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Ubiquity of Side-swipe gestures

In windows, it's a fairly common experience to stumble on an app with a horizontal scrollbar and be forced to click and drag the scrollbar (terrible UX), where as in most Mac devices you can simply ...
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Use System Font or custom font in controls?

I'm looking for a design opinion. My OS X app uses System Font for textfield and button titles. Problem is, Apple has changed the value of System Font twice in recent releases of OS X, and this has ...
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force-click vs secondary click (right click) in OS X?

I've been trying to understand the conceptual difference between a force-click and a secondary click (aka right click) on a Mac. Conceptually, what is a force click supposed to do? Is there a ...
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Is there a benefit to Mac OSX red/yellow/green title bar buttons being so small? [closed]

In Mac OS X, the red/yellow/green buttons in window title bars are much smaller and closely-spaced compared to other UI elements like toolbar buttons. Making UI elements small makes them harder to ...
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When is sync appropriate while reading a book in ebook reader?

We have ebook readers in mac, window, iOS, Android, etc. Recently, I'm working for the ebook reader for mac, window. Now, when user goes to a bookshelf, or goes into pages of a book, synchronizing ...
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How to create realistic mockups? [closed]

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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Why some items in the contextual menu of OS X contain the selected file name but some don't? [closed]

Open Finder.app in OS X and right-click on a file (for example, index.html) to open the contextual menu. There are items without the selected file name like Rename and Duplicate, as well as items with ...
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Usability problem on Mac due to absence of keyboard symbols [closed]

I have a friend who recently migrated from Windows to OS X. He's heavy keyboard user but is having a tough time on Mac. That's primarily because many important keys have no keyboard symbols on them. ...
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Why are the titlebar buttons on the left side in OS X?

When I moved from Windows to OS X the first thing that I noticed was that the titlebar buttons are on the left instead of right side. It took me some time to get used to it. Is there a reason why ...
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Name for a component with two lists? [duplicate]

I'm looking for something like a standard name for a visual component, consisting of two lists and arrows between them to swap elements from one list to the other - Is there an OS or framework ...
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How do Windows users interact with scrolling panes?

Let's say there's a website with a row of gallery thumbnails you can click on. It looks like this: As a Mac user having always used either some sort of trackpad (built into the MacBook, or a Magic ...
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Presenting error to a user in OS X in Popover View

I've been developing applications for iOS for a long time, now I am making application for OS X. My application is an agent. My application is a popover from OS X menu in the top of the screen. I need ...
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ethics - Should a Mac app ask the user permission for gathering data about their hardware?

I am programming and designing a Mac OS X system monitoring app. In order to improve the functionality of the app, it will collect this data and send it to my web backend: Type of device OS version ...
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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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When you design a web app, are there any considrations you take for safari in mac?

When you design a web app, Do you take into consideration the UI differences of OS such as mac environment? Are there any parts from the HGI of the OS such controls location, terminology,dialog ...
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Should an “Enable”/“Disable” menu item use a checkmark or change its text?

I’m working on a desktop application. Some of the menu items allow the user to enable or disable certain functionality in the program. There is some disagreement on how these menu items should work. ...
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What is this UI element on OS X?

Do it have any name to call this little thing?
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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's the best way to allow a user to revert an input field to a default state?

In a desktop application, when you have an input text box that will get the value from somewhere else and that it might get updated, what's the best way to allow the user to edit that field to a new ...
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Is mac's Invisible scroll a good UX? [duplicate]

I've recently seen latest mac os is having invisible scroll bars which will be visible only once your mouse comes onto it. I think it is a bit tough for the user to know if there is a page overflow or ...
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Why do Macs only have one mouse button?

Why do Apple Macintoshes 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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What's the right behavior for the tab key on a combobox?

What should happen if a user is scrolling through items in a combobox with the keyboard and they press the Tab key? Should it behave like the Enter key, selecting the currently highlighted item and ...
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Why is Apple using the settings icon for showing more options?

What could be the reason for Apple to use a gear-wheel in its Finder to show more options when everybody else seems to use this icon for "Settings"? Even Apple uses it again for the System Preferences....
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Mac OS X Finder's UX drawbacks [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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, cash.....
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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 [duplicate]

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 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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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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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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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 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 "Yes"/"...
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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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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 Mac,...
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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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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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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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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 ...