Three Guys and a Podcast: Apple News & Analysis
I finished a big project Friday morning, so thought I'd start my weekend a little early. And what better to do than to spend it with Mavericks — OS X Mavericks that is. And unlike the 80's cult-classic movie Weekend WIth Bernie, Mavericks was not dead, nor did I need to pretend it was alive. Mavericks held its own, quite well.
The download and install was painless. It seems even easier now that there is no payment involved (thanks Apple). The first thing I noticed was Safari. Wow it is fast — I mean really fast. I live in a rural area and my internet speed isn't the best. I always attributed slower web page loading to my internet speed. So does my slower internet speed appear to have been the bottleneck all these years? Well I thought so, until this weekend. Now web pages pop and are wicked fast (yes, I too remember Apple’s marketing for the Macintosh IIfx). I can't wait to get to my office where I have fiber speeds. Safari might start loading pages before I even click my mouse. In summary: Safari in Mavericks is worth the price of the download, even if Mavericks had cost money. Yes it that's good.
The second thing I noticed is that Mail didn't remember any of my passwords. This was a minor pain, but once I retyped them in, I was good to go. I've checked with others and this seems to only a problem I've experienced. That said, Mail has some minor slow/rough spots. Twice now I've had connection errors or a message takes a l-o-n-g time to send. It isn't awful, and I'm certain Apple will fix this soon, but would've been nice if Mail had been as fast and snappy as the new Safari.
Display management was the main reason I downloaded Mavericks and I wasn't disappointed. The new menu bar on both screens — who knew what a difference that would make? Also the way you can have full screen on one monitor while the other is flipping through spaces. Display management (aka spaces) is now a very nice feature that is seeing maturity. This one feature will definitely enhance my work flow. One request though would be to have Docks on both screens if possible — and to be able to place them where I want (main screen left side, big monitor, bottom). But I guess Apple needs something to do for the next OS update. The Dock will move, however, if Mavericks senses you are working on one screen more than another and you move your mouse to the bottom where the dock should be — boom, it'll just pop over. Nice, but I think having two Docks would be better (like two menu bars)
Adobe CS 4 works fine with Mavericks, check. The only software I did need to update for Mavericks was Parallels Virtual Machine software. Parallels was very clear to do so BEFORE upgrading to Mavericks, so I did my Parallels update first, then Mavericks. In the end my Mavericks upgrade cost me $49 — but compared to other OS X updates where Adobe CS or Office wouldn't work — Mavericks has been a very affordable upgrade.
So has Weekend With Mavericks been a success? Yes. And I'm looking forward to working with Mavericks this week, doing my job and putting Mavericks through the paces. But if the weekend tells me anything, Mavericks will be a champ and probably the least buggy major update from Apple in a long time.
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