Originally posted by inkhead
I think the complexity comes from this:
Would each column have a different view? How would the finder remember this? Or would choosing sort by "date modified" sort every column after that this way? Would it do this in realtime? Only the visible ones? I mean all the columns are there just not showing.
It could be done, but I'm guessing they don't because it has the potential to be complex and confusing..
I agree it's a hard problem to solve, but it's solvable if it's considered important enough. Path Finder does it, and it works, but in a fairly clumsy way.
I think each column should be sortable, and the Finder should have some visible indicator showing the status of that column, and allowing it to be changed. It would set in View Options, or by contextual menu. The Finder would remember settings per column in DS_Store just as it remembers other window information.
There's a whole thread that discusses how it could work here
But it looks like this won't be coming for Panther, and we'll have to wait a whole 'nother year for it.