Browsing articles tagged with " Mac OSX"

New Apple products unveiled at WWDC

Jun 12, 2012

Tim Cook and his merry elves at Apple have delivered a flurry of updates, upgrades and new products.

iOS6. Coming out later in the year, iOS6 will feature an upgraded Siri that can recognize more commands, knows more about restaurants and sports results, understands more languages, Siri will also be able to tweet for you. Apple is also working with car manufacturers to bring a Siri button to their cars.

Facebook will also integrate into iOS6, much like Twitter does now. The Maps App will have the existing Google Maps replaced with Apple’s offering that includes turn-by-turn navigation. Passbook is a new App that will replace all of your loyalty cards, coupons, movie tickets and boarding passes.

More info here.

OSX Mountain Lion. Most features have already been announced, however a “Power Nap” feature will allow compatible Macs to run backups and software updates when the Mac has been put into sleep mode. Also expect a greater set of voice for commands and dictation as well as Facebook integration.

More info here.

iCloud. Apple’s iCloud has a few new features including the ability to synchronise your open tabs in Safari between iOS and OSX and will also be able to synchronize documents. Expect more features to appear in iCloud with the release of OSX Mountain Lion.

MacBook Pro with Retina display. Most interesting of the new hardware released is the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, basically a beefed up MacBook Air. It will feature an amazing display, thin design, flash drives, but will come without a Superdrive or ethernet (though these can be purchased as external add-ons).

More info here.

 

Apple has revised it’s existing notebook range with upgraded processors, USB3 and Thunderbolt ports across the range. The Mac Pro even received an upgrade with improved processors, including an option for two 6-core processors. The Airport Express has been given a make-over, it now looks like a white AppleTV. The 17-inch MacBook Pro has quietly left Apple’s product line.

OSX Mountain Lion Sneak Peek

Feb 17, 2012
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Apple has surprised everyone and announced their next version of Mac OS X, or OS X Mountain Lion as it is known. Expect to see features of iOS5 ported over of the iPhone and iPad appearing on your Mac. New (for OS X) Apps to appear include Messages, Notification Centre, Game Centre, Reminders, Notes, Share Sheets, Twitter Integration and AirPlay Mirroring.

Mountain Lion comes just seven months after the release of Mac OS X Lion, it would appear that Apple is accelerating the release cycle of OS X.

Take a look at the OS X Mountain Lion Sneak Peek on Apple’s website here.

Kerio Connect – Precise control of Out of Office messages

Nov 18, 2011
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Kerio Connect was recently updated to 7.3 this month, bringing with it a number of improvements including better performance and stability, support for more devices & systems and a number of features to make management and setup easier. We will be deploying this update to our clients in the near future.

One of the improvements is you now have precise control over your Out of Office replies.

You can now set you set the date and time period that you want the Out of Office messages to be active for. You no longer need to leave turning on your Out of Office message until the last minute, and you do not have to remember to turn it off when you no longer need it.

To set the away message, log into your webmail and set the Out of Office message by going to the ‘Settings’ menu and selecting ‘Out of Office’. Tick the ‘Send Out of Office messages’ option, set the date & time for period you want the Out of Office message for, enter your message, then click ‘OK’.

You can also set your Out of Office Message directly from Outlook (Windows) by clicking on the ‘Out of Office’ button in the Kerio Connect toolbar. Entourage or Outlook 2011 (Mac) users can set their Out of Office message by selecting ‘Out of Office…’ from the ‘Tools’ menu.

Mac OSX Lion – Quit and Discard Windows

Aug 1, 2011
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Mac OSX Lion’s Resume feature automatically opens all of the documents that you had open in an Application before you quit that Application. This can be very handy when you are working on a document over time and can really save time with Safari. But sometimes you just want open a few photos in Preview and not have them all re-open next time you launch Preview.

Luckily there is an easy way to control this, just hold down the option key when you select Quit from the Application’s menu and ‘Quit’ will change to ‘Quit and Discard Windows’. This will quit the Application and close all open documents. If you normally use the keyboard shortcut command + Q to quit, then just add the option key in the shortcut so you use command + option + Q.

If you have an unsaved Document it will still reopen it when you relaunch, just so you don’t make a mistake and lose work.

 

Mac OSX Lion – “The new king of the desktop”

Jul 21, 2011
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Mac OSX Lion

Apple has released its latest and greatest Operating System overnight, welcome to Mac OSX “Lion”, or “The new king of the desktop” as Apple likes to call it.

The idea for Lion was to pull in all of the iOS features that Apple has introduced with the iPhone and iPad and implement them into the desktop. New features for Lion focus on multi-touch gestures, allowing you to interact with your desktop with gestures, swiping and pinches. Apps can now support a full screen mode so you can focus in on what you are currently using. Mission Control brings together Dashboard Exposé and spaces into a more useful interface. Autosave (for supported Apps) and the Resume feature will keep you working without you having to think about what you had open before you restarted your Mac.

There are many other features deeper down in Lion that don’t grab the headlines, we will be detailing these in future blog posts.

More info here

 

MacBook Air

Apple also introduced new Macs along with Lion,  all of the new Macs get Thunderbolt support, Apple’s new faster replacement for Firewire that will hopefully getting some devices out in the marketplace for it.

The new MacBook Air was released featuring faster Intel Core i5 or optional i7 processors, a return of the backlit keyboard and flash storage. These Macs will be very quick for such a little device.

More info here

Mac Mini

The new Mac Mini also features faster Intel Core i5 or optional i7 processors and better graphics performance.

More info here

Apple Thunderbolt Display

Possibly the most interesting hardware that was released overnight is the Apple Thunderbolt Display allows you to plug in your USB and Firewire 800 devices into the new monitor and have them connect back to your Mac via the single Thunderbolt cable that is also used for your display. You can even piggy back a second Apple Thunderbolt Display so you can connect two external displays to your supported MacBook Pro or iMac. The Thunderbolt cable also branches off a MagSafe connector so you can power your MacBook Pro.

More info here

 

 

 

Mac App Store

Jan 7, 2011
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The Mac App Store launched today. The App Store is an easy way to discover and install applications on the Mac, it works in a similar way as the App Store for iOS devices. In fact it looks very similar to the App Store on the iPad.

The Mac App Store is not the only way to install new applications on your Mac and not all Mac Applications are available from the store, but it is a good starting point and should prove popular with users and developers as it develops and matures.

The Store currently features Apple’s iWork and iLife applications and even Aperture. Apps from other developers include Twitter for Mac, Pixelmator, Things, SketchBook Pro and even JellyVNC from Digital Arena’s Marcus Radich.

The Mac App Store is available as part of the Mac OSX 10.6.6 update, so yes you need to be running Snow Leopard to access it.

Skype 5 beta for Mac

Nov 5, 2010
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Skype has a new beta version of Skype for the Mac available. Being a beta version it’s there is a little bit of work to be done before it gets a full release.

This release jumps the Mac from version 2.8 up to version 5. The most notable new features are group video calling (all users must be on version 5), a new mini control bar so you can control Skype without having to switch back to Skype, and improvements to the user interface and contacts.

Check out the video below to get an overview of the new features;

Special Characters and Keyboard Shortcuts

Oct 27, 2010
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Have you ever wondered how to enter some of the frequently used special characters into your text document? Characters such as the Registered Trademark symbol ®, Copyright © and the Apple logo  can be entered with keyboard shortcuts. Here are a few below;

Keyboard Shortcuts
Option and r = ®
Option and g = ©
Option and 1 = ¡
Option and 2 = ™
Option and 3 = £
Option, Shift and k = 
Option and e, then e again = é
Option and u, then u again = ü

You can also browse the symbols that you want to enter. You can do this by turning on the ‘Keyboard and Character Viewer’ within System Preferences.

How to Turn on the Keyboard & Character Viewer
From the Apple menu in the top left, go down and select ‘System Preferences…’
Click on the ‘Language & Text’ Preference Pane
Click on the ‘Input Sources’ tab
Tick on the ‘Keyboard & Character Viewer’, this will put a new icon in the Menu Bar (up by the time).
From the Menu Bar icon you can Show the Character or Keyboard Viewer

The Character Viewer will give you a library of characters to look through, just double click the character to insert it into your current document.

The Keyboard  Viewer will help you discover the keyboard shortcut for characters. Use the Option and Shift keys to reveal the characters on the keyboard.

Apple’s “Back to the Mac” event roundup

Oct 21, 2010
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Apple has announced and demonstrated a number of its new products today.

Mac OSX Lion
The new version of Apple’s Operating System will be better known as ‘Lion’.

Taking many cues from iOS that runs on Apple’s iPhones, iPodTouch’s and iPads, Lion will include many multi-touch gestures, full screen Apps, auto save and resume. It will also see the introduction of a Mac App Store (it wont be the only way to get Apps onto your Mac), a new ‘Mission Control’ feature that appears to integrate an improved Expose, Spaces and Dashboard. The new LaunchPad feature looks like a way of launching and organising your Apps like you can on your iOS devices.

Expect to see Lion sometime around mid 2011, more features should be revealed between now and launch.

FaceTime for Mac
Apple has also introduced FaceTime for Mac. This will allow video calling with other FaceTime users, including those iPhone 4 and iPodTouch users.

More information here.

MacBook Air
Apple introduced new MacBook Air’s with updated 13-inch and a new 11-inch model. All models feature flash storage, multi-touch trackpad gestures, and better battery life. They look like impressive machines in a highly portable, compact size.

More information here.

iLife ’11
Updated versions of iPhoto, iMove and GarageBand feature in the latest iLife. People who have bought a new Mac in October can get the upgrade for the cost of postage. All is quite on the iDVD and iWeb front though.

iPhoto features;
– Full screen mode
– Improvements to Facebook and Flickr integration
– Improvements to slideshows, bookmaking, and the introduction of letterpress cards.

iMovie features;
– New “People Finder” face identification
– Improvements to audio controls and video effects
– New movie trailer mode

GarageBand features;
– New Flex Time and Groove Matching feature that focus on getting your rhythm and timing right
– More guitar amps and stompbox effects
– Improvements to lessons

More information here.

How to get the most from “Get Info”

Mar 6, 2010
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Great little article from theappleblog.com which goes through the details of the Get Info (command I) panel. Very useful for changing which application is opening which file types. For example, if (for some reason) you want Preview to open all your PDFs instead of Acrobat – you can change this here.

Check it out here

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