Join Nick Brazzi for an in-depth discussion in this video Getting familiar with the new interface design, part of Mac OS X Yosemite New Features.
- The first set of new features in OS X Yosemite that I want to start with are the design and interface changes. When you see Yosemite for the first time you'll probably notice some design changes. There are a few other interface updates that you might not have noticed, so let's take a look around. The first thing you may notice is that the dock looks different, and this is part of the new flat design aesthetic. You don't have the 3D perspective that we had in previous versions of OS X. It's very flat, very clean, and very colorful.
Some of the application icons have changed, you can see Messages, FaceTime, and iTunes now have different icons that match that flatter look. There's also new fonts in the menus. You may not notice it at first, but if you look at Yosemite and Maverick side by side, you'll see that all of the text in the menus looks different. I think that the new font in Yosemite is actually much easier to read. It's really nice on the eyes. There are also some really nice transparency effects built into OS X.
So for example, I'm going to open up a finder window, and as I move this around I can actually sort of see the blue background through this window. Now it may not be that obvious, but it will be much more obvious if I change my desktop wallpaper. So I'm going to go to system preferences, I'm going to go to desktop and screensaver, to desktop pictures, and I'm going to flip to the default Yosemite wallpaper. Now I'm going to close this window, and now notice as I move this window around I can see the colors beneath it.
When I've got my window sitting over here I can see the oranges and the pinks of the background image. If I move it over here I can see the grays behind it. If I open up some other window, like I go into Safari and I'm going to go to a website, I'm going to go to this website for an olive oil bottling company. I'm going to flip back to finder, and you'll notice as I move this window around I can sort of see the window beneath it shining through that transparency.
It's also neat to see here in Safari, as I scroll through this webpage, if you look up at the gray area at the top of the window you can see those colors going through underneath it. So there's this transparent view even here on webpages as you scroll. I'm going to go to another webpage. As I scroll through here you can see that page underneath the transparent section of the interface going through. The same is true of the dock. I can see the colors of the background image shining through the semi-transparent background on the dock.
So it's really just visual flair. It makes OS X much more pleasing to look at. Now here's another thing that graphic designers, and video editors, and visual artists really like. I'm going to go into system preferences, I'm going to go to general, and I'm going to turn on this option to use the dark menu and dock. Now you can see my menus have this darker color and the dock has this darker color. Now they're still semi-transparent, I can still partially see the background image underneath them, but they're much darker.
The reason for this is a lot of visual artists like to work in a dark environment so that their eyes don't get fatigued when they're staring at images for long amounts of time. As a matter of fact, if I were to close Safari, go to system preferences, go to my desktop and screensaver, I might change my desktop to a dark gray or black, and you can see this is a much more subdued look. This works really well with applications like PhotoShop or Adobe Premier, which also have very dark interfaces.
So I can go back to system preferences, back into general, and I'll turn the dark mode off. Finally, let's talk a little bit about full screen apps. Full screen apps have changed a little bit inside of Yosemite. I'm just here in Safari, and I just went to the Wikipedia website. Safari is a website that I use as a full screen app on a regular basis. Now in OS X Mavericks I would go up to the top right of the window and hit the full screen button, but you'll notice that button's not there anymore.
Instead they've changed the green button here in the red, yellow, and green buttons on the left side. Now instead of making the window larger, the green button makes the window a full screen window. So if I hit that here, that's how we're going to get into the full screen view. If I'm using mission control, I can swipe between these different spaces, and maybe I'll open up iTunes. The last time I used iTunes, I used it in the full screen mode, but I can get out of full screen mode by moving my mouse up to the top of the screen, hitting the green button right here, and it jumps out of the full screen mode.
So I can toggle in and out of full screen and I can also swipe between the multiple spaces that I have in mission control. So let me go ahead and jump out of full screen on Safari, I'll jump out of full screen on iTunes as well, and I'll quit iTunes. So those are the new design and interface changes in Yosemite. As we continue exploring the new features in OS X, you'll see some updates and changes to the design of individual apps and features, but we'll see those as we go.