FAIL: 10.x Mac OS Finder

I don’t usually write up these OS criticisms, but allow me to point out one area where I think Windows is substantially better than the Mac OS – The Finder. Windows Explorer and it’s various incarnations in save dialogs, etc. works a great deal more effectively for me, and I hear other ex or current windows users complain about the same differences.

I like the scriptability, but otherwise I don’t like The Finder at all. The Finder feels like a dumbed down version of a “pro” app that Apple has never released. I was hoping for some improvements in Snow Leopard, but there are none that are pertinent to my daily usage of the finder. I have no real linux experience to speak of, so forgive me if the various Linux flavors have this worked out also.

You can’t set default column widths? If I have a finder window open in column view, which is my preferred view state for the Finder, the columns are always way too narrow for the length of the file names. There seems to be no solution to this other than to resize the columns every time a new Finder window is opened. They have the perfect choices built right in, if you command-click on the resize widget, you get three perfectly good choices of how to resize the columns, but you can’t make them persist. The moment I switch to another folder, all is lost! I am sure I have lost several days worth of cumulative time since OSX was released in 2001 just resizing columns so that I can see what I’m looking at. How can this still be unaddressed?

No CUT? I cannot “cut” a file from one place and paste it into another, only copy and paste or use the mouse to drag it from one place to another. This seems like something basic that should have been sorted out decades ago.

You can still only resize a window from that one corner? Anyone that has used a Mac know that there is only the one corner that you can resize a window from. So if that corner is at the bottom of the screen, and you want to make the window taller, you have to drag the window up, then go back to that corner to resize the window. Once again, should have been sorted out decades ago. This sort of window behavior is just ridiculous.

End key is not contextual? I am editing this post, and I want to move the cursor to the end of the line of text that I am typing, so I hit the end key. Nope, it does not move the cursor at all, but rather scrolls to the end of the web page. The end key is dumb. I think I’m just going to pop it off the keyboard. It seems to have this scrolling behavior everywhere, even in a text document opened in Apple’s own Text Edit application.

I should mention also that I’m a Mac guy… a disappointed Mac guy. I wish I could go back to OS 9, but with 10.4 stability. Yah I said 10.4, because that’s been my favorite release of OS X that I have had the least amount of trouble with. I’m just so disappointed that none of these things were addressed in Snow Leopard, OS 10.6, which was supposed to be the release that addressed the little things. Maybe I’ll switch to Windows 7.

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