What's wrong with the Mountain Lion interface
Posted 19 February 2013 - 09:12 AM
The scroll bars actively inhibit selection of an item in the window.
Posted 19 February 2013 - 09:38 AM
Posted 22 February 2013 - 05:59 AM
While I have many beefs with recent iterations of Xcode, this is not among them because it's basically configurable. Tabs can be torn off, so any view you can open in a dedicated tab can be opened in a separate window.
Also, the new Xcode presentation is nothing at all like MDI. It's quite a bit like Eclipse, and I suspect - unfortunately - that that was the intention.
This post has been edited by bastion: 22 February 2013 - 06:00 AM
Posted 22 February 2013 - 06:24 AM
I've never implied any such thing. it wouldn't make sense. They have made several decisions that I think are incorrect - which, for the record, has nothing to do with whether or not I prefer the behavior. Some of them have been corrected in fairly short order. Others have persisted for a decade or more. But generally - a word I used very intentionally in the post to which responded - they've gotten it right and have not taken power away from users. Certainly nowhere near as often as they've been accused of doing so.
So, I'm curious: at this point in time, what is your argument for single-button functionality?
The same as it was 15 or 20 (or, indeed, 29) years ago, and it's not about people being "confused or whatnot." It's about maximizing the efficiency and effectiveness of the experienced user. Context menus don't do that within the gestalt of the Mac OS UI. On the Mac, context menus - and thus the mechanism for invoking them - increase the comfort of the experienced user *at the expense* of efficiency and effectiveness. So I would argue that in this case Apple has so far gotten it right; support the mechanism for those who *want* it but don't present it by default. Allowing people to use context menus is good, but encouraging them do so really isn't. I could even argue that that's especially true in the case of those switching from other platforms where context menus *are* a win; they should be encouraged to try the better mechanisms available on their new platform instead of just configuring it to match their old one imperfectly.
Posted 19 May 2013 - 02:25 PM
I am not an old man who resists change, I am 41 years old and have used Macs since my teens and despite pressure form various sources have stayed with Macs both for private use and professionally (I am a university lecturer).
It is not a matter of “getting used” to ML but rather wishing that Apple would remember that people with disabilities have traditionally used Macs in preference to Windows. I am partially sighted and Snow Leopard allows me to use my laptop without feeling that I am in alien territory. Not so with ML, the grey ghost interface is virtually invisible to me as I need colour for contrast and larger system icons to identify function.
To claim that the new Macs are to be regarded as “an environment optimized for touch, not point & click” ignores the claim of Apple to be as accessible as possible to a wide range of users. I don’t use the touch pad as I need to position my laptop some distance from my eyes, so I use the “old fashioned” point & click. My lapTop is a computer NOT a touch screen iPad.
Instead of claiming that ML is the best yet OS because “it works for me” I wish people would give some thought to the fact that computers should be available for use by most people, not just you. I am not demanding that any update to MacOs should be designed around disabled needs as there is considerable variation of need. Apple’s current ‘universal access’ only offers users with visual problems the facility to enlarge and change background/foreground. All I ask is that the OS has a more detailed CHOICE for users, not just what Apple ‘designers’ think is ‘cool’.
Posted 20 May 2013 - 02:23 PM