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Apple has seeded the 6th beta of OS X 10.9.3 to their developer community this week. The build 13D43 is available now to registered developers through the Apple Developer site or through the Mac App Store. This latest build comes six days after Beta 5 was released to the community on the 10th April.
The instructions for this beta of OS X 10.9.3 remains the same as previous builds according to our in-house developer:
- Graphics performance (particularly Retina display “pixel-doubling”)
- iTunes Contacts & Calendar synchronisation (Requires developers have the iTunes 11.1 beta as well)
As I indicated on the Beta 5 release, there are really no significant changes in this beta when you compare it to the previous 2 or 3. All indications are that the release appears to be in final touch-up mode including the fact that there were no known issues mentioned in the release notes for the beta.
So when does that mean that AlliOSNews readers will be able to download OS X 10.9.3? Good question and I can confidently tell you that nobody has a clue other than Apple themselves. The general thinking here and other Apple centric sites is that it will be this month but that is an educated guess based on previous beta cycles for previous releases.
I will of course post here on the site when OS X 10.9.3 is available to everyone. The good news is that once it is available, the update will be done through the Mac App Store so it will be super easy to do.
Feral Interactive have a great sale going on in the Mac App Store on Bioshock and Bioshock 2. Both games are on sale for a limited time for $9.99, a full 50% off the regular price. The alternate universal games have been a huge hit on consoles and PCs for many years and now we Mac users get to play!
For those who are not familiar with Bioshock or Bioshock 2, it is set in an alternate 1960s utopian world known as Rapture. It all however has gone horribly wrong and now you get to try to survive. The game is beautifully designed in an Art Deco setting and is a real thinking game, interweaving politics, morality and the human condition.
Oh, and there is carnage. Lots of carnage.
What makes Bioshock intriguing is that you can play the game multiple ways so no two players will play the game exactly the same way.
Bioshock 2 picks up 10 years after Bioshock in the story line where one of the main characters of the original game, Eleanor, is under threat of being genetically altered by a cult that has taken over Rapture. It is a fitting sequel to the original game and is hauntingly beautiful.
And there is carnage. Lots of carnage.
Apple has posted the latest version of Safari, their web browser for Mac. Safari 7.0.3 fixes several issues and brings new levels of security to the browser. Most of the features in the update focus on usability such as improving how the address and search bar behaves and improving the credit card autofill support for site that can access them. Other improvements include support for generic top-level domains and improved sandboxing of the app on your Mac for improved security.
A big improvement in Safari 7.0.3 is the ability to disable push notifications from website in preferences of Safari.
Prior to this release, users had to go to System Preferences>Notifications to adjust this. Now you can do it directly from within Safari itself, saving time and searching.
The update is available now on your Mac directly from the App Store via the Updates page. It is free as always.
With the release a week ago of Microsoft’s Office for iPad, it wasn’t a question of if Apple updated iWork apps but only a matter of when. That when is today with the Cupertino company releasing updates for all three of the iWork apps – Keynote, Numbers and Pages – for both Mac OS X and iOS as well as the iCloud based versions.
Perhaps the biggest new features for all three apps on all three platforms is the new View Only function. This allows you to share a file but those whom you share it with are unable to edit the app. You can initiate this feature from your iOS device, iCloud or your Mac. Almost as important, you can now search all three for files by their name which will dramatically improve searching if you have dozens of files.
In Keynote on iOS, you can now tap-and-hold while you are presenting to illuminate on a slide. Like PowerPoint for
iPad, Keynote now has a laser pointer but also gives you an array of colour markers to highlight on a slide as you are presenting. It is provided in a small tray that pops up at the bottom of Keynote when you are in Presentation mode.
Finally there is also Retina display support now in all three of the apps for iCloud.
I have been an exclusive iWork apps user for nearly a year now and while there are still elements that the Microsoft apps do better – particularly when comparing Numbers and Excel – it works for me.
The iWork apps are either free or $9.99 each depending on if you were new to iPhone or iPad with the release of iOS 7. For Mac users, the apps are $19.99 each. That means, worst case, you are paying $89.94 for all them, $10 less than a year of Office 365. Plus the iOS versions are universal apps that work equally as well on your iPhone or iPad.
I have been using a Mac and iPhoto for nearly 4 years now and I’ve been taking digital photos for well over a decade now. In all my iPhoto library has just shy of 21,000 images in it and I know for some of you reading this review, that’s nothing compared to what you have in your own library. The challenge with an iPhoto or Aperture library of any size is finding duplicate images or images that are so similar that they are effectively duplicates. That is where PhotoSweeper for Mac can help save you time and frustration. Using a variety of mechanisms built into it, PhotoSweeper allows you to find similar or duplicate images in your iPhoto, Aperture or Adobe Lightroom library and safely mark them or delete them from your library. It is quick and efficient and its simple design makes it a great app.
PhotoSweeper starts by presenting you with a quick, 6-step tutorial that outlines how the app works on your Mac. Essentially all you do is drag your photo folder or an event from iPhoto, Aperture, Adobe Lightroom or your photo library on your Mac into the app. It will then, based on the criteria you have selected, search for duplicate or near duplicate files for your to mark for moving or removal from your library file. It is no more complicated than that to use PhotoSweeper.
Google has made a major change to their pricing structure for storage in Google Drive, their cloud based storage solution for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS. The new pricing structure drops the prices across the board with 1TB of storage now costing only $9.99 per month. That is down from $49.99 just a few days ago and at $9.99, is the same price that DropBox offers 100GB of storage.
The price drops on Google Drive are across the board. 100GB of storage is now $1.99, down from $4.99. 10TB is now $99.99 per month, down from $199.99 while 20TB is down $100 to $199.99 per month. These prices are seriously less expensive than many of Google’s competitors in cloud storage including Dropbox, Box and OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive) and absolutely crushes the pricing structure of iCloud storage (which is pretty limited in what it can store).
What is not clear is if these prices are one-time drops or permanent drops. When I upgraded my account this morning to 1TB, all indications are that I will have the $9.99 price going forward so it looks like once you are in, you are in.
My advice: If you want to take advantage of this do it now.
You can get more information on the Google Drive site at http://www.google.com/drive.
Also keep in mind that you can access your Google Drive files from you iPhone or iPad with the free Google Drive app.
If you work in a corporate environment the chances are pretty high that you use Microsoft Exchange for your email and calendar store. One of the nice features of Exchange to the ability to make a calendar public for others in your corporation. For example, you could have an Exchange calendar that has everyone on your team upcoming holiday. This way people at a glance can see if one of their team members is available on a particular day or week without having to ask them.
One of the myths I’ve witnessed however is that Mac users cannot take advantage of shared Exchange calendars without using Microsoft Office for Mac. Nothing could be further from the truth. In this How To I will show you how you can view a shared Exchange calendar in the Calendar app on your Mac.
I am assuming in this How To that you have already setup Calendar for your Exchange account. Also, you will need to know the name of the calendar which you are wanting to add to your Calendar for Mac app.
To start, open Calendar on your Mac and go to Calendar>Preferences menu in the app (you can also get there by
pressing the Command (+) , buttons). Navigate from there to your Exchange account by clicking it. In the window you will see all of the relevant information about your Exchange account. Just above the account information you will see three buttons: Account Information (where you are now), Server Settings and Delegation. For this How To we are interested in the Delegation section so click that button and the information below will change to the Delegation page.
When most of us think of Delegation we think of giving the rights to our calendar to someone else in our organisation which is correct. However this is where Apple has embedded the ability to see others calendars such as a colleague or a shared calendar. It makes sense if you think about it but it is not clearly indicated that this is where you add shared calendars. This is where I think the confusion comes in that Calendar for Mac cannot access shared Exchange calendars.
On the Delegation page you will see a list of any calendars which you can access. Chances are this will be an empty display unless your administrator already setup some for you. Just below this box you will see a Edit button which allows you to give users rights to view or edit your personal calendar.
If you are an Evernote fan and a Mac user, be sure to check out the latest update for Evernote for Mac. The update, which is available now in the Mac App Store, brings a new natural language search engine aimed at making it easier to find notes or specific content of your notes.
The updated search in Evernote for Mac gives you three new ways to get more refined searches done in the app. The first is searching by location. Evernote for Mac, iOS and Android stores your location information with the note itself. Now I can search by those locations. For example, yesterday I was in Madrid, Spain. I can simply search for “Madrid” and find all of the notes that I took while I was in Madrid yesterday as well as previous note made in that city.
In case you missed it, Apple has provided a bit of an Easter Egg of sorts in celebration of the Mac’s 30th Anniversary. You can download a font of 30 years of Macs as a TTF file. Pretty cool eh?
I’ve put the TTF into my Dropbox and shared it so you can download it and install it yourself. Since it is TTF, you can install it on a PC or a Mac.
Apple has just posted a great video celebrating the 30th birthday of the Mac. It highlights the creative power that the machine has generated for 3 decades and points to a promising future.
The nearly 3 minute video features several faces you might recognise including Moby, Nick Knight and Theodore Grey to name a few.