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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.


Notes on the iPhone very much resembles Notes in Windows Mobile--the predecessor of Windows Phone--back in the day. A text-only app, it's a place to stash ideas or thoughts, but not much else. In Mountain Lion, you get a bit more than that. Notes on the desktop allows rich text, and bulleted or numbered lists, and lets you add photos. You also get full search capabilities via Spotlight. A pinning feature lets you put stickies right on your desktop. Sharing Notes is easy via the desktop app. Notes also lets you sync your notes with the iOS device of your choice.

I was never a huge fan of the Notes app, and I don't care for Post-Its, either. They lead to clutter and can get lost or misplaced. However, many people need help organizing tidbits of information, and Notes might work for them.

The main Notes screen looks like a pad of yellow ruled paper. Structured like Messages, the left side of the Notes screen lists individual documents. The right side contains the actual note on the ruled yellow "paper."

After you create a note, its title appears both at the top of your "paper" and on the left side. You add new Notes by clicking the plus button in the lower left corner. Notes are stored on your Mac or in iCloud, depending on how you configure the app.

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