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Posts tagged "mac os x"

Safari shows a breadcrumb

Neat, this is new as far as I can tell. Maybe it’s not. I don’t know.

Safari shows a breadcrumb
Neat, this is new as far as I can tell. Maybe it’s not. I don’t know.

Mac OS X contextual help

Good contextual help is one of the hallmarks of a mature design. I like this use of a video tutorial in the trackpad system preferences on Mac OS X. Interacting with a trackpad might be an unfamiliar thing to some people. In the case that it is, this video shows how to use the interface. Neat.

Also, welcome back to another season of UI Scraps! I hope you’ve enjoyed the break. I’m back in action, and all systems are a go.

Mac OS X contextual help
Good contextual help is one of the hallmarks of a mature design. I like this use of a video tutorial in the trackpad system preferences on Mac OS X. Interacting with a trackpad might be an unfamiliar thing to some people. In the case that it is, this video shows how to use the interface. Neat.
Also, welcome back to another season of UI Scraps! I hope you’ve enjoyed the break. I’m back in action, and all systems are a go.

Spaces shows where you’ve been, too

Mac OS X does it, wowing me with subtlety. As I’m changing spaces (multiple desktop feature on Mac OS X) an icon briefly appears on screen. It shows a big white spot [current desktop] and a white arrow [previously selected desktop].

If you switch from 4 to 3, it’ll say so. This is great, because they could have overlooked it and just showed the current desktop with a white block. But showing where you came from is also important if you want to get back there. Lovely.

Spaces shows where you’ve been, too
Mac OS X does it, wowing me with subtlety. As I’m changing spaces (multiple desktop feature on Mac OS X) an icon briefly appears on screen. It shows a big white spot [current desktop] and a white arrow [previously selected desktop].
If you switch from 4 to 3, it’ll say so. This is great, because they could have overlooked it and just showed the current desktop with a white block. But showing where you came from is also important if you want to get back there. Lovely.

Finder shows comments in PDF

While previewing a PDF file in Finder, the comments are shown to the left of the preview image. Neat!

The notes can be closed in this frame so only the PDF image is previewed. Good idea, Mac daddy.

Finder shows comments in PDF
While previewing a PDF file in Finder, the comments are shown to the left of the preview image. Neat!
The notes can be closed in this frame so only the PDF image is previewed. Good idea, Mac daddy.

Spotlight for calculations

Quick tip: In Mac OS X, use Spotlight to do your math homework. It sure beats waiting for the dashboard to load!

Great integration of an essential application with a common task like searching.

Spotlight for calculations
Quick tip: In Mac OS X, use Spotlight to do your math homework. It sure beats waiting for the dashboard to load!
Great integration of an essential application with a common task like searching.

Activity Monitor shows processor usage as icon

Way to be useful, Mac OS X. The icon for Activity Monitor can be switched from a static icon to show real-time processor usage, processor history, memory usage, network usage, and others. It’s dynamic, looks good, and provides real value. Loving it.
Activity Monitor shows processor usage as icon
Way to be useful, Mac OS X. The icon for Activity Monitor can be switched from a static icon to show real-time processor usage, processor history, memory usage, network usage, and others. It’s dynamic, looks good, and provides real value. Loving it.

Mac OS X integrated dictionary

Nice feature on Mac OS X. I love seeing integration like this. It doesn’t require any jumping through hoops. No copy & pasting into another application. Just highlight the word, and press a hotkey (cmd+ctrl+D) and wham, a pop-up dictionary!

Mac OS X integrated dictionary
Nice feature on Mac OS X. I love seeing integration like this. It doesn’t require any jumping through hoops. No copy & pasting into another application. Just highlight the word, and press a hotkey (cmd+ctrl+D) and wham, a pop-up dictionary!

Mac Mail hover dates

This is a great piece of functionality. When hovering over a date in Mac Mail, a dotted line and a drop down appear.

I can create a new iCal event or jump to this date in iCal. Pretty handy, and a nice way to inject usefulness.

This reminds me of Jim Jeffers - Encouraged Commentary. Which I’ll be sure to post about shortly.

Mac Mail hover dates
This is a great piece of functionality. When hovering over a date in Mac Mail, a dotted line and a drop down appear.
I can create a new iCal event or jump to this date in iCal. Pretty handy, and a nice way to inject usefulness.
This reminds me of Jim Jeffers - Encouraged Commentary. Which I’ll be sure to post about shortly.

Mac OS X app loading bar

I love this, Mac OS X displays the progress of Photoshop loading, while I’m CMD + Tabbing. This is one of those small things that make me love the Mac.

Yes, that’s Coda in the background. More on that colorful seestyle in the near future.

Mac OS X app loading bar
I love this, Mac OS X displays the progress of Photoshop loading, while I’m CMD + Tabbing. This is one of those small things that make me love the Mac.
Yes, that’s Coda in the background. More on that colorful seestyle in the near future.

Mac OS X window resizing woes

Perhaps this is annoying to me because I come from a long history of Windows use. I’m used to being able to grab any border of a window and drag it to resize the window.

On a Mac, the bottom right corner is the go to place to resize a window. The biggest gripe I have with it, is that sometimes the right side of the window hangs off the screen. So then I must move the entire window on the page, then grab the bottom right corner.

What would solve this, would be adding another resize control on the bottom left corner.

Mac OS X window resizing woes
Perhaps this is annoying to me because I come from a long history of Windows use. I’m used to being able to grab any border of a window and drag it to resize the window.
On a Mac, the bottom right corner is the go to place to resize a window. The biggest gripe I have with it, is that sometimes the right side of the window hangs off the screen. So then I must move the entire window on the page, then grab the bottom right corner.
What would solve this, would be adding another resize control on the bottom left corner.