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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.
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.
For all of our How To’s be sure to check out the AlliOSNews How To section of the site.
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.