Apple on Monday released its latest-gen macOS platform, the macOS 10.14 Mojave, and it packs plenty of great new features to boost the overall user experience.
Apple says macOS Mojave’s new inclusions are “inspired by its most powerful users, but designed for everyone”
Let’s take a look at some of the coolest additions and upgrades you can expect to see on this free software update for mac computers.
Dark Mode is a great new addition that allows you to focus on your work by putting your content dead center of the screen, while distractions like toolbars and menus and other unnecessary stuff fade into the background.
In addition to being work-friendly, Dark Mode gives your desktop a more contemporary look.
Also, when you’re using your mac in lowlight environments, turning on Dark Mode would be the right thing to do, as it’s a lot easier on the eyes.
Here’s how you turn on/off Dark Mode: Apple Menu -> System Preferences -> General -> Dark Mode
While the Dynamic Desktop feature does not really have a practical application, it is a very attractive feature all the same.
It offers you a time shifting feature that adjusts your desktop image to match the time of day, regardless of where you may be.
For example, the default picture, which is that of the Mojave Desert on the new macOS, will be at its peak brightness in the afternoon, with well-lit sand dunes and a bright blue sky, gradually changing with the advancing hours.
And, as day turns to night, the sky takes on a darker hue; the shadows get deeper and more pronounced; it looks exactly the way it would if you visited the place at that exact time.
To turn on Dynamic Desktop follow this sequence: Apple Menu -> System Preferences -> Desktop & Screen Saver -> Desktop.
Desktops that are dynamic are indicated with an icon in the top left of the thumbnail, and when you select one, the description lets you know if it’s a Dynamic Desktop.
Stacks, again, is a fantastic new feature coming to the macOS platform, without which you would, probably, not be able to enjoy your Dynamic Desktop to the fullest, especially if you keep your desktop cluttered with a lot of files and stuff.
This de-cluttering tool, if you will, cleans up your desktop with a single click of the mouse by arranging your files into relevant groups.
All you need to do to activate the feature is right click on your desktop and select the “Use Stacks” option and it will automatically organize your files into the corresponding Stack, including Documents, Images, PDF Docs, Spread Sheets, Screen Shots, and Other.
To view the files contained in a particular Stack, simply click on the Stack to reveal its contents; and, when you do that, a down arrow appears on the Stack to indicate it is being viewed.
Finder is also getting a huge update in this latest version of macOS, making it more powerful than ever before, what with super-useful features like “Quick Action” and “Gallery View.”
Gallery View provides you an alternative way of scrolling through big previews of your files, allowing you easy identification of whatever it is that you’re looking for.
It’s fast, easy, and works particularly well with images, certain documents, and so forth.
Quick Action in the Preview pane is also a great time saver and boosts productivity by allowing you the flexibility to work on files from within the Finder itself, whether it’s rotating pictures, creating PDFs, or editing video and audio files, and more.
Quick Work also gets some handy new features like, for example, pressing the spacebar will give you a nice big preview of the file, plus it allows you to perform actions specific to the file you are viewing.
Audio and video editing, cropping or rotating an image, making a PDF, etc. have all been made available at your fingertips.
Mac App Store
The revamped App Store for Mac is a huge improvement, with the left side of the store showing the tabs menu that includes tabs like Discover, Create Work, Play, and so on.
Clicking on an app will give you video previews, images, and reviews, all of them centered on this gorgeous new user interface (UI).
The rich editorial content on the new App Store is designed to speed up app search, something that was lacking in the previous version of the macOS.
Screen Capture Interface
Screen Capture Interface is another feature that deserves a mention.
It provides handy options like capturing the entire screen, a selected window, or even a selected portion of a screen, along with screen recording options, such as Record Entire Screen, or Record Selected Portion of the screen.
Screen Capture Interface can be opened with an easy to remember keyboard command, which is: Shift + Command + 5.
When you shoot a picture or scan the image of a document using your iPhone, the Continuity Camera feature automatically puts it on your mac.
macOS Mojave is getting iOS apps
Last, but not least, the macOS 10.14 Mojave is getting some of the more popular iOS apps in the form of full-blown mac apps.