OS X Mountain Lion Bugs: How To Fix Every Problem With 3rd Party Apps

By iDesign Times Staff Reporter July 27, 2012 4:12 AM EDT
OS X Mountain Lion Bugs, Problems, Issues, Errors

Don't fear the lion. (Photo: Wikimedia Creative Commons / julielangford)

Just like everyone else we were excited about Apple's OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion software upgrade. It turns out the Mac operating system has its fair share of bugs and issues. Lucky for you, here's a list of the top five issues we have the new OS and how to fix them with third party apps, so there's no reason to fear the Mountain Lion.

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1) Problems with the Notification Center:

Apple's new notification center brings all your updates to one handy place, which we love. However, for those of us who were already getting a similar feature from third-party app Growl it turns out the two don't mesh very well (they both show up in the same spot and get in each other's way). Your possible solutions include ditching Growl, moving it to a new spot on your screen or try a new app that supports Growl, like Hiss. Hiss is pretty great. What it does is take your updates from Growl and send them to the Notification Center.

2) How to improve GateKeeper:

Apple's new security feature's purpose is to stop Mac users from downloading dangerous programs by blocking anything not licensed or approved by Apple. The problem, of course, is that sometimes you may want to download a program that Apple hasn't personally approved. Example: even on the medium setting GateKeeper makes it tough to download Steam, a popular online video game store.

Instead try Little Snitch ($30 or free with a little extra effort). This application won't block your downloads. What it does is keep an eye on all connections made to your computer and request your confirmation before letting them proceed. Once you approve a connection Little Snitch won't ask you about it again, making it easy to manage your computer's security.

3) Get AirPlay Mirroring On an older Mac:

AirPlay Mirroring is a great new application from Mountain Lion that lets display video form your computer on an Apple TV-connected TV screen. Unfortunately, this feature only works on Mac computers released after 2011. If you and your old Mac are feeling left out check out AirParrot. This $10 program serves the same purpose as AirPlay Mirroring and does it just as well.

4) Replace the ugly new skins on your Calendar and Contacts:

The BDSM/Rodeo upgrades to Apple's calendar and contact book applications are still as hideous as ever. You can fix that with MacNix. Just download two DMG files, run them and presto the ugly leather skins will be transformed into sleek aluminum skins.

5) Personalize Gestures controls:

SO X 10.8 Mountain Lion offers more trackpad gesture controls than ever before, but there's not much chance to customize these controls. Program your own gestures with BetterTouchTool, a program that allows the user to create whatever gesture and keystroke controls their heart desires. Just be careful not to go overboard or no one else will be able to use your computer.

via Life Hacker

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