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Mavericks for Designers?

Graphic Designers considering upgrading to OS 10.9 Mavericks might want to hold off for at least a little bit. Here is the compatibility status of a few major players.

Adobe Creative Suite/Creative Cloud: “No major issues.” Adobe statement here.

Extensis Suitcase: Update coming for Suitcase Fusion 5 soon.
Update: Suitcase Fusion 5 version 16.0.4 includes OS X Mavericks compatibility.

QuarkXPress: 10.01 coming shortly. 9 may have an update end of Nov.
Update: QuarkXPress 10.01 has been released with Mavericks compatibility.

Summary: Give it a little time. Proceed with caution!

Mac Pro Availability

The Mac Pros as we know them are no longer available, being replaced some time in December by the new black cylindrical high end models. In the meantime if you’d like to grab a standard Mac Pro before they’re all gone, go with Apple Certified refurbished. We’ve had excellent experiences with the refurbished Macs from Apple. Please use our affiliate link since it returns a few dollars to MacLab for the recommendation. You’ll find deals on iMacs, MacBooks Pros, Minis and more.

Apple Certified Refurbished Products and limited-time offers

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.

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