The lit­tle things

We’re still not done yet! Th­ese last few tips alone are small but sig­nif­i­cant enough to think about up­grad­ing

Mac Format - - 75 EL CAPITAN TIPS -

For all the im­prove­ments each ver­sion of OS X brings, there’s al­ways room for im­prove­ment – whether that’s in op­tions for putting no­ti­fi­ca­tions in an or­der that works for you, pro­tect­ing your Mac App Store ac­count against ac­ci­den­tal pur­chases, or as­sur­ing you that the web­site you’re de­sign­ing will look great on com­put­ers and mobile de­vices alike. El Cap­i­tan takes steps to make ex­ist­ing fea­tures work bet­ter.

69> iBooks has the same pre­sen­ta­tion op­tions as Sa­fari Reader. You can set the page back­ground to white, sepia, grey or black, each with com­ple­men­tary but au­to­mat­i­cally-cho­sen font colours, and se­lect from eight fonts, in­clud­ing Ap­ple’s new San Fran­cisco font that’s used through­out OS X, iOS and watchOS.

Whether you’re a par­ent or sim­ply con­cerned about mak­ing ac­ci­den­tal pur­chases from the Mac App Store, 70> open the App Store pane in Sys­tem Pref­er­ences and look at the bot­tom of it to find new pass­word set­tings that de­fine how soon af­ter mak­ing a pur­chase – and en­ter­ing your pass­word – the Mac App Store will re­quest your pass­word for sub­se­quent pur­chases – im­me­di­ately or only af­ter 15 min­utes. Free down­loads can re­quire your pass­word ev­ery time, or not at all.

71> Tra­di­tion­ally, OS X would ‘zoom’ a win­dow to a best fit for its con­tent when you dou­ble-clicked the win­dow’s ti­tle bar. More re­cently, that ac­tion has min­imised win­dows into the Dock – a sen­si­ble change for any­one com­ing from Win­dows, which also be­haves that way. In fact, Yosemite gave a choice of th­ese two be­hav­iours, but as a check­box that made it un­clear to in­ex­pe­ri­enced Mac users what be­hav­iour – if any – you would get when the box was unchecked. Ap­ple has cleared up this am­bi­gu­ity with a pop-up menu that ex­plic­itly lists the zoom and min­i­mize op­tions.

72> No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­tre now of­fers three sort­ing op­tions, up from two in Yosemite. The first set­ting, Re­cents, puts your no­ti­fi­ca­tions in re­verse chrono­log­i­cal or­der from the top of the tab down. The sec­ond one, Re­cents by App, groups no­ti­fi­ca­tions by ap­pli­ca­tion, so when you re­ceive a no­ti­fi­ca­tion from Mail, say, all of that app’s items move to the top of the list, even if that means some newer no­ti­fi­ca­tions from other apps will ap­pear be­low Mail’s. The third set­ting, Man­u­ally by App, groups items sim­i­larly to the sec­ond one. How­ever, when this op­tion is se­lected, apps in the list shown in the No­ti­fi­ca­tions pref­er­ences pane can be dragged up and down the list to set the or­der in which they’re listed in No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­tre. So, you can set Cal­en­dar or Re­minders, say, to al­ways ap­pear at the top so you don’t miss any­thing.

73> Im­age Cap­ture in­cludes a new fea­ture that helps to or­gan­ise pho­tos im­ported from mul­ti­ple cam­eras, rather than dump­ing them into one folder. Con­nect a cam­era to your Mac and then click the Im­port To pop-up menu near the bot­tom of the app’s win­dow, then se­lect ‘Make sub­fold­ers per cam­era’ to cre­ate fold­ers named af­ter your cam­era or its stor­age card.

74> Maps can now pro­vide di­rec­tions that use pub­lic trans­port, though only in a few ci­ties. Choose which ve­hi­cles are in­cluded in route sug­ges­tions un­der View > Tran­sit Driec­tions.

75> If you de­sign web pages, you’ll want to en­able Sa­fari’s De­velop menu (from its Ad­vanced pref­er­ences) and then choose Re­spon­sive De­sign Mode from that menu. This fea­ture is in­tended to help en­sure your pages look good on mobile de­vices as well as large dis­plays like your Mac‘s. It places con­trols above the page you’re view­ing that en­able you to switch to var­i­ous screen res­o­lu­tions and iOS de­vices, then choose Re­spon­sive De­sign Mode from it to re­veal con­trols that show how the cur­rent page will look on var­i­ous screen res­o­lu­tions and iOS de­vices. Switch be­tween land­scape and por­trait ori­en­ta­tions by click­ing the de­vice icons.

Switch Maps to its Tran­sit view, then zoom out a long way and look for blue tran­sit badges on ci­ties in which the app can sug­gest routes that use bus, subway and light rail, com­muter rail and ferry ser­vices.

No­ti­fi­ca­tion Cen­ter now pro­vides three op­tions for sort­ing your no­ti­fi­ca­tions: Re­cents, Re­cents by App, and Man­u­ally by App.

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