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Work around an Adobe 8 Reader self-healing annoyance
Authored by: audioaquatic on Dec 13, '06 01:09:18PM

Apple designed the OSX Finder quite deliberately to incorporate the sidebar and customizable toolbar in order to make navigation within a single finder window as easy as possible. (The reason for this, according to some insider accounts, was that was how Steve Jobs wanted it. Very little, if any, end-user testing was involved). This has absolutely nothing to do with the windows of open applications or with running apps simultaneously. (?) As for the oft-lamented lack of global view settings, this has been addressed in a multitude of Mac GUI discussions on the web, notably those at Macintouch, with much speculation as to wether it is due to bugs or by poor design.

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Work around an Adobe 8 Reader self-healing annoyance
Authored by: DavidRavenMoon on Dec 14, '06 08:15:29AM

I'm not disagreeing with you, and I personally think the Finder is poorly designed, and needed a lot more end user testing. It's slow and buggy as well.

The NeXTites have taken over the shop, and many years of high quality UI convictions have gone out the window! We know Steve has things the way he is used to working. Until OS X was out he was using an IBM Thinkpad running OPEN STEP as his personal computer. He even used that to do the MacWorld keynotes (which is why he had Apple write Keynote...)

Personally I always I liked NeXTSTEP. I think they tried too hard to make the OS X Finder a compromise between the two OS's.

My point about multiple Finder windows is you sometimes need to do this just to move files around quickly. I keep all my audio files on a second hard drive, and that's organized with folder for each project, etc.

At my job I also have to have multiple Finder windows open for much the same reason.

One odd thing about OS X's Finder is being able to have the same folder open in multiple windows. That can't be good from a UI point of view, and I know many Windows to Mac switches (who admittedly are not computer savvy) that get quickly mixed up and lost. I don't think it was possible to get lost in OS 9!

One add-on I like a lot is DefaultFolder (having replaced ACTION Files on OS 9). Besides being able to navigate to all open Finder windows with a mouse gesture, you can assign default locations for various applications. I feel lost on a Mac without the various third party utilities I use. What does that tell you about the OS X Finder? It's sad really.

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