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Transitioning your Mac from Mountain Lion to Apple's new OS X 10.9 Mavericks

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Apple has unleashed the ninth point release of its OS X desktop operating system with nary a big cat in sight, but that does not mean users migrating from Mountain Lion to Mavericks will find an update devoid of differences. To help ease users' transition to the new operating system, AppleInsider details some of the biggest user-facing changes.

OS X 10.9 Mavericks


Finder finally finds tabs

Finder's new tabs in the ">newly released Mavericks update are nearly identical in function and appearance to Safari's implementation, with minor tweaks to better suit local file manipulation.

Adding tabs to a Finder window is simple. Safari's Command+T shortcut has been brought in, and the recessed "+" button on the right side of the window is also held over from the web browser.

Users can still open multiple Finder windows, each with a distinct set of tabs. Those who find themselves with more windows open than they would like can easily consolidate them into a single window using the "Merge All Windows" command from Finder's "Window" menu.

Moving files between tabs is easy as dragging-and-dropping from one tab to the title bar of another. Tabs can also be dragged-and-dropped between Finder windows or reordered within the same window.

Other Safari keyboard shortcuts, like Shift+Command+arrow to switch between tabs and Command+W to close a tab, are also supported.

OS X 10.9 Mavericks


Tag everything

Tags are an expansion of OS X's existing Label functionality. The option to label files or folders with colors remains, as does the ability to create smart folders based on those labels.

Unlike labels, however, tags are not restricted to colors -- any text string can be used as a tag, and tags are given their own field by default in the slightly altered file save sheet.

Creating a tag within a save sheet is akin to adding recipients to a message in Mail.app. Entering text into the tags field will present a list of suggestions based on existing tags. Hitting enter will accept the highlighted suggestion, and a new tag can be created by entering a comma followed by a space.

Tags gain their own dedicated space in the lower portion of Finder's sidebar and can be added, removed, or edited in Finder's Preferences dialog.

OS X 10.9 Mavericks


New notifications

Notifications in Mavericks have been made interactive. Email notifications from Mail.app, for instance, feature a "Reply" button that will show a small text field and allow users to send a reply directly from the notification, rather than being forced to open the application. Ditto for Facebook updates, Tweets, FaceTime calls, and iMessages.

Notification Center itself gains the ability to quickly compose and send iMessages, similar to the Facebook and Twitter integration introduced in Mountain Lion.

Mavericks also features a "while you were away" notification option. The lock screen will display events like emails, messages, and app updates that came in while the user was not at the computer. For privacy-conscious users, the lock screen notifications can be disabled in System Preferences.

Multiple displays

With Mavericks, multiple displays now act independently rather than as one, large display. Each display can have its own set of Spaces, and putting an app into full screen on one display does not affect the usability of the other connected displays.

Trackpad and mouse gestures for switching between spaces or applications remain the same, and will target whichever display the mouse pointer is currently positioned in.

Mission Control has been updated to control this new functionality, and now shows a separate instance on each display when toggled.

Additionally, each display now features a separate menu bar. The bar is translucent on inactive displays and becomes opaque when the user interacts with its display.

Apple TV owners also benefit from Mavericks's enhanced multiple display support. AirPlay Mirroring has been renamed AirPlay Display, and users now have the option of extending, rather than simply mirroring, their desktop to the Apple TV.

OS X 10.9 Mavericks


Safari 7

Safari's Top Sites has been redesigned, and users can now reorder the selections by drag-and-drop. Permanently hiding a top site is still accomplished by hovering over its thumbnail and clicking the "X" button in the upper left.

Reading List and Bookmarks have been moved to Safari's new Sidebar. The Sidebar can be opened by clicking the former Bookmarks button in the Bookmarks bar, which has been renamed the Favorites bar. For those who prefer a keyboard shortcut, Shift+Command+L will toggle the Sidebar on and off.

Individual buttons for adding items to Bookmarks or Reading List have been eschewed in Safari 7 in favor of an "Add" button on the left side of the address bar. Clicking and releasing the button will add the current page to Reading List, while a click-and-hold will allow the user to send the site to Top Sites or Bookmarks.
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I'll give it a couple of days before DLing but wrt to navigating in the Finder sure looks good (for free!)

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This update is great. Really like the tags and Multiple Monitor Support finally was done right! I love extending the desktop easily to my ATV equipped TV!
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Been running Mavericks for nearly 24-hours without a hiccup. Very solid release from my perspective, and the multi-screen improvements are quite welcome.
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Apple has unleashed the ninth point release of its OS X desktop operating system

I remember Craig yesterday mentioning it was 10th release of OS X (Ten)

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For what you're getting the price is right ...
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I remember Craig yesterday mentioning it was 10th release of OS X (Ten)
Both quotes are correct.

There has been 10 releases, 10.0 through to 10.9.
There has been 9 point releases (I.e. Upgrades), 10.1 through to 10.9
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I remember Craig yesterday mentioning it was 10th release of OS X (Ten)

 



It is the 10th release, and also the 9th point release.
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And if you use a government CAC card on your Mac, you probably also use PKard by Thursby Software, which according to their tech support, they "forgot" to send out an email informing their customers that PKard will not work on Mavericks. They hope an update will be ready by next week.

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I've updated both my iMac and Macbook Pro to Mavericks and the transition couldn't have been smoother or easier. I've noticed significant performance increases in both machines and Anyone who doesn't see this as a valuable update is blinded by jealousy. This would be a costly update for any other Manufacturer but Apple is giving it up for Free. Thats something to be grateful for. I don't see any OS updates coming free from anyone else. That shows a commitment to the users, not to just the profit margin.
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Upgraded my mid-2011 Mini today.  So far so good.  iCloud keychain takes a bit of getting used to, but I can see it will be beneficial.

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A few times I have started safari (or finder) but a window only flashes and then goes away.  The windows exist (according to right click on the dock icon) but are not in mission control or on any display or the dock.   I have to stop and restart the app and that seems to fix it.

 

Also if you have avast! you MUST UPDATE IT TO V8 BEFORE UPDATING OS!  They just released V8 this month so your version may not be the latest (apparently mine wasn't ;) )

 

 

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Originally Posted by dugbug View Post

Also if you have avast!

 

You realize you’re using a Mac, right? And that it’s not 1993?

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Upgraded my mid-2011 Mini today.  So far so good.  iCloud keychain takes a bit of getting used to, but I can see it will be beneficial.


I hope so.  But I still want to use 1password too at least until I see how well it works.  I am curious as to password management in icloud keychain so I can copy passwords it generates into 1password.  It seems 1password did pick up a new account I created using safari password suggestion, so that was good.

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well, this must have been the smoothest and most solid update EVER for me (Mid 2011 iMac here).

 

Can I say it? I LOOOVE Craig: the focus, the implementation and the look and finish.

 

And I LOOOVE Tim: for the free updates ... :)

 

keep it up!

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I've updated both my iMac and Macbook Pro to Mavericks and the transition couldn't have been smoother or easier. I've noticed significant performance increases in both machines and Anyone who doesn't see this as a valuable update is blinded by jealousy. This would be a costly update for any other Manufacturer but Apple is giving it up for Free. Thats something to be grateful for. I don't see any OS updates coming free from anyone else. That shows a commitment to the users, not to just the profit margin.

Same here. I jumped in with no hesitation on this update and boy am I glad I did.

Tons of refinements and features I'm already using as if they were second nature. I lost a few legacy PowerPC apps, but I'm not missing them so far.

Great update!

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Love the new update. Very smooth and so far all good.
Since yesterday total download was about 14-15gb and I'm talking about without the live stream.

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Personally, I am watching RoaringApps.com to see what software is compatible. The last thing I need is one, really critical, application not running.
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I like the update.

One problem ....I have a late '08 15" MacBook Pro.

It took me awhile to find an articleor information that states you need a 2011 model or later to use the airplay second screen with Apple TV.

Kinda bummed. But then again my MacBook is still purring without issues. So I can be happy with that and a free update. 1wink.gif
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I was in 7th heaven yesterday when I heard them say you could update directly from SL (which I'm running) to Mavericks ... but my euphoria, sadly, lasted only a brief few minutes when it was "revealed" that it only downloaded to 2007 and later machines. If I had only waited 6 -8 more weeks in late '06 ... "I could'a been a contender"  ... I know how you feel, Marlon. sign me "still stuck in 32 bit mode".  sigh!    :\ 

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I hope so.  But I still want to use 1password too at least until I see how well it works.  I am curious as to password management in icloud keychain so I can copy passwords it generates into 1password.  It seems 1password did pick up a new account I created using safari password suggestion, so that was good.

What's wrong with 1Password's generator? (Other than the fact that it drops a useless password item into your logins every time you use it)
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After updating, neither Keynote and Pages displays the my selected corporate font (Century Gothic) correct. And the dumbed down Keynote 6 is pathetic. 

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Originally Posted by Per Sjofors View Post
And the dumbed down Keynote 6 is pathetic


Yeah? In what capacity. To both bold words, please.

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OK, Tallest Skil. Your message made me try it again, and it is not as bad as I first thought. 

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OK, Tallest Skil. Your message made me try it again, and it is not as bad as I first thought. 

LOL

It's fantastic is what it is... I'm so excited with all these updates. Just unprecedented level of refinements in these apps.

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This was pretty much an 0.0.x update that got a special name.

It was free, so no cause for complaint.
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Mavericks not so great here.  2011 iMac 27" and 2011 MacBook Pro.  Upgraded from Mountain Lion and the Finder does not work as expected.  Finder tabs don't work and I cannot open separate windows, regardless of the Finder Preference for "Open Folders in Tabs instead of new windows".  It is working as if the setting was to show one window only, in previous versions of OS X.  As I open folders, tabs are not created and new windows are not created.  Even if I show the tab bar, new tabs are not created.  If I force a new window tab, new folders opened do not create new tabs or new windows.  Looks like I will have to waste a day doing an erase and clean install.

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Originally Posted by hillstones View Post
Finder tabs dont work

 

So you do Command+T; what happens?

 
…and I cannot open separate windows, regardless of the Finder Preference for “ pen Folders in Tabs instead of new windows".

 

This makes no sense. Open a folder, then open another folder. What happens?

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Here is what I found in the Apple Discussion Forums regarding the new, and undesirable Finder window behavior:

 

The command-double-click and option-double-click and contextual menu behavior depends on the a Finder Preference settings.

 

When "Open folders in tabs instead of new windows" is checked:

- command-double-click opens the folder in a new tab in the same window

- option-double-click opens the folder in a new window and closes the previous window

- contextual menu has "Open In New Tab" as first item

- contextual menu with option key held down has "Open In New Window" as first item

 

When "Open folders in tabs instead of new windows" is un-checked:

- command-double-click opens the folder in a new window but does not close the previous window

- option-double-click opens the folder in a new window and closes the previous window

- contextual menu has "Open In New Window" as first item

- contextual menu with option key held down has "Open In New Tab" as first item

 

If you ever forget to use any of the options above and accidentally open a folder with a simple double-click your window position and size will be change. You will have to move it back and resize it back the way it was. Argh!!!

The real problem with this is that it is destructive - you can't undo the changes to the window.

 

I really miss the original Finder behavior which was:

- double-click opens folder in a new window

- option-double-click opens folder in a new window and closes previous window

And, the window position, size, and view was never changed.

 

If the box is checked for Open folders in tabs instead of new windows, you have to hold the Command key to open a folder in a tab in the existing Finder window.  If the box is unchecked, you have to hold the Command key to open a folder in a new window.  If you do not hold the Command key, the window behavior acts like the previous Finder setting if "Always open a folder in a new window" was unchecked.  The setting leads you to believe if you uncheck the box, double-clicking a folder will open the folder in a new window without opening as a tab in the same window.  However, Apple wants to force us to open folders in the same window from now on, unless you hold the Command key.  You should not have to hold Command to open a folder in a tab if the box is checked.  You should not have to hold Command to open a folder in a new window if the box is unchecked.  The "open a new folder in the same window" is a Microsoft Windows feature that I despise.  I don't want Finder windows to act like a web browser.  Apple needs to restore the "Always open a folder in a new window" setting, without requiring the person to press the Command key to do it.  You can't manage files and folders in a single window environment.  So requiring key modifiers to do it is counter-productive.


Edited by hillstones - 10/25/13 at 9:09pm
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I love how the AppleInsider website is NOT Mavericks-compatible.  If you edit your post, the web content crashes in the new Safari and you get a message, "A problem occurred with this webpage so it was reloaded" then you get the prompt to send a crash report to Apple.  Your edit is saved, but the page content crashes and re-loads.

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Originally Posted by hillstones View Post
I love how the AppleInsider website is NOT Mavericks-compatible.  If you edit your post, the web content crashes in the new Safari and you get a message, "A problem occurred with this webpage so it was reloaded" then you get the prompt to send a crash report to Apple.  Your edit is saved, but the page content crashes and re-loads.

 

Seems fine to me. I mean, it always crashes, but I’ve never had a crash that didn’t save the just-edited content, so it’s not like it’s a crucial fix… :p 

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I've updated both my iMac and Macbook Pro to Mavericks and the transition couldn't have been smoother or easier. I've noticed significant performance increases in both machines and Anyone who doesn't see this as a valuable update is blinded by jealousy. This would be a costly update for any other Manufacturer but Apple is giving it up for Free. Thats something to be grateful for. I don't see any OS updates coming free from anyone else. That shows a commitment to the users, not to just the profit margin.


I had some serious problems upgrading my mac pro - I had to do a clean install on a different hard drive and use the migration assistant to move my data and applications over, the upgrade bricked my main install.

Things are fine now, except that Mavericks does not seem to work well with my Gefen KVM switch.  If I have the mouse and keyboard plugged into the computer directly everything is fine, but when they go through the KVM the computer loses contact and can't find them again.   The KVM isn't the issue, as it works fine with windows and pre-Mavericks macs.

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I love how the AppleInsider website is NOT Mavericks-compatible.  If you edit your post, the web content crashes in the new Safari and you get a message, "A problem occurred with this webpage so it was reloaded" then you get the prompt to send a crash report to Apple.  Your edit is saved, but the page content crashes and re-loads.

I get the same multiple crashes after edits.

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Seems fine to me. I mean, it always crashes, but I’ve never had a crash that didn’t save the just-edited content, so it’s not like it’s a crucial fix… 1tongue.gif  

This is also true. It'll crash, but actually post the text.

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You said that keyboard shortcut to switch between finder or Safari tabs is "Shift Command arrow". You probably meant to say "Shift Command Bracket".
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Originally Posted by ginsek View Post
You said that keyboard shortcut to switch between finder or Safari tabs is "Shift Command arrow". You probably meant to say "Shift Command Bracket".

 

Nope. Both work. As does Command+Tab.

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You said that keyboard shortcut to switch between finder or Safari tabs is "Shift Command arrow". You probably meant to say "Shift Command Bracket".

Nope. Both work. As does Command+Tab.

That is correct, but I think he means switching between tabs. Which does work with Cmd-arrow, but not always. Cmd-Shift-[ or Cmd-Shift-] does.
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If you ever forget to use any of the options above and accidentally open a folder with a simple double-click your window position and size will be change. You will have to move it back and resize it back the way it was. Argh!!!

Perhaps you might find this little app helpful
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/window-tidy/id456609775?l=en&mt=12
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Originally Posted by PhilBoogie View Post
That is correct, but I think he means switching between tabs. Which does work with Cmd-arrow, but not always. Cmd-Shift-[ or Cmd-Shift-] does.

 

It always works with Command+Shift+Arrows. I’ve never had it work with Command+Arrows (that’s set to change Spaces for me, anyway).

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It always works with Command+Shift+Arrows. I’ve never had it work with Command+Arrows (that’s set to change Spaces for me, anyway).

Oops - that certainly was a stupid omission on my part!
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