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Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Developer Preview 4

Mountain Lion, a.k.a. OS X 10.8, marries the Apple desktop operating system to iOS features that previously were found only on the iPhone and iPad. Among them: Messages, Notifications, Reminders, a Game Center, and better integration with iCloud. It's not a revolutionary upgrade to the desktop OS, but it should please Mac enterprise users.

Share Sheets

Apple further embraces social networking in Mountain Lion by adding an easy way to share photos, videos, and URLs using a new feature called Share Sheets. This feature makes it simple to share with friends through Mail, iMessage, AirDrop, or a supported website such as Facebook or Twitter.

Sharing options are content, context, and destination sensitive. If you're looking at a Web page in Safari, for example, you'll have options to share via e-mail, message, or Twitter. Share Sheets aren't a new concept. Eventually, however, you can expect them to support drag and drop. Apple has created a Share Sheet API and it's obvious that third-party developers will be coming up with new ways for people to share content.




Share Sheets make it easy to share via email, Messages, Twitter, AirDrop, and Flickr (if you've chosen a picture, like I did, here). Select the file, right click, and choose Share from the context menu that appears.



Choosing a different file type changes the choices you get in the context menu. You can't post a Word document to Flickr, but you can share it via email, Messages, or AirDrop.

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