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OS X Mountain Lion Adding Offline Safari Reading List Mode and Dictation to Mac

In the week since Apple's last developer update of OS X Mountain Lion, several new features including hints of automatic app downloads have been discovered in the next-generation operating system. The discoveries are still continuing, with signs of two new features: offline Reading List mode and iOS-like dictation.

Gear Live highlights the offline reading list option, which is an augmentation of the Safari bookmarking feature that debuted in OS X Lion and syncs saved articles across devices. As noticed by Gear Live, a warning screen in Safari on OS X Mountain Lion indicates that articles saved to Reading List are available for viewing even when the user's Mac is not connected to the Internet.
While troubleshooting a home network issue today, I stumbled upon a new feature that Apple is introducing in OS X Mountain Lion. [...]

When you aren't connected to a network and pull up Safari, you get a message that tells you that you aren't connected to the Internet, but that your "Reading List articles are available for viewing while you are offline."

Meanwhile, 9to5Mac reports that a keyboard shortcut listing in the latest build of OS X Mountain Lion suggests that built-in dictation capabilities will be coming to the Mac. Such capabilities debuted as part of Siri on the iPhone 4S, with only the dictation portion making its way into the third-generation iPad released earlier this year.
According to a resources file inside of the latest build of Safari in the newest seed of the upcoming OS X Mountain Lion, Dictation might be making its way to Macs next. Since Macs do not sport virtual keyboards or physical keyboards with a microphone-labled key, users (by default) will apparently need to simultaneously click both command keys to start voice input.

No other evidence of dictation or other Siri-like features has yet been discovered in OS X Mountain Lion, but Apple continues to work on the next-generation operating system and will undoubtedly issue an extensive preview of it at next month's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.

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25 months ago
Keyboard shortcut? Can't I just say "Computer"?

Rating: 19 Positives
25 months ago

Mountain Lion seems to have some nifty features, but I have to admit: I miss that excited feeling I used to get when new OS X versions came out (e.g. Tiger, Leopard). Although more expensive, they were stuffed with new user-facing features. The past few years of OS X have not been quite as exciting as iOS...

I'll hold out til WWDC to see if there's something cool and unexpected!


I am gonna repeat the post I wrote in another thread in order to express, once more, a feeling similar to that above.

I want to make it clear that I am probably one of the most vocals "fanboys" out there, having converted at least 15 people to Mac over the last 5 years.

Moreover, I absolutely hate Windows in all its forms. However, the point I am trying to make is that Apple NEEDS to devote further resources to the OS X team in order to: (i) fix outstanding issues; (ii) come up with new features on the basis of experienced users' feedback, and NOT on automatic presumptions that whatever appears on iOS must be replicated on OS X.

I also noted above a number of other problems which are being either deliberately ignored by Apple, or for which there are no specific resources available, such as:

- the pathetic Airport Utility (the availability of version 5.6 notwithstanding);
- the even more pathetic OS X Server (or what remains of it);
- the less-than-ideal implementation and performance of OpenGL/GPU drivers;
- lack of built-in video codecs for Safari and QuickTime (why do I have to install the now-dead Perian for that?);
- lack of possibilities to tweak settings such as mouse polling rates (so as to avoid jumpy cursors in third-party mouses);
- resolution-independence options as referred to above - I mean, Apple has ALWAYS been at the forefront of handicapped people's needs;
- 64-bit awareness and multithreading across the board (I have EIGHT cores waiting to be used and only HandBrake or a handful of pro apps employ them!);
- basic Blu-Ray support (not that I care either, but why not?);
- dual/triple monitor unified desktop support;
- Safari memory leaks (not that I personally care with 16GB of RAM);
- iMessages' disk space bug (which ends up consuming all RAM plus all available space in the startup disk);
- better WebDAV and so on;
- a growing disregard for Apple UI standards across the board.

So there you go; or do you really want me to care about on-screen reminders? For this we already have Growl. And you must agree with me: Launchpad was definitely not Apple's finest hour.
Rating: 12 Positives
25 months ago
The screenshot says Moutation Lion?
Rating: 8 Positives
25 months ago
Cmd-Cmd doesn't seem like the best shortcut to use..
Rating: 8 Positives
25 months ago

Keyboard shortcut? Can't I just say "Computer".


"Hey, I just got this new computer, its really cool and you can talk to it. So did you hear about that new guy that..."

I'm sure a computer just waiting to hear something specific will be great! And those laptops will have great battery life! [/sarcasm]
Rating: 7 Positives
25 months ago

Mountain Lion seems to have some nifty features, but I have to admit: I miss that excited feeling I used to get when new OS X versions came out (e.g. Tiger, Leopard). Although more expensive, they were stuffed with new user-facing features. The past few years of OS X have not been quite as exciting as iOS...

I'll hold out til WWDC to see if there's something cool and unexpected!


I feel the total opposite, I feel like every version of OS X that is released is more feature packed than the version before it. Granted, a lot more less visible but very important features were baked into Tiger and Leopard compared to say Lion. Every OS X release is slam packed to the max with new features that get me way more excited than iOS, even though i get excited for both :D
Rating: 7 Positives
25 months ago

Only in an apple forum can a tech company be comsidered to eschew criticism for the (admitted) poor performance of one of their flagship products (safari) via a suggestion to use an arch and much maligned competitors product (googles chrome) and the belittling of a free similar product offered by a another company with infinitesimally less resources.

Only in an apple forum...:rolleyes:


I'm a native speaker of English but haven't the slightest clue what you're trying to say in that convoluted tangle of words. :confused:
Rating: 7 Positives
25 months ago

I'm a native speaker of English but haven't the slightest clue what you're trying to say in that convoluted tangle of words. :confused:


He said he has gas.
Rating: 6 Positives
25 months ago
Dictation would be really useful, hopefully it's not only for 2012 Macs.
It would be cool if you could use your iPhone/iPad to dictate to your Mac.
Rating: 6 Positives
25 months ago


- the even more pathetic OS X Server (or what remains of it);

Dead Market. I am happy they released the software at a more than reasonable price. We updated the work server and I purchased it for my mac mini at home.


- lack of built-in video codecs for Safari and QuickTime (why do I have to install the now-dead Perian for that?);

Which codecs are missing? They probably need a licensing fee or not as popular as you think they are.


- lack of possibilities to tweak settings such as mouse polling rates (so as to avoid jumpy cursors in third-party mouses);

MS and Logitech have control panels to let you further tweak the settings. Why should Apple compensate for crappy hardware. This isn't Windows where they can't seem to ever get rid of the Parallel Port drivers.


- 64-bit awareness and multithreading across the board (I have EIGHT cores waiting to be used and only HandBrake or a handful of pro apps employ them!);

Should Apple force the devs to go 64-bit? I think much of the core Apple apps that would benefit from 64-bit have bumped up already


- basic Blu-Ray support (not that I care either, but why not?);

Apart from the licensing fees. Apple would need to get their software certified and it will need to disable itself if the BD Consortium deems it so. Also with the prices of the players nearing sub $100 this is not much of an issue.


- Safari memory leaks (not that I personally care with 16GB of RAM);

Use Chrome? Honestly I mainly use Chrome because Firefox has the worst record with memory leaks. In fact you can combine all of the Safari, Chrome and IE memory leaks and it still would not amount to what Firefox pisses away.


- iMessages' disk space bug (which ends up consuming all RAM plus all available space in the startup disk);

It's still in BETA

I didn't comment on the rest of the stuff cause I don't know much about those issues and I do agree with the WebDAV speed issues. I also want to add that I wish the Finder would not throw up on every device mounted on the system.
Rating: 5 Positives

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