macOS User Interface

macOS 10.12 Sierra is the latest version of well-known and popular operating system developed by Apple for Macintosh personal computers and servers. In macOS Sierra operating system were made significant improvements and added many new features in comparison with earlier versions. The main new features are: a multi-functional voice assistant Siri, the possibility to joint edit note, optimized storage that allows to automatically upload the rarely used files to iCloud storage, thus saving the space on your Mac computer, a universal clipboard with mobile devices, Auto Unlock of Mac using the Apple Watch, the possibility to pay quickly for purchases in online stores using the Apple Pay, tabs in applications that help to make order during work and to group all opened windows by applications, as well as many other features and improvements of previously existing functions.

During the process of new application development under the macOS Sierra, graphic designers and developers are need in of modern, convenient, and powerful software to facilitate the designing of the graphical user interface. ConceptDraw PRO extended with the macOS User Interface solution is ideally suited to easily achieve designing goals.

macOS User Interface solution includes a wide range of graphic and diagramming solutions of ConceptDraw Solution Park, and extends ConceptDraw PRO functionality with powerful GUI software graphic design features and tools. Within macOS User Interface solution ConceptDraw PRO users can find wide variety of libraries, containing a many pre-designed vector objects of Mac Apps icons, buttons, dialogs, menu bars, indicators, pointers, controls, toolbars, menus, and other elements for fast and simple designing high standard user interfaces of any complexity for new macOS Sierra, and creating visual GUI prototypes and GUI designs for new Mac applications. It also supplies ConceptDraw PRO software with an extensive range of different macOS 10.12 Sierra user interface design examples, samples and templates.


There are 17 stencil libraries, 324 vector shapes from develop macOS graphical user interface.

Design Elements — macOS Apps Icons

Design Elements — macOS Apps Icons

Design Elements — macOS Buttons

Design Elements — macOS Buttons

Design Elements — macOS Sidebar Icons

Design Elements — macOS Sidebar Icons

Design Elements — macOS Dialogs

Design Elements — macOS Dialogs

Design Elements — macOS Control Images

Design Elements — macOS Control Images

Examples

The samples you see on this page were created in ConceptDraw PRO using the macOS User Interface Solution; they demonstrate a portion of the solution's capabilities and the professional results you can achieve.

All source documents are vector graphic documents. They are available for reviewing, modifying, or converting to a variety of formats (PDF file, MS PowerPoint, MS Visio, and many other graphic formats) from the ConceptDraw Solution Park. The macOS User Interface Solution is available for all ConceptDraw PRO users.

User Interface Design Example 1: macOS 10.12 Sierra – Apple Menu

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the set of libraries from the macOS User Interface solution. An experienced user spent 5 minutes creating this sample.

This example illustrates the macOS 10.12 Sierra Apple menu that offers you access to frequently used files, applications, and functions. This menu was historically changed in each macOS version. Use the pre-designed vector objects from the macOS User Interface solution for designing your own GUI variations.

User Interface Design Example — macOS 10.12 Sierra – Apple Menu

User Interface Design Example 2: macOS 10.12 Sierra – Desktop

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the set of libraries from the macOS User Interface solution. An experienced user spent 10 minutes creating this sample.

This sample shows the desktop interface of macOS Sierra. Here you can see the overview of Mac computer with macOS Sierra installed, at the bottom of the sample screen is located a Dock menu with icons of the most commonly used apps.

User Interface Design Example — macOS 10.12 Sierra – Desktop

User Interface Design Example 3: macOS 10.12 Sierra – Apps

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the set of libraries from the macOS User Interface solution. An experienced user spent 5 minutes creating this sample.

This example shows the macOS Sierra Apps menu that displays a list of icons of all apps installed on your Mac. Design of macOS Sierra user interface is a simple process, thanks to the libraries of vector objects, Mac OS templates, samples and user interface design examples that you can find within ConceptDraw STORE.

User Interface Design Example - macOS 10.12 Sierra – Apps

User Interface Design Example 4: macOS 10.12 Sierra – Finder

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the set of libraries from the macOS User Interface solution. An experienced user spent 20 minutes creating this sample.

This example demonstrates the interface of macOS Sierra Finder window designed with ConceptDraw PRO GUI software and solutions. The Finder window is the file manager of the macOS 10.12 Sierra operating system which organizes and displays folders and files located on the computer.

User Interface Design Example

User Interface Design Example 5: macOS 10.12 Sierra – System Information

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the set of libraries from the macOS User Interface solution. An experienced user spent 15 minutes creating this sample.

This example shows the dialog with system information regarding a given MacBook PRO. All elements and icons you see on this sample can be easily found and added to your design from the libraries, which are the part of macOS User Interface solution for ConceptDraw PRO.

User Interface Design Examples

Inside

macOS User Interface Solution for macOS

macOS User Interface Solution for Microsoft Windows

What I Need to Get Started

ConceptDraw PRO and the “Mac OS X User Interface” solution, found in the Software Development area of ConceptDraw Solution Park, are all you need to get started. Make sure both are installed on your computer.

How to install

Download and install ConceptDraw Store and ConceptDraw PRO. Next, install the “Mac OS X User Interface” solution using ConceptDraw Store.

macOS User Interface solution - Install

Start using

macOS User Interface solution - Start Using

Mac OS X User Interface

The reputation of Apple Inc. was founded by the Macintosh computer, the first mass-market home computer featuring an integral graphical user interface (GUI) and mouse. It's popularity was not instantaneous however — it was an expensive product in a competitive market where systems such as the Commodore 64 were already selling well. Despite this, various iterations gained a loyal fanbase throughout the 90s, and demand would expand dramatically after Apple's rebranding process around the turn of the century. The current Mac lineup includes three versions of desktop computers, and four laptops, referred to as MacBooks.

Since that first Macintosh, Apple have always developed and used their own hardware specific operating system, originally known as the Classic Mac OS. From 1984 to 2000, there were versions 1 to 9; in line with the companies rebranding, the next release was OS X, with subsequent updates to the system referred to as 10.1 Puma, 10.2 Jaguar, and so on. The last two released were 10.10 Yosemite, and 10.11 El Capitan, and have shown a continued focus on the trend towards multi-touch functions and integrated app technology.

Using the Finder menu on a Mac OS X desktop, a view designed using ConceptDraw PRO

A hallmark of Apple is their device and app integration, allowing for seamless interaction between various mobile devices, laptops, cloud services and proprietary apps such as text and email services. This achieved by keeping a common visual theme and icon representation throughout all operating systems — it is normal to see OS X updates following trends started with iOS (Apple's mobile operating system), and vice versa.

The fundamental style and layout of the Mac OS X user interface has remained largely in place since the earliest versions, but there have been obvious aesthetic enhancements, and elements of icon redesign to match branding across devices. Along the bottom of the screen is a customizable bar of the most common apps, including Finder (the Mac hard drive search tool), Safari, Messages, Calendar, and the App Store, that launch a window straight on to the desktop. A range of system operations can be located along the bar at the top of the screen.

Common glyph elements; one of the icon libraries from the Mac OS X User Interface solution for ConceptDraw PRO

To design an effective user interface, graphic designers will create visual GUI prototypes, that focus on maximising the user experience — searching for the most functional layout that attends to core user needs, while retaining an appropriate aesthetic. It is important to know how the user will interact with the UI, and how functionality and appearance will change, depending on the features being used at any one time. By using specialist drawing software, a designer can visualize numerous graphical models, and present their ideas for feedback or collaboration.

An ideal tool for this type of design is ConceptDraw PRO, now enhanced with the Mac OS X User Interface solution. This solution offers libraries containing the distinct Mac app icons, menu bar graphics, glyph elements and other Mac OS X features — everything necessary to create high standard, professional UI graphic designs for new Mac applications.

Icons from the Mac OS X User Interface solution, in the classic Yosemite window menu style

For users who don't want to start from scratch, the solution also offers a range of samples and templates featuring common Mac OS views — from desktop arrangements to window menu features.

The Mac OS X User Interface solution is part of a range of graphic and diagramming solutions for ConceptDraw PRO, and users can find help manuals, how-to guides and video tutorials for each of them on the ConceptDraw website.