Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 18th Sep 2009 18:34 UTC
Mac OS X There are several things which take quite some getting used to when switching from any platform to the Mac. There are things like the universal menubar, the dock, Expose, and many more. One of the things that often leads to confusion for new users is the installation process for applications. Mozilla developer Alexander Limi talks about the problems Mozilla runs into when it comes to Firefox' installation process on the Mac, and a possible solution. Update: A possible solution?
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RE[4]: Another Option
by magiconair on Mon 21st Sep 2009 07:46 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Another Option"
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Sure, at first your approach sounds easier and cleaner but it has its caveats as well. Deleting downloaded files from the users hard-drive automatically even with the best intentions is a no-no. What if I want to install the application again when I'm offline e.g. sitting in a train? What if I want to download it to give it to a friend on an USB stick because I got a faster internet connection? What if I want to back them up for later user on another computer?

I'm all for making things simple but having too much automagic breaks the users expectations. Not all users are the same. People expect that their downloaded files end up on their hard drive and that they stay there unless THEY throw them away. The people I usually help have messy desktops, don't understand a lot of computers but I'm pretty sure they would not be happy if the downloaded file would have just disappeared. "Does that mean that the zip file with the pictures I send will also disappear? How do I prevent that?" I hear them ask...

Second, I don't see the tidal wave of zip packaged applications. Maybe the apps use zip as a transport format in order to get around virus scanners but the apps that I download usually have a .dmg file inside and that's it.


Edited 2009-09-21 07:50 UTC

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