According to the tutorials, in the local author instance, in crx/de, if I navigate to /apps/wknd/components I should be able to create new components by right clicking. I can create folders or nodes, but thats it. The other options have always been missing. I am logged in as admin/admin, and I deployed wknd using mvn clean install -PautoInstallSinglePackage. I have also tried creating a folder under /apps/wknd/components and creating under that, but same problem.
Im using the latest could SDK downloaded from Adobe yesterday, and M1 Mac.
You are correct. Those options are now not avilable for any of the folders. You will need to create the component either on the IDE, build and deploy the package to get the component on CRX/DE or you can right click on the folder and select it as "Create Node" by providing the type as cq:Component which will create the component node. This will allow you to create component in CRX/DE and then can be imported into FS using VLT or any other plugin.
As mentioned by @asutosh_j3 the option to create components directly in crx/de is available via Create Node option. But if you want to directly integrate your IDE with crx/de than you can use Vault Configuration in IntellijIdea or Eclipse whichever you are using. These are basically plug-ins which integrates your IDE directly with crx and you dont have to worry about moving content from one place to another.