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OS X Mavericks: Get the best features today

No need to wait for OS X 10.9 to be released… some of the best additions to Mavericks can be achieved right now

Apple mac on a table

In iCreate issue 124, on sale now, you can learn how to become a Mac Power User by upgrading apps, learning how to use Terminal and automating your desktop. We also walk you through how you can get some of the best new features of OS X 10.9 Mavericks on your Mac right now. Here’s a sneak peek at what you can learn.

Finder Tabs

Add tabs to Finder today with XtraFinder

Tabbed browsing isn’t exactly the most revolutionary OS X feature, especially when you consider how many third-party implementations there are, but there’s no denying that it’s insanely useful. To get it today, head to and download the free XtraFinder app. It’ll add tabs to Finder and other customisations that are easily enabled from the app’s own Preferences window.


Create your own Maps app with Google Maps and Fluid for Mac

Although there are a couple of great third-party mapping apps on the Mac App Store, our preferred method for getting OS X Mavericks-style Maps today is by using a combination of Google’s new online maps and Fluid. Fluid ($4.99, is a lightweight app that turns any website into a regular Mac app. If you’re a big fan of any other website, but wish you could access it on its own, Fluid should be your first port of call.

1: Find your URL
Head to the website you want to create an app out of and grab its URL. You’ll usually only need the first part if it’s particularly long.

2: Add it to Fluid
Copy the URL into the field in Fluid, give your app a name, select a save location and an app icon. Finally, hit the Create button.

3: Launch it!
Let Fluid get to work (it usually takes less than a minute) converting your site into a Mac app and wait for the confirmation message.

Pick up iCreate 124 to find out more about unlocking the best features of Mavericks today including iCloud Keychain security and iBooks on your Mac. And that’s only the beginning of what our Mac Power User guide will walk you through. Grab your copy from all good newsagents, supermarkets or from our online store. Plus you can find us digitally on many platforms by visiting