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View OS X animations in not-quite-slow-motion System
I'm not sure if this was already known to many people, but I never experienced it before. Note that this "hint" has no productive use, unless you personally benefit from trying out GUI variations.

From time to time, I'll hold down Shift while I perform various GUI tasks to see if I can slow them down -- yes, OS X still impresses me enough to want to view its animations more thoroughly. However, I accidentally held down Control one day while minimizing a window and noticed a slight difference in the speed in which it flowed to the Dock. It wasn't as slow as holding down Shift, but it wasn't as fast as normal.

Apparently, Apple included this function as an in-between speed. However, when both Shift and Control are both held down, minimization is almost excruciatingly slow. I figure this could be used for, if nothing else, checking to see how smoothly your GPU and Quartz 2D are working. I tend to give my system a pop quiz every once in a while when the processor is busy, by slow-mo'ing a minimize operation just to see if the system is on its toes. ;)

[robg adds: I searched the database, and I don't think we've explicitly mentioned the "Control-only" speed for animations before, though we have discussed Shift-Control for very very slow motion animations.]
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View OS X animations in not-quite-slow-motion
Authored by: club60.org on Sep 06, '05 10:16:33AM

Strange. It works only when minimizing windows. It doesn't work with any expose effect for me.



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View OS X animations in not-quite-slow-motion / does work for expose (sort of)
Authored by: zahadum on Sep 06, '05 08:23:17PM

actually the slow down effect only works in one direction: when restoring the window view (ie zoom in).

it is probably not a bug but a feature that it doesnt also work from the zoom out - the whole idea of getting the bird's eye view of the windows is to quickly obtain (refresh) the spatial cues which a 2D GUI supresses - so naturally there is almost no possible reason why it would be a good idea to encumber the zoom: there is no extra window/task state information that is added by zooming out slowly, whereas there could be a sitaution where the reverse is not true (eg to help the user confirm, by inspection/observation, that the window selection that had been made while zoomed out is the correct/intended one - the slower zoom-in gives that tiny extra opportunity for a mental confirmation/check-list).

but thanx for suggesting trying expose with speed controls , anyways - i wouldnt have thought of it myself right off ;-)

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View OS X animations in not-quite-slow-motion
Authored by: brianw on Sep 06, '05 10:55:53AM

Why Apple's engineers didn't think to include a shortcut to make animations *faster* rather than slower is something that will always confuse me.



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View OS X animations in not-quite-slow-motion
Authored by: Mike A on Sep 06, '05 11:53:26AM

Because that would be pretty pointless. I assume you want the animations to be faster so that things 'feel' slightly faster, or so that such animations interrupt your workflow slightly less. In which case having to constantly hold down modifier keys whilst working would probably be more awkward!

Instead, what we really want is some global setting in System Preferences that will allow you to control the overall speed of all the system's animations. For example at the moment, there is a preference one can set (I forget where it is hidden) that will adjust the speed sheets roll out of windows at. Hmm, I might file a bug report on that suggestion later.



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The sheet speed hint …
Authored by: MJCube on Sep 06, '05 12:57:44PM
… is here.

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View OS X animations in not-quite-slow-motion
Authored by: maczac on Sep 06, '05 12:20:55PM

I don't know why I am replying to this: But if you hold down the Shift and Cntrl keys the animation is really, really slow-mo.

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Already stated...
Authored by: maddys_daddy on Sep 06, '05 04:38:41PM

...as pointed out in the hint itself.



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View OS X animations in not-quite-slow-motion
Authored by: mattybinks on Sep 06, '05 12:51:20PM

In 10.3.9, this has no effect. The speed is the same as regular Shift minimize.



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View OS X animations in not-quite-slow-motion
Authored by: genericuser on Sep 06, '05 04:27:12PM

It works as stated here. Also holding ALT speeds up minimize



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View OS X animations in not-quite-slow-motion
Authored by: genericuser on Sep 07, '05 11:53:13AM

hmm. by Alt i assume you mean option. When I hold option and minimise a window, it minimises all windows in the same application. I love these little things that the Mac developers leave around for us to find.

Also, if you are editing a filename in the finder and then activate exposé (in particular: reveal desktop), the little rename box behaves like it's own little window!



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View OS X animations in not-quite-slow-motion
Authored by: Githon on Sep 09, '05 12:42:29PM

Not for me. Control does nothing to the speed, regardless of wether I am holding shift or not.



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View OS X animations in not-quite-slow-motion
Authored by: earthsaver on Sep 06, '05 04:46:42PM

Shift+Control worked for ultra-slow-mo in earlier versions of OS X (the Public Beta, at least) and I saw it removed from intermediary ones (Jag and Panther, I guess). Happy to see it back.

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