November 2013 Meeting Report

At the November meeting we explored the new features of Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks (a free upgrade available now from the Mac App Store for everyone with Mac OS X 10.6 or later and compatible hardware) and helped members decide whether they should upgrade. Some of the features demonstrated were:

  • Tabs in the Finder making it easy to switch between folders and allowing the Finder to be used effectively in full-screen mode.

  • Tags, a new way of organising files in the Finder which also extends to files stored in iCloud.

  • Enhanced dictation which enables long-form dictation and doesn’t require an Internet connection.

  • Improved support for multiple displays allowing multiple full-screen applications to be displayed and the menu bar and dock to appear on any display.
    The meeting also included a discussion of the month’s Apple news including:

  • The announcement of the iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina Display.

  • Apple offering iLife and iWork free with new Macs and iOS devices and free updates to current owners of eligible earlier versions.

  • We highlighted to members that hard drive maker WD have warned that some of the utilities included with their external drives can cause data loss on Mavericks.