Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 24th Jun 2007 13:44 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces Federkiel writes: "People working with Apple computers are used to a very consistent user experience. For a large part this stems from the fact that the Lisa type of GUI does not have the fight between MDI and SDI. The question simply never arises, because the Lisa type of GUI does not offer the choice to create either of both; it's something different all along. I usually think of it as 'MDI on steroids unified with a window manager'. It virtually includes all benefits of a SDI and and the benefits of an MDI." Read on for how I feel about this age-old discussion.
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RE[2]: That's only a part of it
by Kroc on Sun 24th Jun 2007 16:41 UTC in reply to "RE: That's only a part of it"
Kroc
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2005-11-10

What, and pressing Ctrl+O is any different on Windows?
That's just one way of opening a file, it's not like you can't double click on a Mac.

I think what you were trying to say is Cmd+Down to open a file, like pressing Return in Windows. In OS X it's Cmd+Down to drill down folder / open files and Cmd+Up to return. It's Return / Backspace to do the same in Windows.

Most Disk Images for Mac Applications now include an alias to the Application folder, so you only need to drag the application an inch to install it; how is that any stupider than going through an MSI in Windows?

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Flatland_Spider Member since:
2006-09-01

Ctrl+O doesn't do anything in Windows.

Most of the time I select the window then type the name of the file to jump to it instead of scrolling through it with a mouse. I don't have to move from home row if the open file hotkey is enter. I do if it is Cmd+O.

I haven't tried Cmd+Down. Is that something specific to Mac's browser view? I'll have to test that when I get back home. That's not any better though. I still have to move off home row.

I use spatial view and Cmd+O is what works for me. I like the view where the folders scrolls inside the window; I can't remember what it's called at the moment though. I like how the structure can be navigated with just the arrow keys then opened with the open hotkey. I just don't have enough screen real estate to really run it the way I want to, 12" PowerBook.

Some of them don't have it. There are still a lot of DMGs that are just the application. If they have it it's nice, if not then I have to open the applications folder first. I'd still rather just right click, select install, and have the application magically appear in my App folder.

I wasn't trying prove Windows was better. I was just trying to point out even the Mac platform has it's quirks that could work better.

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