mac OS High Sierra – Should You?

Should You Upgrade To Apple’s Latest OS Now?


To quote Apple, there are new technologies at the heart of the system to make your Mac more reliable, capable and responsive — and lay the foundation for future innovations. macOS High Sierra also refines the features and apps you use every day.  It’s macOS at its highest level yet.

But should you update straight away?

While it’s tempting to update to the latest and greatest you should take stock of all the apps that you use and ensure your software provider has updated their software to run on High Sierra.  Then you have to update any software that needs updating, that could be as easy as downloading an update but could involve purchasing updated software.

In short, be certain that you will have no compatibility issues before you update and make sure you have a backup too.  It is difficult and time-consuming to wind a system back to a previous OS especially if you don’t have a backup.

So now that that’s out of the way, on with the good stuff.

macOS High Sierra will be available on September 26, 2017 and who better to tell you all about it than Apple themselves?

Click here to see what Apple has to say about macOS High Sierra

If in doubt as to whether you should update or not?  Give the team at Macumen a call.


The World’s Gone Mad For iOS 11

A giant step for iPhone.  A monumental leap for iPad.


The bandwidth has been coping a hammering today by everyone updating to iOS 11, but what’s all the fuss about?

iOS 11 sets a new standard for what is already the world’s most advanced mobile operating system.  It makes iPhone better than before.  It makes iPad more capable than ever.  And now it opens up both to amazing possibilities for augmented reality in games and apps.  With iOS 11, iPhone and iPad are the most powerful, personal and intelligent devices they’ve ever been.

Click Here to see what Apple has to say about the update.  Following are a few of my favourites.

  • Do Not Disturb While Driving – iPhone can now sense when you might be driving and help keep you from being distracted by calls, text messages and notifications. People trying to message you can automatically be notified that you’re driving.
  • QuickType keyboard – Type with one hand tied behind your back.  Holding a coffee in one hand and your iPhone in the other? Simply touch and hold the emoji or globe key, select one-handed typing, and the keys will instantly move closer to your thumb.

  • The new Dock, bottom line, a more powerful way to work – The new Dock is a foundational change for iPad. It’s now available from any screen. So with just a swipe, you can open and switch apps instantly. And you can customise it with more of your favourites. Apps you’ve opened recently and apps that are currently open on your iPhone or Mac appear in the right side of the Dock.

If you haven’t updated already, it’s always a good idea to back up your phone or iPad first, just in case.


We Want You!

Macumen is again hunting for a prize IT consultant.

Have we got you in our sights?

We are seeking an experienced, Apple-focused IT engineer with excellence in customer service to provide support both onsite and remotely.

The role requires that a diverse range of Apple servers, clients and peripherals are supported, installed and maintained.  The goal of successful candidates is to provide friendly customer service and outstanding technical support.

Candidates will require strong first hand experience in the following areas:

  • Mac OSX Client & Server
  • Windows Client integration
  • Network Infrastructure, Firewalls, IPSec VPNs
  • Mail and Web Server integration
  • Backup solutions & management
  • Client Account management
  • Experience with Kerio Connect and Control an advantage

Salary for the position is negotiable depending on experience and the technical and communication skills of the candidate.

Come and join a team that likes things other than tech support!

Applicants must be an Australian Resident and have a current driving license.

Position is based in Stanmore, NSW.

If you’re interested, or would like to learn more simply give us a call or drop us an e-mail with your resume.


Macumen finally gets a vote

Happy Birthday!

On the 10th of May 1999 Macumen came screaming in to the world and today we celebrate the past 18 years, but we will also be looking towards the future (just like any 18 year old).  Follow is a list of things that Macumen can do now that we’re officially ‘legal’.

  • Enrol to vote
  • Go to the pub (should have been at the top of the list)
  • Buy a lotto ticket
  • Join the army (do they use Macs)
  • Adopt a child
  • Sue someone (or get sued)
  • Jury duty
  • Get a tattoo (of the macumen logo of course)

18 years doesn’t just roll around all on it’s own.  We have a lot of loyal clients, supportive suppliers, friends, colleagues and family that have all helped along the way so it is with all of you in mind that we’re going to celebrate like any 18 year old and head straight for the pub!

Here’s cheers to the last 18 years and the exciting future ahead.

Get Merry, Get Happy

Ho, Ho, Ho and a bottle of rum….

Whoops, wrong song but you get the idea.  We all deserve a bit of a break this Christmas so Macumen will be taking a short sojourn for some well deserved R&R.

Closed: Friday 23rd December

Open: Monday 9th, January

We’d like to wish all of our clients, suppliers and colleagues a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and thank you all for your support, business and help over the last twelve months.

Cheers to a relaxing festive season and to an exciting new year.

Your team at Macumen

2016 Macumen / PMDL Challenge Cup

November 19th saw the running of the inaugural Macumen / PMDL Challenge Cup at Eastern Creek International Karting Raceway.  The day saw us battle through four 12 lap heats for supremacy (and poll position) in the 20 lap final but not before we had lunch and started writing cheques that our bodies (for the most part) couldn’t cash on the racetrack.

The thrills and spills, the fist shaking and tactics were all discussed in a post race recovery session aided by a few cold beers.  Whilst it wasn’t about who won on the day (Jim from Macumen did by the way) it was heaps of fun and the teams from PMDL and Macumen are looking forward to next year where Team PMDL are, I’m sure out to get Jim (Sean probably is too, but the whole internet is probably not big enough for that story).

Thanks to Team PMDL for joining us and just in case you’re wondering the top three looked like this.

  1. Jim – Macumen
  2. Sean – Macumen
  3. Troy – PMDL (with the quickest laptime of the day)Unknown


Introducing the new FileMaker 15 Platform

Stronger essentials to make unique custom apps

The new FileMaker 15 platform has just been released. Like recent releases, it works seamlessly across iPad, iPhone, Windows, Mac, and the web. Our favourite new feature of V15 is support for iBeacons – we’ve been tinkering and developing for this new feature.

Macumen will be using the features in V15 to develop new solutions for our clients. Whether it’s FileMaker Pro, Filemaker Go or FileMaker WebDirect this powerful software can help transform your business processes.

If you’d like to discuss the possibilities pick up the phone and give the team at Macumen a call, we can’t wait to build you a new solution or upgrade your existing one and get your business humming.

To contact Macumen CLICK HERE

Look Out, We’ve Got P-Plates!

Macumen – 17 Years and Counting

Macumen will celebrate 17 years in business this May, from humble beginnings in Camperdown in 1999 to a team of 9 in Stanmore today.  We’ve evolved and grown along the way with support and encouragement from clients, suppliers and others who operate in the same industry as us.  Focusing on Apple and the Mac ecosystem it’s little wonder that Jim and John have been able to grow Macumen to the point it is today with Apple becoming the technology powerhouse it is.

Did you know that Time has just named the iPhone the most influential gadget of all time?  Apple also has another two entries in the top 10 (the Macintosh at number 3 and the iPod at number 9) and a total of 5 in the top 50.

What a great segment of the IT industry we work in and we look forward to many more years (particularly next year when we can go to the pub, I think we’ll have to start planning 18th birthday celebrations very soon).

Hip, Hip, Hooray!

Merry Christmas

Macumen Is Getting Merry This Christmas

Here at Macumen we would like to thank all of our clients, suppliers and friends for their business, support and help over the past year and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year.  We will be taking a short break to recharge the batteries and spend some time with friends and families (thus guaranteeing that we will be back early in January).

Closed: Thursday, 24th December

Re-Open: Monday, 4th January

We hope Santa brings you all that you desire and if he doesn’t that you pick it up cheap in the new year sales!

Merry Christmas and bring on 2016!