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Mac OS X Finder's UX drawbacks [on hold]

As you may know, there is no way for a newbie user to find out how they can do a very simple task in Mac OS X, I mean, rename a file/folder. There is no sign for it, there is no option when you right ...
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Was it wise of Apple to put the full-screen toggle button where the former maximize button was? [closed]

For those of you who don't know, in OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Apple (rather quietly) replaced what was formerly a "maximize window" button with a "make window full-screen" button - in previous releases, ...
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OSX- What is the right term for adding a postfix to a file when it is downloaded a second time?

e.g. If your FTP a file you can either overwrite a file or write another version of that file. Typical "-1" is added to the file. What is the right term? Browsing learns that "Increment" is a possible ...
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What are some benefits of having a single child folder?

Let me rephrase the question: What are some benefits of having a single actionable event on screen (e.g. single child folder, single button occupying the whole screen estate, etc.), immediately ...
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What is this UI element on OS X?

Do it have any name to call this little thing? Thanks.
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Why does the green “+” button in Mac apps only maximize the height?

What is the user experience reason for maximizing only the height of a window in Mac OS applications? The green "+" button only maximizes the height in most programs, with no change to the width. Is ...
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Reasonable (big) default font sizes

In our app (a CAD type app for the casual computer user) we allow users to choose from a number of preset font sizes. These defaults are picked pretty arbitrarily from what OS X offers in their ...
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How can I improve this GUI interface?

I'm making a Mac GUI for my application Mac Linux USB Loader and I'm not sure how to design my application's document window to conform to good UX principles. Here's a screenshot of the window: The ...
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Why do Mac's only have one mouse button?

Why do Apple Macintosh's only have one mouse button? It seems useful to have at least a second one for options that aren't regularly used.
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Should messages (e. g. in a message box) be terminated with a period? [duplicate]

Compare To I think that as long as the message contains a complete sentence, it should be terminated with a period. But I rarely see it in the applications, usually there's no period. It is ...
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How to maintain a total of 100%

I'm working on a OSX desktop application for rebalancing investment portfolios. I have a screen where the user can input his desired target allocation for different sectors (US equities, Bonds, ...
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Are window interaction buttons on the right bad for cross-platform apps with a custom border deployed on a Mac?

I am developing a cross-platform application with a custom border. The window interactions buttons (minimize/maximize/close) are in the top right, like Windows. However, when the application is run on ...
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User Interface Changes for Mac when Porting Windows Application

I have an existing windows application, for which I have decided to create a Mac version. The problem is that the current UI involves a lot of buttons, tabbed panels, multiple windows etc. This UI ...
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User Interface Changes for Mac when Porting Windows Application

I have an existing windows application, for which I have decided to create a Mac version. The problem is that the current UI involves a lot of buttons, tabbed panels, multiple windows etc. This UI ...
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Why doesn't Mac OS X use Pointing Hand Cursor instead of Arrow Cursor on Toolbars and Tabs?

I want to understand the rationale behind Apple's design decision of not using Pointing Hand Cursor on clickable areas such as Toolbars or Tabbars of applications' user interfaces, and even buttons. ...
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UI mirroring for RTL languages on Mac?

Apple does not mirror their user interfaces for right-to-left languages (Arabic, Hebrew). Text and is often mirrored, but not always like controller labels. As I understand it, right-to-left users ...
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iTunes, iOS and Apple inconsistent about GB vs GiB [closed]

Does anyone know of the story behind this specific UI? I mean I get the base 2 vs base 10 math but whichever route you pick, shouldn't there be consistency? Or is there a story behind this? 2^30 vs ...
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Studies on the impact of switching operating systems in corporate organizations

Browsing through a previous question on the usability between Windows and Mac OS, I thought an interesting question would be to see if there were any studies done on the impact of changing operation ...
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Do the Apple Human Interface guidelines allow to use bevel buttons like this?

I am working on a GUI application. I'm doing the Mac OS X interface right now and I'm trying to make it adhere to Apple's interface guidelines. I currently have this: Relevent Mac interface ...
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Why are Documents not on the Dock? [closed]

In Mac os x would it not make sense to allow not currently open documents to come onto the dock? Why is this not part of the UX?
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position-based application switching in traditional window managers

I have a related question on SU that is asking for any tools which apply this concept: Suppose that I've got a perfectly reasonable set of two terminal windows, two web browsers, and one email ...
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Which button should get the focus at delete dialogs?

I thought that most destructive actions should be avoided from default actions. But when a delete dialog comes, I see that most Windows applications (even the OS), by default, set the focus at ...
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Dropdown issues on Mac

One of the websites that we've been working on has a dropdown with <select> having multiple <option>s. In our Windows PC, the dropdown show only a number of items while on the client's ...
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Different approaches to prompting Mac users about accepting an EULA

I’m a bit technical in my reasoning here but I hope that will be okay. What other approaches are there for displaying the EULA? Are there any who actually offer a non-disruptive prompt? Is there even ...
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Alert window, navigating to the right button

Working on both Windows and OSX, I have some habits on both. In alert dialogs, there is a huge usability variance between both operating systems. In the latter, you can either tap enter and have the ...
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Forcing users to update software (or at least make them work not to)

I'm a mac user, and every so often I see this: Which is great and all, but it often interrupts my workflow as the notification appears above all open windows and only disappears when selecting one ...
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Web-safe fonts: do Apple devices ship with Arial?

Currently my font stack is "HelveticaNeue-Light","Helvetica Neue Light","Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,"Lucida Grande",sans-serif. The issue I'm having is that some of my images/buttons with text ...
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What is the purpose behind mouse acceleration?

Windows XP enables it by default, I don't know about vista or 7, in Mac OS X you have to buy a shareware to remove both mouse acceleration AND accelerated scrolling. Why are those things always ...
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Why doesn't the Mac OSX finder have a Cut option? [closed]

I observed that MacOSX finder does not have a Cut option (or shortcut Command+X) to move the contents. Is there a reason for removing this option? Does it improve usability in any way?
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Applicability of Fitts law in expert user scenarios

Fitts law states that "the time required to rapidly move to a target area is a function of the distance to the target and the size of the target.". Simply put, if user is about to click/tap/press a ...
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How would you solve the accidentally-launching problem of the Mac OS dock?

Every so often I accidentally click on an icon in my dock, when I meant to click on the icon next to it. The application chugs into action, slowing down my computer a bit, and I have to wait until ...
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How should I warn a user of a config problem in my software?

My Mac OS X software has complex configuration. The software does its best to auto-configure and to help the user through the process. However external components can change THEIR configuration, which ...
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What are the drawbacks of designing a Windows application to look like a Mac application?

I'm working with a company whose product is a Microsoft Windows application. As the UI/UX designer (and as a Mac user) I want to redesign the application so it is more visually appealing. Are there ...
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Where can I find guidelines on when to use the red octagon with exclamation mark icon in Mac OS?

This icon is shown under Mac OS when a disk is unmounted without being ejected first. It is sometimes also used by other applications. Can someone point me to a place where the acceptable uses for ...
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How to improve discoverability of transient scrollbar?

Starting from Mac OS X Lion, scrollbars have been transient. That is, they disappear when your mouse stops moving. Some sites, like Facebook, even emulate this transient scrollbar for Windows users: ...
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How to create realistic mockups?

I need to create a realistic mock-up for an app. Are there mockup tools to create mockups that look like a final app? (Preferably for Mac OS Cocoa Apps, on any OS: Linux, Windows or Mac) If not, ...
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Studies showing significant usability differences between Windows and Mac OS X?

Everybody has their pet gripes about one or the other, but I'm curious if there is any actual science showing that "The Windows Way" or "The Mac Way" is significantly better for some task. Just to be ...
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Is there any research to confirm whether “classic” scrolling or OS X Lion's scrolling style is “better”?

...or scrolling the content vs. scrolling the window (video for Apple's "natural scrolling") I'm a happy Lion user now and (as many of us know) by default, the scrolling mechanism is reversed. The ...
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OS X: what menu bar to show when a modal dialog is shown

My application shows a small menu bar if no window is shown. Of course, when a window is shown, its menu bar is visible. When now showing a modal dialog on top of this window, what menu bar should be ...
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Menu bar for different major windows

Our application has different major windows which don't share a noticeable common menu item set. Hence the menu bar changes when switching between those windows. Unfortunately, I have not found any ...
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Max OS X Lion: Two Buttons “Highlighted” by Default—what?

I've noticed this in a lot of applications under Mac OS X Lion lately. For example: Pressing return is equivalent to pressing the button with the blue background, not the highlight. What's the ...
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Differences between iOS GUI and Mac OS X GUI

I am trying to wrap my head around the design considerations one needs to take into consideration as one develops an application for both the desktop and iOS. What seems clear is that the design ...
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Best Mac OSX Interface Designer [closed]

I'm working on a Cocoa application for Mac OSX. I'm looking for the best interface design tools. Currently, I use a combination of Photoshop and Interface Builder. Anybody have any secret weapons ...
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How would you display a key equivalent to the user?

One is allowed to assign key equivalents to controls like Push Buttons in Cocoa. For example, one might assign Cmd-E to push button. Would you make any attempt to let the user know that pressing ...
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Innovative alternatives to the classic “tabbed” window

Has anyone come across any online content that jumps outside the box and re-thinks how we can organize multi-windowed content more effectively than using the classic tab bar along the top of the ...
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What are the benefits and drawbacks of dialog sheets as seen in Mac OS X?

Introduced with the original Mac OS X were dialog sheets: As I understand (not being a Mac user) these sheets are modal, requiring user interaction in the current window, but not limiting the user ...
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How can I make a preference window that is good at tweaking theming settings?

I'm working on a file manager where the user can change text properties, the same way as in programming editors: font-family, font-size, antialiasing, background-color, foreground-color. Currently I ...
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What to put in the About box?

I wonder what useful stuff one can put in an About box in a Mac OS X program. Most basic the About box displays Program icon Program name Version number Copyright More sophisticated ones ...