Get started with Stage Manager
Apple's multitasking system for iPad is not as bad as you've heard.
The new windowing system for iPad, Stage Manager, has gotten a lot of criticism. Some folks say it’s a confusing, half-baked mess.
But Cult of Mac writer Ed Hardy, who for years has used an iPad Pro as his main computer, loves it — despite some bugs.
“Given enough time, it’s going to be brilliant,” he wrote in a “spirited defense” of the new system last year.
Ed also wrote a good how-to on getting started with Stage Manager, and now Apple has released its own version in the form of a video.
Ed’s how-to is more detailed (Apple doesn't cover using an external screen, for example), but Apple’s new video is a good start if you’re curious.
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One more thing ...
I remember reading an article when I was about 12 years old. I think it might have been Scientific American, where they measured the efficiency of locomotion for all these species on planet earth. How many kilocalories did they expend to get from point A to point B? And the condor won, came in at the top of the list, surpassed everything else. And humans came in about a third of the way down the list, which was not such a great showing for the crown of creation. But somebody there had the imagination to test the efficiency of a human riding a bicycle. A human riding a bicycle blew away the condor all the way off the top of the list. And it made a really big impression on me that we humans are tool builders. And that we can fashion tools that amplify these inherent abilities that we have to spectacular magnitudes. And so for me, a computer has always been a bicycle of the mind. Something that takes us far beyond our inherent abilities. And I think we're just at the early stages of this tool.
Have you used Stage Manager? How do you like it?
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