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How to use a spatial Finder in OS X
Authored by: leamanc on Jan 22, '10 08:04:37AM

I'm a long-time Mac user, actually using Apple products before the first Mac, but I for one am glad that the spatial Finder is dead. I found it annoying even back in the olden days to have multiple windows open all the time. Yes, I get that it is true to the "desktop and files in folders" metaphor, but really that was only endearing when the Mac first came out. As we all grew as computer users and wanted to harness the power of the GUI, it became not so cute to have to deal with dozens of open windows...that often opened right on top of each other. Option-click to close all windows was the best shortcut ever!

As far as the hint's claim of Windows 95 bringing a browser viewer, I think that is wrong on several fronts. The Apple LISA used a browser-style file manager way back in 1983. That was probably cobbed from what Steve Jobs saw at Xerox Palo Alto in 1979. NeXTStep gets a lot of credit for introducing this type of file browser in 1988, and that's OK because it was probably the first well-known implementation. But, I don't think Windows even had it in 95; I do believe it wasn't until 98 that they adopted this paradigm.



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How to use a spatial Finder in OS X
Authored by: DamnItsHot on Jan 22, '10 12:44:10PM

Perhaps not everyone remembers or even used the original System/Finder (1.1g or earlier) that did not respect folders as directories. Before there was HFS (or HFS+) there was MFS. It was a flat file System - oh yeah we had folders but it was only to kinda organize stuff. If you fit a bunch of files on one of your 400K floppies it was nice to have the folders to hide some of that stuff, but it was all in the same directory i.e., when you went to open a file (e.g., from inside MacWrite) you saw it all. No Folders. Talk about a break in the metaphor!

There have been compromises all along (who keeps their trash can on their desk?) just choose the one that fits you the best and go for it!

Edited on Jan 22, '10 12:45:44PM by DamnItsHot



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