OS X Mavericks

I recently upgraded my MacBook Pro to OS X Mavericks. Given that others are also doing this, I thought I would share my experiences after the upgrade. For the most part, everything is similar (with more enhancements). I believe Apple indicated more than 200 new features. I noticed that my system modifications remained. For example, I have a custom login screen which also indicates how to contact me in the event I leave the device somewhere. I also customized my dock to be more similar to the iOS groups of icons. Those changes remained and work fine.

The biggest issue is that Adobe Captivate 7 does not work. Period. There are several blog posts written about this issue. I am certain it will be fixed as soon as possible. So far, that is the only software I have found which does not work at all. Obviously, there were improvements to Keynote, Pages, and Numbers.

Update Nov. 3, 2013 – Another big issue is that VirtualBox will not work (if you have upgraded from a previous version of OS X). There is a work around. I have tried this approach and it does work. Apparently, there are some older files which cause conflicts with Mavericks and must be manually removed. I am successfully running Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2008 R2 using VirtualBox and Mavericks (now that I have applied the work around).

From a web development perspective, I have used the following applications successfully. I hope to expand on this list over time.

  • Dreamweaver CC (needed Java SE 6 to work properly). Once I installed that, all was fine. I suspect the Android Screencaster I have been using will no longer work (although I haven’t tried). I had an older version of Java because of that software. I will find another approach.
  • Photoshop CC
  • Flash CC
  • Muse
  • Brackets (latest sprint)
  • Coda 2

I am curious what others have experienced? Any problems? I look forward to your comments.

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