It was a good idea to move system updates out of the App Store program and (back1) into a System Prefs panel. System software upgrades aren’t by the App Store, and System Prefs is — duh — the correct place to manage the system. But everything about the demonstration of release notes in this sheet is obviously awful. Macs have displays ranging from large to giant, but these release notes have been exhibited in a fixed-size pane that shows text that is less than an iPhone SE. The rigidity and crystal clear lack of thoughtfulness makes it feel like a box such as an old version of Windows, from another operating system. Whether this sheet were part of a pupil ’s mission in an intro to Mac programming course, a good teacher would send it back and describe how to generate a sheet resizable, the way to make text selectable (and thus copy-able), and how to make URLs clickable.
However, this isn t a student assignment. It’s MacOS platform applications.
The text can’t be chosen, so you can’t copy and paste it into TextEdit or some other program to read it. They even have URLs at the bottom of the note, pointing to support pages on apple.com that comprise more information about the update — however, the URLs aren’t clickable. Can’t copy them, can’t click on them — the only way to actually open these URLs would be to retype them manually.
The release notes for the 10.14.4 upgrade are rather long, because you can see from the relative size of the scroll. That’s good — that there ’s much new in this update and the release notes ought to mention everything new or different. You see about 9 lines of text at one time, and there’s.
I’m far from the first person to observe this. It s such bad design it s clear to anyone attempting to read the release notes of a MacOS Mojave 10.14 update: