Many people say the Finder is broken or at least in need of some TLC. It hasn't had a update feature wise since Panther (2003) and arguably hasn't changed much since 2001. And I agree. There must be a better way to find and organise all the files we have on computers now? In 1997 it was common to have 4-10 GB hard drives (from memory), in 2007 100GB is standard and Hitachi already have a terrabyte (1000 GB) hard disk. I heard one suggestion of making the Finder to a more iLife like interface where files can be organised into projects. Maybe instead of icons using QuickView previews in their place. Another idea would be to have spotlight replace the finder (controversial), so every user file goes into a huge dump where it can be searched for by name, file type, date, meta data etc. Another idea would be to modularise the Finder, so responsibility for separate tasks (Networking, Disk Burning etc.) is given separate applications. Or even have separate apps for dealing with Applications, System Files (fonts, wallpaper, preferences**) and User Created Files (Word, pages, psd etc.). Apple basically admitted by creating iPhoto and iTunes that for managing particular types of files specialist tools are required. I think they started down this route with separate "Documents", "Movies", "Sites" and "Pictures" folders, but never really expanded the concept. Shouldn't Photos open up iPhoto and Music open iTunes or display an iLife media browser style view? If you think this is all too far fetched, note that iPhone has no Finder, yet it stores pictures, movies, music, email, notes, appointments etc. I hope this idea of "organisation by default" is a big theme running through Leopard. I also think the Desktop has to go. It does nothing to help people organise anything and just serves as a catch all dumping ground for people who find the traditional metaphors and techniques confusing for organising files*. Fine, people like putting downloads there, but really it wastes time, because you have to sort through them later. A better solution is to stick the downloads folder somewhere else and have Safari manage which are deleted (or whichever web browser). At the moment it's really clunky. Delete a download from the list in Safari and it remains in the Finder, delete it from the Finder and it remains in the list, so when you click the magnifying glass it tells you the file can't be found. The two should be synced. The real challenge is keeping it simple, yet powerful. Keeping pros and consumers happy. Maybe Apple needs finder and finder+. The Simple Finder is an attempt at this, but it's a bit too simple for most. One thing I think they should also do (although unlikely) is chuck is the Apple Menu**, it is completely useless to the point I only use it for "About This Mac". I accept that this is more of a OS X issue than a Finder issue. * This is not a criticism of these users, this means there is a problem which needs fixing. When I get home for the Summer I can guarantee there will be 20-50 files pilled high on the Desktop of my Mum and Dad's computer. ** Apple (rightly) tried this originally but there was a backlash, apparently it was "oh so important" at the time, although I can't for the life of me remember the reason why! There were also people unimpressed with OS X a swore they would stick with Mac OS 9 (I don't think they really understood the technology step-up). I wonder where they are now? Also, I know there is absolutely loads of stuff on the Finder already so mods feel free to delete this if you feel it adds little to the discussion, but I just wanted to stimulate a bit more debate and share my thoughts. Also , I have no ideal solution, but will be interested to see how it all pans out on the 11th.