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Apple introduced OS X 10.10 Yosemite at their annual Worldwide Developers Conference. The revised Macintosh operating system offers new features such as Continuity. Yosemite also enhances many features and apps like Spotlight, Notification Center, Safari, Mail and more. OS X 10.10 features a new, flat look resembling iOS.
Since its introduction in 1984, the Macintosh revolutionized computing. Although it borrowed ideas from the Xerox PARC Alto, Apple created the first personal computer featuring an easy-to-use graphical user interface. This is something we now take for granted. After three decades, the Macintosh remains peerless when it comes to usability, design and functionality. As the PC industry is in decline, the Macintosh continues to increase in market share. Let’s take a look at OS X 10.10 Yosemite and the amazing new features it has to offer.
New User Interface
OS X Yosemite has finally adopted the same look and feel as iOS. The app dock features a flat, translucent appearance, and the overall design incorporates many aspects of iOS 7. This was inevitable and we’re likely to see this same look come to Apple TV soon.
The user interface isn’t a direct copy of iOS. After all, the Mac has windows which can be resized and moved. The three multi-colored window buttons have changed in both appearance and functionality. In Yosemite, the green “zoom” button now puts the application in full screen mode.
Prior to this advancement, this button confused some Mac users, particularly those migrating from Windows. Previously, the button would “right size” the window, based on its contents. This is a confusing concept for some former Windows users. With Yosemite, users can still invoke the old behavior by holding down the Option key while clicking on the green button. Since OS X Mavericks made full screen applications much more manageable, it makes sense to change the behavior of the green button in Yosemite.
OS X Yosemite’s movable windows also make for a much more pervasive translucency effect. With OS X 10.10, the sidebars and headers of most windows adjust to match the background wallpaper or the content of the app. Furthermore, you can put the entire user interface into “dark mode”, which minimizes the visual impact of the menu bar.
Much like iOS 7, OS X 10.10 introduces a new font — Helvetica Neue. The new font improves legibility. It also unifies the look and feel of iOS and OS X. The icons bear resemblance to iOS 7 and 8, to a certain extent. OS X still has applications that are unique to the Macintosh, making it impossible to match iOS. Even the Trash Can has been redesigned. It has a translucent effect, which hints at the contents of the virtual refuse bin.
Notification Center once again borrows from iOS 7, bringing the “Today View” to the Macintosh. This seems like a replacement for the Dashboard, as it is the new home for widgets on the Mac. For those who are unfamiliar with the Mac, OS X has featured widgets for over a decade. It is not copied from another mobile operating system.
Spotlight is one of the most-used features on a Mac. It’s easy to launch an application with the dock, however, it is even easier using Spotlight. Simply hold the Command key and press the space bar, and Spotlight is ready to use. By typing in the first few letters of an app and pressing the Return key, you can easily launch an app without having to move the pointer.
With Yosemite, Spotlight has been redesigned to resemble iOS. Once launched, the search field appears in the top-middle of the screen. Typing in search criteria produces a list of apps and rich search results. Documents are presented with inline previews. When searching for an app, related documents are also displayed. (continue…)