.

There is no indication when OS X 10.8.5 will come to the general public and frankly we thought the beta a month ago would be the last one.  It is possible this is the last one but there is no indication of that from Apple.  Given that OS X Mavericks is quickly approaching we have to think that they are close to calling it a day on this beta cycle.

We shall see.

More information on the OS X 10.8.5 Beta is available on the Apple Developer site.

How To Add A Folder To The Finder Sidebar In OS X

For those who are new to OS X, Finder is the application that is most analogous to Explorer in the Windows world.  It allows you to see files and folder, open them, delete them, move them, etc.  In each Finder window there is a sidebar where you will see a range of locations on your Mac that you can quickly access.  In this How To we are going to show you how to add a folder to the Finder sidebar so you can quickly access a folder of your choice.  This can save you time and clicks as you navigate the files on your Mac.

Apple Releases Security Update for Lion and Mountain Lion

Apple has posted a new security update for users of Lion and Mountain Lion that should be installed immediately.  The update can be downloaded directly from Apple or, more conveniently, from the Mac App Store.

The update is Security Update 2013-003 1.0 and is approximately 20MB in size.  The update does require a reboot of your Mac in order to take effect.

As is normally the case with Apple security updates, there is nothing specifically called out as to what is being addressed in the update.  Apple rarely states what the issue was – if there was one at all – as a measure of protection for customers.

You can get more information about this update and other updates from Apple at this link on their site.


Apple Releases OS X 10.8.4

After the beta program ended last week, I speculated how long it would be before the general public saw OS X 10.8.4.  Turns out the answer was pretty darn quick.

Like two days quick.

OS X 10.8.4, the latest update to Mountain Lion, is now available in the Mac App Store for everyone to download and update.  The updates to the release are significant, with a focus on a wide range of improvements and features.

Here is the exhaustive list from the Apple Release Notes:

The OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.4 Update is recommended for all OS X Mountain Lion users and includes features and fixes that improve the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including the following:

OS X 10.8.4 Released to The Mac App Store

OS X 10.8.4 Released to The Mac App Store

  • Compatibility improvements when connecting to certain enterprise Wi-Fi networks
  • Microsoft Exchange compatibility improvements in Calendar
  • A fix for an issue that prevented FaceTime calls to non-U.S. phone numbers
  • A fix for an issue that may prevent scheduled sleep after using Boot Camp
  • Improves VoiceOver compatibility with text in PDF documents
  • Includes Safari 6.0.5, which improves stability for some websites with chat features and games
  • A fix for an issue that may cause iMessages to display out of order in Messages
  • Resolves an issue in which Calendars Birthdays may appear incorrectly in certain time zones
  • A fix for an issue that may prevent the desktop background picture from being preserved after restart
  • A fix for an issue that may prevent documents from being saved to a server using SMB
  • Addresses an issue that may prevent certain files from opening after copied to a volume named “Home”
  • A fix for an issue that may prevent changes to files made over NFS from displaying
  • Resolves an issue saving files to an Xsan volume from certain applications
  • Improves Active Directory log-in performance, especially for cached accounts or when using a .local domain
  • Improves OpenDirectory data replication
  • Improves 802.1X compatibility with ActiveDirectory networks
  • Improves compatibility when using mobile accounts

Like I said, lots of updates and improvements.

To get the update just go to the Mac App Store on your Mac, check Updates and there you will find it.  Be sure you follow the golden rule and backup before doing the upgrade.



Apple Seeds OS X 10.8.4 Beta 7 to Developers

Apple continues the weekly update of the beta builds of the next version of Mountain Lion, OS X 10.8.4.  The 7th consecutive beta in as many weeks is Build 12E52 and is available to those in the Developer Network via a download on the site or via the App Store for registered Macs.

As has been the case with previous beta builds of 10.8.4, developers are asked to focus on wireless connectivity, graphics drivers and Safari in their testing.  This is the fourth beta after code was discovered pointing to 802.11ac development for

OS X 10.8.4 Beta 12E52

OS X 10.8.4 Beta 12E52

Mac, hinting at a refresh of the platform possibly as early as WWDC.

If you are not a member of the Apple Developer Network, joining is $100 per year for Mac development and an additional $100 per year for iOS development.

There is no word on when 10.8.4 will be released to the general public but it is clear that Apple, like 10.8.3 before it, want to have plenty of beta cycles under their belt before releasing it. 10.8.3 had a total of 13 betas before it was released.

For more information, check out the Developer Network site.

Apple Seeds Latest Beta of OS X 10.8.4 to Developers

Apple has notified developers in the Apple Developer Network of the latest beta for OS X 10.8.4 today.  The new build is known as Build 12E33A and is the 3rd beta of the latest version of Mountain Lion.  This new build comes a week after the previous beta was released which is keeping in line with Apple’s one beta a week release cycle.

Like the previous two builds, the release notes on this beta for OS X 10.8.4 do not shed much light on what exactly is being worked on in Cupertino.  The standard notes to developers to focus on WiFi, Graphics Drivers and Safari remain but

Apple Seed Notice for OS X 10.8.4

Apple Seed Notice for OS X 10.8.4

little other detail about the build is known.  Reports have suggested that the betas are very solid with few issues which could lead to a quick public release but that is also unclear.

The updated beta for OS X 10.8.4 comes at the same time rumours continue to suggest OS X 10.9 is being delayed for an all-hands effort to get iOS 7 out the doors.  That could mean that the work in this beta is more important than it would have been just a few weeks ago.

To get the latest beta you will need to be a part of the Apple Developer network which is $100 per year to join.  More information can be found on it here.

Thanks to our developer friends who sent us the information here at AlliOSNews.

Apple Releases Mountain Lion 10.8.4 Beta to Developers

Coming just a few weeks after the public release of 10.8.3, Apple has seeded the latest beta build to developers today.  Mountain Lion 10.8.4 is available only to those belonging to the Apple Developer network and the build version is 12E27.

Mountain Lion 10.8.4 came with the standard issue of release notes according to our insider but those notes did not contain anything specific as to what was addressed or updated in this release.  The only things mentioned in the focus areas of the notes were WiFi, Safari and Graphics.

As expected, there is no indicated date of when Mountain Lion 10.8.4 will be available to the public.  In the case of 10.8.3, there were over a dozen revisions to the build over the course of 5 months developers had access to it.  That was a long beta cycle even by Apple standards so it is difficult to say if that will be the case again on this release.

It is also worth noting that February marked the one year anniversary of Mountain Lion being announced.  10.8.4 could very well represent one of the last major builds of Mountain Lion as anticipation of a new OS X, 10.9, is expected soon.  How soon and if this is indeed one of the last updates for 10.8, only time will tell.

Mountain Lion 10.8.4 is available through the Apple Developer network which is $100 per year to join.  More information can be found on the Developer site.