Originally Posted by djames4242
Originally Posted by rcfa The latter is the biggest show-stopper in 10.9; the other is that TotalSpaces is (so far) incompatible.
I got TotalSpaces as part of a bundle and installed it but I just didn't get what it gave me over what was built-in. I kept it there but finally uninstalled it shortly before installing 10.9. Likewise I found TotalFinder a bit redundant with 10.9 and uninstalled it too. What I really miss is Hyperspaces (which was, sadly, broken with 10.7). It was the best desktop manager I found with great shortcuts for switching a loads of customization between virtual screens.
The issue is, that the entire Mission Control concept sucks and is another dumbing-down of the UI. TotalSpaces allows for a toroidal topology of the various screens. In a 3x3 layout, that means you can scroll 1-2-3-1-2-3 or 4-5-6-4-5-6 or 7-8-9-7-8-9 or 1-4-7-1-4-7 or 2-5-8-2-5-8 or 3-6-9-3-6-9 (or reverse, of course), which means no screen is ever more than two cursor movements away from any other screen, often it's only one. Way more efficient than going through a linked list of screens or having to expose all screens and select one with the mouse.
Aside from that 10.9 is mostly another pleasant recovery release from the 10.7 disaster. 10.7 was truly Apple's Vista. 10.8 made things usable again, and 10.9 continues mostly on that path.
I guess I was one of the rare folk who didn't have any troubles with 10.7. It certainly didn't exhibit any of the suck that Vista did. Not in my experience.
The issue with 10.7 was the UI, the worst blunders were fixed in 10.8, e.g. the idiocy of grouping and stacking windows on a per application basis, which is non-sensical. If I work on three projects, each on a different screen, each maybe using a bunch of web pages for research, a text document for reporting and spreadsheet for crunching numbers, while having a web page with YouTube open on another screen, etc. then I want to see all the windows associated with a particular project (space), not all the windows associated with a particular app. In 10.7 the various app windows were so tightly stacked, that it was useless.
In 10.8 the "Group windows by application" setting was added to the Mission Control preferences, which one now can thankfully turn off, making the UI somewhat usable again. Similarly, OS X Server was a joke in 10.7, now it's slowly regaining some of the functionality that was axed in the transition from 10.6 to 10.7, etc.
The issue is, that Apple tries to turn OS X into another iOS, but if I wanted to use iOS, I'd be using iOS and not OS X. The reason I use OS X is because iOS is crippled, and I don't need ANY step that makes OS X more like iOS, if I need anything, then it's something that makes iOS more like OS X.
A few notable exceptions though: XCode is dumbed down (e.g. no indication on where supplemental material is installed and iBook's media management is lazy and retarded compared to what iTunes does: a total downgrade on how your books and PDFs are managed.)
I've found iBooks to be both promising and unusable. It's great with my non-DRM content (in fact I find it more useful in some ways than the Kindle ecosystem as all of the PDFs and non-DRM books I've ever opened in iBooks in my iOS devices automatically showed up in iBooks - with my Kindle I've had to manually add any content I didn't specifically purchase from Amazon [or send to my device via my Kindle email address] to my Kindle device and my Kindle apps), but with the few books I purchased from Apple I get the dreaded "The Apple ID you're currently using doesn't match the one that was used to purchase this book." It may be because my iCloud ID is different than my Apple ID. I haven't found a way to sign out of iBooks unless it's tied to what I'm signed in to for iTunes. Also, with iTunes you can Get Info on media to find out which account it's tied to (handy when I have a US iTunes account and a Japan iTunes account), or if you try to play protected content in iTunes you're asked to authenticate and authorize under the account the media is tied to. With iBooks there does not appear to be any way to find out which account content is tied to. There is no Get Info (maybe this will come), and I do not seem to have an option to authorize iBooks after the initial launch. Perhaps there's a plist file out there I can delete...
Exactly, the things are some of the issues I was talking about. None of these were issues while iTunes managed the iBooks content for iOS devices, and there was no reason for iBooks to dumb down and castrate the media management as compared what iTunes did. I fear that the same crippled media management will rear its ugly face in a future version of iTunes, because otherwise it's not clear to me why the iBooks programmers didn't just start out with the iTunes code, cut out all the parts they didn't need, and add the book reading parts to it. That way, they could have saved themselves all the head aches of reinventing any sort of media management in the first place. So assuming these programmer weren't even more stupid than lazy (which truly is a sin), then one can only guess that iBooks is the start of a new code base for media management that will end up being adopted by iTunes. Good riddance!