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Update: In Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite and later, it seems the zoom button has been replaced by the fullscreen button. The green widget no longer contains a plus sign, but two outward-pointing arrows, and places the window in fullscreen mode. To zoom a window, you now option-click this button. The green button isn't for maximizing. If you want to maximize, ...


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The window expands to fit the content, and don't add additional whitespace like windows OS does. Now let’s look at Apple’s website in Safari. Notice the first image below is a very small window with both vertical and horizontal scrollbars. The second image shows what the window looks like after clicking the Zoom button. Again, it takes up all of the ...


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it's a status bar. it's not specific to osx, all browsers have one. it used to show the url of hovered links, status of requests, etc and then some add-ons/plugins started using it to show information. Recently it's been reduced to a something like a tooltip in most browsers (it only appears on mouse over links or when something is loading, etc).


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Some small issues about the current UI: The destination is before the source. The first dropdown has "---" pre-filled, but not the other one. The "Setup Enterprise Automatically" checkbox is not clear. You explain it right below but as a user, I would expect the whole setup to be done automatically. I would use such a phrase on a button, not a checkbox. ...


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This is a status bar. In Cocoa programming you can create this by adding a custom view on the bottom of a window and using a text field to show information as required. Note that in OS X programming, the "Status Bar" (class NSStatusBar) refers to the the rightmost portion of the system-wide menu bar, with all the little icons, the clock, spotlight and so ...


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Checkbox is not an appropriate control here. Its purpose is to denote a selected item. I think you have 2 options here. Both need to be tested with users. Replace the checkbox with a button labeled Default and leave the title field editable at all times. Make the button switch between Edit and Default when the title is set to the default or has been ...


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I'd add a tiny cross next to the title the user entered, that shows up on hover (i'm assuming this is not a mobile app, if it is, then show always). You're essentially "deleting" the text you entered.


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Just so it's explicit, the full list of default point sizes for type in OS X is as follows: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 24, 36, 48, 64, 72, 96, 144, 288 There are two competing historical reasons why this set was probably chosen. Before System 7 (released in 1997), all fonts on the Mac were bitmap fonts, rather than TrueType outline fonts (chiefly because ...


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Technically I think Append a file number would be correct. I think you should try to make this as least technical as possible. Append, Increment may be a little uncomfortable to the conventional user. My advice would be that you still follow your renaming strategy but inform the User that you are renaming the file. Eg: In Win7. Of course if you have a ...


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It makes no sense in theory, but can be highly justified in practice. The Apple bundle case One example of practical justification is provided by Apple: While the Contents directory might seem superfluous, it identifies the bundle as a modern-style bundle and separates it from document and legacy bundle types found in earlier versions of Mac OS. Now ...


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Dropdowns are good if there are a lot of items (it seems like it's not your case). Radio buttons are good choice if there are just a few of options (or any visual similar kind of controls). There is no need to show a control at all if only one singe item is available (like only one USB drive is plugged in: a majority of cases I believe) Try to avoid ...


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First off, for accessibility reasons it is really important that the Tab key instantly goes to the next item in a form (based on a Tab order that makes sense -- Left to Right, Top to Bottom) I know this isn't your question but I wanted to make sure people didn't suggest preventing the TAB key from registering or any such non-sense. If a combo box has focus ...


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Without looking through the internet for help it is a steep learning curve for some new users. A massive part of Apple's product is having the support to complement it, in this case the Genius Bar, and also telephone support. I first got a macbook around 6 years ago, and I also struggled to work out how to rename a folder. I achieved this learning by ...


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In this specific case of showing the title of a web page I believe that you need two different fields -- one for the actual title (auto updating title) and one for a user defined custom title that is blank by default. Add a little note letting the user know that the actual title will be used when the custom title is blank. Similar to this...


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Design by the principle of least surprise. The user pressed the tab key 99.999% of the time this was not an error. So what do they expect? Consistency heuristic would guide that users expect same behaviour as their most familiar platform - if they actually know the behaviour in that platform. For something this subtle that would be the minority. User ...


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It was wise to group all of the standard OS GUI window resize buttons, although the Miniplayer button in iTunes is still on the right-hand side, but neither the traffic light color scheme (which was kept from previous versions) nor the complete replacement seem very intuitive. Full Screen mode makes sense for some applications, others should have Best Fit ...


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Apple uses the gear for 'Actions'. For preferences Apple uses an image of several gears (instead of just one).


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Companies such as Apple and Facebook can somewhat get away with being trendsetters and dictating behaviour to their users. This is because they have such market penetration and users will spend more time using them than others. ie, if you propose a different 'Like' button behaviour on your low-traffic website than Facebook or Google+ do, then you are likely ...


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for a first-time user, who never worked with any computer, its really confusing I don't think that's Apple's target demographic. For that matter, I don't think that, in 2014, that's any OS manufacturers target demographic. So, if accommodating that demographic results in a cluttered UI for others, it's understandable why they may omit it. As for ...



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