Linked by mjhi11 on Thu 16th Sep 2010 20:13 UTC
Apple I love OSNews, but it does seem like some of its editors enjoy just a little too much taking a good natured jab at Apple upon occasion (well, more like every chance that particular editor can get). I thought it time for a little good news and analysis about Apple that critics often overlook.
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nt_jerkface
Member since:
2009-08-26

I like the iphone but I really think OSX is overrated.

I use a pretty recent iMac for testing and I usually can't wait to get back to Windows after using it for 10 minutes. Program installation needs work, the dock gets annoying if you have a lot of programs open, and the entire system was built with a needless aversion towards right clicking.

I suppose the Macbooks at least have the advantage of battery life but 3 hours is enough for me.

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ngnr Member since:
2008-01-16

Program installation needs work


Dragging the application icon to the apps folder is not difficult at all, in fact is the easiest method to install a program imho.

The dock gets annoying if you have a lot of programs open


Totally agree, and after trying win 7 taskbar I hate the dock even more.

Entire system was built with a needless aversion towards right clicking


System preferences > mouse ... problem solved.

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26


Dragging the application icon to the apps folder is not difficult at all, in fact is the easiest method to install a program imho.


Disk images cause more problems for people than exes. Images should auto-mount upon download and then prompt for confirmation to install to the applications folder. It might not seem like a big deal to us but I have seen people thrown off by it. Part of the problem is that Apple does not encourage a standard method of installation.


System preferences > mouse ... problem solved.


Right click works but that is not what I am talking about. The system itself is designed around a single button mouse. There are many cases where right click should bring up a properties menu.

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NeoX Member since:
2006-02-19

Program installation needs work


Really? As was mentioned, drag and drop installation is easy enough and without all the DLL and system files scattered all over like many Windows apps do. If a Mac app comes with an installer it is usually with the built-in system installer that gives you some cool flexibility like using the Show Files.. menu item to see exactly what is being installed and where. I only wish Windows installers were so transparent.


the dock gets annoying if you have a lot of programs open


It can be annoying if you have a ton of junk in there. I keep mine pretty lean.


and the entire system was built with a needless aversion towards right clicking.


Since the first version of OS X I have been using the right mouse button. You only need to enable it in the prefs for some mice. Other HID compliant mice it just works. I use a logitech.

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Really? As was mentioned, drag and drop installation is easy enough and without all the DLL and system files scattered all over like many Windows apps do.


DLL hell is no longer an issue and OSX is certainly good for encouraging application portability. The actual storage of the program is not the problem. The problem is with the multiple installation methods that can throw off novice users, especially if they are used to just double clicking an exe.


It can be annoying if you have a ton of junk in there. I keep mine pretty lean.

I find it annoying that clicking a red button in the corner doesn't actually close the program. I shouldn't have to specify exit or quit if there is no file loaded within that program. It's a system that would make more sense if all programs had long loading times. But more often you just want to open and close a program quickly and not have it marked in the dock. Yes I know about keyboard shortcuts but I shouldn't have to touch the keyboard or move the mouse through a menu to kill a window. It also isn't as good as Win7 at previewing what you have open especially if you have multiple files opened by the same program.

Dock and quartz were certainly slick looking compared to XP but there is still room for improvement.


Since the first version of OS X I have been using the right mouse button. You only need to enable it in the prefs for some mice. Other HID compliant mice it just works. I use a logitech.


I use a logitech mouse as well but that isn't the problem. As I said earlier the problem is that the system is designed around a one button mouse. There are too many cases where right-click does nothing.

Now there are aspects of OSX that I like such as the config menu, Unix services, program isolation and better integration with idevices.

But for raw productivity I believe Win7 has the edge for users who work with lots of programs and files. However I think OSX is good for problem users who are prone to picking up malware.

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mjhi11 Member since:
2009-08-15

I do have a solution to the Dock issue, organize your applications in related folders. Then, drag the Mac Applications folder to the Dock. Pretty much an instant "Start Menu". And since I run both Windows 7 Aero and OS X in real-time on my Mac using VMWare Fusion using the multiple screen Spaces utility which allows me to quickly switch between environments (with a tripple click of my Mighty Mouse!).

So I have both on my Mac and my PC an Accessories folder which includes the calculator, calendar, address book, Write/Text Edit, and other "desk accessory" type tools that ship with both OSs, a Business folder with business applications, a Tools menu for utilities, a Multimedia folder for media applications and a Web Design folder for my web development programs, tools and utilities.

As for the 5 or so most important applications I use daily, they go on the dock in OS X and I pin them to the Task Bar in Windows.

Navigating my programs, though different between platforms, is equally efficient whether I'm using OS X or Windows...Start, All programs, program folder, program. And in OS X, applications icon on the dock, application folder, application.

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