Written by Ronald Lye
The OS X Mavericks will be the 10th major release by OS X, the server operating system for Mac. The developer edition is already out, and it will be available in stores later this year. The naming scheme is a change from previous versions, shifting from big cats to places in California. What a shame; we thought that naming operating systems after big cats was really cool. Anyway, Mac users are definitely looking forward to this new release, and the upgrades Apple will implement. Here’s what you need to know about the OS X Mavericks.
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Safari is probably the most widely used app on the Mac. For Mavericks, Safari gets a minor makeover with a redesigned left side, featuring Sidebar and Top Sites. Sidebar lets your choose from bookmarks, reading list, and the new shared links option. The bookmarks tab is similar to the favourites bar, and gives you more space to fit your favourite sites onto a one-click access option. Reading list is not much different from the one on the previous Mountain Lion OS X. The main function is to let you store web pages for your reading pleasure, even when offline. The only difference is this new version allows you to scroll endlessly. If you reach the bottom of a web page, you can continue scrolling down to the next page without interruption. The new Safari has a ‘+’ sign on the address bar, and clicking on it will enable you to add that particular web page to your bookmarks or reading list. This is a lot more user-friendly than previous OS X versions, which used toolbar buttons to fulfil the same function.
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Shared links is the new function on Safari which introduces a major social element to your surfing experience. When you log on to your Twitter or LinkedIn account via the systems preference panel, shared links will show every post from your contacts which contains hyperlinks. The person’s name and avatar will be displayed as well. This new social element is a real innovation, and allows you to catch up on the latest trending news conveniently without going to third-party sites.
Aside from Safari, another notable feature of Mavericks is file tagging, which lets you assign tags to a file you can retrieve using the Finder tool. With iCloud, sandboxing, and now file tagging, Apple is moving away from using folders to store files. The good thing about this is not having to worry where you dump your files. However, we’re still unsure of how many will actually utilise tagging to organise their files. Using folders still seems like the best way to do it, and most of us are very familiar with this tried-and-tested method.
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This review is based on the beta version released to developers, which is by no means the end product. Many enhancements could still be made before the official release. For now though, we like what we see, and we’re looking forward to getting our hands on the completed Mavericks. Stay tuned, because we’ll definitely be doing a review when that day finally arrives.