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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by Jace on Fri 17th Oct 2003 00:57 UTC

I asked Which tab is the current one? The lighter one? the darker one?

Eugenia replied:
The darker one. The screenshot does NOT have focus on the window itself, that's why you don't see the *blue* color on the selected tab. Mac OS X with Panther has brought a new UI feature: to completely "unfocus" widgets when the window is not on focus, not just the window manager, as all other OSes do. The new tabs do make sense UI wise, because tabs, are in effect, buttons.

What if you're color blind? What does it look like in greyscale? Is it still recognizable and obvious? I still think there needs to be a "physical" indication of which tab is associated to the active page.

I commented:
> Isn't it funny that Mac OS lovers have had to buy Mac OS X three times and only now will they get back the colored label feature that arrived in, I think, OS 8.

Eugenia replied:
That's flamebaiting and unfair Jace. When you rewrite the whole file manager from scratch, there is no way you can have all features at once as before. Finder is not at all the same file manager as OS8/9 was.

That may be true, but it's a technical person's response and justification. This isn't something an end user is going to think of or be as forgiving about as you will be. An end user sees Mac OS X as the upgrade path from OS9, which Apple intends. Then they see how many features they were used to that are gone. I'm not baiting at all. I'm grouchy about this fact as an end user. I've been very dissatisfied with OS X, while the tech world has been loving it to death because it is so pretty and it is a Unix. Sorry, but that's just not enough for me.