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Mac OS X Yosemite From Apple: First Look at OS Design [PICTURES]
Apple's latest addition to the OS X fraternity is the new OS X Yosemite operating system. The new version of the OS X comes as a follow-up to OS X 10.9 Mavericks and is all about giving the popular platform a much needed overhaul.
"Over the years, OS X has changed in many ways. But the principles that deﬁne it haven't: power, simplicity, beauty," Apple writes for the new platform. "So when we set out to create OS X Yosemite, we wanted to make it more powerful and easier to use, while maintaining the elements essential to Mac."
"It's the next natural step in the evolution of OS X. Not just because of how it looks. But because of what it empowers you to do."
The OS X Yosemite offers a brand new interface, some impressive new features and the fact that Macs are slowly but surely catching up to the likes of an iPhone as an accessory. But while that sounds thrilling, what exactly are the changes in design for the Yosemite?
We take a closer look at all the changes and overhaul the new OS X has gone through with the new release.
Apple has added translucency to certain interface elements in OS X Yosemite, and has hence put a greater emphasis on the user's content. Translucent toolbars will now let you know that there's more to see than what's visible in the window as you scroll.
There's also a translucent sidebar that lets you see what's hidden behind the active window. So the interface takes on the look of your desktop image and your content.
With the introduction of OS X Yosemite, Apple has streamlined the toolbars in some of the favorite apps without losing their capabilities. "For instance, in Safari you can now access your favorite sites by clicking in the smart search field. With just one click of the Tab View button, you can see the Safari tabs that are open on all your devices," Apple says. The company says its has also streamlined Maps and Calendar, too.
In OS X Yosemite, Apple has redesigned the controls to make the Mac experience feel cleaner and more refined throughout the system. Apple has even streamlined the red, yellow, and green "stoplights" in the corner of every app window with updated functions.
Users can now close, minimize, and maximize are now close, minimize, and full screen, eliminating the extra full-screen control and consolidating the window controls in one place.
With the OS X Yosemite, Apple has simplified the appearance of the Dock and its icons to provide a more consistent look and feel. This new approach gives the entire app family a more harmonious look while making each one instantly recognizable.
In OS X Yosemite, fonts have been refined to be more legible and consistent across the Mac experience. Users will now notice a fresh, new typeface in app windows, menu bars, and throughout the system. And on the Retina display it looks pretty cool.
The redesigned Spotlight appears at the front and center when you open it. It's a great option for looking up information from sources like Wikipedia, Bing, news, Maps, movies, and more, as it gives a richer, more interactive previews of the results.