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Favourite Mac OS X Feature Requests (Updated)

>Here are some of my favourite Mac OS X feature requests, just aimed at improving my efficiency when using the Mac:

  • when replying to a sent email from Mail, make sure the To:/CC: addresses are the same as the original (currently, in Mac OS X 10.5.6, the To: address is set to my own address);
  • make the Finder allow me to show folders first;
  • allow me to put mount points in the Locations bar in the Finder (currently only folders below the mount points can be put in there);
  • make Cmd-` work while dragging from a Finder window, inside the Finder (perhaps this is even a bug on my system?);
  • allow me to configure Dashboard widgets are pre-started before I activate the Dashboard, this saves me quite some time;
  • resize windows from any corner – at least make this an option;
  • in the Finder, have a Go-back keyboard shortcut for going back to the previous location (like Cmd-LeftArrow in Safari and Firefox).
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Posted by on 27 April 2009 in dashboard, features, finder, mac, mac os x, macosx, mail, widgets

 

>Finding files on Mac OS X: Leap

>Today I came across Leap, a search utility for Mac OS X. It seems to be much better than Spotlight. Have a look at the introduction videos. Leap works on Mac OS X 10.4.10 and up and is available as a Universal Binary.

A fully functional 21-day trial can be downloaded from their site.

 
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Posted by on 2 June 2008 in finder, leap, mac, macos, macosx, osx, search, spotlight

 

>Firefox find-on-page highlighting like Safari 3

>Although I’m not too enthusiastic about the new Apple Safari 3 beta, one simple feature I do appreciate a lot is the way it highlights find-on-page results. It really makes day-to-day browsing more productive.

I wonder if there is any Firefox 2.0 plugin that can do something similar. So far I haven’t been able to find anything.

 

>Converted to Apple

>About 2 weeks ago, I got converted. I now use a Mac. Before that I primarily used Windows and Linux. I’ll probably keep using Linux, but Mac OS/X is a perfect replacement for WinXP. Although most things work perfectly fine, I run into smallish issues all the time. Some of my findings are below.

My configuration: MacBook Pro 15.4″, Core 2 Duo 2.16 GHz, 2 GB RAM, Mac OS/X 10.4.8 (Tiger).

Finder:

  • When scrolling in a folder with a lot of icons, when I press and hold the scroll button in the scroll bar, then the images look distorted. When I release it, the view is corrected.

Mail 2.1.1:

  • Have a simple keyboard shortcut for sending the current message. For example Command-Enter.
  • Send attachments in Windows-compatible format by default.
  • When editing the “To:” field for a new message, I would expect the automatic completion not to propose addressees that are already in the To:, CC: or BCC: fields (nor perhaps in the From: or Reply-To: fields).
  • The End key (in fact Fn-RightArrow) does not go to the end of the line, but to the end of the message. Perhaps this is not a bug, but it is confusing and annoying, since other applications do interpret go to the end of the line.

Dashboard

  • Dashboard should not take so much time to display information the first time you start it up since the system boot. For example by remembering information it retrieved previously.

Sticky notes

  • Support the mouse scroll function.

Screen saver

  • Sometimes the following happens. The screen saver runs. I move the mouse, enter my password, it is accepted and MacOS is showing. Then within a couple of seconds the screen saver activates itself again. And I have to enter my password again. This time it doesn’t reactivate the screen saver immediately.
  • When exiting the screensaver, the normal screen quickly flashes. I would not expect this to be visible at all.

General Mac OS/X

  • Different applications have different mouse cursors, especially for the wait cursor. This is inconsistent and consequently annoying and confusing.

Expose

  • When enabling Expose, then the magic window corner for the screen saver does not work anymore, so I have to exit Expose first.

Keynote 3.0.2:

  • When editing a text field, allow the use of a keyboard shortcut to exit the text field. Preferably Esc.
  • When editing a text field, allow the use of PgDn and PgUp to move one page down or up.
  • In a text field, allow the use of Home (Fn-LeftArrow on a MacBook Pro C2D) to go to the beginning of a line. And allow the use of End (Fn-RightArrow) to go to the end of the line.
  • In the small Info window, in the Link tab, remove the checkbox (Activate as link). Instead, just have an additional option in the dropdown box that indicates there is no link, e.g. “None”. This simplifies the user interface.
  • Reflections are a very nice effect. However, they ought to be supported on normal shapes (circles, etc.) as well.
  • Export to Flash currently changes dotted lines to straight lines, though the shadow is still of a dotted line. Looks like a bug.
  • Export to Flash currently does not support sheet transformations. This would be nice to have.
  • Exported Flash file should support going back to the previous slide, somehow. For example using Backspace, PgUp and Command-LeftArrow.
  • When I start Keynote, or just switch to it while I have no document open, then it automatically creates a new document based on the default theme. I would like to be able to disable this. I find it confusing and counterproductive, because it makes me have to close that window again.
  • Text cannot be copied from a normal sheet to a template sheet. It may be a bug.