If you need to hold on to your old Mac Pro a little longer, get this ATI Radeon 5770 video card from Apple. Although technically supported in 2010 Mac Pros and newer, we’ve put these in 2006-2008 Mac Pros for a nice boost! Watch Photoshop open images many times faster and web sites scroll quicker. Well worth the money. Install it yourself or have MacLab install it for you.
Here’s a great tool for your office or even your home and you can keep this all in your private cloud, which means monthly fees are dirt cheap and data never leaves your controlled environment. It’s a wild and wooly world out there—keep it in house! Kerio Workspace can sync files across multiple users and has a great web interface where you can even create content. There’s version tracking, commenting, and much more. Workspace is not just about files, it’s a group project tool with elements of social networking.
Adobe will shut the door for users of Creative Suite 3 and 4 on December 31st. Upgrade pricing to Creative Suite CS6 will no longer be available for these versions. If you or your office is planning on moving to Creative Suite 6 from CS3 or CS4, purchase now! Waiting until January 1 could cost thousands. Here’s an example.
Before Jan 1: Upgrade to CS6 Design and Web Premium $949
After Jan 1: CS6 Design and Web Premium $1899
MacLab is an authorized Adobe reseller. Please let us know if we can help you upgrade before the deadline.
Here are a few quick points that will help cover your bases when purchasing a used or refurbished Mac laptop.
- Select “About this Mac” from the Apple menu, then click “More Info.” Check under “Power” to see the battery health. Make sure the condition says “Good” or “Normal.”
- Pivot the the screen. Do the hinges appear firm? The display should not flicker or show horizontal lines while being moved. Continue Reading…
Here’s the easiest and quickest thing you can do to keep your Mac in shape. This single thing will keep you up and running and prevent meltdowns. It requires 5 to 10 minutes max and I recommend you do it monthly.
Restart your Mac. Immediately hold down the shift key. Continue holding it until you get to the login screen. Once you do, release the shift key and click the “Restart” button.
You’ve just run disk directory repairs on your drive, which is the single most important maintenance item you can do to your Mac.
Starting with the shift key down puts the Mac into “Safe Boot” which can also be used to disable all but the critical software extensions in order to troubleshoot a problem.
Apple’s technical explanation of Safe Boot: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1564
Workspace now has a “Starter Edition” that is free to use forever. The limitation is 10GB of storage, but otherwise full-featured. This is a great way to try this collaboration tool in your office. What can you use Kerio Workspace for? For starters, an Intranet, version control for any jobs you work on as a group, a replacement for emailing attachments round and around, and much more. Let us know if you’d like us to set this up for you. All you need is a Mac Mini or an existing server. MacLab is an authorized Kerio partner.