Tag Archive | OS X

Create a Hard Copy Installer For Mac OS X Mountain Lion

Mac-OS-X-Mountain-Lion - Ongoing IssuesSo you can download and upgrade to Apple’s latest OS X release Mountain Lion, but for those of you who would like a hard copy of the OS and perhaps run a fresh install, follow these instructions put together by LifeHacker:

The Easy Option: Use Lion DiskMaker

Lion Disk Maker is a donationware app from Serial Server. Version 2rc2 burns Mountain Lion or Lion to an external drive or DVD. You’ll need at least an 8GB USB flash drive, USB/Firewire drive, or SD card to make the bootable disk or dual-layer writable DVD (Update: regular single-layer DVDs are too small). Note that the program will overwrite all files on your USB drive or SD card when creating the bootable disk.

Lion Disk Maker finds your copy of Lion downloaded to your Applications folder, asks you what media type you want to use to create the install disk, then handles the rest.

DIY Option: Use OS X’s Built-in Disk Utility

The steps for burning Mountain Lion to disk are essentially the same as the ones for Lion:

  1. Download Lion from the Mac App Store—but don’t install it yet, because of the disappearing installer issue noted above.
  2. Find the installer in your Applications folder and right-click on it then select “Show Package Contents.” Head to Contents > SharedSupport and look for the file called “InstallESD.dmg”
  3. Open up Disk Utility from your Applications > Utilities folder and drag the DMG file into the sidebar on the left.
  4. If you’re burning to DVD: insert your disk, select the DMG file in the sidebar, and hit “Burn.” Skip to step 6.
  5. If you’re burning to USB, you’ll need to first format the drive properly:
    • Insert the disk and select it in the sidebar in Disk Utility. Select the Partition tab, select “1 Partition” from the dropdown menu and choose “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” for the format type.
    • Click the Options button and choose “GUID Partition Table”—this will make the drive bootable and formatted correctly for the Mac. Hit Apply to format—which will completely erase—the drive.
    • Now click the Restore tab and choose the DMG file as your source and the USB drive as the destination. Hit the Apply button to make it happen.
  6. Finally, to boot from your install disk/drive and install Mountain Lion, restart your Mac and hold the Option key down when you hear the startup chime.

Besides installing Mountain Lion, your installer disk/drive will have the host of handy utilities on it such as Disk Utility and Time Machine recovery. Note that when you install Mountain Lion, you’ll have a recovery partition on your drive in case something goes wrong. That said, it’s always nice to have a disc or flash drive handy in the event you need to perform a clean install.

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Thank you Life Hacker!


Apple Software Update: Security Update 2012-002

Apple Update Icon - Ongoing Issue GraphicSecurity Update 2012-002 is recommended for all users and improves the security of Mac OS X.



For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222.


Want to Snap and Shake on a Mac like Windows 7?

We use the Snap function in Windows 7 a lot when using our PC’s, but this is a feature that sadly has never been available in Mac OS X.  Well iSnap now lets Mac users have that functionality.

It doesn’t work with Microsoft Office right now and Firefox and Chrome seem to only function with the keyboard shortcuts, but we are sure they are working on this functionality as we speak.

Download iSnap here:


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Lifehacker bring us their top 5 video editors

video cut - ongoing issue imageLifehacker have just posted their top 5 video editors which include:

  • iMovie (Mac OS)
  • Sony Vegas Pro (Windows)
  • Final Cut Pro (Mac OS)
  • AVID (Windows/Mac OS)
  • Adobe Premiere Pro (Windows/Mac OS )

Check out their full post here:


Happy Birthday OS X

Today is the 10th birthday of Mac OS X.  Congratulations to the operating system which helped with the reinvention and reinvigoration of Apple.

Mac OS X 3D Logo - Ongoing Issues

Snow Leopard gets an Anti Malware update?

MacWorld has a report on how Apple may have sneaked and Anti Malware update to it users when it released its latest update OS X 10.6.4.

Check out the report with more details here:


Apple OS X Update: 10.6.4

Apple have released their latest OS X update 10.6.4.  Here are the details:

The 10.6.4 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard. It includes Safari 5 and general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including fixes that:
  • resolve an issue that causes the keyboard or trackpad to become unresponsive
  • resolve an issue that may prevent some Adobe Creative Suite 3 applications from opening
  • address issues copying, renaming, or deleting files on SMB file servers
  • improve reliability of VPN connections
  • resolve a playback issue in DVD Player when using Good Quality deinterlacing
  • resolve an issue editing photos with iPhoto or Aperture in full screen view
  • improve compatibility with some braille displays
  • For detailed information on this update, please visit this website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4150.
  • For information on the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222.

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