Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 29th Aug 2011 22:27 UTC
Windows Ah yes, Windows Explorer. One of the oldest parts of Windows, and yet, it's far from perfect. It's hated less than, say, the Finder (but that's no achievement), but most geeks I know aren't particularly fond of it either. For Windows 8, Microsoft is going to make the biggest change ever to Explorer's interface: it's getting the ribbon treatment.
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Comment by mrnagrom
by mrnagrom on Tue 30th Aug 2011 09:26 UTC
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i started typing something really long to explain why this video makes me love apples finder. so you're going to put copy path on top of the button cake, i believe somebody invented a more logical copy path and called it drag and drop. kudos microsoft on yet another failure to make things generally useful or unconfusing.

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RE: Comment by mrnagrom
by Lennie on Tue 30th Aug 2011 09:34 in reply to "Comment by mrnagrom"
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Actually, in a corporate environment people are encouraged to send a link instead of the file to other people.

Especially if say the 20 people that receive it, should all add something to the file. (let's say large Excel file).

Why would you want 20 mailboxes to contain a 5MB file that they all should change and send back to the author and have him/her try to copy/paste it in the original ?

Let them all change the original.

Obviously there are problems with that, as everyone knows. Only one person can actually edit the file at a time.

A webinterface is usually a lot easier for that. Something like Google Docs where people can edit at the same time would probably be a better fit (not that I've ever used Google Docs, but atleast it is a well known name).

Edited 2011-08-30 09:37 UTC

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RE: Comment by mrnagrom
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 30th Aug 2011 09:45 in reply to "Comment by mrnagrom"
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Drag and drop is nice for the occasional file move, but anyone doing any serious file management HATES it, and for good reason - it is one of the most RSI-inducing activities on a computer. Keeping a mouse button pressed (incredibly muscle tension) while also moving it around trying to hit a target?


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RE[2]: Comment by mrnagrom
by Icaria on Tue 30th Aug 2011 10:18 in reply to "RE: Comment by mrnagrom"
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It's not just that, DnD is bad for the less technically literate, also. One slip of the finger and they have to come and call me because that file they wanted to move ended up god-knows-where.

It's also wholly inconsistent. I defy even a power user to predict when DnD will copy a file and when DnD will move a file. The worst example was XP's 'favourites' (explorer sidebar, menu), which would move your stuff to the favourites folder. I ended up being unable to login to an install after I tried to create a shortcut to my explorer shell replacement in favourites, unaware that'd it'd move the whole damn blackbox directory and leave Windows looking for my shell in the wrong place.

Granted, that's an outside use case and my second complaint is mostly over MS' implementation, not DnD itself.

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