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Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, installed here on a late 2012 MacBookrnPro production laptop, continues Apple’s simple interface penchant. UnlikernWindows, whose user base encountered historic trouble attempting to adjust tornthe lack of a Start button in Windows 8, OS X has long leveraged the power of arnDock and menu bar for user operation.
Tabbed file management is included for the first time within OSrnX. Users can now leverage multiple tabs within Finder, thereby simplifying filernmanagement and interaction.
Apple’s App Store is a true home run, with more than 50 millionrnapps downloaded. Here’s how the App Store appears to users within OS XrnMavericks on a Mac (as opposed to an iOS device).
Apple’s iWork suite, which includes Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, is consistentlyrnranked among the most popular and top paid apps within the App Store. Mostrnusers will be hard pressed to discover any word processing features or functionalityrnnot included within Pages.
Multitasking has become more than a hallmark of particularlyrnproductive and efficient employees; multitasking is now a necessity for anyonernseeking success within a contemporary career. One side product of a frenzied,rnhectic pace is users often lose track of open windows. Mission Control is onernway Apple makes computing easier by providing users with a simple view of openrnapplications.
As users install applications within OS X, Mavericks lists thernsoftware programs within Launchpad. The Mac Dock includes a Launchpad icon,rnproviding quick access to applications while eliminating the need for users tornhave to navigate file structures or Start menus to locate and open applications.
Safari Top Sites
Safari, Apple’s web browser, remembers the web sitesrnusers visit most often and positions them as tiled windows within its Top Sites view. The feature is reachable by clicking a single icon parked on Safari’srnmenu bar, making it easy to quickly access a user’s most frequently visited Web sites.
Safari web site
Safari dedicates minimum real estate to menu bars, toolbars, andrnnavigational aids. Web sites and their content become the primary focus. Safarirnalso receives some upgrades within Mavericks. SharedLinks enables using thernsidebar to share links with Twitter and LinkedIn users, and the Web browser isrnbetter tuned to enable longer battery life.
Safari Reader view
Safari offers a Reader view in which advertisements and otherrnelements are stripped away. Instead, just the content the viewer seeks isrndisplayed. When users are digging in, studying a difficult concept andrnattempting to eliminate extraneous noise and distraction, the Reader viewrnproves helpful.
iBooks is included within OS X Mavericks, meaning Mac and iOSrnusers’rncan now share books, PDFs, and other titles across all their Apple devices.
Apple’s trend toward minimal, simplified environments proves true with Calendar in Mavericks, where the appointment program receives arnrefreshed look. Toolbars, menus, navigational aids, and associated elements arernminimized in favor of providing better visibility for the calendar and its correspondingrndata.
The Mac OS X Mavericks Calendar also offers Day (shown here),rnWeek, and Year views. Users can even leverage the new Calendar to predict the driverntime to appointments and trigger notification reminders when it’srntime to leave for a meeting.
The Mavericks OS includes Apple’s Maps app. Most users will findrnthe app’srnsatellite and hybrid views handy for scouting sites, determining locations, viewing landmarks, and reviewing other geographic and map information. As isrnApple’srnstyle, the company has managed to take an application another company originallyrnmade popular (I’d argue Google was among the pioneers to make an initialrnmapping splash) and improve upon it by making the feature easy to use andrnbeautiful to behold while leveraging the stunning graphics power of Macs andrnadding new Flyover capabilities.
Maps driving directions
Driving directions simplify business travel and assist most usersrnin determining the best driving routes. With Mavericks, users can also sharerndriving directions via email, Messages, AirDrop, and Twitter, among otherrnmethods.
The Hybrid view adds additional map detail, including principalrnroadways and interstates, cities, and even subdivision information to assistrnusers in better navigating their travels.
Users can configure dozens of System Preferences within OS XrnMavericks. Using System Preferences options, users can customize the desktoprnlook and feel, network configurations, security preferences, iCloud settings,rnand more.
Security and privacy
Users can better secure their Macs by requiring a passwordrnimmediately after waking the system from sleep or the screen saver. Users canrnalso leverage built-in encryption (using FileVault), disable automatic login, and specify app download settings, among other security options.
Users & Groups
Users & Groups settings within Mavericks are similar to thosernfound in more recent OS X releases. Login icons and options are set, as arernParental Controls, from within the Users & Groups console.
App Store settings
Mavericks allows users to configure numerous App Store settings. Some of the settings include Mavericks automatically checking for apprnupdates, apps downloading in the background, and app updates installing automatically. Users can also choose to automatically install systemrndata files and security updates from within the App Store System Preferences.
Apple’s proven Time Machine backup application continues, largelyrnunchanged, within Mavericks. Time Machine System Preferences enable reviewing the status of various Time Machine media, confirmation of backup status,rnchanging backup schedules, and more.
When storing or transferring photos and creating and editingrndocuments, spreadsheets, and presentations, users can assign tags to files asrnthe files are created and updated. Files can also be right-clicked withinrnFinder. A resulting pop-up menu includes an option for selecting and specifyingrntags to individual files and folders, too. As more tags are applied, integratedrnsearching and retrieval of similarly related items becomes possible, enablingrninfinitely customizable organization and search capabilities.
While Energy Saver settings appear the same within Mavericks, thernnew OS significantly reduces energy consumption. Mobile users will find that theyrncan work longer between charges, as a result. The year-old MacBook Pro shownrnhere is running Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and the highest display brightness ,and it possesses a battery life estimated at just under five hours.
Notifications can be customized within Mavericks to list emailrnmessages, Facebook updates, Tweets, and more. The feature also includes a Do NotrnDisturb option, which is set to Off in this screenshot.
iCloud settings now list Keychain within Mavericks. Keychainrnenables users to securely track passwords, credit card numbers, and otherrnsensitive information and securely synchronize that information with the user’srnother Apple and iOS devices.