Power up Yosemite!

Su­per­charge Mac per­for­mance with hot sys­tem tweaks and amaz­ing add-ons

Mac Format - - FRONT PAGE - Words: Lucy Hat­ter­s­ley Il­lus­tra­tion: Paul Blach­ford

Yosemite adds a huge range of new fea­tures and func­tion­al­ity to your Mac and it’s im­por­tant to get the most out of them. Af­ter all, get­ting more out the soft­ware also means get­ting bet­ter value out of your hard­ware in­vest­ment. Just up­grad­ing to the lat­est ver­sion of OS X is to give your Mac a power boost. Each new ver­sion of the op­er­at­ing sys­tem in­tro­duces new fea­tures de­signed to make the Mac a more pro­duc­tive, use­ful and grace­ful ex­pe­ri­ence. Yosemite is no ex­cep­tion to this, and new fea­tures such as Con­ti­nu­ity, Hand­off and In­stant Hotspot bring a sense of de­light to those who use them. Th­ese fea­tures en­able a Mac to tap into your iPhone and make phone calls, send SMS texts and use a mo­bile in­ter­net con­nec­tion with­out even hav­ing to un­lock your iPhone. Mean­while, iCloud Drive and Hand­off en­able you to move be­tween a Mac and iOS de­vice and seam­lessly con­tinue work.

Get­ting the most out of Yosemite means know­ing your way around it. Some­times a fea­ture‘s vis­ual pres­ence doesn’t re­flect its use­ful­ness, so we’ll tell you how to find sub­tle en­hance­ments that aid your pro­duc­tiv­ity.

Yosemite’s en­hance­ments aren’t all about iOS in­te­gra­tion, though. With this ver­sion, Ap­ple’s chief designer Jony Ive got a chance to bring his vi­sion of the OS X in­ter­face to life. Yosemite uses translu­cent in­ter­face el­e­ments. You’ll see the ef­fects of this through­out the apps that come with the op­er­at­ing sys­tem, in­clud­ing Mail, Cal­en­dar, Pre­view, and the iWork and iLife apps. You might find this gets in your way, but don’t worry – there’s an app for that and it comes with OS X. If you’re run­ning an older Mac with limited re­sources, or you don’t like cer­tain as­pects of OS X, ei­ther be­cause you find they slow things down or they don’t fit with how you work, you’re in luck be­cause you can use hid­den set­tings and third-party tools to change your Mac’s be­hav­iour and boost its per­for­mance.

Make your Mac work for you

If you have an older Mac that strug­gles to run Yosemite and you’re miss­ing the lat­est and great­est fea­tures, don’t worry. There’s a lot you can do with any Mac to im­prove your ex­pe­ri­ence. Long-time Mac users have learnt many tricks over the years to keep OS X run­ning smoothly on older mod­els, and we’ve had a lot of time to dis­cover hid­den fea­tures that can be un­locked. We’ll show you how to do this. Even a brand new Mac can be en­cour­aged to run faster.

That’s what this fea­ture is all about: get­ting the most out of Yosemite, whether that’s by typing a cou­ple of lines into a Ter­mi­nal win­dow or by down­load­ing ex­tra tools that tai­lor the sys­tem to your needs. We’ll show how to make your Mac run bet­ter and be more flex­i­ble.

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