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OS X - what does it need as it enters its second decade?
Posted by: Bimwad
Date: September 13, 2010 09:14PM
As we were reminded below, OS X was unleashed upon the public a decade ago.

iOS is the favored child now, but OS X is still an important member of the clan.

What does Apple need to do for its desktop OS, and the supporting players like the iApps, to keep them fresh? Not feature-itis, or new features for features sake, but genuine improvements in utility and usability?

For me, I'd like to see some love for the bundled apps other than Mail and Preview.

Mail has evolved nicely, but still lacks some features that were present in clients like Eudora, like scheduling, which I'd happily trade for the RSS reader and reminders.

Preview is a very powerful tool, even if much of it is hidden from the user.

But every time I launch Address Book, I still wonder whether I'm using a Mac app.

In terms of security, the built-in firewall has gone backwards, and though Apple is loathe to admit it, some sort of protection framework built into the OS will be needed.

It's obvious to most that iTunes is in need of a serious overhaul, and a monolithic app that manages both devices and an expanding range of media and content isn't likely to do all of it well. It is also still hobbled by the presumption that single users have only a single library located on the primary boot drive. Apple likes to pick and choose which standards it embraces (usually only the ones it creates), but this is one area where playing nicely with the rest of the industry (DLNA) would be of great benefit to the user.

A modern user has to juggle multiple accounts with login names and passwords. How many users actually know that the Keychain exists? Why is it hidden away and of little use to apps that don't have hooks to support it? Remaining hidden will ensure that few users demand support, and leads into a vicious cycle.

Apple could also FTFF, but that is a lost cause.
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Re: OS X - what does it need as it enters its second decade?
Posted by: sekker
Date: September 13, 2010 09:22PM
I want a true multitouch OSX for real computer hardware, not on a big iPod touch.
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Re: OS X - what does it need as it enters its second decade?
Posted by: Fred_Also
Date: September 13, 2010 09:59PM
One area that I think has gone backwards is mount/dismount of network drives and USB devices. How many times do you wait for something to spin up when you use a "Save as" dialog?

And trying to get a USB memory stick back is such a hassle. Something is using the device. I don't care, just close whatever it is and eject it! Do you really want to force eject it? So Windows like!

And then programs like Firefox that don't use Keychain. They use their own PW storage that isn't very secure.

/rant


Fred
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Re: OS X - what does it need as it enters its second decade?
Posted by: TheTominator
Date: September 13, 2010 09:59PM
More cowbell.
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Re: OS X - what does it need as it enters its second decade?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: September 13, 2010 10:07PM
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TheTominator
More cowbell.

Damn it - beat by eight minutes!



It is what it is.
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Re: OS X - what does it need as it enters its second decade?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: September 13, 2010 10:24PM
It strongly needs better SSD support.

I really hope iTunes doesn't change a whole lot more. I just want it to play music. Maybe Apple can create another app that's a general media manager.

I'd like to see Mail have better search options. I'd like better window management and better implementation of workspaces. As someone said, ejecting of volumes should be cleaned up.




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Re: OS X - what does it need as it enters its second decade?
Posted by: decay
Date: September 13, 2010 11:00PM
teh snappy.



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Re: OS X - what does it need as it enters its second decade?
Posted by: Article Accelerator
Date: September 13, 2010 11:31PM
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Bimwad
...this is one area where playing nicely with the rest of the industry (DLNA) would be of great benefit to the user.

Just a comment on this specific point: I think Apple's response to DLNA is AirPlay. Apparently, DLNA sucks:

[gxben.wordpress.com]

AirPlay may end up with a lot of industry support:

[blogs.computerworld.com]
[www.cnbc.com]

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Apple could also FTFF, but that is a lost cause.

Apple seems to be getting away from the whole file clerk/file janitor thing. Spotlight and the iOS paradigm lead the way...
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Re: OS X - what does it need as it enters its second decade?
Posted by: silvarios
Date: September 13, 2010 11:50PM
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Bimwad
Apple likes to pick and choose which standards it embraces (usually only the ones it creates), but this is one area where playing nicely with the rest of the industry (DLNA) would be of great benefit to the user.

No kidding.
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Re: OS X - what does it need as it enters its second decade?
Posted by: silvarios
Date: September 13, 2010 11:54PM
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Article Accelerator
Just a comment on this specific point: I think Apple's response to DLNA is AirPlay. Apparently, DLNA sucks:

AirPlay may end up with a lot of industry support:

Then again…good counterpoint.
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Re: OS X - what does it need as it enters its second decade?
Posted by: silvarios
Date: September 13, 2010 11:54PM
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M A V I C
It strongly needs better SSD support.

I really hope iTunes doesn't change a whole lot more. I just want it to play music. Maybe Apple can create another app that's a general media manager.

Yes to both.


Nathan
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Re: OS X - what does it need as it enters its second decade?
Posted by: raz
Date: September 14, 2010 09:22AM
Resolution independence in the UI



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Re: OS X - what does it need as it enters its second decade?
Posted by: swampy
Date: September 14, 2010 09:54AM
multiple clipboards



If you don't stand for something, you'll probably fall for anything.t
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Re: OS X - what does it need as it enters its second decade?
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: September 14, 2010 10:54AM
Be able to fscking resize windows by clicking on the right border, not just the lower right corner!!!!
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Re: OS X - what does it need as it enters its second decade?
Posted by: hal
Date: September 14, 2010 12:40PM
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anonymouse1
Be able to fscking resize windows by clicking on the right border, not just the lower right corner!!!!

AMEN!!! windows has been doing this since win95
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Re: OS X - what does it need as it enters its second decade?
Posted by: silvarios
Date: September 14, 2010 12:45PM
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hal
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anonymouse1
Be able to fscking resize windows by clicking on the right border, not just the lower right corner!!!!

AMEN!!! windows has been doing this since win95

And I barely use it. I don't resize windows very often.
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Re: OS X - what does it need as it enters its second decade?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: September 14, 2010 02:01PM
There is no right border. smiling smiley




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Re: OS X - what does it need as it enters its second decade?
Posted by: Acer
Date: September 14, 2010 02:20PM
Working with a Windows network is not mac-like intuitive...or even as intuitive as Windows. You can eventually get it working with bookmarks and remembering "Go to Server" is there, but "just click" does not work consistently. Take a look at the "add a printer" control panel for another version of a similar problem in mixed networks. When I finally was able to finagle purchasing a mac for work as a shared laptop for traveling presentations, people's troubles with networking kinda deflated the sails on that ship.
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Re: OS X - what does it need as it enters its second decade?
Posted by: TheCaber
Date: September 14, 2010 09:33PM
replace the mDNSresponder. preferably with a working version.



=TC
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Re: OS X - what does it need as it enters its second decade?
Posted by: silvarios
Date: September 14, 2010 10:45PM
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TheCaber
replace the mDNSresponder. preferably with a working version.

Bonjour seems to work for me. What problems are you having?



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/14/2010 10:58PM by silvarios.
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