Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 15th Oct 2003 22:47 UTC
Mac OS X I was able to try out and preview Mac OS X Panther 10.3 for the past few months after WWDC and for the last few days I am running a latest version. So, what to expect from Mac OS X when it comes out on the evening of October 24th? Come in and have a look in this preview article. Update: screenshots removed at request of Apple.
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Tabs, Expose', tiling, taskbar, etc.
by tup on Thu 16th Oct 2003 20:25 UTC

The review is good, but I could not find a screen shot showing the tabs that were mentioned in many of the comments. Are these tabbed windows? Many swear by tabs, but they never seemed better than other application switching methods, to me. Does anybody know when and in which OS tabbed windows first appeared? Beos? Some browser?

I made a comment on Expose' in another topic, but I think it is more relevant in this thread:
<<<I have not seen Expose', but it sounds like a flashier version of the tiling function, which has been around since the dinosaurs. Windows 3.0 and 3.1 had this feature. One would go to the "window" menu and click on vertical or horizontal tiling, and the child windows would arrange themselves accordingly. Then one would merely click the appropriate window button to maximize the desired window. This feature also worked with the windows of application groups. By Windows 95, the tiling feature worked with multiple applications, by right-clicking the taskbar and then clicking the appropriate menu selection.

Speaking of the taskbar, it is probably faster and easier than tiling or Expose', from a usability standpoint. A taskbar gives constant visual and functional access to all open applications. And, since the order on the taskbar is fairly consistent, there is no reconnoitering or confusion, as encountered with tiling/Expose' after the applications are tiled. It seems that the dynamic taskbar/dock first appeared in Windows in 1985 (see http://toastytech.com/guis/guitimeline3.html )

By the way, I don't use a taskbar anymore... I just have a dynamic pager [virtual windows].>>>

The "clear-screen" option of Expose' sounds slightly different than prior versions.