What's wrong with the Mountain Lion interface
Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:16 AM
Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:20 AM
As for the bit about scrolling, it took three days, but the reversed scrolling became natural. It seems like people want to complain about this despite it being a non issue.
Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:29 AM
Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:37 AM
I quickly got used to the idea of moving the content instead of the scroll thumb and I indeed find it natural.
The issue with many people (especially the ones (forced to be) working on Windows) is that they associate scrolling solely with the movement of the scroll thumb in the scroll bar and not with the movement of the actual content.
Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:51 AM
Everything is foreign to you because you stubbornly ignored 2 major iterations.
Everything you complained about - scroll bar, natural scrolling, finder, are all natural evolutions to a system that is about to make a major paradigm shift (Touch screen iMac) and before it can do that it has to drag your old asses along for the ride by gradually making the changes it needs
Finally, nothing you mentioned didn't feel natural to use after 3 days. You gave it one? Which probably meant you gave it 6 hours.
I close with - You're a tech writer? Yikes.
Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:55 AM
Posted 11 February 2013 - 07:12 AM
Posted 11 February 2013 - 07:25 AM
But, Snow Leopard still works for us and we're glad to stay with it for now and not need to deal with many of the issues raised above.
Posted 11 February 2013 - 07:43 AM
Posted 11 February 2013 - 07:56 AM
I also have 10.6 on my iMac, but 10.8 on my laptop because I have to support other users in our organization. I far prefer 10.6.
It's not out of being lazy to adopt the "new" way, it's that the old way is better, borne of decades of UI guidelines. Removing color, removing scroll bars, and making random changes like sticking the Preview sidebar on the left instead of right slows down the workflow of all of our users. Why were these changes made? Because they enhanced usability? Or because someone thought they looked "cool"? I submit it was the latter.
Yes, at least we have the option to change scroll direction back how it should be (for anyone using a mouse, which is still most users). Yes, every single person who works for us asked me to change it for them -- even the ones using trackpads.
Bottom line: ideas that work well on a 3.5" touchscreen interface do not always work well on a 27" display used with a keyboard and mouse.