AMITIAE -Friday 17 October 2014
Cassandra: Applications Updated in the Shadow of Yosemite
By Graham K. Rogers
The updates came in two goes: a few this morning and another load early evening here. The first ones were iWork (Keynote, Numbers and Pages) with new designs, iCloud Drive integration and the ability to use Handoff: changing between my iPhone and the Mac. I had already seen this work in Mail, but expanding to Keynote, which I use most, will be handy.
There was also a new version of iTunes which I am sure some users are not going to like at all. The sections are organised differently, although once we are used to them, it will not feel so alien. Most noticeable, however, is the interface which, like many parts of OS X has been flattened and the gloss has been removed. There was much criticism about this when iOS 7 started to move this way; and iOS 8 moved the goalposts a little further; but on a Mac?
This will be ideal fodder for those who do not have any concrete criticism of Apple or its products (I like that new 5K iMac) so are reduced to comments on it not being pretty like before. The problem there is that if Apple had made no changes, the same critics would have been levelling the musket of stagnation ready to fire.
I have already tried some of the controls in iOS Photos and see that some apps on OS X, like Preview also have some image editing tools. With many photo application developers firmly in the Apple camp, I am betting that some of those who provide plugins for Aperture will be bringing some of the same functionality to Photos for OS X when it arrives next year.
Preview Color Adjuster
One application that I was glad to see was the updated iBooks Author. I have had some issues with this for a while and once version 2.2 was installed, these evaporated. I may write my book after all.
And that Yosemite installer is now 80% downloaded
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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