Snow Leopard versus Windows 7
Posted 26 August 2009 - 05:44 PM
I played around with the Windows 7 preview and have to say that it is shaping up to be a superb operating system. I am really looking forward to running it alongside Snow Leopard on my Macbook.
Posted 26 August 2009 - 06:00 PM
Posted 26 August 2009 - 06:16 PM
One is a file browser. The other is some weird bastard offspring between a web browser and a file browser.
One lets you park things in a side bar and across the top, while the other doesn't. One is annoying as heck to use for any length of time. The other isn't.
And the reason Windows uses Libraries is because it vomits stuff all over your hard drive. You never know where your data is going to wind up. Libraries is like the Start Menu. A workaround kludge for an architectural deficiency.
In about three months, people will realize that Windows is still just as annoying to use as it always has been.
Posted 26 August 2009 - 06:37 PM
Author here... Finder is still more polished overall IMO (spring-loaded folders FTW!), but as far as the basic UI goes, FInder and Explorer do share much in common.
Explorer in Vista and Win 7 is less web-browseresque than that in XP and earlier.
As far as I could tell, libraries, at least by default, only pull from the My <insert file type here> folder and the public folder e.g. the Pictures library pull from "My Pictures" and "Public Pictures." I think it's more so to pull together related content (you can make your own libraries pulling together files from any folder), not to make up for some architectural flaw.
PCW Assistant Editor
Posted 26 August 2009 - 10:08 PM
The dock preview thing drives me crazy. Every frikkin' time I hover over the app icon I have to see all the windows open.
And if there are multiple windows, I cannot click on the app icon—I have to click on the window to bring it up.
I am really beginning to loathe that "feature".
My second gripe is I really, really despise Aero peak at this point (I liked it at first, just like I liked the dock preview).
Whenever I alt-tab through apps the screen keeps changing. I thought it was cool at first and now it drives me crazy.
Posted 26 August 2009 - 10:28 PM
@AldoraWorld: The one taskbar gripe I have is that it doesn't behave enough like a Mac. I'd like to be able to click the taskbar button and have all windows to an app come to the front.
Assistant Editor, PC World
Posted 26 August 2009 - 10:33 PM
the only difference is Places is customizable, Libraries isn't. But that's exactly what Libraries are.. Places.
Posted 26 August 2009 - 11:03 PM
"In some ways, a library is similar to a folder...However, unlike a folder, a library gathers files that are stored in several different locations. This is a subtle but important difference. Libraries don't actually store your items. They monitor folders that contain your items, and let you access and arrange them in different ways."