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Apple OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 now available, here’s what’s new

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software

OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 update

Apple has released OS X Mavericks 10.9.2 to the public following a lengthy developer beta, and with it comes quite a few new features and enhancements to the Mac desktop operating system:

  • FaceTime Audio in the FaceTime and Messages apps
  • Contact blocking for FaceTime and iMessage
  • Mail app improvements
  • Autofill fixes for Safari
  • Audio fixes
  • VPN fixes
  • VoiceOver fixes

Also included is the SSL security vulnerability fix that Apple fixed in iOS last week, and earlier today on Apple TV. Many Mac apps were still at risk, including Safari and Mail. The company stated a few days ago that it planned to have a fix released "very soon," and four days later, this patch is included in OS X 10.9.2.

You can grab the OS X 10.9.2 update from the Mac App Store now.


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Apple releases Numbers 3.1, here’s a look at what’s new

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Software

Numbers 3.1

Apple has released Numbers 3.1, and with the update comes the ability to sort data by column values of multiple areas, calculation progress indicator, and more. Here's the full list:

  • Sort by multiple columns
  • Sort a subset of rows
  • Text autocompletes when editing cells
  • Chart date and duration values
  • Optionally highlight rows and columns on mouseover
  • Progress indicator for calculations
  • Custom number formats in charts are preserved on import of Numbers ’09 and Microsoft Excel spreadsheets
  • Share password-protected spreadsheets via iCloud link
  • Export password-protected spreadsheets to XLSX format
  • Improvements to AppleScript support
  • Improved compatibility with Microsoft Excel 2013 spreadsheets
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements

You can download Numbers 3.1 now from the Mac App Store.


Apple releases Pages 5.1, here’s what’s new

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Software

Apple Pages 5.1

Apple just released Pages 5.1, which includes new features like alignment customization, vertical ruler, character counter, and more. Here's a list:

  • Vertical ruler
  • Share password-protected documents via iCloud link
  • Customizable alignment guides
  • Set keyboard shortcuts for styles
  • View character count with or without spaces
  • Improved precision for inserting and pasting objects
  • Create charts with date, time, and duration values
  • Delete sections from the page navigator
  • Improved compatibility with Microsoft Word 2013 documents
  • Export password-protected documents to DOCX format
  • Custom number formats in charts are preserved on import of Pages ’09 and Microsoft Word documents
  • Start a list automatically using new special characters
  • Improved support for bidirectional text
  • Improved ePub export
  • Bug fixes and stability improvements

You can download Pages 5.1 now from the Mac App Store.

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Pixelmator 3.1 released with Mac Pro dual GPU optimizations

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Software

Pixelmator 3.1 marbles

One of our favorite Mac apps, Pixelmator, received a massive update today. Pixelmator 3.1 Marble brings a bunch of new improvements, the biggest of which might be full compatibility with the the Mac Pro's dual GPUs, as well as 16-bit support on Apple's flagship desktop as well. Both GPUs are used together when applying effects, and optimizations are in place for each model, including 4-, 6-, 8-, and 12-core Intel Xeon processors. Aside from all the new Mac Pro goodness, there are a lot of other improvements to layer styles, RAW image handling, and effects.

One other cool addition is the ability to order finished prints of your work right from within Pixelmator. You can download Pixelmator from the Mac App Store.

Also, if you're on the lookout for a new Mac Pro and don't want to wait the 2 months that it will take Apple to ship it, check out B&H Photo which has the Mac Pro in stock!

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The history of Mac OS X pricing: How we got to free

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, Features, PC / Laptop, Software

OS X Mavericks

OS X Logo history

We had a few readers email in yesterday after it was announced that OS X Mavericks would be free, a first for a major desktop operating system release. It seems a few of you are curious about how Apple got here, and what the history is as it relates to the pricing of OS X. So, here's a quick history lesson. 

  • 10.0 Cheetah: Released March 24, 2001 for $129
  • 10.1 Puma: Released September 25, 2001 for $0
  • 10.2 Jaguar: Released August 23, 2002 for $129
  • 10.3 Panther: Released October 24, 2003 for $129
  • 10.4 Tiger: Released April 29, 2005 for $129
  • 10.5 Leopard: Released October 26, 2007 for $129
  • 10.6 Snow Leopard: Released August 28, 2009 for $29
  • 10.7 Lion: Released July 20, 2011 for $29
  • 10.8 Mountain Lion: Released July 25, 2012 for $19
  • 10.9 Mavericks: Released October 22, 2013 for $0

So, as you can see, both OS X 10.1 Puma and 10.9 Mavericks were released as free updates, however, Puma was released just six months after 10.0 Cheetah, so that would have been ridiculous if Apple has chosen to charge for it. Other than that anomaly, OS X updates remained at $129 each until Snow Leopard in 2009, which sold for $29. The last $129 version of OS X was Leopard, which saw massive delays due to Apple pulling engineers from it to work on iPhone OS 1.0 (now known as iOS.) Lion was also sold for $29, and was the first version of OS X to be available as a digital download from the Mac App Store. The following year, Mountain Lion debuted at just $19--the best bargain in OS X release history until yesterday, when Mavericks launched for free. The trend has always been that OS X updates would cost the same as the previous year, or less--never more (discounting the Puma issue, which was a huge bugfix patch.) As this point, it appears that OS X has gone the way of iOS, where all updates from here on out will be available for free, on an annual basis.

You can download OS X Mavericks, for free, right now.


Apple releases Numbers 3.0, here’s a look at what’s new

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software

Apple iWork Numbers 3.0
Completing the iWork app updates, Apple has released Numbers 3.0 on the Mac App Store (alongside the Pages and Keynote updates), bringing a revamped user interface to the spreadsheet program. There are a bunch of new Apple-designed templates in the mix, as well as simplified formulas, charts, tables, and more. iCloud collaboration is also thrown in, allowing multiple users to edit the same document at once, in realtime. Here's a list of improvements:
  • Stunning new user interface
  • Brand-new Apple-designed templates
  • Simplified toolbar gives you quick access to shapes, media, tables, charts, and sharing options
  • New Format Panel automatically updates based on selection
  • Quickly click through a spreadsheet using new tab navigation
  • Get function suggestions as soon as you start typing a formula
  • Get live formula results, error checking, exact value, and cell format with the new smart cell view
  • Add your favorite functions to Quick Calculations for instant results
  • Search the integrated function browser for built-in help and sample formulas
  • Use gorgeous preset styles to make your text, tables, shapes, and images look beautiful
  • Animate data with new interactive column, bar, scatter, and bubble charts
  • Use new 2D bubble charts
  • Enhanced conditional highlighting makes it easy to automatically highlight cells based on numbers, text, dates, and durations
  • Easily filter through large tables with the new Filter Panel
  • New star ratings cell format
  • Quickly and easily share a link to your work via Mail, Messages, Twitter, or Facebook
  • Anyone with the link will always have access to the latest version of the spreadsheet and can edit it with you at iCloud.com with Numbers for iCloud beta
  • All-new calculation engine for fast performance
  • New unified file format across Mac, iOS, and web makes spreadsheets work seamlessly everywhere
  • Turn on Coaching Tips for guided in-app help

You can download the new Numbers for free if you're an existing user, or get it for $19.99 if you're a first timer.

Be sure to check out all the rest of the news from the Apple iPad event!


Apple releases next major version of Keynote, here’s what’s new

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software

Apple Keynote 6.0

Apple has released a major update to its Keynote presentation software today, as part of a greater software push release in conjunction with today's Apple iPad event. There are a bunch of new themes and animations to be found, as well as deeper iCloud integration that allows for simultaneous collaboration. Here's a rundown of all the new features found in Keynote 6.0:

  • Stunning new user interface
  • Brand-new Apple-designed themes
  • Simplified toolbar gives you quick access to shapes, media, tables, charts, and sharing options
  • New Format Panel automatically updates based on selection
  • New and updated cinematic transitions and animations
  • Updated Magic Move animations
  • New Emphasis build animations
  • Centered canvas for greater layout control
  • Use gorgeous preset styles to make your text, tables, shapes, and images look beautiful
  • Animate data with new interactive column, bar, scatter, and bubble charts
  • Use new 2D bubble charts
  • Quickly and easily share a link to your work via Mail, Messages, Twitter or Facebook
  • Anyone with the link will always have access to the latest version of the presentation and can edit it with you at iCloud.com with Keynote for iCloud beta
  • New unified file format across the Mac, iOS, and the web makes presentations work seamlessly everywhere
  • Turn on Coaching Tips for guided in-app help

You can download the new Keynote now for free if you're an existing user, otherwise you can buy Keynote for $19.99.


Apple releases major iPhoto ‘11 update, here’s what’s new

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software

iPhoto 9.5 '11

As announced during this morning's Apple iPad event, the company is also updating its entire suite of creative and productivity apps across OS X and iOS. First up, iPhoto, which is bumped to version 9.5. Below is a list of what's new:

  • 64-bit support
  • The Places feature now uses Apple maps to display photo locations
  • Adds support for iCloud Photo Sharing, including the ability to post videos to shared photo streams and the ability to have multiple subscribers contribute to a shared stream
  • Adds support for iOS 7 camera filters applied to photos imported from iOS devices
  • Includes a new, streamlined interface for printing
  • Replaces the Create menu with an updated Share menu providing access to all sharing options, including print products such as books, cards and calendars
  • Fixes an issue that could cause iPhoto to quit unexpectedly when sharing an edited photo from a MacBook Pro with Retina display
  • Addresses an issue that could cause iPhoto to show incorrect file type and size information for imported TIFF and PSD files
  • Comment sheet now appears correctly when sharing multiple photos to a new or existing photo stream
  • Fixes an issue that caused photos with specific color profiles to display incorrectly on iOS devices after being shared via iCloud
  • Captions instead of version names are now synced between iPhoto and Facebook for newly-created albums
  • Privacy settings can now be managed when sharing photos from iPhoto to a Facebook Timeline
  • Videos up to three minutes long can now be shared to Flickr
  • Addresses an issue that could cause photos synced to iPhoto from Flickr to appear rotated incorrectly
  • Fixes an issue that could cause photos synced to iPhoto from Facebook or Flickr to be duplicated and reposted
  • URLs in the photo comments field can now be clicked to open the corresponding links
  • Improves reliability when working with custom locations in the Places feature
  • Improves reliability when copying and pasting photos to a new event
  • When a single photo is selected in an album, clicking the Trash button in the contextual menu now removes the photo from the album rather than from the library
  • Includes stability and performance improvements

You can download the new iPhoto now. If you're an existing user, the update is free. If not, you can download it for $14.99.

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OS X Mavericks now available, grab it from the App Store for free

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Apple, PC / Laptop, Software

Apple OS X Mavericks Maps

As we noted earlier, Apple OS X Mavericks is a free update to its desktop operating system, and is a big shift in the approach in pricing for OS X. The update is available now in the Mac App Store, weighing in at 5.29GB in size. Go ahead and download it, and then grab a snack because it'll take about 45-60 minutes to do its thing. Let us know how you like it!

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OS X Mavericks will launch today, completely free

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OS X Mavericks launch date

Update: You can download OS X Mavericks now!

At this morning's Apple iPad event, the company announced that its next major desktop operating system, OS X 10.9 Mavericks, will launch today. It will be available exclusively in the Mac App Store, and in a huge shift for the company, it will be completely free. Mavericks brings a few cool features and optimizations to OS X--things like Apple Maps, iBooks, greatly-improved multi-monitor support, native tabbed Finder, tagging support in Finder, iCloud Keychain, and much more.

Mavericks is compatible with a wide range of Macs:

  • iMac (Mid-2007 or later)
  • MacBook (13-inch Aluminum, Late 2008), (13-inch, Early 2009 or later)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid-2009 or later), (15-inch, Mid/Late 2007 or later), (17-inch, Late 2007 or later)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or later)
  • Mac Mini (Early 2009 or later)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or later)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)

There you have it! Who's planning on grabbing that upgrade when it hits the App Store?

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