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10.5: Speed drag-selection of large icons Desktop
There appears to be a minor bug in the Leopard Finder: drag-selecting multiple icons when they are set to full size is very slow and unusable (at least on my 2.4GHz 17" MacBook Pro running OS X 10.5.5).

The solution is to change the icon size to 112x112 pixels or lower. Still pretty big, but much faster for some reason.

[robg adds: I tested this on my Mac Pro, and indeed, there's a big change in performance when you compare, say, 116x116 to 112x112. It's especially noticeable if you're drag-selecting in a folder with a large number of items in it.]
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10.5: Speed drag-selection of large icons
Authored by: Dr. T on Sep 25, '08 10:27:11AM

Why would a laptop owner with limited screen area work with folders containing huge icons? With dozens or hundreds of huge icons, you'd scroll for minutes just to see them all. If the large icons are photos or artwork, then why not use Cover Flow instead?



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10.5: Speed drag-selection of large icons
Authored by: Anonymous on Sep 25, '08 11:48:24AM

"Personal preference".

I know it's anathema to the One True Apple Way, but there ya go.



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10.5: Speed drag-selection of large icons
Authored by: ipearx on Sep 25, '08 12:24:21PM

The 17" macbook pro screen goes up to 1920x1200 (best upgrade ever that). Plenty of room for icons. Even on smaller laptops I use the big icons to browse and manage photos.



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10.5: Speed drag-selection of large icons
Authored by: asmeurer on Sep 25, '08 11:29:40AM

Cover flow is useless. You can only see maybe five items at a time, while with icons you can see everything at once. If you really want to see more things bigger select them all and quicklook them full screen.
Furthermore, if you have a new laptop, resizing icons is as easy as pinching your trackpad. So you can dynamically make them smaller to select or to see more, and make them bigger to see the previews better.



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10.5: Speed drag-selection of large icons
Authored by: Anonymous on Dec 01, '08 09:45:09AM

My guess is that this is related to the fact that at some sizes it has to scale the images as it moves them. (Similar to the "resize dock icons to prescaled sizes by holding down the option key when resizing" trick.) Is the size you chose one of the standard resolutions stored in the icon? If so, this might explain why it is fast(er).



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