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OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Still Available From Apple.

Friday, November 23rd, 2012 | Author:

Mac users who are looking to legitimately upgrade from 10.5.x to 10.6 (and beyond, where applicable), should be happy to know that Snow Leopard is recently available again in the Apple Store.

It’ll cost you $20 for the disk, but then you can then upgrade to later OS versions, which are available only through the Mac App Store, which was introduced with 10.6.8. OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion will be easy to upgrade to, with a simple download-and-install. If you can only run OSX 10.7 Lion, though, you may have a little more difficulty.

Still, it’s nice to see Apple providing at least some sort of upgrade path for cautious-to-upgrade users.

Category: Apple News

Update on Software Update

Thursday, September 20th, 2012 | Author:

It turns out that Apple wasn’t content to simply release iOS 6 yesterday; Many OS X users were treated to updates as well. Granted, many of these updates added more interoperability with iOS 6, but each of these updates also addressed ongoing problems too, so you may want to update your Mac, even if you’re not planning on moving to iOS 6.

So, let’s take a look at what was updated.

  • iOS 6 – This was the biggie for the day. See yesterday’s article for more info.
  • OS X 10.8.2 – A bunch of little updates, including Facebook sharing integration, Power Nap support for the Late 2010 MacBook Air, and a number of iOS 6 interoperability options.
  • OS X 10.7.5 – Lion users got an actual “point” upgrade, too. The most notable upgrade here  is the addition of Apple’s Gatekeeper security feature.
  • Security Update 20012-004 – 10.6.x Users also got at least a little something; a general security update that covered updates for 10.7.5 and 10.8.2
  • Safari 6.0.1 – This adds some security measures to protect against maliciously-coded Web pages. It’s not a separate download; it’s currently only available when updating to 10.8.2 or 10.7.5
  • Aperture 3.4  - This adds Shared Photo Stream support, along with other functionality and performance updates.
  • iPhoto 9.4  - adds Share Photo Stream support, enhanced Facebook capabilities, new themes, and other improvements.
  • Xcode 4.5 – This added 10.8 and iOS 6 SDKs, as well as other workflow updates.
  • There are also a number of firmware updates. While there’s often a list of what this firmware addresses, there are often other “undocumented bonuses” to a firmware update, so you may want to upgrade anyway. You never know what kinds of extra performance benefits Apple may unofficially add, so if you’ve got one of these machines, it’s probably in your best interest to update:

And while you’re running software updates, if you’ve got Microsoft Office 2008 or 2011, you may want to hit their updater as well, as both versions just got bumped up a little. 2008 consists mostly of stability updates, while 2011 gets Retina graphics support, as well as several updates to Outlook.

Category: Apple News

Mountain Lion. Seems cool to me.

Monday, February 27th, 2012 | Author:

From my quick assessment perusing popular online forums, Apple’s announcement last Thursday of the next version of OS X, Mountain Lion, has struck a nerve with some people among the Mac faithful. If you’ve listened to the OWC Radio Podcast, you may know that I’m more the Lion fan in the group while my counterpart in the podcast, OWC Chris, is not so much a fan as you can read in his recent OWC blog post.

For me, I’ve really liked the Lion upgrade overall. Adobe said they wouldn’t support CS3, but lo and behold, CS3 works better for me in Lion than it ever did in Snow Leopard, all while being unsupported by Adobe. Go figure, but that’s more of an Adobe issue.

I use Lion at home on my family Macs and use Snow Leopard at work. I didn’t change the scrolling characteristic as I always try to walk a mile in the OS makers’ shoes before deciding if I don’t like something just because it’s different. So I kept Lion’s new scrolling feature, and I can easily switch from home use and work use even though they scroll different. Admittedly, I’m a heavy iPad user so that might have aided my learning curve a bit. Article Continues…

Category: Apple News

Teach your Mac New Things – Keep Your Software Up-To-Date.

Friday, December 9th, 2011 | Author:

Not everybody is running the “latest and greatest” versions of software. This is extra true when it’s something like Adobe Creative Suite, which can easily top a grand each time a new version comes out. While the extra features may be worth it to some (I absolutely love Photoshop CS5′s  ”Content Aware Fill”), it may not be as useful for others, and $1000+ is nothing to sneeze at.

Sometimes, though, all  you need is an incremental update to give you the features you need. OWC Customer Robert Scott wrote in to us to relay his story of just how true this is.

Robert was running Adobe Photoshop CS4 (11.0.0) under Tiger (OSX 10.4.11) on his 2007 Mac Pro. Unfortunately, Photoshop would disable OpenGL rendering with the stock nVidia GeForce 7300GT video card, which was unsupported. He replaced the GeForce with a refurbished Radeon X1900 XT (purchased from OWC), which allowed Photoshop to enable OpenGL rendering.

This worked great for several years until recently, when the Radeon started running extra hot, causing all sorts of striping on the screen, shutting down the displays at random, and causing hardware freezes.

Apparently, Robert had had enough, and he replaced the X1900 XT with the original GeForce, while preparing to pick up a Radeon HD 5770 to replace it. To his surprise, though, he found that OpenGL was still enabled. Apparently, either the latest version of Photoshop CS4 (11.0.2), the fact he’s now running OS X 10.6.8, or a combination of the two has now added support that was not there initially.

Now, everything is running great for Robert – OpenGL rendering with no striping, freezes or shutdowns – and it didn’t involve any extra expenses.

So what’s the lesson we’ve learned here? Keep up with your software updates for maximum compatibility and functionality; you may save yourself money down the line.

Category: Tech Tips

Lion Launches as Shuttle Gets Ready To Land.

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011 | Author:

While the last flight of the Space Shuttle rapidly approaches its finale, Apple’s latest iteration of OS X is ready to take flight. While we’re certainly sad to see the end of an era of space exploration, we can’t help but temper our sadness with the excitement over the release of a new OS.

After over a month of anticipation, preparation and a little bit of exasperation, OS X 10.7 Lion was released to the general public earlier today! While you can rest assured that your OWC and NewerTech storage solutions are ready to work with the new OS, you’ll want to make sure the rest of your system is prepared, too.

Here’s what you’ll need in order to install and run Mac OS X 10.7 Lion. Article Continues…

Category: Tech Tips