Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 21st Dec 2010 00:09 UTC
Mac OS X It's a public secret that there are many people with complaints about Mac OS X's Finder. It lacks several features common to other file managers, and on top of that, it has several issues with dealing with some types of network shares (SAMBA, specifically). While third parties can't fix the bugs, they can extend the Finder's feature set. TotalFinder is a collection of Finder extensions that tries to bring some of Google Chrome's interface ideas to the Finder. BinaryAge was kind enough to provide me with a free license so I could give a quick review of TotalFinder.
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BeOS tracker
by henderson101 on Tue 21st Dec 2010 10:41 UTC
henderson101
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2006-05-30

I think it is amusing that most of the things Thom is moaning about are also things that were exactly the same in BeOS R5.03 (one of his favoured OS.) The classic Tracker was actually more annoying, as it opened every folder in a new window (no way to stop it doing this without using a keyboard modifier) and did not support "copy" and "paste", let alone "cut". OpenTracker has addressed some of these issues, but pure vanilla R5.03, as in BeOS as Be Inc intended it to be used, has more "flaws" that Finder in OS X. You know what though? I cut my teeth on BeOS, so I was used to all of this. When I moved to Mac, it was all the same - with some improvements. Sure I moved to OpenTracker (I was on PowerPC, so I used to build from source) but most of the crufty bloatware Windows features were left off. All I used to do was turn off the "open in new window" and add the navigation bar. All else was left "as-is". You know what? I survived.

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RE: BeOS tracker
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 21st Dec 2010 11:16 in reply to "BeOS tracker"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

I think it is amusing that most of the things Thom is moaning about are also things that were exactly the same in BeOS R5.03 (one of his favoured OS.)


I fail to see how "I like BeOS" means "Everything about the BeOS is awesome-super-duper".

Then again, I'm not used to being a fanboy like some others around here.

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RE[2]: BeOS tracker
by henderson101 on Tue 21st Dec 2010 12:05 in reply to "RE: BeOS tracker"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

"I think it is amusing that most of the things Thom is moaning about are also things that were exactly the same in BeOS R5.03 (one of his favoured OS.)


I fail to see how "I like BeOS" means "Everything about the BeOS is awesome-super-duper".
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Which is why I said "favoured" and not "awesome-super-duper-bestest-most-wonderous" OS. Favoured implies you like it a little more than other OS, nothing more.

Then again, I'm not used to being a fanboy like some others around here.


Well no. There are fanboys and then there are people that simply use the tools they are given and can't understand why others have an issue. Which are you? I'm most definately in the latter camp. I used to be a BeOS Fanboy, but that was another lifetime. I favour Mac above Windows, but I use both equally as much as each other these days.

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RE: BeOS tracker
by dragossh on Tue 21st Dec 2010 12:12 in reply to "BeOS tracker"
dragossh Member since:
2008-12-16

Are you really comparing 2010's Finder with 2000's BeOS Tracker? My my, some standards we have...

Edited 2010-12-21 12:13 UTC

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RE[2]: BeOS tracker
by henderson101 on Tue 21st Dec 2010 12:14 in reply to "RE: BeOS tracker"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

Are you really comparing 2010's Finder with 2000's BeOS Tracker? My my, some standards we have...


No. I'm stating that your perception is coloured by your environment.

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RE[2]: BeOS tracker
by MysterMask on Tue 21st Dec 2010 19:19 in reply to "RE: BeOS tracker"
MysterMask Member since:
2005-07-12

Are you really comparing 2010's Finder with 2000's BeOS Tracker? My my, some standards we have...


What's the problem about this? Old software does not have to be bad just because it's old. I actually liked the old Mac OS Finder (pre OS X) better than the new one (and both are miles better then any other file manager I used so far on any platform).

Of course, newer software might have some additional features but the basics - file management - stays the same and either works for you or it doesn't ..

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RE: BeOS tracker
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 21st Dec 2010 20:54 in reply to "BeOS tracker"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

The file manager is actually the one part of BeOS I didn't like.

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RE: BeOS tracker
by vault on Fri 24th Dec 2010 00:27 in reply to "BeOS tracker"
vault Member since:
2005-09-15

Seems like Tracker used a concept called Spatial Navigation, which was very popular at the time. Opening of every folder in a separate window is a requirement of this concept. You really shouldn't compare it's features with Finder, which uses a completely different method.

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