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by Max Spiller last modified Feb 21, 2012 01:47 PM

Mountain Lion Jumping

Mac OS X 10.8 called Mountain Lion is coming late this summer

Go to our Mountain Lion Page to get your questions answered


Quicken won't run on Lion!

Quicken for Lion: Why Does Intuit Hate Mac Users?

Intuit, the company behind Quicken and QuickBooks, has astonishingly decided to turn it back on Apple’s users more than ever before. Last I heard, Intuit was down to only three employees who work on the Mac product line.

Read the full story here.

Mac OS X 10.7 codenamed Lion is now released

Mac OSX Lion

This is a major Mac OS X release. I recommend all my clients consider upgrading before the end of the year. But, a little caution and research will help avoid any problems.  First, check the Lion requirements for your hardware. Second, check to make sure the software apps you use are ready for Lion.  Some app developers may not certify their software for Lion for a few months.

WARNING: Go to HERE before upgrading to Lion

When should I upgrade to Lion?

Rarely does Apple release software with any issues, and no issues are expected; none the less, we suggest waiting until the first round of software updates arrive before upgrading. That will happen in the first 30 days after introduction.  In addition, you should look closely at the install requirements for Lion to make sure your Mac will run Lion. To install you must have Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6.8) loaded on your Mac. To avoid other upgrade snags make sure your Mac apps are ready for Mac OS X Lion.  Often, app developers don't get their apps ready until a month or so after the introduction of a major new Mac OS X roll out. This is especially true for older software apps running on your Mac. Be diligent and check those small apps you use a lot. Back when Snow Leopard was introduced support for AppleTalk was dropped.  This impacted a lot of Mac users still using old printers that required this networking software. I was one of them. The only solution was to devote a older Mac to be print server or get a new faster and often better printer. Go to the Lion Page to learn everything you need to know about Mac OS X Lion.

Mac OS X Lion Drops Rosetta Support for PowerPC Apps

This is mostly a reminder, but Mac OS X Lion does not include support for PowerPC applications ran through Rosetta. This is important for users who continue to rely on old PPC apps, and this could sway some users decision on whether or not to upgrade to Lion come the public release next month.

Admittedly, the Rosetta-dependent group is probably fairly small in comparison to the wider Mac OS X user base. Rosetta apps are at least 5 years old, which is when Apple made the hardware switch from PPC to Intel CPU’s.
Read more HERE.

MacMini 2011

New Mac Minis add Thunderbolt, lose optical drive

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Your Mac’s secret simple built-in personal organizer is free

"Forget all the personal organization apps that complicate your life. Go simple. Your Mac already has a wonderfully effective organizing tool. Stick this empowerment app on your Mac and get simple and productive," Ron McElfresh writes for Mac360.
Stickies Screen Capture
McElfresh continues, "It’s Stickies. Apple’s version of the still popular Post-it Notes. Stickies is already on your Mac and you already know how to use it. Just add Switchies and your organizing power increases ten fold (give or take an order). Think of what happens when Stickies gets a super power... Switchies gives you multiple categories of Stickies. It’s like having Stickies multiplied but according to your need for different sets. Create a set for business, a set for home, a set for personal items."
Read more in the full article here.

Five secrets of Open and Save dialog boxes

Here's how to work more efficiently when opening or saving files and documents

It’s easy to never go beyond the basics of Open and Save dialog boxes, despite their being perhaps the most-used feature of the Mac interface. Instead of simply working with the basics, make these dialog boxes work for you. (The last two tips here are Snow Leopard-only.)

Go Here to learn more.

 

 

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