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Everything you need to know about the shared screen and slide over in iOS 11

Everything you need to know about the shared screen and slide over in iOS 11

With the arrival of iOS 11 We will be able to enjoy new versions of two features of Apple's operating system for mobile phones: shared view and the slide over. Now, both have been redesigned and are more powerful, but also more complex. Since they were introduced in iOS 9 they were conceived as a convenient way to visualize two same applications at the same time.

Now, they have become essential features, allowing us to drag images, documents, text and URLs between different applications, as well as work with up to three applications on the same screen at once.

Slide Over vs. Shared Screen

The shared screen basically consists of have two different applications (or two Safari windows) sharing the same screen, in equal parts, with a dividing line that can be moved to choose a fifty percent division or a thirty-thirty percent ratio. Unlike what happens in iOS 9 and iOS 10, this feature in iOS 11 allows the seventy-thirty division to be performed interchangeably on either side of the screen. Until now, the minor part could only be located on the right side.

On the other hand, the Slide Over consists of place the window of an application floating on the other open apps. This is closer to the operation of a Mac in the sense that it can be handled more like a window and covers everything behind it, but you can even move the window to make it disappear from the screen. This feature is designed more to consult something quickly in an open application while working with another. For example, while responding to a message, we can drag a document to the application. The Slide Over can become the shared screen if desired.

Different gestures

Depending on where you drag the second application, you will get different results. If you drag an application and drag it over another, we directly access the Silde Over function. To convert that into a shared screen, just click on the top tab at the top of the panel.

In the current Beta version, the Slide Over panel always appears on the right of the screen, even if you drag and drop the application on the left side. Also, you cannot swipe an application from the left of the screen to discard it. You can only do that with the application open to the right (and sometimes swipe back from the right side will bring that application back, as in iOS iOS 9 and 10).

To put the second application directly in shared screen mode, you must drag it to the left or right corner, to the end. The main window will be reduced a little and a black bar will appear on the side of the screen. Then we must drop the application on it to open it in split screen mode. Unlike what happens with the Slide Over, this works in all directions, both with the app on the right and with the one on the left.

Add a third application

If we have one of the new iPad Pro, you can also add a third window to the mix. Maybe we are writing in a blog in one panel and reading various references in Safari in another … and we want to add a photo. In this case, for example, we would put Ulysses and Safari on split screen and we would drag Photos to the top. Here we must be careful that the photo app does not "fall" on any of the other two open panels since in this case we would replace the open application with this third application.

Apparently Apple has finally given a boost to these two features so useful for users. Hopefully they keep moving forward and perfect them even more.

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