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[FM Connect Link Share] Make your UI's FLAT and get the FileMaker bugs out early! This was just released a couple of hours ago on one our of favorite morning stops...Mashable from Christina Warren and we thought we share it with our many members that just can't wait...This fall, Apple will release OS X Yosemite, the latest version of its operating system for the Mac. OS X Yosemite features a brand-new look, tons of new features and tight integration with iOS 8.

If you can't wait until the fall, though, Apple is releasing OS X Yosemite beta to the public — for the first 1 million users that sign up. That means you can try out OS X Yosemite before it is officially released, bugs and all.

We've had some time to spend with OS X Yosemite across its various betas and have our preliminary preview of the beta operating system as it exists now. Because this is a beta, we're not going to address issues such as app compatibility or stability (though generally speaking, the beta is more stable than other versions of OS X we've seen at this stage). We're also not going to focus on any of the new features that integrate with iOS 8 because they won't be available to the public until this fall.

So how does the new interface stand out? Are any of the new features going to change how you use your Mac? Here's our preview of what to expect in OS X Yosemite.

Flat is back

The biggest shift in OS X Yosemite is the way the operating system looks. As we said last month, this is the most radical design change since OS X was first released in 2001.

Nearly every inch of the OS has a fresh coat of paint. From the chrome on application windows and the Dock, to application and sidebar icons, almost everything has been redrawn and redesigned.

 
Say goodbye to the lickable indicators and Aqua bubbles of the past — OS X Yosemite is decidedly more modern.

Say goodbye to the lickable indicators and Aqua bubbles of the past — OS X Yosemite is decidedly more modern.

Still, even though the interface has been updated, it still feels like a Mac. This is important because, as Microsoft learned with Windows 8, becoming too different can be jarring and upsetting to the end-user.

Last year, Apple overhauled the user interface of iOS with iOS 7. The influence of iOS 7 (and iOS 8) on OS X Yosemite is clear. Intricate skeuomorphism is dead, replaced with a brighter color palette and flatter designs. Flatter does not mean totally flat, however: There are still plenty of shadows, subtle textures and gradients throughout the operating system.

A design area that OS X Yosemite really plays up is window transparency. The sidebars in apps such as the Finder and Messages are now semi-transparent. The effect lets you see more of what is happening in application windows in the background, especially while multitasking with lots of apps.

 
Light-Theme

The effect is reminiscent of Windows Vista's Aero Glass effect — but a bit more refined. These transparencies are similar to what you see in iOS 7, but the larger screen view of OS X makes them more visible. Apple goes into a lot of detail on the new look on its webpage.

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