by Shane Roberts
Mac OS hasn’t seen much of a facelift in the last nine years. Well, Mac OS X Yosemite will be receiving a treatment similar to iOS 7. Apple will be revamping some of the look and feel of the OS without reinventing the wheel.
As you can see in the image above, there is a flat look to the Dock, and the icons are very similar to what you see in iOS 7 and iOS 8. The windows offer a high level of translucency, and show off some of the color of the operating system. However, with Yosemite, there are some new features coming which will enhance the OS.
Today View in Notification Center
The Today view in Notification Center helps you stay on top of key information with a swipe. It shows you up-to-the- minute calendar, weather, and stock information. And you can customize Today with widgets from services like ESPN, Weather Channel, and other similar services.
Spotlight now appears front and center on your display and shows rich previews that you can interact with. Use Spotlight to look up information from Wikipedia, Maps, Bing, iTunes, news, and more, and to convert units and currencies. And Spotlight is always easy to access, no matter what you’re doing on your Mac.
Spotlight is one of my favorite features in Mac OS, and has been for a long time. To see Spotlight get some attention is great, and to augment it is a bonus for everyone.
Favorites view makes it simple to access your go-to websites. Tab view lets you see all your open tabs—even those on your other devices. New features give you more control over your privacy. And Safari offers blazing fast performance.
The new Markup feature lets you quickly fill out and annotate forms, images, and PDFs without having to switch to another app. And with Mail Drop, you can easily send files of up to 5GB for free. MailDrop is a biggie, especially if you email files to people and their servers bounces them back because of size. This will give them a link to that file to download.
Send audio clips with Soundbites. You can give titles to ongoing group conversations, add participants to group conversations, and leave conversations when you’ve finished chiming in.
Safely store documents of any type in iCloud so you can access and work on them across your devices. iCloud Drive works like any other folder in Finder— just drag in documents and organize them any way you like with folders or tags, and iCloud keeps everything up to date. Think of this as Apple’s Dropbox service, old time Apple fans remember iDisk, and this is an updated version of that.
There is another huge addition called Continuity, that is maybe the best addition, but that deserves a post all its own.