Originally Posted by ouragan
Will it close the gap with Windows?As a former Windows XP user, I miss the following Windows XP features on my 27 inch iMac with Mac OS 10.6.2:
- Using Cut & Paste in Finder windows as a way to move applications, files or folders from one folder to another;
You don't need to do this.. Spring Loaded folders works much better. Just highlight the folders, Icon's that you want to move, drag them to the folder that you want, and they will spring open revealing it's subfolders etc...
- Using the Forward and Back buttons as a way to change slides while viewing .jpg slides. The function seems to be present on my iMac, but it is not functioning;
You Can do this fine using Quick look. Highlight the jpegs you want to view, hit the space bar.. use the forward and back arrows. You can also do this easily in cover flow view
Using the Move to the Higher Folder button in Finder windows as a way to move quickly to the folder containing the folder of the file I am
You can do this.. right click the folder that you are in at the top center of your finder screen, then click whatever previous folder in the hierarchy you want to go to and you are there. As an alternative that YOU CANNOT do in Windows, drag your most frequently used folder to the places part of the sidebar in the finder. This will also satisfy your first point about about cutting and pasting applications etc. Its simply just not necessary. You can organize your finder sidebar however you want easy just like an iTunes playlist.
- Using the Delete button in Finder windows as a way to quickly delete files or folders;
Again.. you can do this. Just select the file, folder or app you want to delete, and press Command + Delete. How long have you been using a Mac????
- Copying folders with the knowledge that a folder containing 4 files will not erase a folder with the same name, but containing 100 files. Windows XP warns me that a folder with the same name already exists and that identical files will be replaced while other files will be added to the existing folder. On an individual file basis, Windows XP warns me that an older or newer file exists in the destination folder and ask me if I want to replace it with the file I am copying or moving;
This will NEVER happen in Mac OS X because it's backwards thinking. A folder is treated like any other icon. You drag it and it replaces what's there. You will get a warning it the item is newer. It's consistent. Solution: Again.. Use spring loaded folders. Select all of the items inside the folder you want to move, and drag them via spring loaded folders to the new or older folder. Then you will get the result you want (warnings etc...) It really doesn't take anymore time. Or you can copy and paste them there. You will get the SAME result. It really is six of one, half a dozen of another and quite honestly this is Spilt Milk.
- Using the left side of Finder windows to find a list of actions for the files or folders that I have selected (such as Copy to, Move to or Delete);
Um.. you did check the menu right? in the finder. all of these things are there except move to. You can do that with Spring loaded folders, or by putting your most frequent folders in the sidebar. You can do it just as efficiently as "Move To" too. Windows needs move to because it's hard drive is not set up for the user to explore it as easily. Therefore shortcuts are needed. Mac is set-up for easier exploration of the hard drive.
= Using a clock in the Dock because the upper right clock in the Menu Bar is too far and too small to be useful with a 27 inch monitor. The Dock clock should be optional and look like the Temperature Monitor Dock application (grayish-green digital watch background with large numbers) and display the date above the Dock application when mousing over. The OtherTime Dock application is not 64 bit Cocoa code, but 32 bit PowerPC code, and numbers are too small;
This makes no sense and doesn't effect productivity in the least, It's illogical
- Upgrading graphic drivers to the just released ATI Catalyst 10.1 drivers;
Graphics drivers are automatic and fully supported by the operating system. Windows is not. It's give and take. The benefit is that it actually works when it happens. In windows it's more than often not stable.
- Using 64 bit Windows applications, especially music applications. Because the open source MacFuse application used by third-party developers to enable Windows applications on Mac OS 10.6 is 32 bit only, I can't use any 64 bit Windows applications with Mac OS 10.6;
Why on earth would you want to even use this??? Who cares? I'm sure that whatever you are doing you can do with the appropriate Apple Software. Logic Pro is full 64 Bit and is quite honestly better than any Windows Audio App out there.
- Listening to lossless classical music and operas in Monkey's audio .ape, Free Lossless Audio Codec .flac, or WavPack .wv files. FLAC is an open source music codec recognized as a music compression standard by the European Union and Music Recording Companies, yet it is not supported by iTunes. WavPack is also open source, but again, it is not supported by iTunes. As for Monkey's Audio APE files, they were the first compressed lossless audio files available on the internet and are still the most prevalent (70%+ ?), yet they are not supported by iTunes.
There are quite a few FLAC players and converters for the Mac. Just use one.
-If you love classical music and operas, lossless compression is the only way acceptable. iTunes 256 kbps compression doesn't cut it. The problem with Mac music software is that iTunes is just a storefront which doesn't really support lossless music "if it is not bought on iTunes".
Then I suggest you use .AIFF in Itunes which is Lossless. Or If you must hinder yourself to windows, use .WAV. Select this in iTunes as the import option and import it from the CD. Either one is Completely lossless. iTunes, Amazon, All the commercial companies sell downloadable music in a compressed format. At least .aac is better than .mp3. You can download a plug-in to play and import all your flak songs in iTunes. Flac is not lossless and coming from a Classically trained musician, I prefer .aac. If you want Lossless then don't waste your time with flac. Go Aiff, or Wav. Do you even know what you're talking about?
As for third-party music software on the Mac, a small market share is made worst by the prevalence of iTunes which lead to little development for software like Play or Tag. The features and ease of use of software like dbPowerAMP, Tag&Rename or FlashRenamer just doesn't exist on the Mac. My solution: use 32 bit Windows applications on the Mac with Macindows enabling software, but is it acceptable for the long term?
Again.. You have no idea what you are talking about. You really haven't been on the mac long enough because there are so many options out there. If you are having such a hard time. I suggest you go back to windows. In order to use the Mac you have to think out of the box. Mac is not windows and for those of us who use it we are thankful. There are ways to do everything that you want to do but you have to learn a different way and once you do, you understand that in almost every situation it's better and makes more sense. You have been in a windows only world that you can only think about things from a windows perspective. If however, that makes you happy then you SHOULDN'T have switched. Mac will not be windows EVER and I for one and Happy with that.
Hopefully, Apple will address the weaknesses of iTunes and Mac OS 10.6 in the near future. There is a very large number of Windows users at work who might buy a Mac at home if only the Mac weaknesses were addressed. And with a $40 billion treasure chest, what is keeping Apple from hiring talented programmers and helping selected third-party developers to close the gap between Mac OS X and Windows 7?
Windows 7 is certainly a good operating system. The reason is it is is because Microsoft CLOSED the gap between it and OS X by basically making it look and work MORE like OS X. Not the other way around. If you can see that the new task bar is like a Dock then something is wrong with you.
If Apple doesn't wake up, dissatisfied Windows switchers will spread the word and prevent others from switching back to the Mac.
If that's the case then good riddance!
Complacency and self-satisfaction are the enemies of the Mac.
Exactly why Microsoft Stole OS X and marketed it as Windows 7.. because Apple has clearly been Complacent. Microsoft, Pro-Tools, Adobe, even Sony All copy one company.. Apple. There's a reason for that. Apple is the one that hasn't been complacent. If you honestly have been using Apple, then you clearly haven't been using it for long or are too proud to ask someone a simple.. how can you do this? or is there a way to do this? That's what these forums are for.