Amen. I recently migrated to iMac/Mavericks from Windows 7 and there are a number of really useful things you can do in Windows 7 that there aren't good analogues for in Mavericks. Task-switching, for example, leaves a lot to be desired. Apparently a third party application, Witch, can fix that - wonderful (and not really a good fix if you are using windows virtual machines side-by-side). Launchpad is horribly designed, has phantom stuff on there and you can't delete them directly. I still like the machine but it's funny to think that windows had the edge in a number of usability areas.
When comparing two things on one small screen, I want to be able to rapidly switch between two windows. Depending on if it's within same app, I have to think to use either Cmd+Tab or Cmd+`. And all the minimized apps, as well as apps on other desktops get in the way.
Mission Control is unacceptable for rapid window switching because it requires me to move the mouse pointer and find the other window, when all I want to do is "select previous window".
Not a perfect solution, but it's a big improvement imo over Cmd+`.
The problem is that pressing Ctrl+F4 twice in a row keeps iterating over the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. windows. So if you want to switch between two most recently windows, you have to press Ctrl+F4, then Ctrl+Shift+F4, then Ctrl+F4, then Ctrl+Shift+F4, etc.
It takes some getting used to.
And can we get a comment about launchpad? and widgets? considering how good the iOS experience is, the desktop launchpad is horrible. and widgets should be removed, rethought or integrated for sure. both of these strike me as afterthoughts, which is bizarre considering how central they appear when you first set up the OS.
1. Minimize a window (Command+M).
2. Switch applications (Command+Tab).
3. Switch back to the application with the minimized window (Command+Tab). Before you release the Command key, hold down the Option key. Now release the command key.
Voila--your minimized window will return from the dock.
OS X widgets turned out about as well as every other attempt to make desktop widgets. Banishing them to their own virtual desktop solves the problem of it being impossible to use them due to that there's always windows in the way, but it doesn't solve the problem that apparently no one actually has any ideas for desktop widgets that are more than mildly useful.
Use Hide (Cmd-H).
Widgets are antiquated and just there for legacy reasons.
You may also need to hold down the function key if you have your keyboard setup the default way, where things like brightness, volume, etc. are the primary uses of the function keys.
- Mission Control
- Switch, a tool which enables Opt+tab
- cmd+~ (only in some cases)
That's kind of old though. Have they fixed it? I doubt it's a priority.
Mavericks' blessed addition of per-screen menu bars has the nice side effect of making this a little more noticeable: The menu bar is transparent on a screen without the active window. Terminal.app also can be customized to make inactive windows partially transparent. I wish that option were system-wide.
In Windows, I can use Win+left/right keys to make a window take up precisely half of the screen. I can press Win+up_arrow to fullscreen a window.
On Linux, I can use tiling window managers like Dwm or Xmonad to fullfil all my tiling needs.
In OS X, I can full screen or have to manually deal with each and every window. It's awful.
Thanks for your answer.
* ShiftIt: https://github.com/fikovnik/ShiftIt
* Spectacle: https://github.com/eczarny/spectacle
Once again the old internet wisdom of "you can only get help by disguising your question as whining" is proved true: http://bash.org/?152037
Also: animations. They're great for demos, but when you're trying to get serious work done they're irritating and you can't turn them off without some commandline-fu. I get the impression apple pretty much will always prioritize gloss over functionality.
I do agree with your Launchpad comment and just drag Application folder into the right side of the Dock (settings Sort by Name, Display as Folder, View Contents as List) along with Utilities, Documents, and Downloads (Sort by Date Added).
It's been a long time since I used a mouse to launch an app.
Fact of the matter is that the laws of unintended consequences are at play here. Apple took a button which was perfectly fine being separate and on its own and made it part of the standard keyboard. Then they took away a confirmation dialog that would have prevented it from automatically switching power modes.
This wasn't a problem, now it is, and Apple refuses to acknowledge the problem. It doesn't matter if YOU don't have this problem, some people do.
I am really hoping the past week of low quality HN commentary is simply a by-product of the weekend folks having extended breaks...
It appears that before the machine actually goes to sleep, there is a brief period of about 5 seconds where it's stil on, but the screen powered off.
> I have a MacBook Air and delete key is only 3mm apart from power key and I mishit it from time to time.
Am I the only one who thinks the first sentence is a bit sarcastic?
And I never hit it on my macbook, so I guess it isn't a probably for everybody.
Or, you could have a separate power button somewhere else like every other laptop in existence. Or all the previous iterations of Apple laptops.
I don't really like it either.
The soldered RAM is annoying - I'm OK with my computer being a complex tool, not an appliance. The excuse of the soldered RAM to up-sell if you want 16 GB of memory is insulting. The power button is idiotic. Apple wants me to pay three grand for a laptop that can be turned off instantaneously by an overly curious pet?
Furthermore, if you want a really thin laptop and you want them to cut weight from the design and you want the design to be extremely tough (and most of us do), one thing you run out of space for pretty quickly is multiple RAM sockets.
I'm frankly ok with paying for the 16 GB now or never.
FWIW, RAM cannot be upgraded on newer Macbook models, incl. the retina mentioned. The RAM is soldered on.
> It should not be trivially easy to bring your productivity
> to a screeching halt.
I also remember my uncle's Apple II with the reset key in the upper right next to backspace that he eventually pried off and put a bottle cap over the switch to keep from pressing it accidentally.
I'm wondering if a plastic fence around the button can be made to act as a guard. Or perhaps a modern equivalent of your uncle's bottle-cap, with a small hole where you could insert the tip of a house key or a pen to activate the button.
Is this just a misspelling of "xenon" ? If not, what does it mean?
Because, clearly, the other possibility, that a specific PC company just makes better products in areas that tons of consumers value is clearly absurd, right?
It's refering to this kind of monstrocity, which is quite common with some gamer types I know:
I used to use the key as my primary way of switching case (not optimal, I know), but now it's useless to even remap it to something like Control because of the delay.
When I need to sleep I just close macbook, when I rarely need to reboot I just press button “Reboot” in some package installation wizard (otherwise reboot could be done using apple menu). So this button make sense only in one case: laptop is not responding and you need to “hard-reset” it using loooong press, and that case is processed by low-level hardware, not high level ACPI driver.
That's really too bad it's just a plain key like that. On my windows keyboard, I miss the backspace key all the time and it has an eject above there which makes a lot of drive noise even when the slot is empty, but I'd scream bloody murder if it actually slept. (the crapware my employer puts on my laptop makes it painfully slow to sleep and wake or do anything else really).
So to me it seems like having to confirm that I want to shutdown after I hit the shutdown button, by either clicking or waiting, is a hurdle on the primary way the button is used. I can see that in the scenario posted that it is a "high impact" if you accidentally hit the power key, but overall the number of times that that happens must be low enough that bashing Apple's design decision has to be a little over the top.
 The OS "helpfully" resizes and relocates all my windows so they fit on the smaller screen. This is no problem on an Air, but on a 17" MBP with seven or eight virtual desktops full of windows, it's a disaster. I would think it would be pretty annoying on a 15" as well, but I guess most people don't mind.
The feature is there to trick people into thinking they have powered off the machine. People hit the power button and think the machine is shut down so they are happy. This way they get all the benefits of just sleeping the machine such as fast startup times, but there is no need to educate the user that shutting down every day is unnecessary.
It was pretty broken with the new Sleep behavior of 10.9, but this is hack is a great step in the right direction.
The problem seems to be with the user not with the Mavericks update. Stop accidentally pressing the power button, problem solved.