El Capitan (OS X 10.11) offers a collection of neat enhancements that should make using Apple's new OS a visually pleasing experience.

For example, El Capitan has a new system typeface named SF, a member of the font family used on iOS devices and Apple Watch. Apple designed the font for readability, which you can judge for yourself below. On the left, you see the SF font in use in Safari's View menu in El Capitan. On the right is Safari's View menu with Helvetica Neue, Yosemite's system font. The difference is subtle, but SF looks a little crisper to me:


Mail borrows some moves from iOS, allowing you to use your trackpad on messages. Swipe right to mark a message as unread. Or swipe left to delete it:


Spotlight can pull from more sources when performing a search, such as transit information, and then present more useful results, if, for example, you want to head over to the Oakland Coliseum:


Maps also gains transit info, which is great for finding your way around one of the major metropolitan cities El Capitan supports out of the box. Click a transit station to see upcoming activity at the hub:


Safari lets you pin sites in your tab bar, giving you quick access to favorite websites. Pinned sites stay open in background, so when you click one, you see its current content immediately:


Photos, Apple new photo-editing app, includes a nice collection of editing tools:


Split View is, to me, a surprisingly useful way of working with multiple documents. Instead of clicking back and forth to activate windows you are working in, you have them running side by side in El Capitan:


Disk Utility, which you use to manage disks, gets a face-lift in El Capitan. The utility has a much more appealing look, with a colorful content bar running across the window and a streamlined toolbar at the top, which no longer displays the antiquated Burn and Eject buttons:


Clifford Colby follows the Mac and Android markets for Download.com. He's been an editor at Peachpit Press and a handful of now-dead computer magazines, including MacWeek, MacUser, and Corporate Computing.