This week saw Apple release OSX Mavericks, the latest version of the operating system for Mac computers. Mavericks comes with a whole load of new features which I’m not going to list here (they are well documented across many sites on The Internet).

What I am going to do is to tell you about three features of the operating system which I won’t be using (OK I may well use them from time to time but they won’t feature on my most-used-features list)

Finder Tabs

Finder is the Mac’s equivalent of Windows Explorer. It’s built into the operating system and is used for tasks such as creating, deleting, copying, moving and renaming files and folders.

In the past, if I wanted to copy or move files between drives or even two folders on the same drive, I’d press CMD + N to open a second Finder window.

In Mavericks, Apple have added Tabs to the Finder. Pressing CMD+T adds another tab to the top of the Finder window.

In the screenshot below there are three tabs. To move or copy a file between drives or folders, navigate to the source drive/folder in one tab and the destination drive/folder in another tab and drag the file from one tab to the other.

Finder Mavericks

Nice feature but I’m so used to using CMD+N and having multiple windows open that I expect I’ll continue to do so.

iCloud Keychain

iCloud Keychain is Apple’s password manager and it’s built into the operating system. It stores your website login usernames and passwords (encrypted) and credit card information “in The Cloud” and syncs them across your Macs and iOS devices so that you don’t have to keep entering this information whenever you return to a website.

I’ve been a long-time user of 1Password and although iCloud Keychain would appear to replicate some of the functionality of this application, there are several benefits of 1Password over iCloud Keychain.

iCloud Keychain only works in Safari. I primarily use Chrome on my Mac which integrates with 1Password using a browser extension

1Password can store much more than just website usernames and passwords and credit card information and it also has a built in password generator.

The 1Password app for iPad and iPhone is invaluable for me when I’m at work where I use Chrome (and occasionally IE) on Windows. I run the app and find the username and password for the website in question. The only downside is that I then have to manually type them in on the PC.

iBooks

I don’t read many books. The ones that I do read tend to be PDF’s or Kindle books and for this I use Acrobat Reader or the Kindle app. If I want to read a book on my iPad or iPhone again I use the Kindle app, Acrobat Reader or GoodReader.