Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 29th Apr 2013 21:14 UTC
Mac OS X "OS X 10.9, which is internally codenamed 'Cabernet', will focus on various 'power-user' enhancements and take core features from iOS, according to our sources. Unlike operating system updates such as OS X Leopard and OS X Lion, OS X 10.9 will likely not be an overhauled approach to how the operating system feels and functions." Features for power users and features from iOS? Seems like an oxymoron. Still, if they manage to finally fix the Finder and Spaces, I'll be happy.
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I've lost all faith
by Moochman on Tue 30th Apr 2013 19:37 UTC
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I've stopped believing in Apple's ability to deliver a new OS that doesn't either seem half-baked or simultaneously break everything that used to be good. The last two OS X releases have been more or less bombs (or more accurately, Mountain Lion marginally fixed a couple of the things that were horribly wrong with Lion, but it's still much worse than Snow Leopard - unbelievably slow all around and LaunchPad still feels like a hack they wrote overnight). At the same time I've been quite unimpressed with many of the changes to iOS in the last couple of versions. They had all the time in the world to make multitasking better than anywhere else, yet they just hacked it on in a way that's simply laughable and obviously inferior compared to any other smartphone platform. And the fact that modal dialogs are the default for notifying about wireless hotspots, or in fact are anywhere to be found in a modern OS, when there are plenty of alternative notification options they can just copy from other OSes, boggles the mind.

Anyway, back to OS X: Here's a list of third-party apps I need/use to "pimp" my OS X experience and why. (Please note the why!!) If Apple had any sense they would implement these basic things first and stop this hype madness machine that they've been sucked into feeding the past few years:

1) BetterSnapTool: Lets me tile windows side-by-side just like Windows 7 "Aero snap" does. I couldn't live without it and honestly, I don't know how anyone else does either.

2) TotalFinder (or XtraFinder): I *do not* primarily use these for the tabs (are you listening Apple?). I use them because they give me back logical features I enjoy in other file managers on other platforms, such as putting folders on top, showing hidden/system files, *cutting and pasting*, auto-resizing column width, bringing back colorful icons in the sidebar, copying file path to the clipboard, and opening a Terminal window anywhere.

3) Default Folder X: It lets me right-click and take action on files/folders within Open/Save dialogs! Need I say more? It also lets me open Finder windows from within these dialogs, or transfer path from Finder to the dialog. I'd be much happier having this functionality built right into the OS, but instead I've got to settle for this proprietary kludge.

4) SecondBar: Because I want a menu bar on my second monitor. It just makes sense, no?

5) NTFS-3G (with OSX FUSE compatibility layer): I need to be able to write to external NTFS drives. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who wants to be able to share files larger than 4GB with my Windows-using friends.

6) Time Machine Scheduler: I don't want my Time Machine running every hour. It spins up the hard drive and distracts me with the loud noises all the time. Why isn't there a built-in way to manage how often backups are made?

7) iPhoto Library Manager: because iPhoto itself seems incapable of maintaining a non-corrupt library, even though I barely use it.

8) Enqueue: because iTunes doesn't let me play files off a network share.

9) TextWrangler: Because TextEdit lacks any sort of syntax highlighting. (Yes I could use Xcode, but it's a pain to have to open that beast when I just want a quick look at something.)

If Apple were to implement even 1/10 of these features I would be ecstatic! But I'm not holding my breath. The current short release cycles model seems decidedly slanted toward new and visible flashy features, not on adding basic functionality to features that are already there.

Edited 2013-04-30 19:46 UTC

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