3 Things You Need to Know About OS X Mavericks
By: Matt Timmons, Grovo.com
Apple’s newest desktop operating system, OS X Mavericks, was just released, and it unsurprisingly contains a host of new features to make your Mac experience better and faster. But what is surprising is that Apple released it for free.
At Grovo, an online learning platform for Internet tools and mobile apps, we identified the three most important things you need to learn about OS X Mavericks, including how to install it, how to use the just-released Maps app to send a map or directions to your phone, and how to use the all-new Finder tags system, so you can easily find essential files on your computer.
Let’s dive in…
1) Get the Newest Apple Operating System
OS X Mavericks is the newest version of Apple’s desktop operating system, and it’s available to install for free. Before you try to jump on the Maverick Bandwagon, remember that OS X Mavericks requires 8 gigabytes of free space to download and install, and you must be using OS X Snow Leopard or later to install it.
Also, after Mavericks is installed, you may be notified of some programs that are incompatible with the operating system. So make sure to do your homework before downloading the new system or you may lose some of your favorite programs, like MacKeeper, Adobe Creative Cloud, and AirRadar.
Make sure to do a compatibility test before installing Mavericks, to avoid the issue of having your favorite software killed. To check compatibility, you can visit the website for each individual piece of software, app, and system add-on, run any software update mechanism or check your computer’s System Information via the Apple Menu.
Finally, before you install OS X Mavericks, make sure to backup your data. Many Mac app’s have customization settings in the application preferences that are unique to you. By now you probably don’t remember what you have customized and what is stock settings. Just back it all up. You don’t want to lose some critical data like calendar events, contacts, reminders, pictures, ect…
2) Send a Route to Your Phone with Apple Maps
The new Apple Maps app lets you find the best route to travel on your Mac, then seamlessly share the route with your iPhone or iOS device. It uses similar sharing options as iOS 6 Maps with support for AirDrop. Here is a 60-second overview from Grovo to better understand the basics of the new Apple Maps:
Aside from Map sharing, the new Apple Maps have some killer features. Use the Hybrid viewing mode and with the 3D feature you can access iOS’s Flyovers to get amazing 3D views of cities and famous locations. The map icons for restaurants, bars, and points of interests, all have pop-up information panels highlighting the location’s Yelp rating and reviews; which you can add to your Contacts with one click. The maps are also fully integrated into OS X Mavericks, so when you pull up your Mail, Contacts, and Calendar, any relevant location data has Apple maps attached.
3) Organize Files Across Your Mac with Tags
People often open more than one Finder window to search files and folders. This can become difficult to manage, especially amongst other apps. With OS X Maverick’s new tabs in the Finder, also comes a new tagging features. From Work to Important, and Apps to iCloud, tagging works everywhere across the Mac. You can tag documents, folders, subfolders, and even in-apps. Tagging a folder does not apply that tag to subfolders or items within that folder, and that not all folders can have tags applied to them.
They appear in the sidebar of the Finder to quickly locate all files that have been tagged with a particular label later. Drag and drop the tags you access most to the sidebar to access them quickly, and drag them out to remove ones you don’t use.
The new tagging system is a more efficient way to both organize and categorize your files. You can use multiple tag, color-code tags, and search by tags. Here’s a quick how-to tag in OS X Maverick overview:
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About the Author
Matt Timmons is a product analyst and writer at Grovo.com, the leading online training platform for cloud-based software and apps. Matt contributes to Grovo’s Internet product coverage, providing up-to-the-minute lessons on leading software. He also contributes to Grovo’s company blog. He is a 2012 graduate with honors of Wesleyan University, as well as an avid cyclist and baguette eater.