Let’s be honest. I’m not a fan of the new habit of releasing new software every year for the sake of releasing it. It might be great for marketing purposes, but when you think about the tools that might stop working for at least a few weeks after an update or the amount of work necessary to make everything work properly might be initially bad for productivity.
Nevertheless, only some updates are painful, and I’ve decided to wait until the first patch release arrives and I’ve updated immediately. Let’s go and take a look at the features that I enjoy using every day.
Mac has a long history of attempts trying to create less mess when you have a large number of windows open. Those were:
- Mission Control
- Widgets (in some way). Obsolete
- Mission Control (virtual desktops)
- External apps, such as “Magnet” to customize window sizes
- Command-Tab. Old-school option
None of those options solved my problem of too many windows appearing on the screen, and I was constantly shuffling windows and using Magnet.
Stage Manager was finally a solution that allowed a group of windows together for specific workflows. I could add more windows to that stack or remove them, and it’s always accessible on the left side for my use. And the best thing — I can see updates happening inside those thumbnails in a moment.
I found myself using this feature more and more daily.
New System Settings Screen
If you had shown me that screen a few years ago, I would make a big deal out of it.
The world probably needed more time to be fully ready for iPad-style of dual-pane settings screen on Mac. But it’s 2022, and this window style makes much more sense now. Mostly…