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10.4: A simple way to copy the path to a file or folder
Authored by: dcover on Jun 02, '11 10:51:34AM

Having recently switched to OSX, I honestly don't understand what's so "smart" about its interface design, starting with the file path issue. Win users can move "lightening fast" by using file paths to save and find items vs. guessing and clicking into RSS oblivion.

The other blaring OMFG how could you not have this in the 21st century thing is the file cut command. Some RSS journal should really do an article on this. To simply move a file you have to copy, find the new location, paste, go back to the old location, move to trash (note you can't even use the "delete button"). Seriously, I'm beginning to think OSX interface was designed by people with bionic hands, and for the rest of us, we're waiting on peanuts, bananas, and surgery bills.

At this point, I'd say that my general productivity on a Mac due to issues like this is 30% less than on Win, and that's not even factoring all the special apps I need to torch my system with to get it to do the equivalent of stupid pet tricks on WIndows. Can somebody wake Steve Jobs up and tell him the 90s are over?

Now to update my system ... I wonder how many days that will cost me.



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10.4: A simple way to copy the path to a file or folder
Authored by: everkleer80 on Jun 03, '11 11:46:29AM

The thing you have to realize when switching to OSX is that you can't do everything exactly the same as you do in Windows; for example in Windows I save everything in a complicated directory structure since the search features kind of suck (at least in XP), but on the Mac I save most of my work under my Documents folder and use Spotlight to open everything. This is kind of an over-generalization, but hopefully you'll see my point. What is 'smart' about OSX is that you don't really have to worry about the complexities of the OS/file system - this makes it 'smart' for the average user, but I agree that there are some aspects of Windows that may be more appealing to the power user.

Anyway, in response to some of the things you are trying to do, you can enter and jump to a particular path in both the Finder and in Open/Save dialogs by pressing CMD-Shift-G (in Finder this is a shortcut for Go > Go to Folder...) Also, the shortcut to delete a file is CMD-Delete (note that the Delete key is the one that's equivalent to backspace in Windows.) It is a shame that you can't Cut & Paste files, but there are third party tools that add this functionality... and drag & drop really isn't all that bad once you get used to it.

Now remember, you're probably getting back that 30% productivity loss by not having antivirus S/W slowing down your computer! =)



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