Apple OS X 10.9 Mavericks


Finding your data is after you’ve saved it has always been a challenge. Apple does make it a bit easier when it comes to accessing your data using the apps they and other 3rd party developers provide. In order to help resolve this issue, Apple created a tag motif for its file system.

Tags allow you to organize and find your files, including documents stored in iCloud. Simply tag the files you want to organize with a keyword, like “Soft32_Reviews.” When you want to find those files, just click Soft32_Reviews in the Finder sidebar or enter the term in the search field.

You can tag a file as many times as you need. Those files don’t have to be the same type or saved in the same location. You can tag different file types in as many different locations and libraries as you need. Finder will locate all files with the same tags and display them for you.


It’s easy to add a tag when you save a new document. However, adding tags when updating an existing document, created, say, in Mountain Lion, or on another PC and synched to your Mac with Dropbox, Google Drive, or other sync service, may take a bit of getting used to. You’re going to have to remember to add the tags to your existing documents. The fields for adding them to already existing documents aren’t as prominent as you might think.

Advanced Technologies

Here’s where the rubber meets the road as far as updates and improvements go. There’s a lot in this section for you to be excited about, so take special note. Much of what makes Mavericks, Mavericks can be found here. The technology employed in Mavericks can save you just over 1/3 of your battery life or use 1/3 less power on your desktop. When you’re out and about with your Mac laptop or at home with your desktop that translates into a lot more computing power and time. All of the other stuff in OS X 10.9 Mavericks can be seen as fluff compared to what you’ll find here.

Timer Coalescing

I’m always one for organization; and now the Mavericks kernel is too. The OS features Timer Coalescence which groups low-level operations together. This creates periods of idle time that allow your CPU to enter a low-power state more often. With Timer Coalescence, your CPU can reduce its activity by up to 72%. Your Mac’s CPU uses less energy, and your battery life grows. Timer Coalescence goes on in the background, and is totally user transparent. You have no idea that anything is happening other than your battery lasting longer than it did under Lion and Mountain Lion.

App Nap

Saving power is what OS X Mavericks is all about. In Mavericks, you can save power used by apps that have been minimized, have been pushed to the background or are no longer active via App Nap. App Nap saves power by dialing down CPU primacy from inactive apps to active ones. Background apps that play music, are downloading files, checking mail, etc. aren’t necessarily effected. As soon as an app you’re running needs power, Mavericks provides it. Again, this is completely user transparent; and can reduce CPU usage by up to 23%

Safari Power Saver

At every turn and every use opportunity, Mavericks tries to save power on your Mac, whether desktop or laptop. One of the most often performed activities on any computer is web browsing. In order to try to help save power while web surfing, Safari has new power saving technology built into its core.

Safari Power Saver recognizes the difference between objects you want to view and those you don’t. If the content is the major subject of the web page you’re viewing, then that content is activated. If not, you’ll have to activate it manually. This way, you don’t burn CPU cycles or battery power on content you don’t want to see. With Safari Power Saver, you can save up to 35% of your battery life.

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