There’s plenty more to love about macOS Mojave

October 8, 2018

Last week I told you about some of my favorite new macOS Mojave features — the new screenshot keyboard shortcut Command + Shift + 5; Markup tools everywhere; and Continuity Camera. But those are only the tip of the iceberg. Here are some other Mojave features I think you may enjoy.

Mojave’s new Finder Quick Actions are at the top of the list. These new items appear at the bottom of the Preview pane in Finder windows when files are selected. So, open a Finder window and enable its Preview pane (View > Show Preview or Command + Shift + P). Click an image file and then look at the bottom of the Preview pane, where you’ll find one or more icons for Finder Quick Actions.

If the selected file is an image, those icons include Rotate Left and Markup; if more than one image file is selected, you’ll see the Create PDF, which lets you turn multiple images into a PDF file with a single click. Sweet! And if you select an audio or video file, you’ll see a Trim icon, so you can trim your audio or video without launching an app. Sweeter! Finally, you can create your own Quick Actions using Automator. To me that’s the sweetest part, but it’s also beyond the scope of this column.

Moving right along, you may have noticed that the Cover Flow view (which was useless, at least in my humble opinion) has been replaced by the far more useful Gallery view in Mojave. While it looks similar to Cover Flow, it includes a new feature that takes makes it far more useful for working with image files. That feature is metadata, which is displayed in the Preview pane and includes EXIF data (if available) for the image. So, without launching Photos or any other app, you can see details such as camera, resolution, lens model, aperture value, exposure time, ISO speed, F number, metering mode and much more. This is huge and lets you use the Finder to quickly evaluate photos before deciding whether to import them to Photos or save them elsewhere.

Another feature I’ve been looking forward to is group FaceTime video chats. Sadly, it isn’t available in the initial release of Mojave, but it will be coming out soon. I, for one, can’t wait.

Last, but not least, here are three more Mojave features I don’t love (at least not yet):

Dark Mode (System Preferences > General) more or less inverts the colors on your screen. I have enabled and disabled it a dozen times already, but I’m still undecided.

The Desktop’s new Stacks option (View > Use Stacks) will be fabulous for those whose Desktops are a mess. I keep mine carefully organized, so the Stacks feature doesn’t do much for me.

Finally, the News, Voice Memos, Home and Stocks apps you know and love from iOS have been ported to macOS Mojave. So far, I have found little use for any of them, but I remain optimistic.



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