Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 25th Jul 2012 22:18 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes The article I'm about to link to, by Oliver Reichenstein, is pretty terrible, but it's a good way for me to bring up something I've been meaning to talk about. First, the article: "Apple has been working on its file system and with iOS it had almost killed the concept of folders - before reintroducing them with a peculiar restriction: only one level! With Mountain Lion it brings its one folder level logic to OSX. What could be the reason for such a restrictive measure?" So, where does this crusade against directory structures (not file systems, as the article aggravatingly keeps stating) come from?
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by redshift on Sat 28th Jul 2012 02:11 UTC
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I really like having a hierarchical filesystem and find not having it available in iOS limiting. I like to move compatible documents through various programs that have there own strengths. The diversity allows me to do my best work, because I can take advantage of the best tool for any particular aspect of my work. The document centric world makes that kind of workflow easier, where as the app centric world is moving in a direction that prevents it. Not only is my iPad a walled garden, but the apps are becoming ivory towers within it.

Apple has done some tricks in the past that I have liked to simplify the clutter of files. I like Apples notion of making apps a bundle that appears as a file.... but in reality it can be opened to reveal a hierarchy of sub files within. Some more complex formats like Keynote employ the same technique to hide that they are in-fact, a configuration of files. It is also nice having the ability to flatten the view of the filesystem through the "All My Files" view. However, I have far too many documents to manage them effectively with just that flat view of my files.

I like the notion of moving everything into meta-data... but I would still like the filesystem metaphor to be available as a view. Gmail comes to mind as a good example of someone doing this already.

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