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Coming off of the first beta issued last week, Apple has seeded a new beta of OS X 10.9.1 to the developer community. 10.9.1 will be the first major update to OS X Mavericks when it is released to the public in the coming weeks.
The new beta is Build 13B35 and is asking developers to focus heavily on Mail in OS X. According to our secret developer, there are a lot of improvements around Gmail support in Mail along with improved reliability around Smart mailboxes and contact groups.
Other things developers are being asked to review are VoiceOver issues with reading text with an emoji, a periodic update of the Shared Links when they are open in the Safari sidebar and improved VPN functionality when connecting to a OS X server.
There is no indication of if this is the last beta (likely not) nor do we know exactly when OS X 10.9.1 will be generally available to the public. It is important to note however that Apple seems to have picked up the pace on development on both iOS and OS X. Updates are coming much more frequently than they were previously on both platforms. According to our developer, this latest build feels “very complete” but ultimately that is for Apple to decide.
If you are interested in the Apple Developer program, just visit http://developer.apple.com for more details and information.
Apple has released an update for each of the iWork apps today and it includes updates to both the iOS versions of the apps as well as those for OS X. The updates brings new features and bring fixes to Keynote (presentations), Pages (word processing) and Numbers (spreadsheets). The updates for both platforms include the same new features so you can use them as you work on files on either your Mac or your iPhone or iPad.
As a side note, if you have not tried out these apps you should. The syncing between Macs and iOS is fantastic in these apps.
Keynote brings new features including:
• New transitions including Blinds, Color Planes, Confetti, Fall, Perspective, Pivot, and Swoosh
• New builds including Blinds, Fly in, Fly out, Orbital, Pivot, Scale Big, and Swoosh
• Stability improvements and bug fixes
For Keynote for Mac you have all these same new features and fixes but also have the ability to now customise the toolbar with your most commonly used tools.
For the spreadsheet app Numbers, the only changes for iOS are stability improvements and fixes. For the Mac version there are several new features including:
• Customize the toolbar with your most important tools
• Window size and placement preserved on Save
• Set default zoom in Preferences
Finally, the word processing app Pages, much like Numbers, there are not really any changes on the iOS version, only stability improvements and fixes. For the Mac version you have three new key features:
• Customize the toolbar with your most important tools
• Center and edge guides are on by default
• Stability improvements and bug fixes
If you are looking for a Microsoft Office alternative then you should consider the iWork apps. In our opinion the apps are just as powerful as their Office competitors with the notable exception of Numbers. Excel still is the class of the field if you need to do serious formula editing. Pages and Keynote however are fantastic and the ability to easily synchronise your work across your devices make it easy to use no matter your device.
Apple has released the first beta for OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 to their developer community today, the first semi-public acknowledgement that an update for the latest OS X from the company will be getting an update soon. When “soon” is however is anyone’s guess as this is likely to be the first of many beta builds for this release.
The build is 13B27 and is available to developers through the App Store as normal. The release notes on the beta are sparse, telling developers that their are no known issues and that their focusing during the beta should be on Mail, Graphic Drivers and VoiceOver. If this sounds familiar, it should. Mail and Graphic Drivers always seem to be a focus for Apple in their beta cycles and was a regular feature in the betas for 10.9.
If indeed their are no known issues this is a good start for OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 and hopefully it will mean a reasonably short beta cycle. There is no way to know for sure and it could very well end up that issues arise through the beta – which is the purpose of it ultimately.
In order to get OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 you need to be a part of the Apple Developer network which is $100 per annum. You can get more information at http://developer.apple.com.
As a reminder to everyone, this is beta software so things so awry for no reason some times. Load at your own risk, load on a “beta” machine and report any issues to the proper channels. The proper channel is not complaining about a beta on Twitter.
As promised in their keynote from yesterday, Apple has released the iWork update for both iOS and OS X today. The update to Pages, Numbers and Keynote are now both in the iTunes App Store and the Mac App Store on your respective devices. The iWork update is being touted as the biggest update to the apps ever and put Apple squarely in strong competition with Microsoft and Google Docs for your document creation, sharing and collaboration needs.
Equally as important, Apple is now giving these apps away free of charge to new customers or customers with new devices running iOS 7. This is a huge savings as each of the iOS apps are $9.99. The Mac versions remain at $19.99 each.
The big changes with iWork in all of the apps are the huge number of templates that are in the apps – Pages sports 60 new ones on both iOS and Mac, new animations and transitions in Pages and Keynote, easy link sharing and file sharing via AirDrop, in Pages you can turn documents into ebooks and export to ePug and a new unified file format across both iOS and OS X. Frankly the number of updates and improvements across this suite of apps would make this post longer than our OS X Mavericks review so we encourage you to read the Release Notes with each app. We have provided links however to all of the apps both for iOS and OS X. If you already own these apps on either platform, the updates are of course free.
The update to the iWork apps put Apple squarely and competitively on par with Microsoft and Google. No longer are Pages, Keynote and Numbers looked at as second class office citizens. These apps are powerful – very powerful – and offer all the features you would expect to find in a office caliber application. Couple this with iWork for iCloud and the collaboration and sharing benefits of Google Docs suddenly have competition.
The office wars may just be heating up once again. Welcome back to the early 90s.
Wallpapers for our Mac, iPhone and iPad are what in many ways give our devices a personal touch. The challenge though is finding a wallpaper that fits us as individuals. That is where uDesktop NEXT comes to the rescue. uDesktop NEXT is a Mac app that allows you to find wallpapers for your Mac – including Retina sized ones – your iPhone and iPad in a wide range of categories. Better still, the app makes finding these wallpapers easy and making them your wallpaper is a snap. uDesktop NEXT is one of the better wallpaper apps for Mac we have reviewed here at AlliOSNews both for its ease of use as well as the thousands of wallpapers, most of which are unique to the app, that are downloadable for free from within it.
Apple has quietly released OS X 10.8.5, the latest update for Mountain Lion. The update, which is available through updates in the App Store app on your Mac, brings a wide range of fixes, updates and improvements to the current OS from Cupertino.
In the release notes on this update, Apple provides a rather detailed list of items addressed n the update.
The OS X Mountain Lion v10.8.5 Update is recommended for all OS X Mountain Lion users. It improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. This update:
- Fixes an issue that may prevent Mail from displaying messages
- Improves AFP file transfer performance over 802.11ac Wi-Fi
- Resolves an issue that may prevent a screen saver from starting automatically
- Improves Xsan reliability
- Improves reliability when transferring large files over Ethernet
- Improves performance when authenticating to an Open Directory server
- Addresses an issue that prevented a smart card from unlocking preference panes in System Preferences
- Contains the improvements included in MacBook Air (Mid 2013) Software Update 1.0
The update is free to those already running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.
After upgrading my Mid-2011 Macbook Pro with this update I can say that Mail performance has greatly improved and seems far more reliable, especially with an Exchange account.
With the focus this week on iOS 7, many have debated if we will see OS X Mavericks launched this week as well. The answer it would seem is no. The latest edition of OS X is in its 7th beta cycle and while feedback has been positive with the stability and usability of the OS, all indications are that it will be October before it is released to the general public.
According to AllThingsD…
Sources said Mavericks will arrive at market sometime in late October, well after the release of iOS 7, a redesigned version of Apple’s mobile operating system whose development has taxed the company’s engineering resources.
The article goes on to suggest that, like Lion and and Mountain Lion in 2011 and 2012 respectively, Apple could release Mavericks the day of or the day after their earnings call in October.
As always, there is no published release date for OS X Mavericks – nor for that matter iOS 7 which we expect to see on tomorrow – so don’t make any firm bets with anyone. Still, evidence suggests that late October should be the window of opportunity Mavericks to hit a Mac near you.
For now, OS X Mavericks remains available to those in the Apple Developer network. You can get more information on joining the program at this link.
Apple has seeded the latest beta of Safari 6.1 to developers today. The beta release is aimed at Lion and Mountain Lion users and brings many of the updates to the browser that Apple intends to bring to OS X Mavericks when it is released. The seed is the 7th in the beta cycle for Safari 6.1 and developers are being asked to test their extensions against the new platform according to our developer resource.
Many of the updates what are planned for Safari in OS X Mavericks which is slated for released later this fall. If history is any indication, once Mavericks does become publicly available, this update to Safari will be available as well to those running Lion and Mountain Lion.
There are a pile of updates in Safari 6.1. According to the seed notes, here is what is expected:
The Safari Sidebar makes it easy to access your Bookmarks, Reading List, and Shared Links. (Shared Links on Mountain Lion only)
Shared Links (Mountain Lion only)
Shared Links shows you links from people you follow on Twitter. You can see who shared the link, as well as the comments they posted about it.
Continuous Reading (Mountain Lion only)
Continuously scroll through all the articles and webpages in your Reading List and in Shared Links. When you select an item and scroll to its last page, the next item in your list automatically appears below it.
A Retweet button in Shared Links makes it easy to retweet links from people you follow on Twitter.
When you type into the Smart Search Field, Safari shows you webpages in your iCloud Tabs, making it even easier to pick up your browsing right where you left off on another device.
Finder in OS X is a powerful tool for finding files and folders on your Mac. By default, Finder is going to open up Documents when you start it which may work for most but for me, didn’t work at all. Why? I’m a Dropbox user. Having the Finder Default Folder on Documents meant that I was always at least one click away from Dropbox when I was looking for a file. That doesn’t sound like a big deal but as we all know, one extra click when you are in a rush is not a good thing.
Apple has made it quite easy however to change the Finder default folder in OS X so you can customise it to work best for
you. To start, open up Finder on your Mac. Next, open up the Preferences for Finder by either going to Finder>Preferences on the Menu bar or by tapping Command+, on your keyboard. Once the Preferences are open, make sure you are on the first tab, the General tab.
Notice in the middle of the General settings for Finder there is a drop-down menu titled “New Finder windows show:”. This is the setting we are interested in for this How To. Use the menu to select the folder you want to have Finder open each time you start a new Finder window. You can chose any device or folder on your Mac and if you don’t see it listed, simply go to the bottom of the menu, select More and use Finder to find the location where you want it to start going forward.
Once you have selected the folder you want as the Finder default, just close the Preferences setting and close the Finder window you opened. Open up Finder again and you should be at your new default folder.
For more How To’s for both iOS and OS X, be sure to check out the AlliOSNews How To page for links to our over 100 tips & tricks.
For those who are new to OS X, Finder is the application that is most analogous to Explorer in the Windows world. It allows you to see files and folder, open them, delete them, move them, etc. In each Finder window there is a sidebar where you will see a range of locations on your Mac that you can quickly access. In this How To we are going to show you how to add a folder to the Finder sidebar so you can quickly access a folder of your choice. This can save you time and clicks as you navigate the files on your Mac.