How Could OS X Be Improved?

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    I miss solitaire game a lot since I switched from PC.
     
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    Try the free Solitaire XL... :rolleyes:
     
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    Wow, thanks! :D I gotta admit, I miss my Solitaire when I'm on my Mac. :p

    Edit: Haha, even Solitaire on the Mac owns the Windows version. The transparent background is a very nice touch. I also like how you can drag your own image onto the cards' backs.
     
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    How on earth could I not know that? Thanks Mitthrawnuruodo. Now I have one more good reason why shouldn't I be in MR :D
     
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    I'd like to actually be able to maximize a window. :rolleyes:
     
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    Hopefully never. Somebody please remind me of the resource-hog that this would be.

    Anyway, what's the point? Distracting eye-candy does not make good a UI and surely when using a Mac, the contents of windows are far more interesting than the desktop.
     
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    seriypshick

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    I would add thesee to the list

    1. Iclude an option in finder to make the background non scrollable(icons scrool, picture stays in the same place)
    2. Include an option for all apps (not Finder) to close the app when you click close button.
     
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    I'd like to be able to surf the web without my browser coming to a almost complete stop. :( If anyone know of a setting to change, plz let me know :).
     
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    for those with processor cycles to kill:
    http://freshsqueeze.com/products/freeware/

    backlight will do the trick.
     
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    1) Give me a consistent gui.
    2) Update the Automator app, it's dead slow and it needs LOADS of new stuff to make it really useful.
     
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    1. tabbed finder windows
    2. tabbed ichat windows
    3. consistant UI
    4. expand on iCal features
     
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    1. Decide on a constant GUI style, and keep to one - no mash of 3 or 4 different styles.

    2. Improve finder performance - especially the time it takes to populate "Open With" menu, sometimes can take too long.

    3. Allow users to manually associate file types with applications - the ability to remove file associations...
     
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    gekko513

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    I made that :D ... I'm glad you like it. There are still some small bugs, but they don't affect the game most of the time. When I get my programming mojo back I might fix the bug that makes the game freeze up if it can't reach the high score server when you're connected to the internet. :)
     
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    - A transparent "FTP" finder window that's hooked to a server. Add or change a file, and it silently sends it up to the server. Periodically, it asks the server for new and modified files and downloads them. The current FTP window is read-only which is like non-alcoholic beer - almost useless.
    - A dock that just does more.
    -- It will NOT dock docs i meant to trash because the magnification moved the trashcan out of the way at the last second.
    -- It will implement a window switcher. There should at least be away to visually choose which window you want to switch to that doesn't involve a long menu.
    -- Let me have collapsable or expandable sections. I don't need to see Sound Studio and GarageBand during times when I'm coding, and vice versa
    - Labels with configurable colors which don't render like a box of skittles.
    - A creative way to "merge" the Save-As dialog box with a finder window. I constantly find I'm browsing around folders to save a file, then have to repeat the browse around back in the finder to locate the new file. The "Save As" dialog is just some additional view of your files, when it might be able to be merged with the one true source of files and folders: the finder.
    - More control over networking, like a Refresh button. I click on that "Network" icon in the finder window and then just sort of stare at it for 10 minutes, wondering if it's gonna find anything... or if it's even looking
    - A way to darken every window but the current application's (like when you're in app-exposé), and optionally a way to even somewhat darken the non-active window of the current app.
    - A Launchbar/Quicksilver thing. I'm not 100% happy with either of these guys anymore.
    - A Spotlight which doesn't take up so much damn ram. It's currently using 128M of REAL ram, almost 40MB more than the kernel itself. I only have a Gig. That's ridiculous.
    - A Columns view that springs back left when it needs to. Click on a few folders, and then click on one that's still visible, say 2 levels up. You wind up with a large whitespace on the right where the folder view used to be, and you have to scroll back left to see what you're looking at.
    - Smart folder icons. If I have a folder full of word docs, there should be an image of a word doc on the containing folder. If the folder contained word docs + Word, the folder should have a Word app icon on it. If the folder contained a dozen applications, it should have the Application icon on it.
     
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    My, that article really said nothing didn't it?
    Although stronger search arguments would be nice.

    PlaceofDis, I like your ideas for incorporating tabs in finder windows (ohhh and iChat too).

    I personally would like a "mode or project" setting that can be customized for whatever task one does on a daily basis. For example, I can select a customized "heavy photoshop" mode that would reset my energy preferences (to highest), wake up any sleeping scratch disks, launch photoshop, use specified color calibrated settings etc. Maybe this can be linked to recent projects, so the desktop would update itself to reveal folders or assets associated with specific projects (while hiding material from other projects). I realize Adobe Bridge already does similar project based management, but it would be cool to have it systemwide.

    At the least, can this idea be translated to the dock? So selecting "web dev" mode would update the dock to show only those applications I set for that mode (and also, recent files associated with that mode).
     
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    Orlando Furioso

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    gasp! heathen!


    actually, i kind of miss being able to do that. Wasn't there a keyboard combination (while clicking the "plus" button) that did this?
     
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    -constant GUI
    -tabbed Finder windows
    -no more spotlight search as you type
    -customizable "Open With" menus
     
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    Customizable appearance. I want larger window buttons. Those little dots are far too small. They might be fine on a laptop, but on a larger screen, its easy to miss them.

    And how about a 3d desktop?
     
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    nagromme

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    * Full natural-language boolean queries in Spotlight

    * Full two-way FTP in Finder

    * Did someone say consistent UI? :p
     
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    1. The ability to empty files in the trash, previously resident on a removable drive (thus taking up some space whilst in the trash), without having to trash everything!

    2. Better in-built support for CD burning e.g. multisession
     
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    solvs

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    What they said.
     
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    a good MS paint like App for mac!

    thats about it(faster but that has alot to do with hardware)
     
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    • I think they should have tabbed Finder windows.

    • Another good suggestion would be tabs, allowing users to navigate the Finder more easily.

    • Third, if they had tabs in the Finder like Safari has, I think that'd be really cool.

    :D

    But besides this, I think being able to personalize the Finder more, such as setting different system fonts (as per OS 9) or allowing individual users to have different icons for folders (for example, just because my brother wants the hard drive to look like the Starship Enterprise doesn't mean that everyone wants this...) would both be nice.
     
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    Why not use command-Q?

    RCDefaultApp might be what you're looking for.
     

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