July 27, 2006

And a pony…

What am I hoping for from Mac OS X 10.5 you ask?* Let’s see…

  • Speed. I’m hoping overall snappiness and zero pinwheeling were core goals of this release.
  • High-Resolution Interface. Do it Apple. Be the first. Blow our minds.
  • Finder. There are tons of great ideas floating throughout the internet for what do do with the Finder. I won’t reiterate them here.
  • Mail. Ever since I upgraded to 10.4.7, Mail crashes all the time when I’m deleting junk messages. That needs to stop. Otherwise, new toolbar button icons so we can all shut up and move on.
  • Safari. I’m hoping Safari has some gold-standard standards support up their sleeves. Also, some way of indicating download progress without popping up that obnoxious window.
  • iChat. Tabs, tabs, tabs. Ooh, and the ability to broadcast all or part of my screen rather than iSight video during a chat.
  • Address Book. There are things that irk me about Address Book but on the whole I’m happy with it.
  • iCal. I want that goddamn drawer to die.
  • Preview. I love you Preview. You saved PDF. Never change.
  • Boot Camp. Short of the ability to run Internet Explorer on a Mac without having to pay for Windows I couldn’t care less about Boot Camp, Parallels, or any other technology that enables me to run software I hate on the platform I love.

* No one asked. (Sniff!)

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Mail: I’d like to see easier IMAP setup. It took me forever to discover that you can sync all the mail folders to use the the server-side versions. That should be default. Safari: Standards are good but could be better, yes. But JS in Safari blows and need to be fixed. iChat: the screen broadcast would be awesome. Address Book: I want to be able to reorder the info. iCal: When an alarm goes off, and I close the window, please don’t keep bouncing in my dock. Clearly, I’ve acknowledged you. I know the iCalHelper is a separate app, but c’mon. And can we get times in the Month view?

And don’t forget Spotlight which isn’t fast enough or customizable enough! I search less now in Tiger because it seems like every time I do, the item I’m looking for shows up for a second, then scrolls of the list to be replaced with completely unrelated files.

As for Mail… urgh it seems to be getting more unstable each update, not better.

Nick: Yeah, JS was one of the “standards” I was thinking of. :)

Jamison: I agree, I haven’t found Spotlight useful at all.

Glenn Wolsey

I cant wait to get myself organized with the brand new Mail 3.