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OS X El Capitan – Is It Worth Upgrading?

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After it has been tested all summer, El Capitan, OS X 10.11, will be finally available on September 30, and it will be available for download for all Macs that currently run on Yosemite 10.10, Mavericks 10.9 and Mountain Lion 10.8. The name “El Capitan” was inspired from the granite rock formation from the Yosemite National Park and this version replaces OS X Yosemite. Below, we’ll tell you more about all the new features that have been added to the new operating system.

Mission Control

This is a built-in feature which allows you to see all the open applications and windows from your Mac. To access the Mission Control, you will do it by clicking the Mission Control icon from the Dock, by pressing Control-Up Arrow, by pressing the F3 key, by moving the cursor to a hot corner or by performing a three-finger upward swipe on the multitouch trackpad. The Mission Control will help you to organize your workspace.

Split View

This feature has been designed and it resembles the similar Split View feature which is available on some iPads that run on iOS 9. However, on a Mac, the users are able to run two windows side by side, in full-screen view (you won’t need to manually resize the widows, in order to fit). To do that, the users will click and hold the green zoom button of the window, and when the button is released, the window will fill one half of the display – depending on which side you’ve placed it. The Split View feature can be initiated by accessing the Mission Control and by dragging a window to the top bar, while the other window will be dragged on top of it.

The Spaces Bar

It’s a strip that is found at the top of the screen which is displayed when the Mission Control is activated. In El Capitan, the Spaces received a big upgrade, it’s collapsed by default and it expands when moving the cursor over it. Also, when dragging a window to the top of the screen, the Spaces Bar is automatically expanded by the Mission Control.

Pin Favorite Sites In Safari

The 9th version of Safari comes with a new feature called Pinned Sites (mega-bookmarks). To pin a favorite site in Safari, you will drag a tab into the left corner of the title bar and you will see a little icon of it, which is easy to distinguish from other icons.

The Safari Reader is a feature which simplifies a page layout, and now it has more display preferences, such as the possibility to make the text larger or smaller. In addition,
Safari 9 comes with support for AirPlay video.

Photos

The version 1.1 of the application allows you to add information to individual photos or to multiple photos. This can be done by opening the Inspector window, where you’ll see a section of the window called Assign a Location. When clicking on this area, you will be able to enter an address and automatically, Photos will scan Apple’s Maps database. The pin can be dragged around the map and placed wherever the user wants to. Also, to edit the information of a photo, this can be done by entering new information into the Inspector window.