Mac OSX Wish List

Since I bought my first Mac last summer, I’ve become a true Mac fan. I love my Mac Mini very much. It’s the most fun, unique computer I’ve ever owned. I would recommend one to all of my friends and family. The centerpiece of this greatness is the Mac OS.

I’ve been using Windows since version 3.0 was released in the early 1990s. Switching entirely to the Mac operating system took some getting used to. Having used Windows XP for years, and often tinkering with Linux, I can say that OS X is the best operating system on the market. I’ve used Tiger (10.4) and now use Leopard (10.5). Currently, Leopard is on version 10.5.4.

Still, I am not all praise when it comes to Apple’s OS. Below, I have listed some features/changes that I want to see in future updates to 10.5, or in the future 10.6 release, due in 2009. I’m sure I can come up with many more, but this is simply a conversation starter.

CRAIG’S MAC OSX WISHLIST:

  1. Add a true maximize button to all windows. Currently, I like how the green plus sign usually resizes to make information display correctly automatically, but I want true maximization. True maximization is having the application window as large as it can be, barring space for the menu bar, and the Dock (unless on auto hide). Another button doesn’t have to be added, necessarily. Simply toggle the green plus button with, say, the Apple key, or CTRL. As a former Windows user, this is a glaring issue for me.
  2. All web browsers should have a fullscreen mode. This is achieved by hitting F11 on Windows/Linux systems. Safari, Firefox, and Camino all lack the fullscreen browsing mode on the Mac OS. Why is this? Ironically, Opera has one that does this on the Mac. That is proof that it can be done. Make it so!
  3. Add more features to the Dock preferences. A button to toggle a 2D or 3D appearance should definitely be there, just for starters. Too often, one has to access the Terminal to enter commands to edit the Dock.
  4. Make it easy to add Dashboard widgets directly on the desktop. There is a way to jump through some hoops to do this today (via Terminal), but Apple needs to make it upfront and easy.
  5. Include an option in the system preferences to turn the Dashboard off all together. Again, today we use the Terminal to manipulate this behavior. Come on!
  6. Make the built-in OS firewall more obvious. A new install should at least tell you what it is set to by default, and explain the reasoning behind it. I don’t want it in my face, but a new user should be told upfront what it is doing for you in the background, then leave you alone. I had to search it out to find the firewall, and it was vague when I found it.
  7. Time Machine needs to give the end user way, way more options. The on/off option of backing up every single hour, or not at all, is way too broad. Hacks and third-party tools shouldn’t be required to tweak the Time Machine.
  8. With Spaces, I want to be able to switch to another space with a mouse gesture of some kind.
  9. Mail needs more options for the mail checking schedule. I want to set mine to 10 minutes, but I can’t. I can only choose 5, 15, 30, or 1 hour. Fooey!
  10. Apple needs to be more open about the updates to the OS. Each point release should be accompanied by a detailed list of changes, or at least as much as possible without compromising security.

Again, this is just a list a threw together. If you have more to add, then please comment on the post. If I think of more, I’ll do the same. In the future, if I come up with a lot more, I’ll make a new post.

Author: Craig Tisinger

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2 thoughts on “Mac OSX Wish List”

  1. I meant to add a suggestion in the list. When I have minimized a program window to the Dock, I want it to automatically restore itself if I switch to that program using ALT-TAB. Currently, this does not happen.

  2. I can’t believe I left a big one out of my list. As a former (and still occasional) Windows user, the Mac OS needs to address the issue I have with the HOME and END keys on the keyboard. On Windows and Linux when you are typing text, hitting the HOME key takes you to the start of the line you are typing on, and END, takes you to the end of the line.

    On the Mac, this doesn’t work the same. I should mention that in some programs it does, such as Microsoft Office and Dreamweaver. I think the Mac OS needs an explicit setting in the OS itself to address this potential situation. Today, I have to hit ALT-[RIGHT ARROW] and ALT-[LEFT ARROW] do to what I said above. This took some getting used to, and does work, but with one fatal exception…web browsing. Hitting ALT-left/right moves forward/backward in browsing history!

    For “switchers” from PC to Mac, this is very, very frustrating. I’ve been using my Mac for almost a year and a half, and this issue still gets on my nerves!

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