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How to cut and paste files, merge folders
Authored by: mantrid on Jun 30, '10 08:38:28AM

This anonymous hint sure sounds like an ad. You would think a "hint" would have mentioned the price instead of leaving it to the editor, and described what the "limited mode" actually limited.

Also, it's probably just me, but I hate these "I didn't like my old platform so switched to the Mac but here's how to make the Mac more like the old platform I didn't like" type of hints.



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How to cut and paste files, merge folders
Authored by: Fairly on Jul 01, '10 12:14:23PM

Fully agree. And there's a good reason John Siracusa and others opposed this feature for so long: it's not only Windows, it's also unintuitive and some would say a downright lie. This has "Bad Idea" written all over it.



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How to cut and paste files, merge folders
Authored by: kapeli on Jul 01, '10 03:25:30PM

I agree that drag-and-drop is a lot more user-friendly. However, this application is trying to fill a gap for the power users who prefer to use the keyboard. No one is forcing typical users to install this, it just provides an option that power users have always wanted.



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How to cut and paste files, merge folders
Authored by: kapeli on Jul 01, '10 03:38:38PM

I, the developer of this application, have submitted this hint. I did not pay anyone to accept it. I thought that it would be a great addition to macosxhints, because there have been a lot of other hints showing how to add something like cut and paste for files. Before developing this application, I searched macosxhints looking for a way to cut and paste, and none of the solutions suited my needs.

If Apple would have provided a way of moving files using the keyboard, this application wouldn't have been needed. It's not about copying functions from Windows, it's about adding functions which Mac OS X simply can't perform.

I posted this hint as anonymous because I did not have an account at that time and because the submit a hint form did not ask for a name.



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How to cut and paste files, merge folders
Authored by: ottonomy on Jul 05, '10 01:13:38AM
I've never understood the fierce resistance to this functionality from much of the Mac community. My computing experience has been largely Apple-centric since I first sat behind a mouse and keyboard. In my limited use of Windows through the years, the ability to move a file in this way is the only behavior I've wished would someday be imported to the Mac OS. It's not a single step that this saves. One either has to pre-navigate to both the from and to folders in separate windows on a Macintosh, or retrace one's steps to the source folder for deletion. The cut function (however poorly named it might be) allows one to select, cut, and then navigate to the destination directory with no mind to returning to, deleting in , and closing the source directory. The argument against this has always been, "what if you get distracted and forget to paste?" Windows answers this by not removing from the current location until the paste is executed. The subsequent argument to that is, "but that's inconsistent with the convention of 'Cut' in text applications!" True, but it is a safeguard which has no practical downside other than disturbing the purist's sense of semantics. So let's call it 'Move' instead of 'Cut', gain some functionality, and be done with the discussion... Which is part of the name of a little application I've been using for years, Move Items X. It operates from the Finder's contextual menu, so it doesn't really compete in purpose with the product suggested in this hint, but it does offer some additional functionality, such as creating aliases in other than the current directory. Now, with this new gem in my repertoire, I can do some of this from the keyboard and save myself heaps of time. Thank you!

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