What windows features would you like to see implimented in OS X?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by ZildjianKX, Sep 22, 2003.

  1. ZildjianKX macrumors 68000


    May 18, 2003
    Thought this would be an interesting thread :)

    Off the top of my head:

    -Being able to cut and paste files

    -Being able to right click on an image and find out its resolution

    -Being able to change EVERY folder to either thumbnail view, or detail view all at once... (maybe you can do this in OS X, never figured out how).

    Anyone else have any?
  2. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    #1: Ability to resize windows from all four corners and all four sides.
  3. ColoJohnBoy macrumors 65816


    Mar 10, 2003
    Denver, Colorado
    With the exception of the ones you guys mentioned, I can't think of any!

  4. ibookin' macrumors 65816


    Jul 7, 2002
    Los Angeles, CA
    I'd also like windows to resize smoothly. :rolleyes:

    Anyway, I'd like to be able to create a new text file from a right-click (contextual, whatever you want to call it) menu. It's a feature on Windows that I actually used with regularity, and it would be nice to have on the Mac.
  5. ZildjianKX thread starter macrumors 68000


    May 18, 2003
    Yeah, I agree with all of the above.

    Most mac users yell and scream that Windows sucks... but there are still some handy interface additions that Apple should "copy."
  6. F/reW/re macrumors 6502


    Dec 30, 2001
    Beeing able to edit, cut, paste, delete files from open and save dialog-windows.

    Turn of animations and shadows behind menues.

    Choose what font to be the systemfont.

    View pictures inn full size in Finder.

    Right-click a folder and choose "send to zip" (Panther seems to have this feature)

    Snappy menues!
  7. Fender2112 macrumors 65816


    Aug 11, 2002
    Charlotte, NC
    I'm hoping that the User Switching in Panther works like it does in Windows. At least to the point that I can leave apps running while someone else logs in. It's really annoying when I have to close my apps and log out just so my wife can check her email.

    Another feature I would like to see is the ability to drag windows from anywhere along the border, not just the title bar.

    Oh, and the BSoD. I really miss that. :)

    I may come up with some others later.
  8. settledown macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2003
    i dont use windows much at all but...

    i had to print something for my mom-in-law on her computer. (she was having trouble)
    Anyway XP said "I am printing your document", then said "Your document is done printing". I thought that was very useful.
    At work, my iMac is in my office, but the office laser printer is in a common room. It would be nice if my iMac just said, "Done printing your 32 page document"
    That way I wont be standing in the copy room waiting for the printer to spit it out.

    I know it is trivial, but very helpful to mom-in-laws who can barely turn the computer on, let alone set up/use the printer.

    p.s. this feature needs to be able to be turned off.
  9. ZildjianKX thread starter macrumors 68000


    May 18, 2003
    Apple, are you reading this? If they ever need user feedback on what to put into a new OS, this is the place to get it.

    Is their an OS X "Startup" Folder to launch shortcuts upon boot? If not, that would be nice as well.
  10. VladDracul macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2003
    South Beach
    You can do just that by including apps in the "Login Items" section of the System Preferences applet.
  11. ZildjianKX thread starter macrumors 68000


    May 18, 2003
    Hey, thanks! :)
  12. rhpenguin macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2003
    London, Ontario
    This may be petty, but this is one feature i love about windows nt/2000/xp that no other operating system has. You know how when your connected to a network and there is those network traffic lights in the system tray? Well i really like those and no other os ive used has had them. Sure i can have them when im connected to the net with a modem, but i use broadband... Think about the broadband users!!!!
  13. Daveman Deluxe macrumors 68000

    Daveman Deluxe

    Jun 17, 2003
    Corvallis, Oregon
    I want an add/remove programs control panel, only I want it to remove all traces of the app from my hard disk, including Application Support files and preferences files.
  14. SiliconAddict macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    The ability to own 95% of the market. :) Seriously.

    Other then that I would like to see hibernation mode for laptops. i/PowerBooks have the ability to go to sleep however AFAIK they don't have the save to disk feature Windows has. This has been a very useful method of shutting down the computer. Its a happy medium between a full power off and a suspend.
  15. Chealion macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2003
    Calgary, Alberta
    The Add/Remove Program control only runs an uninstaller. If developers would include an uninstaller, you won't have to worry, although going to your preference folder or the Application Support folder is nowhere near as hard as editing a registry or deleting files from inside the Windows folder without messing up the system.
  16. FattyMembrane macrumors 6502a


    Apr 14, 2002
    bat country
    programs installed through an osx installer package leave receipts of their contents and can be removed with third party apps, although i do think apple should make this a prefpane.
  17. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

    Powerbook G5

    Jun 23, 2003
    St Augustine, FL
    Most of those features are already in OS X if you look for them or you can add through 3rd party utilities. The copy/paste thing and window resizing from all corners will never happen, though, since Apple pretty much abides *strictly* to uniform standards, which the Windows way of handling cut/copy/paste/etc does not. The one thing I'd like without having to get a 3rd party fix is being able to just switch between windows and have the inactive ones automatically hide without having to force hide them. I've found that LiteSwitch X does that, but it's $15.
  18. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    I'd like to be able do file management from the Navigation Services dialogs just as I do in Windows.

    Being able to use themes would be nice without a 3rd party add-on.

    I thought the copy and paste for files works fine in Finder. There's just no cut.
  19. MoparShaha macrumors 68000


    May 15, 2003
    San Francisco
    Try out MenuMeters, you can have the little flickering lights for network traffic. Very cool, free app.
  20. Phazer80s macrumors regular

    Jul 25, 2002
    Above the 49th
    A couple conveniences

    In Save boxes, I'd like to be able to click on the name of a previously-created document and have it appear in the Save As field. This would allow overwriting the file if the name remained unmodified or creating a new file with a similar name with littte trouble. This makes it a lot easier to save multiple variants of a file (eg. developmental milestones,) especially if the name is long!*

    I'd also like to be able to choose between CANCEL- and SAVE-style options in a dialog box with the keyboard arrows.

    *If this isn't a Windows convention I might be remembering my days on the Amiga platform. Excuse me.

    EDIT: and themes, darn it!
  21. ZildjianKX thread starter macrumors 68000


    May 18, 2003
    I like being able to double click on the clock in windows and being able to get to a calendar instantly... its a pain in OS X.
  22. neoserver macrumors 6502

    Apr 24, 2003
    Can't u cut using cmd-X ?... i'm not on my mac right now but i remember doing that once, and i think it worked...
  23. F/reW/re macrumors 6502


    Dec 30, 2001
    Re: A couple conveniences

    Like on windows you can also on Mac (in most apps) tab your way back and forward using the "tab" key and "shift+tab". To choose the selected "space".
  24. F/reW/re macrumors 6502


    Dec 30, 2001
    Sure, with 3party utilities you can do anything. You can even make your Windows act like a Mac.

    Just hold down "alt" when you press the new window you want in front. The other window will be auto-hidden then. Just like in OS9.
  25. tduality macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2003
    Zurich, Switzerland
    I second that. It's so convenient to j see the transfer rates of some download with just a blink.

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