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Apple has released the 6th beta of the next major update to Mavericks, OS 10.9.3. The update, known as Build 13D38, was released less than a week after the previous seeding. If history is any indicator, the rapid release of beta builds indicates either Apple has found a major bug in the update or is rapidly approaching the completed point for the update.
The update focuses on the same major areas and according to our developer insider, asks that Graphics, Audio, Mail and Calendar & Contacts sync over USB to iTunes be tested. The Calendar & Contacts sync is returning after being removed in earlier releases and developers will need the beta of iTunes (11.1.6) to test this functionality. OS X 10.9.3
also will bring support to 4K displays for Mavericks at improved refresh rates. Equally as important, the build contains no known issues which is a good indicator that Apple and their developer community are progressing the update.
As with every Apple beta release, it is only open to developers in their developer network. There is no indication on when the public will see OS X 10.9.3. For more information on the Apple Developer network, you can check out http://developer.apple.com. Joining the OS X network is $100 annually and the iOS developer train is an additional $100 per annum.
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.
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.
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?)
If you are like me, more and more friends and family are adding events to my calendar through Facebook. This could be everything from charity events to family get togethers to an open house or happy hour at my favourite pub or restaurant. Facebook has, for many, become the social calendar connection. With the deep integration of Facebook both in OS X Mavericks and iOS, adding these events to your calendar apps is easy and can help you keep track of where you need to be and when. In this How To we will show you how to add Facebook events to Calendar both in OS X and iOS.
The assumption we are making in this review is that you are using OS X Mavericks and iOS 7 and this How To is written with that in mind.
Let’s start with OS X Mavericks. First, go to System Preferences by finding it in Launchpad or by going to the Apple
menu and clicking System Preferences. From here, navigate to Internet Accounts and scroll down until you find Facebook. This is where you link Mavericks with Facebook so you can have your Facebook calendar and contacts synchronise with your Mac. All you need to do is make sure that the Calendars checkbox is ticked. Once that is done, you will find a Facebook section in Calendar and any events that you have in Facebook will be displayed in the Calendar app.
Conversely, if you want to disable this feature just simply remove the tick in the checkbox. You can also do this for Contacts should you chose not to have your Facebook contacts synchronise with the Contacts app on your Mac. Even if you have both of these un-ticked you can still post to Facebook from the Notification Center in Mavericks as well as share links in Safari, etc. All this area of System Preferences does is determine if you want Facebook Contacts and Calendars to synchronise with your Mac.
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.
After a short two month beta cycle, Apple has released OS X 10.9.1, the latest update to the Mavericks OS for Macs. The update focuses on a lot of key areas for the OS that improve its performance or functionality. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Mail app.
As a side note, if you have not read our review of OS X Mavericks, you can do so here.
Mail in OS X 10.9.1 has seen a lot of changes including a fix for Gmail users. Gmail should be much more reliable now and Apple has provided a fix that will help users with custom Gmail settings. The Smart Mailboxes in OS X 10.9.1 have also been improved for greater reliability and the Search function has been refined within Mail.
DeskConnect, the missing link between your devices, now supports your workflow better than ever. Today, DeskConnect LLC is rolling out major updates to DeskConnect for Mac and DeskConnect for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. DeskConnect dissolves the barriers between devices by enabling users to instantly transfer text, images, audio, video, web pages, documents, driving directions and more.
Included in the update to DeskConnect for Mac is improved support for OS X Mavericks and OS X Snow Leopard,
compatibility with Apple iWork ’13, improved support for users dialing international phone numbers, and dozens of bug fixes. DeskConnect for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch now contains full iPad support. The full-screen, native iPad experience provides complete integration with the iPad, including improved multimedia playback. Additionally, DeskConnect for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch now includes stronger support for iOS 7, and the ability to choose a specific destination device when sending content.
DeskConnect provides unlimited transfers to an unlimited number of devices and it is a free app for both iOS and for OS X in the App Store and Mac App Store respectively.
Inside of OS X regardless of version is the Library Folder. This mythical folder contains all sorts of important information about you, your computer, your files and apps. It is a place that Apple by designed does not show you in Finder because one wrong step and you could delete something or change something that causes apps to fail and other general mayhem.
Back in November of 2011 I showed you how to show the Library Folder in OS X Lion – and it was a process. Fortunately
Apple has made it much simpler in Mavericks and in this How To I will show you exactly what you need to do. As before however, I need to warn you. Unless you absolutely need to do so you should keep your User/Library folder hidden. By unhiding the folder you could accidentally delete something or change something that causes general issues with your Mac. You’ve been warned!
To start, open up Finder on your Mac and navigate to your User Folder. This will be the folder that is usually your name. Once you have that folder displayed in Finder, two-finger tap on your trackpad (or “right-click”) to open up the menu for the folder and navigate to “Show View Options”. This will open up the viewing options menu for this folder. About halfway down the menu you will see a checkbox with “Show Library Folder” next to it. Check that box and magically you will now see your Library Folder. No Terminal scripting required in Mavericks, just this simple checkbox.
From this point forward your Library Folder will now be displayed when you navigate to your User folder in Mavericks and you can easily navigate within the folder for making changes.
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