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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.
Apple has seeded the 3rd beta for the next version of Mavericks to their developer community. OS X 10.9.2 Build 13C44 is now available to those with developer accounts along with a new Safari beta (7.0.2).
Like before, the release notes on this latest OS X 10.9.2 beta are a bit thin with Apple encouraging developers to test the same areas as they did in the last beta:
- Graphics Drivers
The release notes to do not discuss anything specific related to these items nor does it suggest what has changed from the previous beta release.
As for the new Safari 7.0.2 build, developers are given a little more detail and are asked to focus on General Website Compatibility, Accessibility, AutoFill features, Printing and Emailing from Reader, Dragging Tabs Between Monitors, and Extension Compatibility.
There is no word yet on when we can expect to see OS X 10.9.2 on a Mac near you. Our secret developer has indicated that so far this build has been very stable but that does not mean it is ready for immediate release.
If you want to find out more about the Apple Developer program, visit the site at http://developer.apple.com. It is $100 per year to join the OS X developer group and an additional $100 to join the iOS group.
Apple has released a significant update to all of their iWork apps across all of their platforms – Mac OS X, iOS and iCloud. The updates impact all three of the apps that comprise iWork and each of the apps – Keynote, Numbers and Pages – have all seen some significant enhancements and changes. It is not uncommon for Apple to release updates for the iWork apps for Mac and iOS in tandem given the much tighter integration that we see between the platform now in these apps. However this is the first time that iCloud has been included in the updates.
Each of the updates regardless of platform provide an initial splash page that highlight all of the changes in the apps which is a nice way of seeing what has changed but also is a reminder of sorts that an update has happened if you have auto-update enabled on your Mac and iOS devices.
Keynote for Mac has been updated to version 6.1 and includes the following updates:
- New transitions including Droplet and Grid
- Enhanced presenter display options
- Share password-protected presentations via iCloud link
- Custom number formats in charts are preserved on import of Keynote ’09 and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations
- Create charts with date, time, and duration values
- Improved compatibility with Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 presentations
- Bug fixes and stability improvements
Keynote for iOS is now up to version 2.1 and includes all of the same features as the Mac update but also adds the
ability to remotely control a Keynote presentation on another device. This means that the standalone Keynote Remote app has been retired as the functionality is now baked into Keynote for iOS directly. It isn’t a surprising change given that the Keynote Remote app was essentially the last app that Apple had not updated with the transition to iOS 7. It all makes sense now.
Interestingly with the old Keynote Remote app you essentially could use your iPhone to control a Keynote from your Mac. In the new update you can control not only your Mac Keynote presentation but also a presentation from your iPad or iPod Touch. It is truly a universal remote for Keynote and speaks volumes to Apple’s continued drive to make iOS not only a consumption device but a creative and productive device (but we already knew that, right?)
Apple has released a minor update to iTunes for both Mac and PC that brings visibility to your Wish List into the app along with other minor improvements. The new version is 11.1.4 and it is available now via the iTunes website or through the App Store on your Mac.
Until now, viewing your Wish List could only be done by visiting the iTunes Store inside of iTunes. You could not see it
when you are in Library viewing mode. This has changed with this update, allowing you to see your Wish List while viewing your library.
In addition to this, Apple has also improved language support for Arabic and Hebrew in iTunes and has added the normal mix of fixes and enhancements to the app. What exactly Apple fixed, as always, is a mystery.
The update is about 128MB in size for Macs so it isn’t a huge update and it installed on my Macs in less than a minute. If you are using a Mac, just go to the App Store and click on Updates and you should see it there waiting for you (unless you have auto install of updates turned on in which case it may already be installed).
Karl Traunmueller today released Taskdeck for iOS, the long-awaited mobile companion to Mac task and to-do list app Taskdeck for Mac. The Taskdeck family of apps now comes with world-class Cloud sync that puts in on par with big names like Wunderlist or Things.
Taskdeck, the lightweight, low-overhead task and to-do list app that originated on the Mac is now also available for iPhone and iPad. Adopting the clean, minimalist user interface of its Mac cousin, the universal iOS app focuses on effective task management, paired with advanced features such as a tagging system, file attachments, or Dropbox file sync.
Says Karl Traunmueller, the developer of Taskdeck: “Taskdeck for Mac has become an essential tool in my daily work as a software developer. What was missing badly, however, was a mobile companion app. With the release of Taskdeck for iOS, I can now manage my tasks on all my devices and Macs, all smoothly kept in sync by the wonderful new Cloud sync feature.”
Taskdeck for iOS employs a very simple structural model of lists and tasks, where related tasks are grouped into lists. Each list carries a badge that shows the number of open, due, or overdue tasks. The total number of due or overdue tasks is also reflected by an application icon badge number, to focus attention on items that require immediate action.
With the release of iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks, the inter-device communication on Apple devices continues to improve. That is evident in the Maps app that now is on both platforms. The Maps app for iPhone and iPad has taken some deserved criticism since its debut in iOS 6 but it along with its desktop big brother – released with OS X Mavericks – have continued to slowly and steadily improve.
One of the great features of Maps being on your Mac and your iPhone and iPad is the ability to share a map between the devices. In this How To we will show you how to send maps to your iPhone or iPad from your Mac Maps app. It’s a handy feature that saves time when you are planning your next journey.
First, open Maps on your Mac and search or enter a destination where you to go. Once you find that destination you
either tap on the pushpin to get to the information dialog box or if it is a known location, it will pop that box up for you automatically. In my example I’ve chosen the British Museum in London. Here I have the option to “Get Directions” but I can also get reviews and other information about the Museum including Yelp! reviews. Click on the Get Directions option and enter your starting point. By default Maps will assume you want to leave from your current location. The most direct path from your start and end points will be displayed along with turn-by-turn direction. If there are alternative paths you will be shown those paths and if you have Traffic enabled – just tap the cars icon in the upper-left corner on the menu bar – you will see road conditions on the path(s) selected.
Just five days ago, Apple released the first update to OS X Mavericks, OS X 10.9.1. Now developers have received the first seeding of the next update, OS X 10.9.2.
OS X 10.9.2 is telling developers to focus on several key areas including Mail, Messages, VPN, Graphics Drivers, and VoiceOver. Some of these will sound familiar as it always seems Apple asks developers to focus on Mail & Graphics Drivers in particular.
Interestingly, in this update, Apple has introduced FaceTime Audio for the first time in OS X. FaceTime Audio was released with iOS 7 this year and give users the ability to not only make video calls with FaceTime but audio-only calls. Think of it is a consumer level VoIP calling solution that works over WiFi or 3G. While Apple has been quite about this in OS X 10.9.2, you can see where Apple is going with providing a solution for consumers to make voice calls without actually needing their carrier to do it. While this will be no means serve as an enterprise solution – there are solutions out there that do – for consumers, this could prove to be a huge savings.
There is no timeline on when we can expect OS X 10.9.2 to hit a Mac near you but it is expect to remain in beta for several months.
The developer FIPLAB makes some great Mac apps and now through Christmas they have them all on sale from 40-60% off their regular price. This is a great deal on some fantastic apps.
Duplicate Detective scans your Mac for duplicate files and folders. It then displays a list of matching duplicates, allowing you to easily select those that you wish to delete in order to free up precious disk space on your Mac.
Disk Map makes it easy to visualize how space is being used on your storage drives. With the use of its stunning treemap display, you can quickly locate, delete or compress files and folders on your hard drive and free up valuable space.
StatsBar is the easiest way to monitor your Mac’s system stats. Use it to track your CPU usage, memory allocation, disk space, network activity and battery health. Monitoring these stats allows you to easily keep a check on your Mac’s health and performance.