• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    VERY buggy system for designers!

    • Written by from Wayne

    I made the mistake of installing Mountain Lion [on my iMac] on the first day it was released. The system is overall garbage. It freezes all of my Adobe software that I use for work- like Photoshop and Illustrator. Illustrator will not open or link PSD files and pinwheels until it crashes. I am disappointed with this system and this is the first time Apple has let me down.

    68 of 87 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It was a major mistake to upgrade it now

    • Written by from Toronto

    Maybe it depends what do you intend to do with your computer and maybe as different software programs start working with Mountain Lion, it won't be so bad, but right now, I, like many other users have been experiencing issues where everything has slowed down, including browsing the web, and the software programs that used to work well on Lion are either not working at all, or are giving errors. This operating system has been a source of major frustration for me. I'm having a challenge starting Parallels. If you're just using basic Mac software, then you may not mind the upgrade.

    47 of 56 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This upgrade cost me $500

    • Written by from BROOKLYN

    Some claim that Mountain Lion Improved startup time vs Lion. New stylish dock. AirPlay. New Safari update is over satisfying. Dictation (Siri) works flawlessly! More iCloud integration. I saw none of that on my iMAC. And iCloud? who cares. My computer is not a toy - it's a work tool.

    I am a professional illustrator / desktop Publisher and this upgrade did not recognize Photoshop CS3, MS Office Works (Word / Powerpoint / Excel etc) nor does it recognize Flash MX - software which I bought when I upgraded to iMac. Luckily I got a free upload to make Photoshop CS3 compatible but I lost at least $500 in other software.

    I have been with MAC since 1990 and I am not pleased with these upgrades that seemed targeted for the juvenile home play crowd. MAC should remain a professional tool - not become an entertainment gadget!!!

    35 of 38 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    a step backward

    • Written by from peterborough

    upgraded from leopard 10.5 (which worked fine) to mountain lion. mail is now terrible, did someone from Microsoft design this? I-photo takes forever to start and runs slower. But the most annoying thing is that I am now forced to find my wi-fi connection constantly because mountain lion keeps losing the connection. This never happened with leopard. I honestly see nothing improved from leopard. I wish I didn't upgrade, it's a big step backward in performance on a 2009 macbook pro.

    26 of 30 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Made me want to go back to Windows

    • Written by from Boston

    Apple under Steve Jobs stood for being a company that released innovative yet SIMPLE and INTUITIVE products that worked FLAWLESSLY. This update, however, is like a sad Windows Vista patch that just tried to make things look superficially better.

    After I updated my Macbook Pro (because a program required it, not because I wanted, given the reviews), it runs much slower, trying to handle the useless and complicated new iMail layout, the new annoying update messages, the confusing multiple-desktop interface, etc.

    I am not falling for this buy-a-new-Apple-product-that-can-handle-the-updates game. I feel as if I was being tried to take advantage of. My next computer will probably be a Windows again.

    Apple, you are doing it wrong - no wonder has the stock value sharply fallen.

    21 of 25 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It's like going back to windows....

    • Written by from Harrogate

    £1000 Mac Book Pro - now runs like my previous windows laptop, slow to boot, various apps crash and a number of apps no longer work "power pc applications no longer supported".
    £13.99 not well spent me thinks.

    20 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    For Intellectual Property Owners

    • Written by from Ridgecrest

    (5 star rating is 10.8.5 relative to version 10.8)

    In all previous versions of Apple OS that are pre Lion including Snow Leopard.... you can set up Network Locations that access Internet connections.
    These interfaces are Ethernet, Firewire, USB, Airport, and Bluetooth.
    Most importantly.... these manually set up Locations can disable or deactivate any or all of these connections.

    As the author of numerous Federally issued physics copyrights among several other forms of intellectual property that are not allowed public access, it is vitally important that the computer I use to produce these things has no type of network connection under any name or description.
    This is true for ANY person who produces ANYTHING that is intellectual property, not just me.

    OK, here is what is new in 10.8.5.
    In 10.8.4 (and all previous) you could APPLY a network Location that disabled or deactivated all connections.
    What is now "new" in 10.8.5 is that you cannot disable or deactivate ANY network connection no matter what you do.
    If you think that turning off your cable modem will do the trick, think again.... Airport and Bluetooth are still fully active. (if these are "built in", they are always on)

    Be wise.... if you produce these disabled Locations and apply them, your computer will report that you do not have a network connection. (that is software)
    Now check the hardware instead of the what the software tells you and you will discover that under 10.8.5. you cannot turn off ANY of these connections no matter what you do.
    This means that your computer is wide open to any miscreant with a computer degree because software security is not 100% security whatsoever.
    The only true security is hardware security. (power down the network transceivers)
    There is no such thing as a networked computer that cannot be hacked.
    How many convicted hackers do you require before you accept this fact?

    After informing Apple of this BUG we now have 10.8.5.
    10.8.5 has solved the BUG problem by not allowing the user to disable network transceivers whatsoever. (sounds comical)
    Make no mistake.... the GUI will still inform you that the tranceivers are disabled and your Mac will tell you that you have no network connection, but the technical fact is..... the hardware is fully connected and fully active. (opposite of what the GUI reports and opposite what your applications will report)
    Technically, a failure of the OS to report the status of the hardware is defined as a software BUG.

    Don't blame Apple.
    This is a Federal Mandate for ALL computer OS's.
    The Federal Government has demanded that ANY and ALL computers have an open back door that requires active hardware connection at all times.
    Don't blame the government.
    Miscreants of all types and sorts from the prankster to the extremely harmful use computer network connections as a primary tool of their criminal trades.

    Problem is.... this open door to your computer is an open door to criminals.
    Ironic, isn't it????

    Summary:
    If you produce intellectual materials that you wish to keep un-stolen, you cannot use 10.8.5. and must use either an obsolete Mac Pro, Snow Leopard or earlier, or both. (optionally, an Intel or PPC Mac with Airport and Bluetooth removed)
    If you are not a criminal.... you do not require a network connection.

    If you are a "typical" Mac user, 10.8.5 is a good upgrade.
    (it is still 20% slower than Snow Leopard due to an unbreakable internet umbilical cord but is an improvement in overall ML stability)

    PS
    Spare the crucifixions.... I have ten Macs and only this one is internet connected.

    By the way..... use Microsoft?.... you must be joking!!!!
    Microsoft is where the trouble began in the first place.
    Apple makes computers, Microsoft makes software.... what is the problem?
    Think.

    14 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    *DO NOT INSTALL MOUNTAIN LION*

    • Written by from Innisfil

    We installed it ($20.00) and our MacBook Pro is now slow, and crashes. I am not sure why Apple has not rectified the concerns. You would think an update that you paid for would improve your computer, not make it worse. If you Google Mountain Lion reviews problems, you will see that lot's of people have had the same concerns. Save your money, do not upgrade. Invest in a Windows product. It's sad, Steve Job's would be rolling over in his grave. Sorry, I could not rate zero stars or I would have

    12 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    makes my computer crash every 5 - 15 minutes..

    • Written by from san diego

    My powerbook is 3 years old, meets all the requirements for upgrading and never had a problem before, I only upgraded due to a software I had to access from OSX lion in icloud, since upgrading my computer crashes without notice every 5 - 15 minutes, even when I only have a few programs like safari and spotify open, something that never created a problem before! I have used macs for a very long time, and I used to really love them, now I am extremely disappointed, it doesn't allow me to work continuously, I am even considering switching to a reliable PC computer unfortunately. Apple has been going down the hill lately. I am a designer, of course I like the aesthetics but it used to make the experience of working smooth and pleasurable, since Lion is pure frustration...

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    mountain lion upgrade

    • Written by from Buffalo Grove

    I just upgraded to mountain lion from snow leopard. it was pretty much seemless and everything works. It took about an hour for the download and about 1/2 an hour to install. all my programs and printers worked. i had to do some updates but so far everything seems to be fine.

    17 of 29 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good speed, bad battery life.

    • Written by from Puebla

    Some apps like Safari are faster, but battery life is worse now. The battery gets drained so quickly when my Mac Book Pro is asleep.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best OSX version to date.

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    Extremely pleased with ML. It runs very fast on my 2.26Ghz 2009 MBP w/ SSD & 8GB RAM. I look forward to the Facebook addition this fall. I even like the default wallpaper. I love being able to store my files in the cloud & sync them with my iPad & iPhone. I do hope more Apps get iCloud support (i.e. Garageband, iMovie, Final Cut, etc.) but I do understand major application file sizes can be huge. I look forward to what next year may bring. At $19.99, it's a CrazyDopetastic™ bargain!

    25 of 47 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible

    • Written by from Pullman

    after not working with lap top for a couple of minutes, when I go back to start working again, as soon as I start working for a few moments, say after typing 5 words, the computer goes to sleep!

    dam it, it is so annoying, as soon as I start to work, it goes on sleep!

    3 of 8 people found this useful