Preparing for Mavericks

Mavericks is the code name Apple has given to Mac OS X 10.9. Apple appear to have dropped the Mac section of the product name, but much like Tim Cook keeps referring to Mac as Macintosh, I will continue to prefer to include the Mac in Mac OS X.

A Golden Master (GM) copy of Mavericks has been distributed to developers. This allows us to test our products and to be prepared for any surprises or problems.

I can not talk about Mavericks because we are under a non-disclosure agreement. I can talk about our products and their readiness for Mac OS X 10.9, Mavericks.

Colourful moss around a tree stump, Highlands, Scotland

Colourful moss around a tree stump, Highlands, Scotland

General Upgrade Advice

As with all major Mac OS X upgrades, we recommend you do not rush to upgrade. If you use your Mac in a professional capacity or rely on your Mac working reliably, the best choice is to wait.

All major Mac OS X upgrades are highly likely to experience problems. This is the nature of shipping any large software product and Apple has no exception.

Ideally, wait until Mac OS X 10.9.1 is released. If you can not wait for the next minor upgrade, plan to wait a month and track reports from early adopting real users to see how they are coping. Be cautious that Mac OS X bugs affecting your workflow may only affect a few others and be missed by journalists who only dabble in the standard suite of software.

Test Rig

We have been testing our products on a fresh install of Mac OS X 10.9 on a real Mac.

For upgrade testing we are using a virtual Mac moving from Mac OS X 10.8 to 10.9. A virtual machine gives us good coverage of potential problems and the ability to replay changes as problems are found.

Mavericks Ready

Below is a table of products we have tested and any problems or notes. All tests were with the latest versions available.

Status Product Version Notes
Energy Saving
Fixed
Some Problems
Power Manager 4.1.5
  • Update: 5 November 2013, Power Manager 4.1.6 is now available and Mavericks savvy.
Works Power Manager Professional 4.1.5
  • Minor update with fixes in development for November
Works Power Manager Remote 1.1 Connects to Mavericks hosted Power Manager correctly.
Monitoring and Reporting
Works Activity Audit 1.1.2 -
Works Battery Report 1.1 -
Works Sleep Monitor 3.0.1 Tested computer wide and user specific monitoring.
Complimentary Tools
Works authbuddy 1.1 -
Works Battery Guardian 1.0 -
Works Energy Schedule 1.0 Needs a Apple Developer ID signature. Use Contextual Menu > Open to install.

Updates and Support

We will continue to test with Mac OS X 10.9 and all new development work will focus on this version of Mac OS X.

If any problems do arise, we will release updates as soon as possible. If we discover new problems, we will update this page.

If you encounter any problems upgrading or installing a DssW product, please let us know at support@dssw.co.uk. We are here to help and always interested to discover new edge cases or problems.

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