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iOS 7 Compatibility

iOS 7 compatibility update for MacLab hosted communications:

MacLab uses Kerio Connect to provide mail, calenders, contacts and chat hosting. Check our KB article for details of what will be affected before updating your iOS device.

[UPDATE] KB article: Add your account to any iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch with iOS7.

Teamwork Made Easy

Kerio Workspace is now Samepage, hosted by Kerio. Grown up and looking fresh and clean. This is much nicer than Apple’s Wiki and easier to use. Goodbye Dropbox for Teams and Google Drive because you can sync files from your Mac.

But Samepage does much more. It allows you to create an Intranet or discussions and projects for your team and clients, all within your web browser. This eliminates the long and winding email trails. With Samepage, you have visual aids and organization that email can’t bring to the table.

Start here to kick the tires and get a free 2GB account. Invite your team and receive up to 10GB for no charge.

Adobe Creative Cloud

Adobe CS6 is the last version of Creative Suite offered in the traditional sense. From this point forward, Adobe is selling Creative Suite via the Creative Cloud subscription model only. For those unfamiliar with a subscription-based software model, you purchase the right to use the software for a period of time and renew the lease regularly.

For CS3 and CS4 users, Creative Cloud is especially attractive since there is no upgrade path to CS6. But even for CS5 users, Creative Cloud includes the entire Master Collection, far more than Design and Web Premium. Creative Cloud for Teams adds the additional advantage of centralized management of users, a single subscription start/end date and cloud storage.

MacLab is offering Creative Cloud for Teams at a special discounted rate through August of $39.99/month per seat, a discount of $30/month. Purchase an entire year now and save a bundle.

Mini vs iMac

The Mac Mini is often overlooked as a desktop Mac but has advantages compared to an iMac, especially compared to the 21 inch model.

  1. RAM is upgradeable (21″ iMac is not)
  2. Easy to ship, easy to transport.
  3. Attach nearly any display.
  4. Available now (iMacs are often on backorder)
  5. Computer can be serviced separate from display and swapped with a spare.

The mini can be ordered with an SSD drive for speed or used with external drives. One of the main limitations is RAM, which is limited to 16GB. This makes it more of a direct comparison to the 21 inch iMac although in our opinion it’s a better buy because of the flexibility.

iMac RAM Not Upgradeable

Moving more and more towards the sealed unit, Apple has made the 21 inch iMac RAM unserviceable. It comes with a healthy (for now) 8GB but down the road if you want 16 (the max), the computer would have to have the screen and the logic board removed. Consider getting 16 GB of RAM to begin with or buying a Mac Mini instead, which still allows a quick and easy upgrade. The 27 inch iMac doesn’t have this limitation.

Mountain Lion Server Certified

We’re pleased to announce that our tech, Clay Lewis is one of the first few in the nation to become Apple Certified on Mountain Lion Server. MacLab is now certified in 10.8 and 10.8 server as well as holding Apple’s Mobility Technical Competency. The MTC designation is given by Apple to individuals within companies trained and knowledgeable on implementing managed iOS solutions. All MacLab techs are certified and members of the Apple Consultant’s Network.

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