5 Great Things About Mavericks

mavericksThis post is part one of a two-part series on What’s New at the UCSF Tech Commons.

Mavericks has arrived at the UCSF Library! Stop by the Tech Commons (CL-240) on the second floor of the UCSF Library and try out Apple’s newest operating system, Mavericks. This is a great opportunity to try out the operating system before upgrading your work or personal computers (PS Mavericks* is free!).

*After a 14 year run, Apple operating systems are no longer named after big cats and are now named after locations in California.

Tech Commons staff have been testing Mavericks and discovering new features and applications that members of the UCSF community will be excited about. Members of the Tech Commons & Desktop Services (Benjamin Stever) and Learning Technologies Group (Dylan Romero) have collaborated to identify our top five new features with the biggest bang for their buck and listed them below (in no order of importance):

  iBooks App (review by Dylan)

I am a sucker for creating multitouch books using iBooks Author. It is by far one of my favorite new applications for its ease of use and ability to produce stunning, interactive content. With the release of Mavericks, you can now view these multitouch books on your Mac computer and are no longer limited to viewing on an iPad or iPhone. This has instantly increased the audience for multitouch books, which means iBooks Author users have a lot of work to do!

Read more about the iBooks App http://www.apple.com/ibooks/

New iMovie (review by Dylan)

icon_imovieOne of the most popular applications in the Tech Commons is iMovie. After filming using digital video equipment checked out through the Library, quickly edit your clips together and create a digital story in iMovie. With the latest release of iMovie, the process of editing your videos continues to get much easier. Check out the new iMovie interface, all new themes, as well as built-in story-boarding tools to help you prepare for your big production!

Read more about the new iMovie http://www.apple.com/imovie

And for more information on saving your iMovie project on Tech Commons workstations, please visit the Multimedia Support Center.

Keynote (review by Dylan)

icon_keynoteWe love to create presentations using Keynote! With the complete overhaul of the iWork suite, we are eager to try all of the new features and themes included in this release of Keynote (well, maybe not the Spin or Shimmer transitions). Keynote has an all new interface and inspector with a built-in “presentation coach” that will help you along the way while adjusting to the Keynote update. Check out the newest version of Keynote in the Tech Commons, I know we will!

Read more about the new Keynote http://www.apple.com/mac/keynote/

Finder (review by Ben)

Finder_iconSpring cleaning is upon us, so let’s get to work cleaning up that desktop clutter. The update to Finder makes it easy with the addition of tabs. Similar to tabbed browsing in most modern web browsers (e.g. Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer), tabs give the option to manage multiple instances of Finder in one, clutter-free window. All the functionality you’d expect is there, from opening and closing tabs with keyboard shortcuts to merging all open windows. A small change to a fundamental component of OSX, but one we’re really excited about.

Read more about Finder tabs http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5840

Preview (review by Ben)

Preview_iconWhen it comes to PDF applications, the options are seemingly limitless. Preview has always been a great PDF reader, but with newly-enhanced annotation capabilities, it has emerged as frontrunner in a crowded pack. A robust selection of tools including highlighter, notes, shapes, color options, and signatures are now available. Browse your markups and stay organized with the Annotation Inspector. Annotations carry over to your iOS devices, as well as most other PDF applications. Check out the latest options in Preview under the Tools menu.

You can read more about Preview here http://support.apple.com/kb/ht2506

For a complete list of new features in Mavericks, visit the Apple website. And stop by the Tech Commons on the second floor of the UCSF Library any time the Library is open to use a Mac or PC workstation and contact LTG staff for assistance.

Image Credit: Apple

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