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Mac OS X Informit.com's very own Mac Reference Guide, Owen Linzmayer, again risks the slings and arrows of Apple's most ardent admirers with another look at how Tiger rubs him wrong. Take a look at "Ten More Things I Hate About Mac OS X" to see if you recognize any of your own pet peeves. Elsewhere on the same site, this chapter covers the initial installation and setup of Mac OS X Tiger, either as a fresh installation, or as an upgrade from a previous version. Detailed instructions are given to help you set your Mac up just how you want it.
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Finder is fugly
by JacobMunoz on Mon 27th Mar 2006 15:42 UTC
JacobMunoz
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2006-03-17

I've been forced to use Mac systems for the past nine months, and the biggest peeve I've got with the whole system is Finder.

The default view is either "big Icons" or "column" - and neither is very good for dragging and dropping items. The Big Icons commonly get messy and overlapped VERY quickly, and the column view has a habit of not letting you go 'UP' the tree past where the Finder window opened. The preferences setting only asks "Open new windows in column view", so what happened to the list/tree option? And does this actually tell you if it's using big icons or list/tree - NO! Yuck!

And I think Finder is just plain nasty, I miss the tree views of Win that make navigation so easy. And BeOS's right-click-to-anywhere options to navigate, copy, move, and link are still FAR better than anything else I've seen (even Windows trees). Only Linux seems to have taken a notice to the right-click-anywhere BeOS feature, and that's still dependant on the UI...

I've said it for years, Apple should've bought Be. Finder (being the main shell interface) is crippling the usability of MacOSX - and till they fix it, leaves me sad and grumpey...

"Gag unto me with a spoon" - Bender

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RE: Finder is fugly
by TomB7 on Mon 27th Mar 2006 19:52 in reply to "Finder is fugly"
TomB7 Member since:
2006-01-03

When you drag a bunch of icons into another folder they do stack up in an ugly manor. I tend to do "clean up Finder Window" after a drag. As for Windows tree view-- I guess you must be a long-time Windows users: I find it horrible; you probably find it "familiar".

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RE: Finder is fugly
by tertiary_adjunct on Mon 27th Mar 2006 22:07 in reply to "Finder is fugly"
tertiary_adjunct Member since:
2006-01-15

Umm...you can easily change the "Big Icons" to something else...any size you like.

View > Show View Options

Then slide the icon size whichever way you want.

If you don't like Finder, then change it to something else. Pathfinder is one. A new one is ccoming out called "Filerun" (http://ww.filerun.info) There are other window managers for OS X that work more like how you were talking about. Hell...I've seen KDE running on OS X.

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RE: Finder is fugly
by atsureki on Tue 28th Mar 2006 07:06 in reply to "Finder is fugly"
atsureki Member since:
2006-03-12

The Big Icons commonly get messy and overlapped VERY quickly,

Turn on sorting. Command-J, keep arranged by (your choice), or just snap to grid.

and the column view has a habit of not letting you go 'UP' the tree past where the Finder window opened.

Add the Path button. View, Customize Toolbar. It's indispensible.

Really, don't insist a program lacks function until you've at least moused over the menu bar.

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RE: Finder is fugly
by someone on Tue 28th Mar 2006 10:23 in reply to "Finder is fugly"
someone Member since:
2006-01-12

Finder (being the main shell interface) is crippling the usability of MacOSX - and till they fix it, leaves me sad and grumpey...

We are not in the era of Mac OS Classic anymore. Finder under OS X is just another application. You can replace it with PathFinder if you want.

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