If ever a Mac utility that is much needed also needed a new name, this is it. Lion DiskMaker.
It’s a free and clever utility that does what Apple doesn’t want Mac users to do. Build an OS X bootable disk for OS X Lion, Mountain Lion, and even the new OS X 10.9 Mavericks. That’s right. Just like the old days when Apple sold us a new OS X on a DVD.
Lion DiskMaker can take the Mac App Store version of OS X Lion, Mountain Lion, and, soon, OS X Mavericks to create an OS X installation disc– DVD or USB flash disc– that you can use to boot up on any Mac. Installation and creation of the bood disc is simple, too. Just make sure you’ve downloaded the latest version of OS X from the Mac App Store and you’re good to go.
That’s just about all there is to it.
Lion DiskMaker uses AppleScript from your Mac and walks you through the installation process to get the Mac App Store version of OS X installed onto a DVD or USB flash device, which can then be used to startup a Mac and install the version of OS X.
The latest version works with OS X 10.9 Mavericks so it should be ready when Apple releases Mavericks later this month. It’s a free and easy way to do what Apple doesn’t really want Mac users to do.
The only negative is the name. Lion DiskMaker worked for OS X Lion, but not so much for Mountain Lion, and not at all for Mavericks. OSX DiskMaker, anyone?