OSX Lion UI Fragmentation

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by ryannazaretian, Sep 27, 2011.

  1. ryannazaretian macrumors 6502a

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    So I've noticed this more and more as I use the new OS more and more. The UI is really fragmented in features.

    Here's a submission I made for the OSX Feedback system.

    To reflect on this, doesn't it seem stupid that you cannot use the same gestures across the whole OS? I understand why Firefox and Chrome don't have these features, because they're 3rd party applications, but why can't you pinch to zoom in mail, or why can't you use the 2-finger swipe in Finder or System Preferences?

    Now, I'm young and forgiving, but if I were trying to explain this to someone who is not as computer savvy as I am, they would drive me insane.

    "Why can't I go back in finder the same way I go back in Safari? It worked in Windows."

    I'm interested in some feedback on this. I know this isn't Apple's top priority, but I feel that it should be resolved nonetheless.
     
  2. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040

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    2-finger swipe back works just fine for me in both Finder and System Prefs (as well as Firefox and all other apps) on my Magic Mouse using BetterTouchTool.

    Although I don't use pinch to zoom, BTT also lets you configure that as well, either globally or on a per-app basis.
     
  3. jameslmoser, Sep 27, 2011
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    The UI Fragmentation doesn't stop with gestures, look at Address Book and iCal. Apple threw their own Interface Guidelines out the window on this one.
     
  4. ryannazaretian thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm also using BetterTouchTool, but it goes wonky when using 3-finger back, with the 3-finger drag also enabled.

    Still doesn't fix the issue, it's just a workaround.
     
  5. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040

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    Are you, perchance, using the lastest beta or alpha version of BTT? I was and had all sorts of issues as well. I rolled back to the latest stable version (0.721) and everything works perfectly again.
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    All things begin equal, it is really surprising to see apple not consistently apply the various UI elements through the OS. This is not a new phenomenon however. They have a lengthy track record of no abiding by their own guidelines. Just look and the older version of iTunes where the traffic lights went vertical but the rest of the OS was horizontal. They seemed to have fixed that in subsequent updates but my point is there is always some inconsistencies with OSX.
     
  7. LordVic macrumors 68040

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    i'm new to OSx, and i did notice this and thought to myself "wow, that kind of is silly"

    I love the gestures. it's made navigating around the computer amazingly easy on a trackpad.

    But I'll be quickly flying aroudn my desktop, between aplications, browsers, then get into find and BOOM
    i have to use the keyboard and click everywhere.

    and there are a few other little places it sneaks up on. it just seems... like they forgot about it in places. Or, gestures aren't truly OS specific, but added features to specific applications?
     
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