To make this complicated, I have Ventura on 3 Macs that I use, some more than others, and I use Stage Manager on two of them. On the third it’s a lower resolution display and I want as much screen space as. possible for the app I’m using primarily.
Also, while I like Stage Manager most of the time, there are times when it gets in the way a bit.
I’m not running Ventura, so I don’t have the option. But for what I do, I don’t think it will offer me much advantage over what I do today (quit apps I’m not actively using, hide those running in the background and move some stuff to other spaces if the desktop gets very cluttered).
I use Mission Control to organize multiple virtual desktops. With a trackpad, its trivial to switch betwwen them without invoking Mission Control. So, I don’t see what advantages Stage Manager would provide me.
[Somehow this may have gotten in the wrong category. I don’t know how to move it.]
In my office I use multiple screens on both my desktop and laptop machines. For Adobe Premiere Pro projects I use two external screens for Premiere windows and the MacBook Pro screen for script and notes. A similar approach is used for Tax Preparation and Estate Management. Universal Control makes easy access to other apps on my Mini as necessary. A similar approach is used for Tax Preparation and Estate Management.
iPad use is generally for reading equipment manuals in the field and other single task usage.
Bottom line: I don’t use Stage Manager because I have not yet seen any advantage to Stage Manager which would justify pausing my activities to learn how to use it.
I have a MB Air. I’ve been using Stage Manager for a few months, and I really like it. But, I also use Alfred a lot to call up applications. If I had a larger screen, I’m sure I’d use Stage Manager even more.
I’m used to having a lot of windows open at once, all the time. For work I’ve got browser windows (several, with different profiles in them), editor windows (several, for different sub-projects), Slack, Mail, Terminal, and a few more. I was doing okay just having them all stacked in their various places, but I find Stage Manager cleans things up just the right amount, so that I can focus on what I want, without losing track of windows that I’m not focused on. It’s a little buggy, though, so sometimes windows do weird flickering dances. It’s the best window management tool I’ve seen yet for how I like to work.
I sit with an M1 MB Air & an external monitor — this is how I organise what I’m working on. (Lists & overviews on the Air, task windows on the external — I know many others who have similar working habits…)
As soon as I implemented Stage Manager I disliked it. Disabling it on all devices was something I did quickly. Sorry Apple, I love you, but I wasn’t surprised by the survey result here at TidBITS!
I checked it out and found it unnecessary for my personal preferences and workflow. (I have a single 4K screen, but I use virtual desktops and assign certain apps to certain desktops, which keeps my photo catalog and photo editor away from my email and web browsing. That’s all I need.) I also found it doesn’t run perfectly smoothly on my 2018 Mac mini, so I didn’t feel compelled to try harder.