Mavericks Beta

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    Apple seeds OS X Mavericks Developer Preview 3



    To go along with this morning’s third iOS 7 beta, Apple has released OS X Mavericks Developer Preview 3. This new preview arrives two weeks following Preview 2. Like Preview 2, it seems likely that Preview 3 focuses on bug and performance fixes.

    OS X Mavericks launches for the general public this fall with new Maps and iBooks apps, significant battery life, scrolling, and overall performance adjustments, and power-user features like revamped multiple-monitor support, Finder Tags, Finder Tabs, and a faster Safari browser.

    As readers discover changes in the new Mavericks preview, we will note them below.

    The update comes in at 1.08 GB.


    7-8-13

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    Keep Notifications Off The Lock Screen In Mavericks Beta




    In the new OS X Mavericks beta, there’s a new Notification system in place that mimics much of the way iOS handles notifications. Your iOS notifications, in fact, can push right to your Mac desktop as well.

    Much like iOS, each app that uses Notification Center can be set to a fine-grained level of customization, letting you show them in Notification Center (activated with the icon in the upper right corner of your Mac’s screen), decide whether to let them use a Badge app icon, and whether or not to play a sound for each app’s notifications.

    If, however, you value your privacy, you may want to disable the default setting that has your notifications showing up even when the display is off or locked.

    Here’s how.

    First of all, launch System Preferences on your OS Mavericks beta enabled Mac, and click on the new Notifications preferences icon. Once there, you’re able to schedule Do Not Disturb times, just like iOS, and then manage what shows up in Notification, and how it shows up there.

    To make sure that applications aren’t dropping a notification onto your Mac when the screen is locked or the display is off, for anyone to find and read, you’ll need to hope into the Notification Center preferences for each app individually. For each application in the left-hand column, click on the app icon and then uncheck the box that says, “Show notifications when display is off or locked.”

    Now, you won’t have a host of Notifications sitting there for you in the morning from when you put your Mac to sleep each night. You’re welcome.

    The only thing I wish Apple would do is to make this more of a system-wide, or non-app-specific setting, so you could turn it on or off for all apps at once, instead of having to do this for each specific app. Ah, well; maybe next beta.


    7-9-13

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    Get Your Calendar Items To Show Their Time Zone In Mavericks Beta



    Calendar, previously iCal, has had Time Zone support for a while now. The Mac I’m using that runs OS X Mountain Lion let’s my turn on Time Zone Support in the Advanced tab of the Calendar preferences, so I can be sure to be on time for meetings when I travel away from my current timezone (AKDT).

    However, when using Time Zone support in Mountain Lion, calendar events that I scheduled in one time zone wouldn’t ever show me visually that they were. OS X Mavericks takes care of this problem with a small visual cue–now events scheduled in one time zone will show that time zone in their title in Calendar. Here’s how to make that happen.

    First up, you’ll need to enable Time Zone support. Launch Calendar, and then hit Command-Comma to access the Calendar preferences. Otherwise, click on the Calendar menu and choose Preferences…

    Next, click on the Advanced tab at the top, the one with the gear icon. Click on the checkbox next to Turn on time zone support. Close the preferences with a click on the red X button in the upper left corner, and then you’ll see your current time zone setting in the upper right corner of the Calendar window.

    Now, when you create an event at, say 11 am AKST time, and then switch the time zone setting with a click on that drop down menu, your original event will gain a new time (12 pm in the Pacific time zone), but will also get the time and zone of the original event as part of its title (11 AM AKDT). That way, you’re fully informed of when and how this event was scheduled, in case of any snafus. Which, interestingly enough, happen a lot, especially at conferences and expos.


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    Get Password Suggestions Using iCloud Keychain And Safari In Mavericks Beta



    AutoFill has been a part of OS X and Apple’s browser, Safari, for a while now. When you fill out forms on the web, Safari will prompt you to use your contact info to fill in the form, or to use the form data you entered as your AutoFill information. This is helpful as you fill out a lot of web forms, of course.

    Now, in OS X Mavericks beta, Safari has a new trick up its sleeve, with the ability to suggest secure passwords to you, and then saving them for you when you go back to that site. It’s called iCloud Keychain, and here’s how to set it up.

    First, launch your System Preferences app on your Mac, provided you have OS X Mavericks beta set up on it. Next, click on the iCloud preferences icon to bring up the iCloud prefs.

    Now, in the list to the right, click on Keychain to check the box next to it. You’ll be prompted to enter your Apple ID passwrod here. If you already have stored passwords in your iCloud Keychain, you’ll then have the option to restore them with a security code, or start anew. I reset mine.

    Now, head to Safari, and pull up a website that needs a password upon sign up. I went to Fab.com, because I haven’t gotten an account there, yet. Sign in with your information, and then when you click in the password field, Safari will pop up a message asking if you want to use a Safari-suggested password. Click on the supplied password if you want to use it, and Safari will AutoFill it into the password field on the website.

    Now, you can skip having to create secure passwords on your own, and let Safari — and the iCloud Keychain — keep track of it for you.


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    Add Credit Card Info To Safari AutoFill With Mavericks Beta



    AutoFill is a boon to those of us who have a ton of forms to fill in, and these days, who doesn’t?

    One of the cool new features of Safari in OS X Mavericks beta is the ability to store credit card info, so you never have to pull that card out of your wallet at work while you buy giraffe statuettes from eBay again. Ahem.

    Here’s how to get the credit card info into the AutoFill feature of Safari.

    Launch Safari on your Mac running Mavericks beta, and hit Command-Comma to bring up the Safari Preferences window. Alternately, you can click on the Safari menu and choose Preferences…

    Click on the third icon from the left at the top, AutoFill. You’ll see all the types of information that Safari can store, including Contact info, user names and passwords, credit cards, and other forms. Make sure the checkbox next to Credit Cards is checked, and then click on the Edit… button to the right.

    Now click on the Add button in the lower left-hand corner, and then type in a description of the card, like “Home Visa,” “Daddy’s Mid-Life Crisis Fund,” or “Don’t Use This Card Ever.” Hit the Tab key to move the entry field to the Card Number area and type in your credit card number. Hit Tab again to go to the expiration date, and then once more to fill in the Cardholder’s name.

    I notice there’s no field for security code, but you can remember a three-digit number, right?

    Now you can shop your way through the Internet, blithely charging things to your credit card without ever having to slow down and think about your credit card number. Thanks, Apple!


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    OS X Mavericks 10.9 Developer Preview 3 Build 13A510D Update Only



    Apple Releases Developer Preview of OS X Mavericks With More Than 200 New Features

    The next version of the Mac operating system, OS X 10.9, is officially labeled as OS X Mavericks. Mavericks, named after an epic surfing spot in northern California, has a lot of new features, but also represents a change in naming conventions away from the familiar cat themes. In future versions of OS X will follow the same naming convention and all be named after inspirational places throughout California, where Apple is located.

    The OS X v10.9 Developer Preview supports the following Macs:

    - iMac (Mid-2007 or later)
    - MacBook (13-inch Aluminum, Late 2008), (13-inch, Early 2009 or later)
    - MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid-2009 or later), (15-inch, Mid/Late 2007 or later), (17-inch, Late 2007 or later)
    - MacBook Air (Late 2008 or later)
    - Mac Mini (Early 2009 or later)
    - Mac Pro (Early 2008 or later)
    - Xserve (Early 2009)

    In the changelog accompanying OS X Mavericks DP3, Apple mentions a few tweaks in iCloud and iCloud Keychain, third-party application installation, and other (general) changes.

    For instance, after installing Developer Preview 3, developers need to re-enable iCloud Keychain in the iCloud preferences pane.

    Screen recordings made in Developer Preview 3 won't work with earlier releases of OS X, and Aperture may unexpectedly close when exporting an image in full screen.

    Size | 1 GB


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    Apple Patches Pesky Graphics Bug In OS X Mavericks



    Apple has issued a software update for those running the third developer preview of OS X Mavericks. The release promises to patch a major graphics bug that could cause machines to “reboot without warning.”

    It goes without saying that the issue was a pretty significant one. Although Mavericks is still a developer beta, and therefore should only be installed by developers for testing, no one wants their Mac to crash halfway randomly while they’re working — particularly if they’re modifying their app for Mavericks, and they end up losing a morning’s code.

    But today’s update, which is available to download now from the Mac App Store for those running the Mavericks DP3 release, should eliminate this problem for good.


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    Reply To iMessages From Notification Center In Mavericks



    Of course you know already that you can send iMessages to your iOS or OS X using friends and family via the Notification Center, because we told you that a while ago.

    Did you know, however, that you can reply to iMessages sent to you in that very same Notification Center? If not, read on and learn how to do so, and how to make sure that your Mac is set up correctly to allow it to happen.

    You’ll need to have your Messages app set up to get those iMessages in your Notification Center in the first place, so launch System Preferences from the dock or your Application folder, and then click on the Notification Center icon to go to that preference pane.

    Once, there, click on Messages in the list of apps in the left-hand column, and make sure the checkbox is enabled for Show in Notification Center. You can choose to have either Alerts or Banners enabled, as they’ll both work for Replies.

    Now, when you get an iMessage from someone, you’ll be able to reply to them from the notification. If you have them set up to come in as a Banner, you’ll need to hover over the banner itself to see the Reply button. If you’ve chosen to have Alerts, then you’ll see the Reply button underneath the Close button. Either way, hit the Reply button and type in your response. Your iMessage will go right back to the person who sent you the message in the first place.


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    Get Rid Of The Dashboard In Mavericks



    The Dashboard has been getting less and less attention lately, and so it’s surprising that it’s still in OS X Mavericks beta, to be honest.

    It does have a nicer background, to be sure, but if you’re feeling like it has outlived its purpose on your Mac, here’s how to get rid of it.

    Launch Terminal from your Utilities folder, which is itself in the Applications Folder. Once launched, type or paste the following commands into the Terminal window.

    defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean true

    Then remember to relaunch the Dashboard process, here:

    killall Dock

    Now the Dashboard will be gone, baby, gone, and you never have to think about widgets again.

    If, however, you want to bring it back? Simple re-do the same commands above, only change the word true to false, and you’ll have it back in your heart lickety-split.


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    Skip The Shell Script, Schedule Do Not Disturb Times In Mavericks Beta



    Back in OS X Mountain Lion, it took a seriously complex shell script and recurring Calendar event to schedule Do Not Disturb times. While it’s fun to dig in and mess about with scripts, I much rather like the new Mavericks beta ability to just, you know, schedule Do Not Disturb using a nice, pretty graphical user interface.

    If you’re like me, and you want to schedule your Do Not Disturb times on your Mac (much the same way you can on iOS), then here’s what to do.

    Launch System Preferences from the Dock or the Applications folder, and then click on the Notifications icon. Click on the Do Not Disturb icon in the left-hand column, and then you’ll see the options for this, including scheduling.

    Click on the checkbox next to the From: field and either type in the time you want the Do Not Disturb feature to start. Then do the same in the to: field, only choose the time you want Do Not Disturb to stop working.

    You can also choose to activate Do Not Disturb when the display is sleeping, or when mirroring to TVs and projectors, to keep any embarrassing iMessages from popping up during a presentation in front of hundreds of your co-workers.

    Further down, you’ll see options to allow Facetime calls when Do Not Disturb is enabled, and you can allow them from Everyone, or just Favorite contacts. If you check the “Allow repeated calls” checkbox, then anyone who needs to Facetime you in an emergency simply needs to call back a second time.

    Now you can keep from being distracted by the many notifications you get through Notification Center, and you don’t have to get all tech-geeky to do so. Hooray, OS X Mavericks!


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