Igor Kromin |   Consultant. Coder. Blogger. Tinkerer. Gamer.

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The new OS X Yosemite has been released to the public and is available as a free download. It took me about an hour to get the download this morning, unfortunately I had to work so only got a chance to install it now. The installation is a breeze and took less than 30 minutes on my existing Mavericks install. This is a quick glance at what Yosemite looks like and my initial thoughts on it.

Yosemite is downloadable from the App store.
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First thing that jumps out at you is the new flat interface, it almost looks like a cartoon, but this works really well I think. Some of the buttons are a little confusing however since the toolbar area is now merged with the window title, or rather there is no more title bar!
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Even the older apps (JDev 11g in this case) look nicer with the flat look. (though Java needs to catch up!)
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The dock is now flat as well. The iTunes icon is red, not sure I like this one, seems like a warning sign being lit up in the dock, maybe that's something to get used to though.
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You can also change the dock and the menu bar to the new dark theme from System Preferences, General...and it looks awesome.
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The notification centre shares the same space as the 'Today' pane, very useful, you can even add a calculator there.
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Safari can now use Continuity and open tabs from your other iDevices, that's pretty cool.
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Spotlight pops up in the middle of the desktop and has been completely revamped now.
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Overall I'm pretty happy with the new updates. I was surprised that I did not have to reinstall Java (for a change!).

The only grip I have is that some of the animations feel very jerky. This is evident in the Save dialog. Mavericks didn't have this issue, so I hope this is a temporary thing that will get fixed soon.

-i

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