Adobe Ends CS 3,4 Upgrades

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.

iMac Availability

New iMacs have been missing in action for awhile now. The 21 inch models should be out soon, but the 27 inch iMacs are still going to be a long way away. We’re in the midst of an iMac shortage. If you need a desktop Mac, you have a few choices. Mac Pro (my fav), Mac Mini, or going with a reconditioned Mac. Apple’s reconditioned Macs look like new and you might also be able to find an iMac. As of this writing, there are some 27 inch models—grab while you can. Use the link below to explore Apple’s deals on refurbs. You can buy Applecare on refurbs for full warranty.

Apple Certified Refurbished Products

Mail + Backup = 10% OFF

Once again, we’re offering a big discount when you combine our most popular hosting services, Kerio Connect (email, contacts, scheduling) and MacLab’s backup service using CrashPlan PROe. Get both services and receive a 10% discount off the (already low) price of backup, including storage. Get as much storage or enroll as many workstations as you want. So if you’re in the market for either one, save by going with this combination. There are a few nitty gritty details, so contact us to ask.

Tips for Buying Used

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…

Maintenance 101: Safe Boot

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:

Mountain Lion Released

Yesterday Apple released Mac OS 10.8, Mountain Lion. The upgrade is available from the App Store (and only from the App Store) for $19.99. Mac OS 10.7 (Lion) is no longer available, which could lead to complications for Macs that cannot run Mountain Lion (see previous post for list of compatible Macs). Should you upgrade? Well, I would give it a little bit if possible. We usually recommend at least a small wait period before applying a major upgrade. If you’d like to move to Mountain Lion now or in the near future, MacLab would be glad to assist and make sure your Mac is ready.

Mountain Lion new features.

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