I dabbled in Lion during the developer releases. I lived with Mountain Lion for a couple of months. But it wasn’t until the introduction of Mavericks, that I decided to stay with the latest version of Mac OS X.
Like Snow Leopard before it, Mavericks has been good to me. It runs all of my applications without crashing. It keeps my wireless connectivity strong. Mavericks got rid of most of the skeuomorphs I despise, while finding extra battery life my MacBook didn’t know it had.
Last year Mavericks sheltered me through the frontiers of Yosemite. Protecting me from the harsh visual contrast of a brand new UI. Inoculating me against the plague that was Discoveryd.
This year, on the eve of a brand new Mac OS, my belief in Mavericks is still strong even if the newest versions of my apps won’t run, and I can’t enjoy all of the fresh features in iCloud and iOS 9. Forward compatibility has never been my primary concern, but I would be doing myself a disservice if I didn’t check out some of the new features El Capitan has to offer.
After running the El Capitan beta on my MacBook for a couple of weeks, my favorite new feature in El Capitan is Split View. In my opinion it is the best advancement in window management since Expose. Some apps just go together like peas and carrots, and for the first time they can share the smae screen without distraction. I only wish more of my apps behaved well in split view, and Mission Control remembered my pairings so that I didn’t have to reunite separated apps after a restart.
Auto hiding the Menu Bar is another neat trick El Capitan uses to make the most of my Mac’s screen real estate. My main Mac these days is an 11-inch MacBook Air. I could always use a little more screen space; even if we are only talking about the height of 22 pixels. Working without the Menu Bar feels more natural than you would think; even for a long time Mac user like myself. I have already come accustom to it while using full screen apps. And my vast knowledge of keyboard shortcuts doesn’t hurt either.