So as always I'm excited to check out a new version of an OS. However with Mountain Lion I am really underwhelmed. I find the new features kind of a "meh", but the little changes all over the OS are a big "oh hell no!!". I don't really care about it being integrated with FB or twitter as I'm happy to use these services in the browser, so that's a moot point. And notification center is kind of useless in the grand scheme of things. So while I appreciate the new design and UI elements and iCloud integration, here are some little changes I noticed that I really disliked: - Spotlight now preserves rich text, as do all other OS fields. Spotlight always had a secondary function for me: to quickly copy & paste with cleared formatting. I would quickly paste my rich text into spot light and copy it out of there just the text, no formatting. Not happy. - Shortcut mess. The 'command+shift+s' shortcut is, in most applications has been "save as". Now it's "duplicate"? Maybe I'm stupid but I don't quite get "duplicate" or is it the same thing as 'save as' and they just renamed it? many other shortcuts have been seemingly haphazardly re-arranged. The convention has been to have 'command+shift+[folder shortcut]' in dialogue boxes (like 'command+shift+a' for applications folder), now for some things it's that, and for others (like desktop) it's just 'command+d'. - Dialogue box buttons inaccessible via keyboard. Being able to interact with dialogue boxes via keyboard is a huge time saver. I hate that I either have to tab through them now (after enabling full keyboard access in keyboard settings), or go back to the trackpad just to click one button... "command+d" used to mean "don't save". - Can't drag into dialogue boxes. If you try and drag a file into a dialogue box to select it, this no longer works. Please tell me this is a bug... - Inconsistent gestures So this is something I would have hoped they fixed in ML, but why do two-finger swipes work in Safari and other apps, but not in Finder? Having to click the awkward command + [ or ] shortcuts is fine if you habituated yourself into it like me, but swiping would have been more intuitive. - Inconsistent closing behaviour. If I want to quit text-edit or safari or some other apps it does the auto-save state feature. In other cases it prompts you with the "save as" dialogue box. Why is behaviour so inconsistent? - iCloud is still a Pandora's box and not Dropbox. I love the idea of iCloud, I hate the idea of having to go to a settings panel with 10 clicks to see what files are stored on my iCloud folder. Why can't it just be a synced folder in Finder (exactly like dropbox) with a favourite along the left, where I can cleanly and simply view my files? I get that it might be a nudge into a world with app-centric file management like in iOS, but the main point is that file management should be a consistent experience in a file manager for all files on my machine. I don't want to have to re-learn how to manage files for each app that I use. Imagine having to use iPhoto to manage your files. * shrugs* The whole point is that my machine is NOT an iPad, and I don't want it to be simplified and abstracted to the point of no return. - Gmail integration is worse than in Lion. I don't get why to this day they can't get Gmail integration right. Address book doesn't sync w/ gmail contacts in ML even when you tell it to in Address Book settings. Adding Gmail in mail still has the wrong settings for proper inbox integration under the mailbox behaviours section. I don't want to use iCloud for mail and contacts and I hate that they're quietly nudging us to do it. - Apple ID mess. My original Apple ID was my gmail address. Great, but being forced to now also get a .me address for stupid things like syncing notes, which throws everything else (like purchased apps in app store) off is a nightmare. I never know which Apple ID to sign into. In iCloud, I'm the me.com, in app store, i'm @gmail.com. And ML does not make this process any easier, and I really wish it did. - Scrollbars temporarily growing ugliness. This is a very personal bias, but you know that wonderful ML feature when you hover over a scrollbar with mouse and it "grows" so you can drag it? Looks really ugly to me the way they did it. Sorry, really badly wanted to rant about this.