There isn’t one thing that jumps out with Apple’s new Mac operating system, known as Mavericks, and that’s a good thing. Mavericks has plenty of modest refinements that add up to a system well worth the upgrade, especially because it’s free.
Many years ago, Web surfing changed dramatically when the Opera browser offered a way to open multiple Web pages in tabs instead of separate windows that clutter the computer desktop. Most browsers soon followed.
That concept now comes to file management as part of Mavericks, which Apple released Tuesday for new Macs and older ones running Snow Leopard, Lion or Mountain Lion. You can now use tabs rather than separate windows for various folders, disks and networked servers.
The change may seem cosmetic, but it saves time. As I opened a file here and move a file there in previous versions of the Mac OS, I could easily have a half-dozen or more windows open. If I closed them, I’d have to go through the trouble of finding those folders and drives again later. Instead, I resigned to the clutter and the inefficiencies that came with it.
Tabs mean I no longer have to accept that clutter. All the tabs are neatly organised at the top of a single window. I can access files and move them around more easily.
I’ve been trying to go paperless by scanning or requesting bills and receipts electronically, but they’ve been scattered in folders.
The problem is that an individual file might belong in a number of folders. A receipt for a museum membership might go under ‘receipts,’ ‘museum,’ ‘charity,’ ‘taxes’ or in a folder for the credit card I used. With tags, I can label the file with all five and find it more easily come tax time.