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it's the little things ...
Authored by: afb on Nov 01, '07 12:30:56PM
I voted for the 3D dock, since I think it's the most glaringly bad design choice (along with the indistinguishable folders and the translucent menubar) in an interface that's generally getting simpler and more refined. (And I think the stacks might be a throwback to OS 9's pop-up windows.)

But I'm with John Siracusa on this one (who often used the word hate to describe the new interface): it has to do with expectations. As with every release of OS X, the internals are better than before; simpler, more efficient, better for developers (I hope). But Apple shows the usual fickleness with UI design, despite its moving towards something cleaner, more user-friendly and less shiny.

Though the dock is quite a bad design choice, I think the most stupid thing, most worthy of being hated, is the fickle view settings in Leopard: unless you explicitly designate a folder with a certain view, no matter how many times you change it otherwise, it won't stick to the folder; it changes a global general view setting that applies to all folders except those with the custom view defined in the view options. I haven't even installed Leopard yet, though it's sitting right here on my desk, and I know this will annoy me until 10.6.

So it's about expectations: we expect Apple to be getting better at this, as shown by such seemingly divinely inspired features such as Time Machine, but for some reason, they break perfectly useable (though unideal) functions in favor of unuseable ones. And we cling to the hope that someday they'll FTFF ... (but at least they finally multithreaded the finder server mounting and the window icon grid spacing)

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it's the little things ...
Authored by: mhmlco on Nov 02, '07 11:22:30PM

Funny, because one of the items most complained about in Tiger was the fact that there was no consistent viewing mechanism. Every time you opened a new folder it switched to "its" default view, and each and every one had to be reset by hand.

Now Leopard has gone the other way, giving you a common view across all folders, UNLESS you decide a certain folder needs to be different.

Sorry, but I'll go with Leopard.



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