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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

How to Archive Email

Archiving is important if you use IMAP email (most of us do) to prevent email storage from reaching its limit. If it fills up, you’ll stop receiving mail.

Here’s how to archive email by year, using Apple Mail. This will pull mail from your provider and copy it to your computer in an archive folder. Doing so will allow you to view it on this Mac only and not multiple devices, so archive outdated email only.

Create a Mailbox for the Archived Mail

Select “New Mailbox…” from the Mailbox menu. Set the Location to “On My Mac” and give it a name. For this example, we’ll call it “2012 Archive.” Click “OK.”

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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.

New Life for an Old Mac Pro

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.

Kerio Workspace vs Dropbox

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.

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