Apple OS X 10.11 El Capitan Review

Apple OS X 10.11 El Capitan, presented recently at the WWDC, has been developed around improving the overall experience and easiness of using the new programs, and enhanced efficiency following modifications to the design technology.

Built on the strong fundamentals of last seasons’ Yosemite launch, a designer evaluation of El Capitan is currently offered for Mac developers to play around with, while the beta programs will be provided in this summer. For these reasons, the early first look have been made by using an El Capitan beta edition on a 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, so some functions may be changed in the near future. The complete edition will be available for free downloading at the Mac App Store in the fall.

This is not designed to be an extensive evaluation of El Capitan – but it is more about presenting its primary functions and the different methods in which you will be able to use the system. El Capitan, if you do not know already, is a stone development in Yosemite Natioanl Park, and also the third program upgrade from Apple to take the name from a place in California.

Mission Control

Apple OS X 10.11 El Capitan Mission_Control

The mission management has been structured to help you to spot which display you are after when you have got several applications started and going for your attention. The real difference is the fact that El Capitan’s Mission Control seems usually better than before, with the company declaring that the windows are now distributed in an even part instead of being more arbitrarily allocated.

Whereas Yosemite showed the app’s symbol overlaid on the opened program itself along with the illustrative labels of Schedule, iTunes, Connections etc, El Capitan shows labels only once you float the mouse cursor over them. This is activated either by pressing upwards on the keyboard using three fingers, or by using the F3 or Mission Control key.

It is also an intelligent way to easily make several desktops, by pulling and spreading apart applications to the top of the display in the areas’ bar. You can fill in each individual window with the applications you need and search between them by swiping left and right with three fingers, or keep just one app started in full screen, as it is in Yosemite.

Split View

Split View

For now, Mac customers can now immediately set two applications to work side-by-side. This is generally the little bit snazzier way of resizing two programs without having to muck around. You can do it by simply clicking and pressing on the green dots in the high left-hand area of the first app you would want to resize, and selecting whether you would like to place it on the right or left part of the display with the help of the red veil.

You are then offered the other started applications to choose your second display and, once chosen, the two windows will be divided down the center of the screen. You can re-size them by quickly clicking and dragging the black dividing line between these two. Again, swiping to the right and left with three fingers permits you to go between the fully sized windows, and by clicking the green dot it will get the window to its previous size. You can change the windows by pulling the top bar of the application you would like to move to the left or right.

It is basically the same as the Windows’ Snap function, but more practical given that you can easily select your additional display, while Snap is functioning best when both of the windows are already running.

Giant Cursor

Giant Cursor

Apple’s vice chairman of software development, Todd Federighi, is a big fan of this particular function, as shown during the WWDC meeting, saying: “El Capitan allows to find your cursor easier than ever. It is enough to do just the ‘shake’ that we all usually do, and it gets out immediately to invite you in. It is really handy!” ‘Calling the cursor’ momentarily makes the pointer larger as you move the finger on the track pad, before reducing it back to its normal measurements once you stop.




Spotlight has been offered a renovation in El Capitan to provide more appropriate and precise results for it than ever before, such as organic terminology searches. Typing into the field phrases like ‘Find pictures taken in San Francisco last days’ or ‘Show me the e-mails from John Williams’ quickly offers the contextualized queries, and usually proved to be helpful and worked pretty well in the beta version. It attracts a variety of resources such as your e-mail, records, schedule, web history, applications and other information, and it has been renewed to include weather predictions, shares and web movies. The Spotlight display can also be resized and taken to a desktop place of your own choice.



The Notes app has obtained one of the most impressive overhauls of all upgrades, having served as little more than just an iOS/OS X cross-platform note pad in the past. Now, you can include pictures, video clips, map places, sound tracks and other stuff into your notes by using two methods. You can drag and drop your computer files into the notes (though when it is done with video clips, it will save them as a picture. Dropping the files’ URL will make a video link, or just right click, choose Share > Notes to include the media file to the note.

Once you start writing something in a new note, the texts are immediately arranged for strong fonts for the titles and a compact sized font for the body written text. You can easily look for pictures placed into Notes by simply clicking the Attachment key, or make a to-do list by using the Checklist icon. Notes ported from other gadgets are saved on the left-hand part of the application, where a new folder can be created to have it organized.



One of the more welcomed developments in the design of El Capitan is the capability to mute sounds from the Smart Search bar, this meaning that you do not even need to be straight on the page to immediately silence it. Clicking and pressing on the sound symbol delivers a list of all the tabs currently playing sounds, enabling you to mute them as you wish. No more annoying songs in your audio boxes.

Another new function is rapidly pinning websites to your tab bar, noticed with a symbol. Right click the website’s tab to get out the Pin Tab selection and add it to your list. These options will remain in their place whenever you start the new Safari windows, and will continue to work in the background even you are not using them.



Apple’s e-mail client has never been a stylish one, but El Capitan has brought in some welcomed developments. You can now move your messages to the right by using two finger gestures on the track pack to mark the e-mails as unread or to the left to send them to the junk, as is the custom with the iOS. You can now also write several e-mails simultaneously thanks to a new tab program.

Mail also benefits from enhanced contact options with information recognition. When you get a message from a friend who has new contact details, you can add the new info to his contact card from within the E-mail app, and event information – like a traveling number or supper booking times – can be included in your schedule by clicking on the personal details and choosing Add to Calendar.

Like the Spotlight, e-mail searching has also been modified to come to return a wide range of results from organic terminology demands, such as ‘Show me the e-mails from John Williams with attachments’. It is a particularly useful option for when you have an unclear idea of a period of time you had a message within, enabling you to filter it down easily.

Maps with Transportation Directions

Maps with transportation directions

At last, the Maps have been modified to consist of trains and buses, known here as public transportation. In the try out version, there are not too many places to back up this new inclusion, but this will surely be prolonged to the whole version with the complete autumn launch. Once you have chosen your recommended path between two places, you can deliver it to your iPhone by the Share key to the right of your Smart Search tab.

You can modify the means of transportation for your trip under a View tab > Transit Guidelines and choose between Bus, Light Rail and Subway, Commuter Rail or Ferry. Again, these are prone to changes in the complete edition for tourist routing. We do not usually take many ferryboats.


Amateur picture publishers are now able to obtain modified additions from the Mac App Store, these being generally a new variety of filters and resources enabling you to modify images straight from the Photos option. This function comes very handi in our days when countless numbers of photos are taken, stored and shared on computers, mobile devices, social networks and cloud technology.

First Review Conclusion

While many places are still subject to changes, the designers’ version of El Capitan looks incredibly appealing. In particular, Spotlight, Split View and E-Mail’s significantly improved and organic terminology search potential are to be praised, while the impressive developments to Notes for writing application are a leap forward. Even if these are not revolutionary changes in the way the program looks or is used, they are step-by-step developments that turn the OS X into an easier and more effective experience.

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