Julio Ojeda-Zapata explores the new Stage Manager window management feature in the betas of iPadOS 16 and macOS 13 Ventura to give you a feel for how it works—complete with animated examples—and how it might change your multitasking experience. Seguing to solutions for today’s problems, Josh Centers suggests using ChronoSync Express to copy very large folders that stymie the Finder. Then, Adam Engst revisits his tip about disabling Live Text with an easier way to avoid inadvertent text selection in Preview. Finally, Adam discovers a simple fix for the problem of SMS two-factor authentication codes failing to arrive. Notable Mac app releases this week include Microsoft Office for Mac 16.63, BusyCal 2022.3.1, BBEdit 14.5.1, GrandPerspective 3.0, Camo Studio 1.7.1, Alfred 5.0, and OmniFocus 3.13.
Mea culpa! It turns out that Apple provided commands for controlling whether dragging in Preview draws out a rectangular selection or selects text. Adam revisits his previous article to set the record straight.
After failing to receive SMS text messages from five financial services websites that use them for two-factor authentication codes, Adam Engst resolved his problem with a quick call to T-Mobile to remove an automatically created system-level block on those numbers.
Moving large folders with the macOS Finder can become an exercise in frustration if it doesn’t gracefully handle errors. In such situations, ChronoSync Express from Econ Technologies can move your data more successfully.
Apple has turbocharged iPad multitasking in the upcoming iPadOS 16 with Stage Manager, a new feature that introduces Mac-style windowing. It also provides external display support that does more than mirror the iPad screen. A version of Stage Manager is coming in macOS 13 Ventura, as well. Julio Ojeda-Zapata tried Stage Manager on both platforms.
Updates the office suite with enhancements for Excel and Outlook. ($149.99 new for one-time purchase, $99.99/$69.99 annual subscription options, free update, macOS 10.15+)
Brings several new features and improvements to the calendar app. ($49.99 new, free update, 55.5 MB, macOS 10.12+)
Maintenance update following recent release with notable new features and visible changes to existing features. ($49.99 new, free update, 23.9 MB, macOS 10.15.4+)
Adds the capability to quickly refresh a view to the graphical disk usage utility. (Free, 3 MB, macOS 10.9+)
Enables you to choose to use audio from any microphone connected to your Mac. ($39.99 annual subscription, free update, 29.8 MB, macOS 10.13+)
Major upgrade for the keyboard-driven launcher with a brand new Workflow Editor. (£34 new, upgrade pricing available, 6.6 MB, macOS 10.14+)
Adds support for Speech Synthesis to improve voice-driven automation. ($39.99 new, free update, 69 MB, macOS 11+)