Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 9th May 2009 09:58 UTC
Apple Since it's weekend, which usually equates to no news, we figured we'd follow in Engadget's footsteps by asking you, our dear and loving readers, what you would change about Apple's current Mac Pro. Engadget readers already had a few things to say - this is the internet after all. And since this is OSNews, we add a question of our own: what would you change about Mac OS X?
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RE: Finder, Dock
by foljs on Sat 9th May 2009 12:53 UTC in reply to "Finder, Dock"
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I think I'm not alone on this one, but the Finder is the first thing that should go. Where's the logic here? Who wrote that crap and labeled it a file-manager?

It has a long history of being one of the better file manager out there, starting with NeXT.

What it can really do is only the basic stuff, like copy/paste/create directory and the occasional drag-drop;

Yes, that and archive files to zip, connect to remote servers, browse filesystems, remote servers, external media, search for files with Spotlight capabilities, Quick Look files, create Burn Folders for writing CDs and DVDs, create and show Smart Folders (virtual collections of files based on saved queries), show 4 different views of your files.

Yeah, like you said, only basic stuff.

and what's most important it is rather unfriendly to the user, like try jumping to /System/Library/Extensions without a normal location bar.

Yeah, it's, like, so difficult. You have to click on the computer icon (to see all available disks), click on the hard disk icon, and then on the System, Library and Extensions icons respectively.

(Exactly as you would do it on any other OS --and even easier when using the Column view).

Or you could choose from the menu: Go -> Go To Folder and type "/System/Library/Extensions" in the popup box.

And the worst thing is that there's no real substitute, commercial or opensource/free/whatever. Every other Mac file-manager out there has more features than the Finder, but they still wouldn't qualify for the title File-manager of the month.

Yeah, universally appraised file managers like Path Finder ( )are to sneer at.

Or, Fork Lift ( ).

And I thought I would never say this, but Explorer's a real King-Kong compared to Apple's little Finder.

This borders on crazy talk.

But I get it, you probably just started using OS X (migrating over from Windows to jump in the bandwagon) and the old ways are so ingrained into you that you can't get your head around how things could differ from Windows in an OS.

And what's up with the Dock? I understand that Apple has its own way of doing stuff, but isn't it a bit retarded to skip the minimized windows when alt-tabbing (or was it option-tabbing)?

No, it's actually very convenient. If I minimized a Window I don't want it to show up in an option-tab, because I don't work with that Window at the moment.

(It's the concept of a Working Set of windows. If I minimize something I want it to stay that way, until I tell it not too).

I mean, try raising the window you've just minimized by mistake!

You mean like, I dunno, *clicking* on the window icon in the dock? Sure, it's so difficult.

And why do they have a shortcut for the mentioned action and not one to reverse it?

Because it doesn't make sense.

When you are working with an active window, you can sent it a shortcut to minimize itself.

When the window is minimized, you are working with some other window. Where would the hypothetical shortcut for "reverse minimization" would go to? The last minimized window, in another application? Why should that be any special? This only makes sense if you minimize by mistake a lot and want to reverse it, not in normal usage.

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RE[2]: Finder, Dock
by mightshade on Sat 9th May 2009 14:16 in reply to "RE: Finder, Dock"
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(It's the concept of a Working Set of windows. If I minimize something I want it to stay that way, until I tell it not too).

As I see it (and you both demonstrate it), both approaches have their pros and cons, and both are valid.

On the other hand, with the virtual desktops we have today, I personally don't see the use any more of windows disappearing from the switcher when minimized. If I really want to have one out of the way for a longer time, I can put it on a different desktop.

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