• OS X Yosemite – Redesigned for Usability, Redefining Perfection

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    Are you ready to experience a completely new relationship between your Mac and iOS devices?

    Fresh. Yet Familiar.

    ‘Fresh. Yet Familiar’ is perhaps the ‘essence’ that sets the momentum for the new OS X Yosemite launched at the much-awaited World-wide Conference (WWC) at the Moscone West center on June 2, 2014 in San Francisco, California.

    Not only the apps you use every day are enhanced with new features, OS X Yosemite will in fact will change the way you see your Mac. Although it is true that in spite of OS X having changed in many ways for the better, the basic principles defining it – power, simplicity, beauty – actually haven’t.

    Creating OS X Yosemite: A thoughtful redesign?

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    Creating OS X Yosemite has been one of the most challenging as well as fulfilling endeavors, as the idea was to evolve OS X into a more powerful platform with easy usability, while maintaining the elements essential to Mac. While initiatives were taken to enhance and empower every detail, what Apple wants users to derive from OS X Yosemite is enhancement in user experience.

    The new OS according to Apple Inc. has been strategically redesigned taking into consideration every aspect of the interface and focusing on finer details as well as prominent enhancements like Translucency in windows and Streamlined Toolbars. In fact, the advent of OS X Yosemite will make you fall in love with Mac once again!

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    EXPERIENCE Translucency

    Always wanted more dimension to your desktop viewing? Apple has heard you! The new OS X Yosemite by adding translucency adds more dimension to your desktop. The tech giant is optimistic that by adding translucency to certain interface elements in OS X Yosemite, you can put a greater emphasis on content. The Translucent toolbars actually lets you know that there’s more to see as you scroll than what’s evident in the window. Moreover, the interface takes on the look of your desktop image and your content, thus making your Mac experience different from any other.

    EFFICIENCY REDEFINED: Streamlined Toolbars

    The new OS X Yosemite offers you streamlined toolbars in some of your favorite apps, while ensuring that they do not lose their capabilities. For instance, you can now access your favorite sites in the Safari browser by clicking in the smart search field. So, if you make one click of the Tab View button, you can see the Safari tabs that are open on all your devices. Similarly, Maps and Calendar too have been streamlined.

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    OS X Yosemite: FEATURES

    Smart Controls

    When you think of using Mac, you immediately think about clicking buttons, checkboxes, and pop-up menus. But the new OS X Yosemite is set to change the way you use Mac. Get ready to experience Mac with redesigned smart controls that gives a more uncluttered and refined feel all through the system. ‘Close, Minimize, and Maximize’ are now Close, Minimize, and Full screen – OS X Yosemite has done away with the extra full-screen control and consolidated the window controls in one place. Get a streamlined look with updated functions and smooth interface that helps you navigate the desktop more efficiently.

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    Image: Just check out the red, yellow, and green “stoplights” in the corner of every app window.

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    More Iconic, Less Clutter Dock

    Dock has always been one of the most preferred ways to launch an app, and OS X Yosemite has simplified the appearance of the Dock and its icons to provide a more consistent look and feel.

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    Image: The OS X Yosemite Dock design makes the icons look more harmonious and promptly recognizable.

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    Enhanced Elegance

    FONTS in Mac has always been an integral part of the interface. And the tradition is carried forward also in OS X Yosemite where fonts have been refined system-wide to be more comprehensible and reliable across the Mac experience – and looking absolutely incredible on the Retina display.

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    Image: Notice a fresh, new typeface in app windows, menu bars, and throughout the system

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    Decoding OS X Yosemite: Why was OS X Redesigned?

    Mac is beyond competition and Mac users weren’t complaining about OS X. So, what made Apple Inc. redesign it to create OS X Yosemite? Well, according to Apple,
    OS X Tag This according to me sums up the entire idea behind the evolution of OS X Yosemite. The essence of the new design was to introduce powerful, intuitive features that are accessible at all times – because what makes OS X Yosemite irresistible is the whole idea of what you can do with it.

    Notification Center

    Too many business engagements, maintaining work-life balance and personal commitments have made Notifications an integral feature in today’s highly competitive environment. From offering concise summary of ‘todays’ important features to summarizing tomorrow’s events – the Notification Center allows quick access to important information with widgets like Calendar, Weather, Stocks, World Clock, Calculator, and Reminders. Just swipe to access Notification Center – it’s always available, even when you’re working in full screen.

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    ‘Today’ feature in Notification Center gives a concise summary of the day’s upcoming events, reminders, and birthdays

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    Spotlight

    Looking for cool ways to find things on Mac?

    Not to worry, it ought to keep getting better with the new redesigned Spotlight that appears front and center when you open it. It’s great for looking up information from sources like Wikipedia, Bing, news, Maps, movies, and more. And it gives you richer, more interactive previews of your results. So you can read a document, send an email, or make a phone call by JUST clicking a result.

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    Image: With Spotlight feature, things appears front and center when you open it

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    MORE REASONS

    • Your files. Now get even richer PREVIEWS of your search results when you’re looking for a file. Scroll seamlessly through documents, photos, and more; and even see details about Contacts and Calendar events.
    • Wikipedia. Type any ‘TERM’ and get an extract of the Wikipedia article (including a picture and a short summary). Just click on it, and Spotlight takes you to the full article.
    • iTunes Store. Spotlight quickly makes RESULTS from the iTunes Store accessible – including movies, music, TV shows, and books.
    • Showtimes. Just TYPE in a movie name and Spotlight can tell you what’s playing nearby and even show you reviews from Rotten Tomatoes.
    • Maps. Need to find a location? Enter a place, business name, or category like “pizza” and find a map appear right in Spotlight. Just CLICK to launch Maps to get directions.
    • Currency and Unit conversion. CONVERT currency (Dollars to Euros) or units (pounds to kilograms/ kilometers to acres) instantly with Spotlight.
    • Your apps. Launch apps in style with Spotlight. All you need to do is <type> the first few letters of the app’s name and <press> Return.
    • News. News is now BIGGER and better with Spotlight. Know the trending topics and read articles based on the latest happenings.

    UPDATE: OS X Yosemite Preview 3 released for Developers

     

    Apple, on Monday (7 July, 2014) released a new version of OS X Yosemite. This comes just 3 weeks after releasing the second Developer Preview and almost over a month after introducing iOS 8 at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).

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    You can download the update, build 14A283o, from the Mac App Store or the Mac Dev Center. Are you ready to experience a completely new relationship between your Mac and iOS devices?

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