All-new Split View, im­proved Spot­light search, rich Notes and much more...

Mac Format - - CONTENTS - Words: Lucy Hat­ter­s­ley, Alan Stone­bridge

Ap­ple’s lat­est up­date to OS X, El Cap­i­tan, takes its quirky name from a ver­ti­cal rock for­ma­tion in Yosemite Na­tional Park. Like its name­sake, El Cap­i­tan rises from Yosemite, the ver­sion of OS X it re­places, build­ing upon its solid foundation to de­liver a stronger op­er­at­ing sys­tem that’s packed with fea­ture en­hance­ments. In many ways, El Cap­i­tan is like a mod­ern ver­sion of Snow Leop­ard, the 2009 ver­sion of OS X in which Ap­ple in­tro­duced hardly any new fea­tures. In­stead, it rewrote un­der­ly­ing code and fo­cussed on im­prov­ing per­for­mance for the long term. How­ever, that doesn’t mean there are no new fea­tures in El Cap­i­tan. Far from it. There are some real gems to dis­cover, both in plain sight the mo­ment you start us­ing it and as you dig deeper – but you don’t need to go look­ing be­cause we’ve picked out dozens so you can make the most of your new sys­tem right away. You can add all sorts of things to the new Notes app, from au­dio record­ings to check­lists to web­site links, mak­ing it far more ca­pa­ble as a scrap­book. Mail works much bet­ter in full-screen mode. And, Sa­fari gives you a way to si­lence in­tru­sive sites and to pin open sites you use of­ten, so they’re ac­ces­si­ble in an in­stant with a key­board short­cut. Changes in the Pho­tos app, in­tro­duced into OS X in early 2015, make it more con­ve­nient and more pow­er­ful, not least thanks to the new abil­ity to use third-party edit­ing tools within it. This saves you the has­sle of haivng to ex­port­ing pic­tures when you want to do any­thing re­motely am­bi­tious with them. The Mac also takes great strides in win­dow man­age­ment thanks to a much im­proved Mis­sion Con­trol and the all-new Split View mode, which en­ables two apps to run side by side, hid­ing other Desk­top dis­trac­tions so you can fo­cus more clearly on the task at hand. There are many great new things to learn about in OS X El Cap­i­tan, so let’s get started…

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