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Yosemite thoughts

2 months ago in Articles, Reviews by Wardy Miller | No Comments

yosemiteYosemite has been out for some time now so I figured I’d write down some thoughts. I am going to stay away from any of the features that integrate with iOS and keep this a strict Yosemite review.

The first thing you will notice is the new interface. It has gone to a flatter look and gotten away from the 3-D icons. I have heard more than my share of complaints about this. My only response is, how long should we use the 3-D dock? I appreciate the change in the dock. To me it makes no sense to redo the rest of the interface and leave the dock untouched.  The font it the same throughout the entire system. (To be honest it wasn’t something I ever noticed, until I had to pay attention). Translucency is a nice effect to help focus you on your content.

The controls in the top left, (the traffic light) FINALLY work. Now the green button will actually take an application full screen.

Most of the built in applications have gotten some love. Here are a few of my favorites.
Mail

  • Markup – One of the coolest new functions is the markup ability on photos. Using Markup you can add text, arrows, magnification and more.
  • Mail Drop – Mail Drop allows you to send attachments up to 5 GB in size. If you are mailing to someone else using a Mac, it will appear to them as though the attachment came with it. But if you send a large mail to anyone else, it will change the attachment to a link that they can download the attachment from.
  • Safari

  • Safari got one of the most noticeable interface changes.
  • There is a new tab view that displays all of your open tabs, and it also show you the open tabs on your other devices, such as any other Macs, or your iOS devices.
  • Now instead of heading to a favorites menu, you simply click on your address bar and it displays all of your favorites.
  • From within the address bar you can search and it will also provide you with Spotlight suggestions.
  • Safari now sports the best battery life of any browser. (Up to 2 hours more surfing time)
  • Spotlight

  • Spotlight is one of the apps that we are told is improved on every version of OS X. This time they really did it. Now not only does it search all the files on you Mac, it will also search the local dictionary, Wikipedia and more.
  • The speed increase is also very noticeable, and welcome.
  • Not only does Spotlight find files, but it will also look inside the file and present those files to you.
  • I’ll be putting an iOS 8 review together, than a write up just about the new ecosystem.
    These are my favorite features. Let’s hear what your favorites are in the comments.

    Mavericks Review

    1 year ago in Articles, Reviews by Wardy Miller | No Comments

    On October 22nd, much to everyones surprise, Apple gave everyone an early Christmas present. It released the newest version of OSX 10.9 (Mavericks) for free, as well as some other titles that we will focus on at a later time. Todays focus will be on Mavericks. Other than being a shot across the bow of […]

    iPad Air

    1 year ago in Reviews by Wardy Miller | 2 Comments

    This week Apple released the iPad Air. Of coarse all of the Apple haters poo-pooed the new Air, and I’m not sure why. Everything about the device SCREAMS new and improved. For example the iPad air runs on the A7 chip with 64-bit architecture making everything faster and gives the user a more enjoyable experience, […]

    Avantree Hive Headphones

    1 year ago in Reviews by Wardy Miller | No Comments

    Today I want to talk about headphones. I have had some really nice headphones, this includes the latest from Apple the EarPods. While all of the in-ear headphones have pretty good sound quality, there are times I don’t like having something inside my ear. Wen I am at work, I’m permitted to listen to music […]

    More BlueTooth fun

    1 year ago in Reviews by Wardy Miller | No Comments

    Today I am going to be reviewing the Veho 360 BluTooth Wireless speaker. I usually test all of the Bluetooth devices with my iPhone, but in addition to my iPhone I also paired it with my MacBook Air. The speakers in the air aren’t bad, but I wanted to see what kind of performance I […]

    Bumper cases

    1 year ago in Reviews by Wardy Miller | No Comments

    If you have been following the history of the iPhone, I’m sure you remember the famous Antenna Gate with the release of the original iPhone 4. The problem was if you held the phone in a “Death-grip” it would cause you to loose signal. The solution at the time was to add a “bumper”. The […]

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