Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite

 

Help shape OS X Yosemite.

Sign up for the Beta Program.

Join the OS X Beta Program and help make the next release of OS X the best yet. Install the latest pre-release software, try it out, and submit your feedback. The program is limited to the first one million people who sign up, so join today.

Already an OS X Beta Program member? Sign In


What is the OS X Beta Program?

OS X Yosemite will be available this fall. The OS X Beta Program lets you take part in shaping it by test-driving pre-release versions and letting us know what you think. Your comments will help us make OS X better for all Mac users. Sign up today, and the beta software will be available for you to install soon.

How can I participate?

To join the OS X Beta Program, just sign up using your Apple ID. When the beta software is ready, you’ll receive a redemption code that will allow you to download and install OS X Yosemite Beta from the Mac App Store. Then go ahead and start using it. When you come across an issue that needs addressing, report it directly to Apple with the built-in Feedback Assistant application.

What else do I need to know about using OS X Yosemite Beta?

Be sure that your Mac is running OS X Mavericks. If you don’t have OS X Mavericks, you can download it free from the Mac App Store. We recommend installing OS X Yosemite Beta on a secondary Mac, since it may contain errors or inaccuracies.

Please be sure to backup your Mac using Time Machine before you install the beta.

Since the beta software is unfinished, some new features will not be available, such as phone calls, SMS, Handoff, Instant Hotspot, and iCloud Drive. Spotlight suggestions are U.S.-based only. Some applications and services may not work properly with the beta software. If you are using iCloud Documents on Mavericks and you are also a member of the iOS Developer program, your documents will not sync across your other Macs and iOS devices.


Program

What is the OS X Beta Program?

The OS X Beta Program allows users to try out pre-release versions of OS X. Help Make OS X even better by letting Apple know of any quality and usability issues you encounter. Please note that since pre-release software or beta software has not yet been commercially-released by Apple, it may contain errors or inaccuracies and may not function as well as commercially-released software. Be sure to back up your computer using Time Machine before installing this pre-release software and install it only on non-production or business critical machines.

Who can participate?

The OS X Beta Program is open to anyone with a valid Apple ID who accepts the OS X Beta Program Agreement during the sign-up process.

Do I have to pay a fee to join the program or pay for software?

No. Both the program and software are free.

What kind of compensation do I receive for testing?

This program is voluntary. There is no compensation for your participation.

What’s the difference between this program and the Mac Developer Program?

The OS X Beta Program is a program to collect feedback about pre-release software. The Mac Developer Program is a program for developers to test and build applications for OS X. There is no guarantee that participants in the OS X Beta Program will be given access to the same updates of OS X that the Mac Developer Program receives. If you are a developer writing an app for OS X, you will benefit from the additional resources available through the Mac Developer Program.

Is the pre-release software I am installing confidential?

Yes, the pre-release software is Apple confidential information. For example, don’t install the pre-release Apple software on any systems you don’t directly control or that you share with others, don’t blog, post screen shots, tweet or publicly post information about the pre-release Apple software, and don’t discuss the pre-release Apple software with or demonstrate it to others who are not in the OS X Beta Program. For clarity, if Apple has publicly disclosed technical information about the pre-release software then it is no longer considered confidential.
Read Terms for full details

Support and Feedback

Will installing the pre-release software from the OS X Beta Program void my hardware warranty?

No, installing the beta software does not void your hardware warranty.

What if I have problems running the pre-release software?

Always back up your computer before installing pre-release software. If you need help returning your Mac to a shipping version of OS X and restoring from your Time Machine back up, you can call AppleCare to speak to a support specialist, or reference online documentation. If you wish to return to a shipping version of OS X, we recommended that you wait until the final version of OS X Yosemite is available. OS X Yosemite is coming this Fall, and it will be a free upgrade that you can install over your current installation. If you must remove the beta software from your computer, you will need to erase, install, and restore the Time Machine backup of Mavericks that you created before you installed the OS X Yosemite Beta. Any changes to your files and documents since you installed the OS X Yosemite Beta will not be preserved when restoring your Mavericks backup, so be sure to copy any new or changed files before you begin restoring from your Mavericks backup.
Learn more about how to erase and install OS X
Learn more about restoring from a Time Machine backup

How do I provide feedback to Apple on the Beta software?

Once you have installed pre-release software on your Mac, you can report issues to Apple using the Feedback Assistant, which will be located in your Dock.

How do I leave the OS X Beta Program?

To leave the program, visit the Leave Program page and follow the instructions to remove your Apple ID from the OS X Beta Program. If you wish to return to a shipping version of OS X, we recommended that you wait until the final version of OS X Yosemite is available. OS X Yosemite is coming this Fall, and it will be a free upgrade that you can install over your current installation. If you must remove the beta software from your computer, you will need to erase, install, and restore the Time Machine backup of Mavericks that you created before you installed the OS X Yosemite Beta. Any changes to your files and documents since you installed the OS X Yosemite Beta will not be preserved when restoring your Mavericks backup, so be sure to copy any new or changed files before you begin restoring from your Mavericks backup.

Sign In

How do I sign in?

You will need to have an Apple ID to register and sign up for the OS X Beta Program. If you do not have an Apple ID, you can create one now.

What is an Apple ID?

An Apple ID is your user name for everything you do with Apple: shop the iTunes Store, enable iCloud on all your devices, buy from the Apple Online Store, make a reservation at an Apple Retail Store, access the Apple Support website, and more. You can find out more and information and may keep your contact information up-to-date by visiting https://appleid.apple.com.

How do I change my Apple ID password or contact information?

This information is managed by you at https://appleid.apple.com.

How do I make sure that the OS X Beta Program is aware of my contact information changes at appleid.apple.com?

The OS X Beta Program uses the contact information you associate with your Apple ID. You may keep your contact information up-to-date by visiting https://appleid.apple.com.

 

Mac Browsers

Fake

http://fakeapp.com/

This is a web browser from the developers behind Fluid. Fake is a new web browser that makes web automation simple. All you need is a simple dragging and dropping action onto a provided graphical workflow. For those who don’t know what web automation is, it is basically what you can call an automator to kickstart your Web surfing or browsing experience. This is actually an invaluable tool for web designers and developers because it makes their work quicker and easier.

 

Flock

http://flock.com

Flock is a social word browser. It has undergone major changes, it now uses Chromium rather than Mozilla unlike before. But it still has integrations with popular websites including Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Digg, and many more using its signature ‘Flock sidebar’ as well as an instant one click sharing. They still have basically the same features and only the look has changed. With the recent improvements, it now it looks a lot more beautiful.

Opera

http://www.opera.com/

This is one of the well-known web browsers that is most of the time overlooked. This browser offers a wealth of features that sets it apart from the other browsers, namely mouse gestures and ‘speed dial’, allowing you to access your favorite web pages instantly with one click from your main window. Opera also supports visual enhancements like visual tabs and content blocking. The Opera browser also boasts its ‘Opera Turbo’ feature which makes its operations really fast.

 

Stainless

http://www.stainlessapp.com

This browser actually just started out as a technology demo to showcase its multi-processing architecture in response to Google Chrome. Since then, it has grown to a fully-fledged web browser. Stainless works fast, which is something many users love about it. It features a dual purpose address and search bar which makes search and navigation a breeze. It also has virtual bookmarks shelf where you can easily drag and drop your favorite website for easy access. It also has a killer feature. Using Google Chrome, you will be able to browse a site even with different credentials at the same time, done in separate tabs.

 

Camino

http://caminobrowser.org/

Camino is a browser that was built on Mozilla’s Gecko rendering engine, and with its recent update to version 2.0, it has gained loads of new features, including Annoyance Blocking, phishing and malware protection, blocking pop-ups and others on demand. Even the interface gained new cool features called ‘Tab Overview’ allowing you to see all your open tabs visually at a glance.

 

Firefox

http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/

You can visit your favorite sites quickly and do so without a fuss, even if you don’t remember the URL and just remember a keyword. When you type your term in the location bar and the autocomplete function will do the rest. It will refer to possible matches from your browsing history, opened tabs, or bookmarked websites. Tabs are just above the location bar to make it easier to focus on the contents of the sites you visit and all the menu items are now found in a single button.

 

Chrome

https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/

You might think, what could be the best browser for Mac than Chrome. Find out when you reach number1 of our top 10 best Mac web browsers. This browser is not only available for windows, but also to Mac. Chrome boasts top-notch browsing speed all done securely. It also features sync capabilities that allow you to access browsers from different computers.

 

Cruz

http://www.Macupdate.com/app/Mac/30683/cruz

This browser is also from the developers of the popular app Fluid. Cruz is a beautiful browser that integrates well with the web. It allows you to browse your timeline while you browse other sites in a split panel. You can also browse sites like Digg and WordPress like that of a Cover Flow. It features a full-screen mode as well as a complete session restore that users have found very useful for their browsing experience.

 

OmniWeb

http://www.Macupdate.com/app/Mac/5166/omniweb

This browser has an intuitive interface that makes it a smart and beautifully designed browser at the same time. OmniWeb incorporates visual tabs which basically allow you to view all your tabs in a single glance. This site also allows you to make ‘workspaces’ which is a convenient feature to use for all your different browsing tasks, it also saves information like which web pages you have in your open tabs, your history, and even the location of the web windows in your screen that makes it easier for you to pick up where you last left off. This browser also supports advanced preferences for ad-blocking and handles all your RSS news feeds.

 

Safari

http://www.apple.com/safari/

You have finally reached the number1 spot in the top 10 best Mac web browsers. You don’t have to be surprised; it is of course the best browser for a Mac. The advanced features in Safari make it better to surf the web using your Mac. Safari boasts that it searches even smarter so you’ll find web pages quicker. With improved performance in this popular Mac browser, web pages are now able to load faster. It has a Nitro JavaScript engine which takes advantage of the multiple processors present on your Mac to help speed up browsing and create fewer lags. It also has improved features such as hardware acceleration, 2D capabilities and smoother scrolling, even if your Mac PC or laptop is processing new content on another webpage or doing another completely different function.

 

Speed up your Dashboard

Every widget creates a cache file. In theory, these cache files are meant to speed up Dashboard performance. But, the cache files can get bloated or corrupted, resulting in the exact opposite effect. If your Dashboard seems to be running unusually slow, you may want to try clearing those caches.

Go to:

YourUserFolder/Library/Caches/DashboardClient

You’ll find a cryptic set of folders with no names, just numbers. Delete everything inside the “DashboardClient” folder.

In order to complete the process, you need to restart the Dock (it controls Dashboard). You can do this in two ways:

Type in the Terminal:

killall Dock

This will quit and restart the Dock.
Open the Activity Monitor application (in your Utilities folder). Type “dock” in the search field. Once you find it, select it and hit the “Quit Process” button. The Dock will quit and restart.
That’s it. You’ve successfully cleared the cache files for your widgets. For me, this resulted in a significant performance boost. Dashboard is actually usable again.

Note: If you run several widgets, it will probably take several seconds for Dashboard to display the info in each widget the first time it’s activated after clearing the caches. Dashboard needs to rebuild the cache for each widget. Don’t be alarmed when they initially come up blank.

It should also be noted that the caches do NOT hold the actual data in the widgets. So, if you’re running widgets like, Mint, iClip lite, or Daily Grind Timer, the data will NOT be lost by clearing the cache.


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