Getting started with Maps in OS X Mavericks (pictures)
OS X's new Maps application integrates with other Apple apps and can even beam trips to your iPhone with one click.
Getting started with Maps in OS X Mavericks
With the debut of OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Apple's Maps app makes the jump from the smartphone to your laptop. Version 1.0 of the Maps application looks almost identical to the iOS 7 app, with a similar color palette and iconography.
The streets, business icons, and 3D buildings can be overlaid with satellite imagery by switching to the Hybrid view. A third view called Satellite, removes street data, text, and icons for a clean, virtual view. The map can be zoomed, panned, and rotated with multi-touch inputs.
Clicking any of the icons representing businesses on the map or searching for a destination brings this animated box filled with more information about the business and complete with ratings and reviews from Yelp, photos, and more.
Users can share the currently displayed trip or location to social networks or via email or Messages. This dropdown menu also allows users to quickly send their trip to an iOS device associated with their Apple ID.
Back on the desktop and in the new Calendar app, each event that has a location associated with it will feature a small map inlay in its information pop-up. Calendar is also able to take advantage of Maps' routing algorithms to calculate driving and walking times between events to automatically build travel time onto the front of each new entry.