We recently upgraded our production system to Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite. So far things have been running very smoothly. The system has a cleaner, flatter design. There is deeper integration with Apple’s other devices such as the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A new feature called Handoff allows you to easily move or ‘hand off’ open documents from one device to another. Spotlight, the Mac search tool, now appears in the middle of the screen and can be used to search not only your hard drive but almost anything including things on the web and wikipedia. iCloud drive now allows you to store any type of file similar to services such the popular Dropbox.
Something that may be useful for musicians is the ability to attach very large files via Apple’s Mail program (up to the 5 GB limit of your iCloud storage capacity). For instance, a musician may need to send large high quality audio files or tracks to another artist or studio. Normally, email providers set limits on attachments and block them if they are over 20 or 25 megabytes. Mail Drop simplifies the method. The recipient will receive a download attachment link in the email to click on and the file will be downloaded as a normal attachment from the iCloud server.