Is Mac OSX Mountain Lion ok for photographers ?
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Alan321
Registered: Nov 07, 2005
Total Posts: 9926
Country: Australia

I have a 2011 17" MacBook pro running Snow Leopard and I am considering upgrading to Mountain Lion. Since I don't really have to do so just yet I am seeking opinions from those who had no choice (or others) as to whether Mountain Lion has revealed any problems with photography applications such as Ps or Lr or with printing or communicating with cameras, etc.

cheers
- Alan



zquaratella
Registered: Mar 23, 2011
Total Posts: 261
Country: United States

I use PS with Mountain Lion, CS5, no problems!



veroman
Registered: Aug 19, 2005
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Country: United States

Alan321 wrote:
I have a 2011 17" MacBook pro running Snow Leopard and I am considering upgrading to Mountain Lion. Since I don't really have to do so just yet I am seeking opinions from those who had no choice (or others) as to whether Mountain Lion has revealed any problems with photography applications such as Ps or Lr or with printing or communicating with cameras, etc.
cheers
- Alan


I recently purchased a Macbook Air for travel. It came with Mountain Lion. I can't shoot tethered with my 5D and EOS Utility. Canon has apparently been slow in releasing an EOS Utility that will work with Mountain Lion.

My version of Microsoft Word doesn't work with Mountain Lion. I decided to purchase Apple's "Pages" software ($19.99) rather than opt for a new MS Word just for this machine. "Pages" will open Word docs, but they have to be reformatted.

I'm also experiencing random, quirky behavior with Capture One Pro 6 software, my primary adjustment and conversion software. It's usable, but does strange things from time to time.

Most of my print drivers won't work with Mountain Lion. Not too important right now since I rarely print from my laptop, but at some point I will want to, so I'll need to download and install the new drivers. The only driver that's working is the one that lets me print wirelessly to my Epson 725.

Overall, Mountain Lion is excellent. I installed it on an external boot-up drive and am testing it on my desktop machine. Same issues as above, but otherwise works fine.

- Steve



howardm4
Registered: Feb 08, 2008
Total Posts: 2985
Country: United States

My job just got me a brand new MBP w/ ML and Office works fine (version 2011).

My several home machines are still on 10.7.x and will remain for another few months or so. I dont see any huge enough 'win' to jump to 10.8 on them



fishjump
Registered: Jul 10, 2007
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Country: United States

incompatible with spectra view.



Chris Dees
Registered: Dec 24, 2002
Total Posts: 3741
Country: Netherlands

No problems with LR4 an/or PS6.



Alan321
Registered: Nov 07, 2005
Total Posts: 9926
Country: Australia

thanks everyone.

So far it looks like my main worries will be with SpectraView, EOS Utility and perhaps my Canon printer drivers. I'll have to look into that.

On my previous MBP I upgraded to snow leopard fairly early and it was almost a year before Nikon software worked on it, and a long time before Canon upgraded their printer drivers. At least now I have Lr as my main photo application.

I ordered Drobo 5D 4 weeks ago (still not here) and the specs say nothing about working with SL. That is what prompted me to consider upgrading to ML.

I'll have to wait a bit longer, I think, while I investigate further.

- Alan



howardm4
Registered: Feb 08, 2008
Total Posts: 2985
Country: United States

fishjump wrote:
incompatible with spectra view.



That is only true if you have one of the older 80 or 90 series monitors. The newer/current 241/271 are OK



mshi
Registered: Dec 13, 2010
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If color is important to you, you need to be aware that OSX doesn't support 10-bit color depth output.



mshi
Registered: Dec 13, 2010
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If color is important to you, you need to be aware that OSX doesn't support 10-bit color depth output. If you just use a Macbook Pro line, you do not need to be concerned with 10-bit at all since its display is only 6-bit.



WAYCOOL
Registered: May 15, 2004
Total Posts: 2421
Country: United States

Its not as good as Windows Seven but it will do in a cinch.



morganb4
Registered: Nov 03, 2005
Total Posts: 5313
Country: Australia

Had some dramas using my Spyder 3 Elite.



kouasupra1
Registered: Dec 24, 2011
Total Posts: 102
Country: United States

Mountain Lion works great with my 2010 MacBook pro in CS6.



Alan321
Registered: Nov 07, 2005
Total Posts: 9926
Country: Australia

Thanks for the extra input. Naturally my NEC monitor is a 2690

Even if I can't use 10-bit colours directly from the computer the NEC monitor is able to tweak the 8-bit values given to it to display them in a 10-bit colour space according to how it manages the colour profile internally. That's the primary advantage of the monitor having the smarts to use its own lookup tables rather than relying on the OS to do the work.

I'll be replacing my NEC 2690 monitor when NEC produces something at least as good but with say 130 pixels per inch instead of 90.

mshi, how do you know that the MBPs only use 6-bit colours ?
Does that apply to the Retina MBPs too ?

- Alan

[edit] it seems that the NEC problem with Lion also applies to the latest Mountain Lion and is Apple's fault. Expected to be fixed in a later release of Lion.



rabbitmountain
Registered: Aug 29, 2011
Total Posts: 941
Country: Netherlands

I dug up this topic so apologies for adding a message this late. I was searching for mountain lion information because I am wondering if there is any benefit in upgrading. So far I only read about things that ML does worse than SL.

Is there anyone here that sees any benefits of using ML compared to SL?

Also, maybe by now some of the problems are solved?

Thank you



morganb4
Registered: Nov 03, 2005
Total Posts: 5313
Country: Australia

FYI, log in as root user and make sure the spyder software is set to make the profile for all users.



RKuebel
Registered: Aug 24, 2004
Total Posts: 319
Country: United States

Just when I'm getting ready to get a MBP retina and hook it to a Dell U or Nec PA monitor, I find this discussion and wonder if it will all work out. Also print to a Epson 7600 and seems that taht might not work. Should I bail on the idea?
Thanks.



mike-in-ak
Registered: Jan 09, 2013
Total Posts: 221
Country: United States

rabbitmountain wrote:
I dug up this topic so apologies for adding a message this late. I was searching for mountain lion information because I am wondering if there is any benefit in upgrading. So far I only read about things that ML does worse than SL.

Is there anyone here that sees any benefits of using ML compared to SL?

Also, maybe by now some of the problems are solved?

Thank you


The only thing that would force me off of 10.6.8 would be the purchase of a new Nikon. Apple's Raw Camera Updates for new model Nikons only work in 10.7.5 and above.

Everything is working fine in 10.6 so I'll stay there for now.



Bifurcator
Registered: Oct 22, 2008
Total Posts: 9299
Country: Japan

I'm using 10.7.5 and I think it's the best since 10.5.5 All the other versions had troubles - in the OS. How 10.7.5 or 10.8 is with camera specific wares compared to other versions I dunno... same maybe?



abqnmusa
Registered: May 11, 2006
Total Posts: 2085
Country: United States

Mountain Lion works great on my 2010 Mac Pro 32 GB
note: 16 GB memory was enough for image processing. 32 GB is for other application/task

one application issue seen

The only issue I see is with the Canon Image Stitching program Photostitch v3.2.6
It stitches the images fine; but when you save the file is corrupt.
I think this occurred with Lion as well. Appears to be a Photostitch v3.2.6 issue and not Mountain Lion

no issues with these apps

Canon Digital Photo Professional
Photoshop CS6
AutoPano Giga 3.0
EXIF Changer
Zerene Stacker
HDRtist Pro
Snapheal
ColorStokes
Canon Map Utility



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