If you are a Mac user, then you probably are well aware that Apple released OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion this week. By all accounts, it’s an improvement over 10.7 Lion.
If you are a holdout (like I was), then you may still be using OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard. I was concerned about losing 32-bit app compatibility, quirks in other 64-bit apps and the death of Spaces (something I use all day, everyday).
Having mulled Mountain Lion over for several weeks, I bit the bullet this week and upgraded from Snow Leopard. Based on most of what I had read, CS6 app stability and speed improves with Mountain Lion. Since that’s the software suite I use more than anything else, I went for it.
I spent a good bit of Friday in Premiere Pro CS6 on my 2011 MacBook Pro and it certainly appeared that playback performance improved. In a sequence that I had been editing over the past week or two, playback was smooth on effects that simply weren’t playable without rendering before the OS upgrade. I don’t technically know what was going on, but Premiere Pro CS6 certain seems to work better in Mountain Lion. And that’s without OpenCL hardware acceleration.
From the CS6 FAQ:
Adobe and Apple have worked closely together to test Adobe® Creative Suite® 5, 5.5 and CS6 editions and individual products for reliability, performance and user experience when installed on Intel® based systems running Mac OS X Mountain Lion (v10.8). Earlier versions of Adobe Photoshop® (CS3 and CS4) software were also tested with Mountain Lion and there are currently no known issues.
As with any new release of an operating system, there may be unexpected issues that arise that were not discovered during testing. If you encounter any issues, please report them on our bug reporting form.
Video team member Todd Kopriva notes,
Mountain Lion (Mac OS v10.8) upgrade improves performance and stability with Premiere Pro. Be sure to check for drivers for third-party I/O hardware and such, which may not yet be available for your accessories.”
So if you’re working heavily in CS6 apps and don’t have any other software or third-party hardware compatibility questions holding you back, pulling the trigger on Mountain Lion seems like a good idea to me at this point.
As for the lack of Spaces, I’m learning to live with Mission Control’s half-baked answer. Thus far, Mountain Lion has yet to figure out my southern accent during my attempts at dictation. And, I’m still getting accustomed the the upside down scrolling business that started in Lion. Other than that, it has been pretty smooth sailing.
Anyone else have thoughts on Mountain Lion compatibility issues with photo or video editing software?
[quotes via John Nack]