apple mountain lion osx

In its earnings press release from yesterday (24th) Apple announced that Mountain Lion would be up on the App store today. So no big shock that the $19.99 update to the latest cat is now loose. Who can upgrade?

First things first, as always if you are in the middle of a project don't upgrade. Final Cut Pro X might be compatible, but what about all those third party plugins and apps you depend upon? Backup before you upgrade too, either with Time Machine or a third party toll like Carbon Copy Cloner. 

You also need to take a good look at the Mac you intend to run Mountain Lion on, these models can be upgraded:

  • iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)

Download Mountain Lion OSX 10.8

If you need to find out the model of your Mac click 'About this Mac' from the Apple menu and then 'More info'

Features and specs are no secret, they have been available on Apple's Mountain Lion webpage for a while. No real new advances for us editors on the surface, but we hope that there is more under the hood that will improve performance.

We are also wondering if the new Gatekeeper feature will intervene when trying to install downloaded plugins, could Spherico's Motion Template Tool trigger a warning for users?

On the FCP.co campus, we tend to install updates on machines in reverse order of importance, which means the lady who does the accounts two days a week is going to get her Mac blasted first. This means that we are after your experiences good or bad with Mountain Lion. What third party apps work and what plugins are compatible?

You can either post you comments on the Facebook section below or on a special thread in our busy Final Cut Pro Forum.

Oh and by the way if you would like to see 30 new OS X features in Mountain Lion, take a look!