OS X 10.11 El Capitan Features

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Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Easy Split Screen Window Displays in OS X El Capitan

It’s always been possible to tile application windows in OS X. Most people do this by positioning and resizing applications. Power users may employ AppleScript to get the job done. Now it is much easier. Clicking and holding the green sizing button on the top left will prompt the user to position the window to either side.

OS X 10.11 El Capitan position window for split screen

After the app is affixed to one side, the other side displays a Mission Control view of open apps.

OS X 10.11 El Capitan pick app for split screen

Selecting another app in the Mission Control view will position it adjacent to the first app. This is a very easy and powerful way to open two apps side-by-side.

Moving a window into a new desktop is also much easier. Simply drag the window to the top of the screen, and Mission Control will launch with a new desktop icon. Dragging the window on top of the new desktop creates a brand new work space. This is an excellent feature for Macs with smaller screens or multiple displays.

OS X 10.11 El Capitan drag app to top to create new desktop

Users can also drag an app to the top of the Mission Control Spaces bar to render it in full screen mode.

OS X 10.11 El Capitan drag app to Mission Control toolbar for full screen

The new Mission Control functionality can also create a split view simply by dragging another app onto a desktop or full screen app.

OS X 10.11 El Capitan drag app onto full screen app for split view

Full screen apps also offer new functionality. Mail provides new full screen features, enabling users to tuck away email messages, similar to iOS 8.

OS X 10.11 El Capitan tuck mail below screen

This allows easy access to the inbox while editing an email message.

OS X 10.11 El Capitan drag image into docked email

 

The compose window also offers tabs, similar to the feature found in virtually every browser.

El Capitan Brings Improvements to Stock Apps

The apps we use every day are improved in OS X El Capitan. Notes is no longer a simple text editor. It now serves as a fully functional app for assembling information. For example, users can drag and drop links from Safari into Notes. Links are automatically rendered with a description and thumbnail from the site.

OS X 10.11 El Capitan drag link from Safari to Notes

Addresses from Maps can also be inserted into Notes documents, with automatically generated thumbnails and annotations. It’s even possible to turn a block of text into an interactive checklist, similar to Reminders.

OS X 10.11 El Capitan Notes app

Users can quickly browse Notes using the new attachment view, which displays all of the inserted web links, addresses, photos and other rich content.

Extensions were a popular addition to iOS 8. El Capitan finally brings Extensions to OS X. The Photos app can now use third-party extensions for photo editing. This is more useful for Apple’s own apps, as other Mac software, such as Photoshop, has offered support for third-party plugins for several years. This may be why iOS was the priority for Extensions. On OS X, they are just another way for third-parties to add functionality to stock apps. Photos also adds some new organizational features, such as the ability to name locations on photos and moments, as well as easily naming a person in Faces. There are also new enhancements to ease photo sorting.

OS X 10.11 also introduces new and useful features to Maps. Transit directions enable users to plan complicated trips involving walking, buses, trains and other forms of transportation. The directions are detailed, instructing which exit to take out of a train station. Users can easily send Maps directions to their iPhone. (continue…)

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