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Ride the Wild Horse

Ride the Wild Horse
by Gary Woods

Last week I talked about upgrading to the new Apple Operating system called Mavericks so this week I thought I’d tell you about what it has in it. The first thing that happened when I finished the install was the Apple Store showed me I had a bunch of new program updates.

All the iLife applications like iMovie, Garage Band & iPhoto are updated and now come free on both the desktop computers and iOS devices and iWork also had updated versions for Pages, Numbers and & Keynote on both the desktop and iOS devices. I'd already downloaded the iOS versions of all these apps so it was nice to see that the desktop, iOS and iCloud were all on the same page.

There are some 200 upgrades in Mavericks so I'm just going to touch on the ones that jump out at me. The first thing I noticed was that Contacts has a new look that minimizes distraction and makes it easy to find the information you're looking for. Next, they added Maps to the desktop which can be sent to your iPhone as well as being able to be sent via email, messages or social networks like Facebook and Twitter. They can also be exported as a PDF.

Notifications, one of my favorite apps, got a facelift allowing you to receive and send messages right from inside the app. Websites can also send notifications to keep you up to date and you can turn on automatic updates to keep all your applications current.

The one feature that kind of surprised me was the inclusion of iBooks and the iBooks Store. With it, you can see all your books while iCloud keeps your current page up to date everywhere.

iCloud Keychain also had updates and now has 256 bit AES encryption. But, someone I know said it lost all their previous keychain entries so once again, back everything up before you make the move.

I think Mavericks is a worthwhile upgrade and so far I haven't found any compatibility issues so if you're thinking about making the move back up your whole computer and then give it a try.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc