Originally Posted by krabbelen
I, too, in my "wisdom" have questioned this. I am a great organizer, and I have all these folders here there and everywhere and know exactly what file should be where. Of course, this is the old desktop paradigm, and I think Apple is now trying to take us some place new.
Funny thing is, Apple really invented the desktop paradigm and did it properly. MS messed it up, but now no-one can see past this old paradigm and yearns for it. I never know where anything actually resides on Windows PC's because the hierarchy is convoluted. On the Mac, everything flows from the harddrive(s) as root, because, in reality, it physically is the root.
But as superior as their desktop implementation was, Apple now wants to take us somewhere else. Technology and our mobile computing lifestyles are increasingly taking us beyond the desktop. So, it gets increasingly crazy to expose the user to the finder level -- and do it accurately
, as only Apple is wont to do. Rather, we will begin getting used to seeing our files that are available to a given program, anywhere
, on any
device that we access. It will be the same
file, and we will not need to worry if it is the latest version or not, and what file to keep when we use a different device. It won't matter where the originals are. I am really looking forward to this.
Soon I think we will be opening Keynote on the desktop and in the opening dialog box that displays templates, we will see all the files we just saw on our iPad's Keynote homescreen. In some ways, this may seem to us expert "finder jockeys" that this is a step backwards; it might seem kind of Microsoftian, with everything showing up in some kind of detached My Documents space. But I think it will work out. My preference is for either some system that is extremely accurate and reflects the reality of where files are actually physically stored (but who cares where cloud services are located and how many hard drives hold my stuff as we begin to use more and more different services); or, something new entirely; I don't care for some in-between solution. I anticipate being pleasantly surpised.
Very interesting thoughts and I mostly agree despite my earlier critical remarks.
For the record I don't think the solution is just bolting on a finder to iOS because as you say that's the desktop metaphor and it doesn't, and probably shouldn't translate to iOS. The progression I see however, is the movement away from giving access to the entire file system of the device and towards simply giving the user targets like "documents" and "downloads." This has been happening on the desktop for years and ever since snow leopard, the *default* is not to show the hard drive on the Mac desktop.
Stacks were also another obvious (to me anyway) attempt to keep the user out of the Finder and avoid the relative confusion it causes them.
I was expecting from day one that iOS would do this same thing and perhaps even take this further and that's the kind of missing solution I'm talking about. All that's necessary is for iOS to have a simple, flat, folder called "documents."
Having what we have now which is multiple, invisible folders of documents for each app that the user can never find (because they also sort of don't exist), is just a horrendous solution IMO. Even the stupids are aware that if they have a document, it's somewhere on their phone, and having this one folder to look in is the obvious solution. People also know that when the phone is connected to their computer, there is an opportunity to transfer stuff back and forth. Even complete luddites know this.
So to have this documents folder load on the desktop when you connect your phone is again, the obvious choice. It just seems to me that Apple *has* to provide this or something like it, and following their OS development so far, and windows OS development so far, one would also completely *expect* it.
IMO Apple is just moving too slow in this area.