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8 New Mac OS Features That Will Change the Way You Use Your Desktop

8 New Mac OS Features That Will Change the Way You Use Your Desktop

Mac OS X EI Capitan, which was originally launched on 30th Sept 2015, has recently announced its new features that make up in quality rather than quantity.

When it comes to the changes in the latest Mac OS X version, you’ll see some tweaks to the new full-screen views, interface, an entirely new way of arranging all windows on your desktop, some improvements to the notes, Print Screen Mac, Safari, photo applications and an advanced Spotlight. Here, in this article, I’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to help you get the most out of Macs latest features and enhancements.

1. Cursor Locator

For most of the people, the favorite part is the way to locate the cursor. We used to do it by wiggling your finger on the trackpad or shaking the mouse, but now doing so will make the cursor grow bigger in size for a moment so you can easily spot it.

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2. Split View in Full-Screen Mode

Mac’s new split view in full-screen mode feature allows the user to open more than one app at once. When you click and drag the green window resize button, it will activate the new split view, eventually allowing user screen with two apps at once. You can also have the opportunity to select the amount of space you want to give to each app.

Please Note: Some apps aren’t compatible with the Split View feature such as the Office App.

3. Hide the Menu Bar

In the latest version of Mac OS, you’ll have the option to hide the menu bar added in the System Preferences > General. It’s same as you’ll use to cover up the dock. It’s a quite helpful feature, especially for the users of small laptops where each and every pixel count like 11 inch MacBook Air or 12 inch MacBook Air.

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4. Pin Tabs in Safari

Another mind blowing feature that Mac OS users will now enjoy is that you can pin your favorite website to the menu bar. Or you can say that it’s an easy way to add a shortcut to YouTube or Facebook. To activate it, just go to the Window and press Pin Tab.

5. How to tell which Safari tabs are playing audio

Now the latest version of Mac OS also allows you to identify which of Safari tabs are playing audio similar to that of Chrome, which was started for a while now.

In contrast to Chrome, you can mute the audio with just clicking the tab once. Click > Mute this tab.

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6. Add PDFs, URLs and Maps to Notes

The New version of Mac OS allows the user to add the URLs, PDFs and Map locations to the Notes. If you want to insert a map location to the Notes, just click the Share > Notes. This way you can quickly add any location you want to your Notes section. After adding, double-click on the particular location and you’ll be automatically redirected to the map.

Moreover, it’s also possible to format or delete the saved text with an added option of turning a list into a checklist.

7. Smart Suggestions in Mail

Mac OS offers a new feature with the name of ‘Smart Suggestions’. The latest feature allows the user to search your mail messages with the help of events and names while prompting you to add them to your calendar or contact list.

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8. MacBook Trackpad

All the latest versions of MacBooks come with a new Force touch option. With this feature, you can silently tap your touchpad to select something you want. Just go to the tab System Preferences and select Trackpad and then choose on the Point & Click > Silent Clicking.

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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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