OSX Mavericks: Review

Apple has finally released the long awaited update to OSX with Mavericks. On top of the new look, Apple has added some very useful features that can really boost productivity. Its also free!

Key Features

After spending a day with Mavericks, I wanted to highlight some of my favorite features that I’ve found to be most useful with the new update.

  • Tags – This is by far my favorite feature in Mavericks so far. You can really save some time when you start organizing your documents with tags. Going through endless files and folders will become a thing of the past.
  • Safari – Safari is a lot faster this time around and with Twitter and LinkedIn integration when you open new tabs so you can get a quick overview of what people are sharing. The power saver feature also comes in handy when viewing multiple sites with active animations going on.
  • Multiple Displays – Another good feature they added with Mavericks is having the menu bar and dock appear on multiple screens. As well as being to use your TV as a second monitor through Apple TV.
  • Overall Speed Increase – The new compressed memory feature is also great when using multiple heavy duty apps and makes smarter use of your memory. This is great when you’re using memory draining apps like Photoshop and the rest of the Adobe suite. I’ve also noticed that I’m getting a bit more battery life when unplugged.

The transition to Mavericks has been smooth so far with all the new updates and a good step in the right direction for Apple. While some people have reported that their Macs are running slower after the update. Mine did at first but after a fresh restart everything was running smoothly. I’m currently running a Macbook Pro 13″ (late 2011), 2.4 GHz intel core i5,  16gb 1600 MHz DDR3 memory and a stock 500gb HD.

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