Following the release of iOS 7.1.2, Apple also pushed OS X 10.9.4 to Software Update, bringing WiFi-related fixes and Safari 7.0.5 to Mavericks users.
The new version includes a fix for a bug that prevented Macs from automaticallty reconnecting to known WiFi networks and improves the reliability of wake from sleep. An issue that caused "the background or Apple logo to appear incorrectly on startup" has been fixed, and an updated version of Safari (7.0.5) is bundled with the update as well.
OS X 10.9.4 is available now from Software Update through the Mac App Store. You can find the direct download links below.
Apple updated OS X Mavericks to version 10.9.3 today, adding better support for 4K displays, sync improvements, and bundling Safari 7.0.3 (previously a standalone update) into the OS.
Improved 4K display support is available for the Late 2013 Mac Pro and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, and it allows OS X to drive a connected 4K display with pixels in "2x" (Retina) mode for high-resolution graphics. As for sync improvements, OS X now allows contacts and calendars to be synced between a Mac and iOS using a USB connection.
Other improvements in OS X 10.9.3 are listed on Apple's official release note page. OS X 10.9.3 is available through Software Update on the Mac App Store or via direct download using the links below.
If you have a Mac running OS X Mavericks, update 10.9.2 has been pushed to the Mac App Store, which adds several new features, fixes a variety of bugs, and namely fixes the SSL/TLS vulnerability. On the feature side, 10.9.2 adds the ability to initiate and receive FaceTime audio calls, while also blocking individual senders on iMessage. Mail is named as having received a slew of bug fixes: compatibility improvements for Gmail's Archive folder and labels are listed, as well as resolutions for a bug that prevented Mail from receiving messages from "certain providers." The update will require a restart for installation.
It was just over a year ago that CEO Ken Case of The Omni Group outlined the company's plans for 2013, following a successful "iPad or Bust!" campaign that allowed the company to bring all five (well okay... "four") of their desktop productivity apps to the iPad. So it was back to the Mac as it were, with OmniFocus 2 being at the forefront of the company's plans with OmniOutliner 4 due afterwards in the first quarter. As an app that was first released in January, 2005, OmniOutliner 3 was in need of an update. As Ken Case said himself, "... other than a few tweaks to the inspectors and toolbars, its design has mostly stayed the same: it’s starting to feel a bit long in the tooth." 2013 came and went, and as they say, all good things take time.
OmniOutliner 4 is a big update. For posterity, we'll call it Outliner for the rest of our overview. And honestly, I really don't know where to start.
Joe Kissell, in a follow-up to his original article on Mavericks and Gmail:
If you were holding off on upgrading to Mavericks because of the Mail problems, all I can say is that it’s safer now than it was at first. I can’t guarantee you a trouble-free experience, and without a doubt, some people upgrading from Mountain Lion will feel the new version of Mail is a distinct downgrade. It all depends on how you use Mail, and as we’ve seen, each person approaches it a bit differently from the next.
I'll let you read Joe's article to see what's been fixed and which issues persist after Apple's update. As I said earlier today, I've been fine with MailMate.
Mail Update for Mavericks includes improvements to general stability and compatibility with Gmail, including the following:
Fixes an issue that prevents deleting, moving, and archiving messages for users with custom Gmail settings
Addresses an issue that may cause unread counts to be inaccurate
Includes additional fixes that improve the compatibility and stability of Mail
I don't use Gmail as my primary email anymore, so I'm looking forward to reading reports about the stability of this update (will Joe Kissell tell us?). You can download it here or through the Mac App Store.
I was really excited when Apple announced to add tag support to Finder with OS X 10.9 Mavericks. But after installing the OS update and playing with the new tag feature, I was a bit disappointed on how the feature was implemented. There was neither a command line utility to manage tags nor was there a way to do this with AppleScript. – At least, I did not find a proper solution. So, to add/remove tags to/from a file or folder one had to open the info dialog (⌘+I) and modify the tags in the new input field at the top.
Good work by Marko Kästner. Mavericks' Finder can be slow at searching or adding tags for power users; Marko's workflow is nicely integrated with Alfred and it can be activated with a keyboard shortcut.
Day One is probably the most powerful app I have on my Mac and iOS devices, and I don't mean that from a technological or functional standpoint. Day One is based on a powerful idea: it's a journal app that combines text, locations, photos, and weather data to let you remember what you've done in the past. Eschewing the limitations of pen and paper, Day One's beautiful design and smart feature set make reading and seeing moments or your life a pleasant and potent experience.
I'm a big fan of Day One. Here's how I described it earlier this year after a very important personal anniversary:
In the app’s Calendar view, I changed the year to “2012″ and, sure enough, the “August 1, 2012″ entry was there, showing photos of my hospital room; my girlfriend sending a selfie from home; and a note that I wrote about the doctors being “nice”. Bits of life. A combination of old thoughts and visual memories that I still have, in some form, in my brain, but that here, in this app — right now — I can hold and directly look at. It is, indeed, far more powerful than memory alone.
It sounds so trivial because we’re used to it. It’s diary app! Of course it lets you browse old entries in a calendar, and of course it’s got search, and of course it accepts photos as attachments, and, okay, the fact that you can see old weather information is neat — but yes, it’s because of the GPS. Common technology terms for yet another app. But does it have a URL scheme? We often lose track of the magic of software.
With Mavericks, Day One for Mac has been updated to version 1.9, which brings some notable new features and improvements to browsing the timeline. The first, Mavericks-only new feature is the Map View with location editor: thanks to the new MapKit offered to developers in Mavericks, Day One for Mac can now show you a zoomable map with blue indicators for every location where you've previously created a journal entry from. Read more
I use Name Mangler to rename the screenshots that I use for MacStories. Aside from the more complex image resizing and renaming workflow, Name Mangler is just great at picking up your active Finder selection and launching with a preset ready to rename multiple files at once with one click.
The latest update to Name Mangler adds support for Mavericks tags in the File metadata dropdown menu: if a file has a tag assigned, Name Mangler can use a tag's name as a token in a renaming preset. I won't use this for my screenshots, but I have some ideas for Hazel integration.
Name Mangler is $19 from Many Tricks' website.