A Mountain Lion Ate my Pens

I took the plunge… I updated my Lion (OS) to a Mountain Lion (OS)…. It took nearly two hours (My Mac book is 18 months old)  Was it worth it?

Mountain Lions Think Promethean Connectivity is Very Tasty.

 

UPDATE: 24/08/2012 – Promethean have released a beta driver to fix the below problem… see comments below! 

The first thing to mention is that the Mountain Lion eats Promethean’s driver, pens and sound…. That’s right.  The minute you install it, do not expect to be able to move the cursor around your IWB with your pens. Strangely, the board lights up in all the right ways, blue lights to show it’s connected, Activ Manger finds it… but, no matter how hard you try, you won’t be able to move the cursor. Why?

Because for some reason, Promethean seem to think it’s ok not to prepare their software for new releases of operating systems. Despite several complaints in the forum they seem to be telling us that they won’t have a fix for this problem until October (at the earliest).  That is totally unacceptable and leaves a lot of teachers in a very awkward position.. That’s  at least 9 weeks without your IWB working as it ought to with an operating system that was available for developers to practice with months ago…

Although this issue doesn’t affect the functionality of Activ Inspire itself, for some reason Promethean have decided to wait until the next release of their IWB to bundle in the upgraded driver…

Promethean’s advice is to not upgrade or roll back. “If the main purpose for the computers in the classrooms is to work with the ActivBoards, then there is less reason to upgrade to Mountain Lion immediately. ”  The level of arrogance demonstration in the suggestion that a computer’s sole purpose would ever be to simply work with ActivBoards really surprised me. I have to say I am very disappointed in Promethean.  I ended up running a training workshop, in their software, on their board… sat behind a desk moving a mouse.   They will be keeping us posted on Promethean Planet.

I have to say, I was amused by the last poster’s comment:

tee hee!

Bottom line is, if you’re wanting to Promethean’s hardware with your MAC avoid upgrading to Mountain Lion.  He’s hungry and he WILL eat your pens.

 The Twitter Integration

I have to admit that one of the main reasons I upgraded was because I was under the impression that Twitter would be integrated into my OS.  That I would be notified of new tweets in my stream, of new messages and that I wouldn’t need to use my trusty Twitter App anymore.  I was wrong!

Those of you who were on twitter the night I installed it will have seen my disappointment.  Yes, it notifies you of a new tweet, but only if someone has included your @ twitter handle in the message. It doesn’t seem to want to show me what my followers are saying.  There is also no functionality to reply, RT (re tweet) or direct message.  Perhaps I was being very naive but I thought I’d be able to click on the notification and reply (et all)  Instead, it deletes the notification from the list and takes me to the twitter website to sign in… increasing the time it takes me to stay connected 🙁  So, back to my twitter app!

I do like the fact that it at least lists all my notifications for me (iPhone style) in a bar to the right.  It’s just a shame that you can’t do anything with these notifications.  If anyone knows any better PLEASE tell me.  Maybe I’m missing something?

Reminders and Notes

These two apps have appeared in my dock. The reminders are linked to my calendar so I now get a little notification on my Mac (as I would on my iPhone) when an appointment is coming up.  Thing is, Outlook does that for me too… As for Notes, I use Evernote so…

 

To be honest, apart from the fact that I know I have the latest software and therefore hope that means my Mac will be more efficient, I’m not all that impressed by the “new” OS. It feels like the old one but with extra apps…  Am I missing something?

 

 

Comments

  • Selena Woodward
    Reply

    UPDATE! Last night, via the medium of Tweet, @Interactivelily let me know that if you call the help desk they might be able to help you twiddle some knobs and push some buttons to tame your naughty mountain lion and force it to play nicely with Activ Driver. That’s great news. Call 1800 075 943 for access to your local lion tamer (AUS)!

    @planet_tweets also did a fantastic job of helping out (see image below) It’s wonderful to see Promethean responding so pro-actively to something that all us Promethean fans will care a great deal about! Thank you Promethean we look forward to the official fix! 🙂

  • Selena Woodward
    Reply

    UPDATE! Last night, via the medium of Tweet, @Interactivelily let me know that if you call the help desk they might be able to help you twiddle some knobs and push some buttons to tame your naughty mountain lion and force it to play nicely with Activ Driver. That’s great news. Call 1800 075 943 for access to your local lion tamer (AUS)!

    @planet_tweets also did a fantastic job of helping out (see image below) It’s wonderful to see Promethean responding so pro-actively to something that all us Promethean fans will care a great deal about! Thank you Promethean we look forward to the official fix! 🙂

  • Promethean Planet
    Reply

    Thanks for the update Selena. It is true that we’re experiencing pen problems. It makes the Planet team sad – but not nearly as sad as the software guys.

    The number you gave is a good option for AUS users and there are more numbers here: http://bit.ly/QEWyCF

    Finally there’s a forum on Planet for users with the same problem – if you follow that thread, you’ll be updated as soon as we get the software fix in place: http://bit.ly/RjgH89

  • Selena Woodward
    Reply

    Hi guys,
    It would seem that some of you have called the help line (possibly outside of Australia) and “and they had NO idea or suggestions about a temporary fix.” I’m sorry about that. @interactivelily (http://twitter.com/interactivelily) Head of Teaching and Learning for Promethean Australia and New Zealand – seemed quite sure that the Aussie technical services had a fix – all be it temporary.

    Promethean Planet have promised to keep me updated and as soon as I hear anything I will post it here (or in a new post if it warrants it 🙂 I hope we can tame that kitty soon! He’s eaten enough pens!!

  • Selena Woodward
    Reply

    Hi guys,
    It would seem that some of you have called the help line (possibly outside of Australia) and “and they had NO idea or suggestions about a temporary fix.” I’m sorry about that. @interactivelily (http://twitter.com/interactivelily) Head of Teaching and Learning for Promethean Australia and New Zealand – seemed quite sure that the Aussie technical services had a fix – all be it temporary.

    Promethean Planet have promised to keep me updated and as soon as I hear anything I will post it here (or in a new post if it warrants it 🙂 I hope we can tame that kitty soon! He’s eaten enough pens!!

  • Selena Woodward
    Reply

    As of this morning (24/08/2012) Promethean have released a BETA driver to help fix the problem. All though this has been tested it is good to remember that this is a BETA (meaning there may still be a few bugs) Give it a go though! It SHOULD fix the problem and if it doesn’t, let them know and they can make some adjustments.
    Use the link below to get to the lion taming solution!
    http://community.prometheanplanet.com/en/user_groups/promethean_beta/default.aspx

  • Selena Woodward
    Reply

    As of this morning (24/08/2012) Promethean have released a BETA driver to help fix the problem. All though this has been tested it is good to remember that this is a BETA (meaning there may still be a few bugs) Give it a go though! It SHOULD fix the problem and if it doesn’t, let them know and they can make some adjustments.
    Use the link below to get to the lion taming solution!
    http://community.prometheanplanet.com/en/user_groups/promethean_beta/default.aspx