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Caching Server Workflow

In the last week, I’ve become a little obsessed with Caching Server 2 in OS X Server 3. It could be my favorite feature in Mavericks period. What is the Caching server? To quote Apple’s documentation: “The Caching server speeds up the download of software distributed by Apple through the Internet.” It archives this by storing a local copy of content on-demand when local devices update. Subsequent requests are served from the local cache, over the network, saving Internet download time and bandwidth. This helps everyone: network administrators, device users, and Apple.

Fraser Hess has a great breakdown of how the Caching Server 2 works in OS X Mavericks Server. It looks very powerful and simple to setup.

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iWork Features Restore | Official Blog of Onefruit

When apple updated their iWorks app at the latest Apple event, some users where left feeling unhappy with the missing features in Mac Apps. Apple has now come out with a support document to reassure users. Some of the features from iWork ’09 which didn’t make the initial release, will be returning.

The new iWork applications—Pages, Numbers, and Keynote—were released for Mac on October 22nd. These applications were rewritten from the ground up to be fully 64-bit and to support a unified file format between OS X and iOS 7 versions, as well as iWork for iCloud beta.

These apps feature an all-new design with an intelligent format panel and many new features such as easy ways to share documents, Apple-designed styles for objects, interactive charts, new templates, and new animations in Keynote.

In rewriting these applications, some features from iWork ’09 were not available for the initial release. We plan to reintroduce some of these features in the next few releases and will continue to add brand new features on an ongoing basis.

I believe that Apple has seen the future and built a new base to build it’s office apps upon. Having a unified file format across 4 platforms (Mac, iPhone, iPad and Web) is huge. This is something no one else can match currently and I can’t see Microsoft doing this. Especially after their awful iPhone Office App.

Yes, it has lead to a bit of dumping down but mobile and web technologies improve, iWork will become extremely powerful. Don’t panic.

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Managed Distribution Volume Purchase Program

Enterprise iOS has discovered that Apple has launched its “Managed Distribution” system for the App Store Volume Purchase Program (VPP). Apple announced the program with iOS 7.

Managed Distribution will allow VPP users to “revoke and reassign apps to different users through MDM, so your organisation retains full ownership and control of purchased apps”. Good news for VPP customers. No longer will your app licences leave with your ex-employees or students.

Apple has also updated it’s VPP websites and guides.

Business VPP Website

Business VPP Guide

Eduction VPP Website

Eduction VPP Guide