So 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:
- Download Lion from the Mac App Store—but don’t install it yet, because of the disappearing installer issue noted above.
- 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”
- Open up Disk Utility from your Applications > Utilities folder and drag the DMG file into the sidebar on the left.
- If you’re burning to DVD: insert your disk, select the DMG file in the sidebar, and hit “Burn.” Skip to step 6.
- 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.
- 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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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:
- iMovie (Mac OS)
- Sony Vegas Pro (Windows)
- Final Cut Pro (Mac OS)
- AVID (Windows/Mac OS)
- Adobe Premiere Pro (Windows/Mac OS )
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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: