Dis­cover the To­day view

No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­ter now in­cludes a To­day view with add-on wid­gets

Mac Format - - IMPROVE -

One of the most note­wor­thy things about Yosemite is the way that OS X and iOS are not just work­ing more closely to­gether, but the desk­top OS is adopt­ing some of the best bits from the iPhone and iPad. The big re­vamp to No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­ter in iOS 8 has proven es­pe­cially popular on mo­bile de­vices, en­abling users to use the new To­day view to see reg­u­larly ac­cessed in­for­ma­tion, and add wid­gets to cus­tomise the ex­pe­ri­ence.

This sys­tem has now come to OS X, pro­vid­ing at-a-glance views of cal­en­dar events, re­minders, weather fore­casts, stock prices, and more. It re­mains to be seen whether de­vel­op­ers get be­hind the sys­tem as whole­heart­edly as they have on iOS, but even though it’s still rel­a­tively early days we’ve al­ready seen a num­ber of very use­ful third-party wid­gets ar­rive in the Mac App Store. Here we’ll show you how to use th­ese and Ap­ple’s de­fault wid­gets, along with the To­day view in gen­eral.

Note that if you try out a lot of wid­gets, and then dis­card a bunch of them that you don’t ac­tu­ally want to stick with, OS X has a ten­dency to cache them in mem­ory, even if you unin­stall their par­ent apps. A restart fixes this, but it’s quicker to open Ter­mi­nal and re­boot Finder by typing the com­mand ‘kil­lall Finder’. Hit , and your Finder win­dows will briefly dis­ap­pear and then reap­pear. When you open No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­ter, any unin­stalled wid­gets will be gone. Alan Stone­bridge

The sys­tem pro­vides at-a -glance views of cal­en­dar events, re­minders, weather fore­casts and more

Yosemite’s No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­ter has be­come more use­ful by in­te­grat­ing the ex­ten­si­ble To­day view.

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