Linked by mjhi11 on Thu 16th Sep 2010 20:13 UTC
Apple I love OSNews, but it does seem like some of its editors enjoy just a little too much taking a good natured jab at Apple upon occasion (well, more like every chance that particular editor can get). I thought it time for a little good news and analysis about Apple that critics often overlook.
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mjhi11
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I think you make a good point, there are a few very nice new features in Windows 7 that do in fact make not only managing files, but also managing open windows (love the drag left, drag right, 2 equally sized Windows trick.

Fortunately a clever Mac programmer has provided this functionality for Mac now too (admittedly a year later or so) combined with tools to really maximize the multi-touch mouse capabilities in the new Magic Mouse and touch pads (I really do hate typing that, Mighty Mouse was kinda fun and silly but Magic Mouse just seems stupid!). I can't recommend this utility enough...Better Touch Tool.

http://boastr.net/

With that said, I'm rather impressed with the adoption of the "pop up" functionality and application task bar views that developers are adding to their applications in Windows 7...I use those shortcuts frequently.

On the other hand Expose is pretty nice if you aren't running too many applications, and there's one tweak that I'm not for sure when it came into OS X, probably with Snow Leopard that I turned on and I think I like (I just discovered it a few weeks ago) and that's the "minimize windows into application icon" setting which makes a little more sense than finding open windows to the right of the dock and is a little more consistent with the Windows 7 strategy (but still miles behind).

And one could argue that OS X's Spotlight functionality and Quick Look are both pretty powerful tools for file management, reducing the need to stick to the file based hierarchy of years ago (which I don't take too much advantage of anyway as I'm an old "folders" guy anyway).

But clearly Microsoft has made some pretty impressive advances in Windows 7. You won't find me criticizing it much. I think it's the best OS Microsoft has kicked out in years. The performance on relatively modest machines is very good, the stability has been excellent (compounded by the fact that I run it in emulation which is an even further testament to Windows 7) and compatibility great as well.

On the other hand, Vista was a mess and because of my experiences with it, I started looking more and more at Mac applications that could replace my Windows based applications and ended up spending more time in OS X side of my MacBook Pro over the last couple of years and unfortunately spend less time in Windows 7 than I probably should.

But as I've said time and again, I'll use whatever tool is best for the job. I do quite a bit of web design and find SnagIt on Windows invaluable (despite the Beta they've released on the Mac) yet on the Mac side a somewhat similar program but not so much tool called Skitch has saved me hundreds of hours speeding the graphics manipulation process, particularly when it comes to blogging.

Guess I'm copping out but I really do appreciate both platforms and because I can run both OSs and their applications on a single machine (and painlessly access files within either environment), I really do have as our friends Sammy Hagar and Van Halen say I've got "The Best Of Both Worlds".

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