On September 30th, 2015, Apple released OS X 10.11 El Capitan, their newest version of OS X. This update included some new features as well as several improvements on the previous OS X, Yosemite. However at the same time, there were some features that have been removed that have affected Drive Genius. With the changes made, it appears that Apple focused on perfecting two main areas in the update, the user’s experience, and performance. Many of the improvements were geared towards giving users tools to efficiently complete everyday tasks.

For customers of ours who have Drive Genius and El Capitan, you will notice that in El Capitan there is no longer the ability to run a Fix Permissions scan if you noticed in Disk Utility Fix Permissions was also removed. This is due to a change that combined the fix permissions into the repair tool.   This is not the only change to Disk Utility either; there is now no way to burn a cd or DVD through disk utility which is one of the reasons that led us to develop the bootwell drive. The last change that was made that effects our software is that software is no longer able to set or change your boot device, so now in order to boot from your bootwell, you will need to perform an option boot, or will need to select the bootwell as a startup disk within system preferences.

One of the most anticipated features that was finally implemented in El Capitan is the Split View function. When you are on your computer, when aren’t you multitasking? Whether you are writing a paper and researching your topic, texting a friend and searching for a place to eat for dinner, or responding to email and looking up pertinent information, you are constantly needing more than one window open at a time. Mission control is great for switching between screens, but it is much easier to get tasks done when the two windows you need are on one screen. When you can read an article on one side of your screen and simultaneously write a paper on the other or look at the restaurant information while responding to your friend’s text, life is much simpler. In addition to the simplicity this feature brings to everyday tasks, Split View is very user-friendly, automatically resizing and dragging windows into place at the click of a button. An improvement that also assists in organization was added to Mission Control. Unlike how Mission control used to have windows stacked on top of each other, the new and improved feature arranges your open windows in a single layer, with nothing hidden.

Spotlight saw one of the greatest improvements in its much smarter technology and broadened understanding. You can now search Spotlight with natural language to find a file or find out information about the weather, your favorite sports team, or how your stocks are doing. Rather than having to find a file by typing in the actual name, Spotlight now has the capability to find a file when you type something like “spreadsheet I made this week.” You can ask for what you are looking for in your own words and Spotlight will understand. Notes also saw tremendous improvement with the implementation of capability to create checklists, add all different kinds of content, and save content from other apps. Unlike before where Notes were merely text files, you now have the ability to add photos, videos, web links, and map locations. Also, you can now save a restaurant website directly to Notes from Safari or an address from Maps.

Apple made great strides with El Capitan, catering to the wants and needs of the user. As we have all survived without these changes before the update, they were not necessarily dire needs, but they sure do allow users to complete tasks much more efficiently. El Capitan gives Mac users the tools to plan, organize, and accomplish.