With Yosemite, Apple delivered not only the most radical change to OS X, but it also provided countless new features, many of which still remain unknown to most Mac users. Here, we detail four of them. Read along to learn how to take virtual tours above various locales, how to change your Mac’s ringtone, manage its extensions, and more.
1. Using the 3D Flyover Feature to Explore Various Locales
While Maps might not be the most used native OS X app for Mac users, Apple has been consistently updating and improving it in almost every aspect. One of these aspects is its 3D Flyover feature, which provides a stunning way to visit different locales.
As of now, 3D Flyovers are supported in more than 100 locations. To enable them, simply open Maps on your Mac and head to a supported location. There you will see a small indicator at the bottom center of the screen indicating that the feature is available.
When you see it, simply click Start and get ready for an amazing flying tour.
2. Changing the Ringtone of Your Mac
If you have your Mac enabled to receive forwarded calls from your iPhone, then you know how annoying the default ringtone can be. Especially if at the time of receiving a call, you have your headphones plugged into your Mac.
What Apple forgot to tell you though, is that you can actually change this ringtone just as you can change the one on your iPhone. To do it simply head to the FaceTime preferences on your Mac, and you’ll find the bottom of the Settings tab.
Simply choose your new tone and you are good to go.
3. Manage Your Mac’s Extensions
Extensions are perhaps one of the most low-key features of Yosemite. They were announced along with Extensions for iOS, though they have received far less attention. And just like on iOS, you can manage your Mac’s extensions.
To do so, open the Preferences panel and click on Extensions.
There you will see different categories for your extensions, as well as being able to activate and organize the ones available from any third party apps.
4. Edit eBook Metadata in iBooks
If you like reading your digital books on your Mac, then iBooks is one of the best apps to do so. Especially since it is open and provides support for ePub files, the most popular ebook file format out there.
If you have a large collection of ebooks in this format, then know that you can edit the metadata of each of them. This can be done just like your songs in iTunes. The trick though, is to first display your ebooks in List Mode on iBooks. There you will be able to edit information such as genre, author, title, and more.
There you go. As you can see, Yosemite provides a ton of features that were not available on previous versions of OS X and that can prove to be very convenient. Make sure to try them out!
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