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OS X 10.9.4 fixes reader's file sharing problems

Jason Harrison reports that the recent OS X 10.9.4 update has fixed his organization's SMB file sharing problems with Mac Mavericks clients and OS X Server. He writes: Mac OS X 10.9.4 has fixed file-sharing issues. We work with a handful of sites that primarily…


VirtualBox maintenance update posted

Oracle has released VirtualBox 4.3.14, a maintenance update to the free virtualization software for running Windows and other guest operating systems on Macs, Linux, Unix, and Windows. The update fixes a number of minor bugs, "improve stability and fix regressions," and adds support of Blu-Ray devices on OS X hosts.

Paragon offers free HFS+ for Windows 8

Paragon Software Group has released a new Paragon HFS+ for Windows 8/8.1 Free Edition, a driver that enables Windows to read and write to Mac-formatted drive storage. The software adds support for HFS+ and HFSX partitions to Windows, and is compatible with Apple's Boot Camp drivers for users running…


Reader says Mavericks 10.9.3 still has ACL issues in AD

Nick Kustreba writes that the Mavericks 10.9.3 update did not fix his problems with ACL permissions on an Active Directory network domain. (Although Apple said that the update "Improves reliability of copying, editing and inspecting permissions of files on an SMB file server," other readers have…

Stellar Mail Converter for email migration

Stellar Information Technology has released Stellar Mail Converter for Mac, a new OS X utility for converting email messages between Apple, Outlook, and other formats. The utility supports Mail, Outlook 2011, Thunderbird, Postbox and mail programs that use MBOX, EMLX, or OLM files. Stellar Mail…



Parallels fixes Tools bug in OS X Guests, Yosemite hosts

Parallels has issued an update to Desktop that fixes a number of bugs, including the incompatibility with Parallels Tools in OS X Mavericks guests that caused virtual machines with Mavericks to boot into a black screen. Parallels Desktop Build 9.0.24237 fixes the problem, which occurred with OS X…

CrossOver 13.2 improves Windows apps with Enhanced Graphics on Macs

CodeWeavers has released CrossOver 13.2.0, a maintenance update to software that enables Windows applications to run directly in OS X and in Linux. The update improves the stability of Windows games running with Performance Enhanced Graphics and fixes bugs related to installing Adobe Acrobat 10 and…


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Corrupting access rights on Mavericks home folders on Windows Server

Sébastien Andaloro in Switzerland reports that his Macs running Mavericks have permissions for Windows Server-based home folders corrupted. The issue sounds similar to previous reports of Mavericks breaking ACL permissions for shares on servers. Andaloro writes: I'm deploying some Mac Book Pro's and…

Video shows InDesign OS X file bugs not limited to servers

Dan Ball responded to our article on workarounds for InDesign files corrupting on file servers. He blames Adobe CS6 for the problems, which he says occur on local files, not just with files located on servers, and made a video to show it. He also says the problem is not limited to Mavericks. Ball reports…

Another report of Windows deduplication and Mavericks file share woes

Shaun Titus has confirmed previous reports of the Windows Server Deduplication feature causing Mavericks SMB problems. His workaround is to have the Macs connect to the file server using SMB 1 (CIFS) instead of the newer SMB 2, but that adds other problems. Titus reports…


InDesign suggestions for Mavericks: turn off App Nap, adjust permissions

We have more reports about how people are dealing with InDesign file corrupting problems with Mavericks and file servers. Suggestions include turning off App Nap, changing or repairing permissions, using CIFS instead of SMB, and using AFP instead of SMB. One reader said the problems occur with Adobe…

Parallels Access 2 ported to iPhone and Android, adds features, drops price

Parallels has released Parallels Access 2.0, the software that enables iPad users to run Windows or OS X applications and files, including Microsoft Office, remotely on their handheld devices. The new version adds support for iPhones running iOS 7 and phones and tablets running Android 4 and later.…

Reader confirms connection of Windows Server Deduplication and Mavericks SMB problem

Geoff Kendal reports that he is also seeing the Deduplication on Windows Server triggering the Mavericks SMB file sharing problems. And while forcing the use of the CIFS file sharing protocol instead of SMB helped the previous reader, it doesn't help in Kendal's case.…

Screen sharing workaround for Parallels black screen bug with Mavericks VMs

Two readers have confirmed the Parallels Desktop Tools incompatibility with Mavericks OS X 10.9.3 guests ("Parallels 9 update doesn't fix OS X 10.9.3 black screen bug.") I previously reported a workaround of manually removing Tools. Today, one reader offers another workaround, using screen sharing. But first, Andy…


Reader finds Mavericks SMB problem related to Deduplication on Windows Server

Jim Myers discovered that the Deduplication feature of Windows Server 2012 causes his Mavericks SMB file sharing problems, as well as problems with SMB changing permissions on the server, which other readers have also reported. As with other readers, forcing CIFS avoids the problems. Turning off…

Mavericks slow share mounting, the 10.9.3 update and CIFS workaround

The CIFS workaround for the problems with Mavericks SMB file sharing worked for one reader but not the other, who reports long times to mount a share. The Mavericks 10.9.3 update also doesn't help the second reader. The workaround forces the use of the older CIFS protocol via the Go to Server…


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