Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 12th Jun 2007 15:23 UTC
Mac OS X As you have surely noticed by now, Apple's CEO Steve Jobs held his keynote speech yesterday at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. So far, the responses have been mixed; I have seen a lot of excitement, but also a lot of disappointment. Personally, I am not really sure where I stand.
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RE[5]: Copied from what ?
by Dave_K on Tue 12th Jun 2007 18:59 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Copied from what ?"
Dave_K
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2005-11-16

Get real, the dock is NOT only a general UI concept, it's a behaviour, it's the way it works, the way you use it. And that's the point the wikipedia try to reveal but it seems that you do not want to understand.


Reading this debate about whether the Iconbar is a Dock or not; I find it ironic that the Mac OS X Dock actually shares more in common with the RISC OS Iconbar, than it does with the NeXTSTEP Dock.

The NeXTSTEP Dock only displayed applications that were put in it. It couldn't hold directories or drives, and it didn't automatically display running apps. It had no contextual menus displaying application options, or any way of storing more items than could fit on screen.

Like the Mac OS X Dock, the Iconbar in RISC OS had all those features, it just handled some of them differently.

Note that I'm not claiming that Apple copied RISC OS. I doubt Apple's designers ever actually used that obscure British OS. Most of the features that the Iconbar and OS X Dock share in common are pretty obvious additions really...

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