In this issue: We've moved (again); New iPads, laptops, iLife, iWork, etc.; Privacy & Security; Tip O' the Day
October 2013 MSS Newsletter

We've moved (again)

After 10 years in a home office, MacAtoZ moved into a new space in South Salem in August 2012. Although we enjoyed our year there, the space was far too large for the company—we literally had rooms that were unused—so we've moved again. MacAtoZ is now located at 626 High Street NE in the Chemeketa Center for Business & Industry (CCBI). Although our office space is smaller, the CCBI itself is environmentally friendly (LEED Silver certified), secured (locked with card key-only access after hours), and professional (as it hosts a variety of other small businesses). We have a conference room for meeting with clients and hope to conduct classes onsite early next year.

Our mailing address will change to:

3218 Lorian Lane SE
Salem, OR 97302-3226

That's a different address than our physical office location; it's simply an easier place logistically to receive mail. 

Our tenancy at CCBI includes membership in Chemeketa's EDGE Business Accelerator/Incubator program. Our hope is that this program will help expand MacAtoZ so that we can provide more effective Apple technology services to you. We remain dedicated to serving our clients to the best of our ability, and we're hopeful that these moves will enhance and strength our ability to meet that commitment.  

New iPads, laptops, iLife, iWork, etc.

Wow, did Apple ever announce a lot of stuff yesterday. Let's try to make some sense of all the new stuff:
  • MacBook Pros: Both 13" and 15" Retina display MacBook Pros. Starting at $1299 and $1999 respectively. That's lower pricing with dramatically improved battery life, processor speed, and more. Either would have a decent claim as the best laptop Apple's ever made. 
  • OS X 10.9 "Mavericks": All kinds of new feature goodness and available for FREE! That's a price that can't be beat, but we strongly recommend you wait before installing. Let someone else be the beta tester. There are always bugs in major new operating systems, and however wonderful Mavericks is, it's bug-laden too. We expect to be recommending Mavericks for the average user in 2-3 months. 
  • iOS 7.03: Speaking of software bug-fix updates, 7.03 is now available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. If you've done the iOS 7 update, you should absolutely do this update. If you've delayed updating to iOS 7, the ".03" update is typically a reasonable starting point. We've run iOS 7 on iPhone 4, 4S, 5, and 5S; and on iPad 2, 3, 4, and mini. It's a bit slow on the iPhone 4, iPad 2, and iPad mini, but, subjectively speaking, not unacceptably slow. For all other eligible devices, it's been great. 
  • iWork: What look to be fantastic new versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote for both Mac and iOS. If these are "mission critical" applications for you, our general advice is to not update at this time. Let others beta test things for at least a few weeks, so how things go, then jump in. 
  • iLife: iPhoto, GarageBand, and iMovie were all updated. Again, we recommend against updating right away if these are "mission critical" applications for you. Otherwise, feel free to give them a spin. With iPhoto in particular, we would be hesitant to upgrade immediately. iPhoto is, at its heart, one big picture database, and you want to be certain that works well before upgrading if your images are important to you.
  • iPad Air: If you want a full-size, 9.7" iPad, this is the best one Apple's ever made. It's blazingly fast with the same great battery life and it weighs only a pound. 
  • iPad mini with Retina: Perhaps the surprise of the day. Who thought we'd get an iPad mini with awesome Retina display and the new super fast A7 chip? Potential iPad shoppers should do a hands on comparison between the iPad and iPad mini with Retina. If the smaller screen is OK—with Retina it will look glorious, but is it big enough?—the mini will be the iPad to get because of its wonderfully portable size. 
  • MacPro: The cylindrical MacPro powerhouse was finally given a price: $2999. That's a professional price for a professional computer. Should be great for video editors, photographers, etc. Not really a machine "for the rest of us," but really lovely design work nonetheless. 
All in all, a massive set of hardware and software updates from Apple, and lots to love!

Privacy & Security

The brilliant password manager 1Password has been upgraded to version 4 on the Mac. For a limited time, it is available for 20% (meaning $39.99). We have made no secret of our love of 1Password and version 4, adds wi-fi syncing, multiple and shared vaults, and a very useful security audit feature. If you need convincing on why 1Password is fantastic generally, we can't say it any better than the developer, so here's a link to their 1Password page

Our experience with 1Password has been that it is easy to use but less easy to setup. In other words, once you've got it going, it's great, but getting it started can be a challenge. Should you require assistance getting 1Password set up, we'd be delighted to help. A one-hour onsite consultation is typical, and thereafter you'll have strong, uncrackable passwords for your web site logins—and you won't have to remember any of them, just your "1Password."

Click here to buy 1Password 4 through our affiliate link with the iTunes Mac App Store.


Tip o' the Day

Sometimes you want to capture an image on your screen. The easiest way is the keyboard shortcut Command + Shift + 3 which will snap a full screen picture and put it on your desktop. It'll even make a camera click sound while doing it. If you need more control—maybe you don't want the full screen, only a portion—the program to use is Apple's free Grab. Grab is located in Applications > Utilities and will allow you to capture fullscreen, window or selections. 

If you're using an iPad or iPhone, you can get a full screen shot by pressing the Home button and the Power button simultaneously. The screen will flash white, and you'll find the shot in your Camera Roll. 

If you need assistance with this or any other Apple-related technology, please call MacAtoZ at 503-507-0410. We'd be thrilled to help. 
Apple Consultants Network
MacAtoZ LLC provides technical support, upgrade, installation, networking, training and tutoring, web design and hosting, and remote support services for Apple products like Macintosh computers, iPhones, iPods, and iPads. Ty Davison, our senior technician, is the only Apple-certified, Apple Consultants Network member in Oregon's mid-Willamette Valley.

MacAtoZ also provides Social Networking consulting services, providing help to individuals and small businesses with FaceBook, Twitter, Tumblr, and more. 

MacAtoZ has been providing computer services for clients in the Salem area since 2006 (and since 1999 as Our technicians are certified by Apple and carry $1 million in business liability insurance. We frequently present and are well-known at the Salem Macintosh Users Group (SMUG). You can count on us.

At $96 an hour, MacAtoZ offers one of the lowest certified on-site rates in Oregon. Our innovative remote support program, the MacAtoZ Service Suite (MSS), also provides a wide-range of remote support features at incredibly low-prices.

If you're looking to save money on Apple and Apple-related products, check out our MacAtoZ Online Store. (If you're looking for computer memory, we sell that directly.)


Quick Links

MacAtoZ LLC: The main company web site. You can find information about products and services as well as advice here. 

MacAtoZ Online Store: Get recommendations on various Apple-related products. Ordering and order fulfillment by Amazon. 

MacAtoZ Support: Download the latest version of Mac HelpMate here.

Salem Mac Users Group: Salem, Oregon-area Macintosh and Apple gear enthusiasts. Meets monthly. Visitors welcome!

Apple Consultants Network: If you need help, entrust your computer and your data to professionals. 
Click through to Apple's Mac App Store. Use these links and buy anything—not just Mountain Lion—and we get a small commission.
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