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Mac OS 9 feature in Mac OS 10.5 "as good as Windows"? Why not "as good as Mac OS 9"?
Authored by: VRic on Nov 05, '07 12:14:30PM

Even "as good as Windows and OS 9" would nix the "popularity" weakness of that statement, if that's your concern.

As hinted not-so-clearly in the hint, it was standard Finder behaviour before OSX (apart from the deploy/fold shortcuts that used Command-arrow, not just arrow which may or may not prove a bit confusing now that it does two different things depending on the selection).

Windows users may not have liked the Finder, but only us Mac users could find it inexcusably bad, for we knew most of it sucked ferociously compared to old beloved Classic Finder. So it's odd to describe that "new" shortcut as some sort of catching up to Windows when it probably also (hopefully first) answers our gripes, giving us back what used to be ours.

For some time I even used Classic mostly to replace OSX' Finder by a hacked OS9 Finder and Greg's Browser, for those very reasons. And it made much more sense: consistent spatial mode in Classic's Finder, consistent column mode in Greg's Browser, and non-stupid keyboard access in both -- don't get me started about keyboard access in OSX columns mode :-) Maybe that's fixed in Leopard too?

That being said, maybe Apple really forgot all those things that old users are so pissed about, and only reinstated that old Mac feature by copying Windows, but that would be, well, sad.

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