El Capitan on a MBP

El Capitan – Mac OS X 10.11 Released and Available Now for Download

Apple Recently Released Mac OS X El Capitan, Version 10.11

El Capitan Has Better Performance

This operating system is recommended for Apple users that have Macs with the proper system requirements. El Capitan addresses usability, speed, and crashing problems including some new features.

What’s New in Version 10.11:

El Capitan’s enhancements to window management, built-in apps and Spotlight search, can make your workflow more efficient. From launching apps to accessing email El Capitan is designed to be faster and more responsive.


New Features in Mac OS X El Capitan



 

  • Split-screen functionality for either the option of two full screens opened alongside or a wide-type screen
  • Improvements and greater usability in the Note application
  • More convenience iCloud backups for the user.
  • 40% more efficient system-level graphics along with
  • Improved security boosting the system integrity.


Metal, Apple’s breakthrough graphics technology, integrated into El Capitan, delivers system-wide performance gains, enabling better gaming experiences, and pro apps can now tap into the full power of Mac graphics processors.

What’s New in Version 10.11:


El Capitan’s enhancements to window management, built-in apps and Spotlight search, can make your workflow more efficient. From launching apps to accessing email El Capitan is designed to be faster and more responsive. Metal, Apple’s breakthrough graphics technology, integrated into El Capitan, delivers system-wide performance gains, and enabling better gaming experiences and pro apps can now tap into the full power of Mac graphics processors.


Spotlight


Yosemite had previously improved the Spotlight search feature in OS X however El Capitan steps it up with a “search anywhere” feature. Spotlight also added the use of “natural language” to direct those searches. For example, you can now perform searches like this:

  • “Files I worked on three days ago”
  • “Pictures I opened last Tuesday”
  • “images I edited yesterday”

 

New Tricks in Spotlight That are Possible in OS X 10.11 or Later

You can use the Command+Spacebar keys as a shortcut to open Spotlight.

 

Natural Language in Spolight 10.11Natural Language

Spotlight has always been able to find documents and different file types and complete searches based on file dates. However a new feature in Spotlight allows for “natural language” to direct those searches. For example:

  • “Files I worked on three days ago”
  • “Pictures I opened last Tuesday”
  • “images I edited yesterday”

 

El Capitan Weather ReportingWeather Reports

 

Want to know what the temperature is in another city? Just search:

 

   “Weather in (location)”

 
 
 
 
 
 

Search for Web Based Videos in El CapitanSearch for Web Videos Quickly

 

Looking for a specific video you know or suspect is on the web?

 

Just Spotlight it:

 

   “(name) video”

 

The more specific the name, the better the results. For instance, if you are looking for a specific music video, search for the full artist and song name followed by ‘video’.

 
 

Sports Scores and Schedules in El CapitanSports Scores & Game Schedules

 

Wondering what when your favorite team is playing or if they are winning?

 
 
 
 
 

Spotlight the following:

 

  • “(team name) score”
  • “(team name) schedule”
  • “(team 1 name) (team 2 name) game”
  • “(team) (sport) schedule”

 

You can use natural language to provide the team names, and Spotlight will find the details.

 

 

get-stock-prices-from-spotlight-mac-os-x-2-610x396Stock Quotes & Stock Market Prices

 

You can now use Spotlight to check specific ticker symbols and get data about that company stock, mutual fund, ETF, or index, with the following type of searches:

 
 
 
 

  • “(ticker symbol)”
  • “(company name) stock price”
  • “(market index) price”

 

Get the S&P index price from Spotlight on Mac. The quotes are gathered directly from Yahoo Finance.

 

All of these new features are easier to use, thanks to a re-positioning and resizable Spotlight search window functions. But allowing for manipulation like a regular window is probably going to work a lot better for users looking for more flexibility in order to integrate more seamlessly into their existing workflow.

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Photos


The improvements in the built-in photo management app include:

 

  • Support for editing extensions. These options are available via the Mac App Store, and can be plug-ins thrown in with full standalone apps, or are just extensions that live entirely within Photos.
  • Make batch changes to the title of images,
  • Organize Faces by dragging more than one to a person at a time
  • Add location to pictures, and edit the existing ones if the metadata is off.
  • Improved launch time performance.

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Mail


Mail gets a host of nice new features, most of which make it easier to use the app as a way to manage your communication and scheduling in a more end-to-end manner. Mail now allows you to swipe right and left, letting you trash messages or mark them as unread, this action mimics the behavior of iOS, and of course favors trackpad users.

 

Mail in OS X 10.11 has a Tabs feature, letting you manage different messages in full-screen, in addition to suggested contacts and events, making it easier to input data in your address book and calendar. These enhancements to the app help to create a more comfortable arena to manage your communications.


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Notes


Apple’s improvements to Notes in OS X El Capitan are considered to be highlights of El Capitan’s new features by many.

 

  • Notes is no longer limited to plain text and the occasional attachment anymore. The Notes app can now ingest and pin sketches from your iOS devices as well as audio notes, webpages, photos, videos, documents, and map locations.
  • Notes will also have an, Attachments browser, modeled after Messages’s Details menu.
  • Automatically add information, links, and more to Notes and Reminders by using the Share button to send your content to your other apps, rather than cutting and pasting.

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Performance


Another one of the best features coming to the Mac in El Capitan is the overall boost in performance.
 
The performance improvements could enable machines like the new MacBook with more efficient functionality.

 

Improvements include:

 

  • Faster launching across apps (not just for Photos)
  • Improved performance for using PDFs and the Mac email app

Metal


Metal is also a new feature in Mac OS X 10.11, it uses the GPU to contribute to the CPU’s workload. So long as the different developers code their apps to support it. Metal may also be able to provide improvements on higher-end machines, and be especially useful for gaming, design, or production functionality.

 

These performance improvements could offer gains for Macs like the new MacBook, which opted for lightweight form factor and portability over impressive processor specs. This could mean more Macs in the future will share a similar design inspiration with the current MacBook: improved performance on the software side allowing for increased hardware efficiency.

 

References:

 

Here’s A First Look At Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan

5 Great New Spotlight Search Tricks in OS X El Capitan

http://www.vinereport.com/article/el.capitan.issues.bugs.new.os.is.recommended.but.some.problems.are.identified.quick.fixes/3593.htm

http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/54770/apple-os-x-el-capitan