Don’t you just love this time of year? Late summer and early fall is when Apple launches new versions of iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS. Mac users get a special treat this year with the highly polished and more refined macOS Mojave.
One of the most notable new features, other than a host of usability changes and updates, is the Dark Mode. If you downloaded and installed Mojave already, just click to open System Preferences > General, and right at the top is the toggle switch between Light and Dark modes. What else?
Desktop v. Finder
Apple seems to be showing the Finder a little more love; now with a nice Galley View. Mojave also comes with a dynamic wallpaper setting. The default wallpaper image is of a Mojave Desert sand dune which changes from light to dark as the day progresses. Now, I’m not into using Desktop wallpaper because I prefer my file and folder navigation via the Finder, but I tried out the dynamic wallpaper and it works as advertised.
Except for a single glitch; an oversight, perhaps. While the Mojave Desert sand dunes can change from night to day, the Mac’s user interface stays stuck wherever you left it. Turn it to Dark Mode and dark it stays, regardless of what happens with the dynamic Desktop wallpaper.
NightOwl fixes that and gives you an easy toggle switch to go back and forth.
NightOwl fixes the dynamic Desktop wallpaper so it works the way you expect it to work and the way Apple should have made it work– in sync with the time of day. Had Apple done what NightOwl does, I can see a whole cottage industry of dynamic wallpaper images cropping up.
Of course, NightOwl lets you toggle between Light Mode and Dark Mode with a single click, but the real beauty is to let it change from Light to Dark based on the time of say; sunrise to sunset. When NightOwl makes the switch you’ll near a little owl-like noise to signify the change.
NightOwl is donationware, so free to download, install, and use. Nicely done and right on time.