WWDC Prediction - Finder with Fileflow using QuickView

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Foocha, Jun 10, 2007.

  1. Foocha macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2001
    Just a mockup image and guesswork for fun...
    Link to full size image:

    Top Secret Finder Features Revealed:
    • Fileflow – a version of iTune’s CoverFlow feature, taking advantage of Leopard’s new “QuickView” functionality to provide an intuitive way of browsing through the contents of a folder.
    • QuickView pane – similar to the cover art pane in iTunes, can appear bottom-left to provide a QuickView of document’s content (offering an alternative to Fileflow function)
    • Tabbed Finder – Apple will announce support for Tabs in all Apple’s multi-window applications, including Finder, with the objective of reducing desktop clutter. Apple will encourage all 3rd party developers to adopt tabs as well, providing support within Cocoa
    • Consistent UI look & feel – Finder adopts iTunes style – grey-blue colour scheme is consistent across all Apple applications, and ties into look of iPhone UI.
    • iLife 10.5 and iWork 10.5 – announced alongside Leopard, taking advantage of new OS X technologies such as Core Animation
  2. dartzorichalcos macrumors 65816


    Mar 23, 2007
    I like the iTunes 7-type scrollbar (part of "Illuminous" GUI). The FileFlow is the dealbreaker of the new Finder. It would totally awsome if they made a Finder like that in Leopard.
  3. crees! macrumors 68000


    Jun 14, 2003
    I'm gonna have to disagree. I think a CoverFlow type of view for the Finder would be an unproductive element. There's going to be QuickView.. you already have Spotlight. What else do you really need to find/preview files.
  4. Foocha thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2001
    CoverFlow in the Finder would certainly be an unproductive element for users who only have long text-based word documents, but would be very handy for folders filled with image-heavy files such as photos, Keynote presentations, movies, etc.

    I would envisage that you could turn on and off FileFlow within the Finder from any view (column, list etc). Users that don't want it, never need to see it, just like in iTunes,
  5. MacDonaldsd macrumors 65816


    Sep 8, 2005
    London , UK
    Looks pretty :D

    Would only be good if you had a folder of PDFs/Photos

    As folders, and text files woud all have a generic look, but it would make a nice feature.
  6. daveL macrumors 68020


    Jun 18, 2003
    Seems like an awful lot of real estate to browse a folder. I usually have 3 or 4 Finder windows open, so this would be clumsy for me.
  7. 66217 Guest

    Jan 30, 2006
    It could be just an option. Not the default view.

    But I agree, not very useful in most of the cases.
  8. decksnap macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2003
    This concept has been bouncing around a lot of places. I don't think it's a bad idea for images at all. Yes, we have preview, yes, we have iPhoto, but Finder still sucks at dealing with images. I imagine they could do it pretty well.

    Hate the iTunes scrollbars.

    Edit: What I appreciate about the 'quickpane' bit is that I currently am always toggling between list and column view, because they each have different features. At least with a permanent preview area, I could see nice big previews while still in list view.
  9. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    I think it is fine to have this option, and I think that, as a prediction, it is spot on.
  10. Lixivial macrumors 6502a


    Jan 13, 2005
    Between cats, dogs and wanderlust.
    Which is where the new QuickLook feature comes in. QuickLook is more than just previewing the document with a keystroke, it allows developers to feed live previews of the document's contents into its icon.

    My only concern is the implementation. iTunes' Cover Flow implementation is terrible at best; they turned the standalone CoverFlow's disk caching feature toward RAM, and so it gobbles up twice as much RAM, twice as quickly. I'd imagine/hope with QuickLook this won't be a problem.

    Personally all I really care to see from the Finder is speed and network integration. But I'd also like a toolbar item to input/view the path, and a Finder that fixes the .DS_Store implementation. That's been, what, five or six years now?
  11. myjellyass macrumors regular

    May 1, 2007
    Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
    There's already a view path option if you change the window buttons in finder, or optionally just ?click the folder name at the top of the window. I know you wanted more than that Lixivial, but that is what they're offering at the moment.

    I was wondering about the viewing photos problem, maybe they're going to embed preview into the finder?

    Can't wait till tomorow...
  12. quovadis macrumors regular


    Oct 30, 2006
    in PA
    WWDC Prediction - Finder with Fileflow using QuickView ....

    The iView product does your Fireflow idea - you can view/read images, pdfs, .docs, etc., etc
    http://www.iview-multimedia.com/ (now owned by Msooooft)
  13. Burgess07 macrumors regular


    Jun 10, 2007
    Watertown, WI
    I don't know about anyone else but I absolutely despise the look of iTunes 7. It was better when it had the aqua look. So that scrollbar with the sort of aqua finder window is stupid. The nice aqua interface was one of the reasons I switched to Mac. If they use the "iTunes 7 look" in the rest of the OS I might have to reinstall Tiger.
    I care more about functionality than appearance but I don't want my OS to look queer.

    Also the coverflow would probably use too much RAM.
  14. mach macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2007
    What's the point of file flow? It looks pretty, but it just takes up a lot of space and doesn't serve any productive purpose--we can already see a preview of what the file looks like with the quickview (now THIS is very useful, though in those mockups / with the exact iTunes look isn't good enough--I can't think of a better place for it to be, but the iTunes layout isn't good for the Finder IMO).
  15. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    Don't worry, I am sure the developer of UNO will come out with a Leopard version if we get a system-wide iTunes look. I'll definitely be using it.
  16. PupnTaco macrumors regular


    May 29, 2007
    Looks like a fun feature that could win over switchers. People like candy, what can I say?
  17. 66217 Guest

    Jan 30, 2006
    The first impression would be great. But as with Vista, eye candy is not all. Simplicity and ease of use is what people want the most. But yes, it would still be a cool future.

    Do you think Leopard would improve coverflow? Right now in my MB coverflow in iTunes is sluggish and it is a pain to use it.
  18. pengu macrumors 6502a

    Mar 20, 2005
    Diddily Daddily...
    good to see you're looking at it from an un-biased point of view.
  19. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    better fix the GMA 950 bar issue in iTunes...because if I'm missing out because of these damned intergrated graphics cards, I'm going to....well honestly its push me to buy an iMac, MacBook Pro or Mac Pro.

    Also I'd love tabbed Finder!
  20. dongmin macrumors 68000


    Jan 3, 2002
    I'd actually be ecstatic if Leopard had something simple like Windows' Filmstrip. Tiger's Preview blows.
  21. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    I think this is a great idea. I agree that Windows does have a nice Picture Viewer with the Windows Photo Viewer, and it is sorely missed in OS X.
    I have no reason to believe this will happen, but good idea nonetheless.
  22. SBik2 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 14, 2006
    i think it turned out to be true if im reading everything right!!:D youre owed royalties
  23. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    Wow, I'm a bit surprised at this being exactly true. Good call Foocha
  24. pengu macrumors 6502a

    Mar 20, 2005
    Diddily Daddily...
    seems quick look supports plug-ins, i wonder if finder-coverflow does too?
  25. plinden macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    Hmm, surprisingly accurate [... does quick search through foocha's other posts for more predictions ...] Ah well, this one was pretty good.

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