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Apple removed scrollbars from appearing, unless in use, from viewports in 2011 with the release of Lion, immediately sparking multiple articles about how to get them back. The usability rationale and merit of this can still be debated today. Not showing it until it is needed is a clean design and does not clutter the display, but the user must figure out ...


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Should a Mac app ask the user permission for gathering data about their hardware? Could be reworded as: Should an app ask the user permission before gathering data? To instill trust with the user, yes, absolutely.


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Windows In this situation, you should keep the menu text the same; add or remove a checkmark as appropriate. The “Menus” section of the Windows design guidelines says, Don't change menu item names dynamically. Doing so is confusing and unexpected. For example, don't change a Portrait mode option to Landscape mode upon selection. For modes, use bullets ...


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


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What you're collecting is the same as "System Requirements". You could actually make that part of the initial installation process, rather than a "hidden call home". Example: Installation is complete. In an effort to improve our software, we'd like to save the following information to our database OS: Yosemite 10.1.1 RAM: 16G Foo: Bar ------------------- ...


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I don't know if there is a standard for this, so I am strictly speaking from personal opinion but I would say since the app is meant for system monitoring it is fairly obvious that you will be collecting information about the system. The worry of the user won't be the collecting but rather the distributing of such information. Therefore, to address those ...


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Yes, it’s a mess and there’s no easy way out. The international standard ISO/IEC 9995-7 specifies several symbols for keyboard labels. Most of them have been added to Unicode and exist in at least one supplied font on most modern operating systems, by the way. They are known to a varying, mostly limited degree. Power users, who are the primary target group ...


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Users of mac have faith in the ecosystem. They believe in transparency. This faith is the most valuable thing we have in this ecosystem. Therefore we should not let this faith fade away. We should protect this ecosystem. As DA01 mentioned to instill the faith it is absolutely necessary. Also as this feature adds value to the user, he will never get annoyed ...


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I feel that an error alert is not the best use of the menu-bar popover. Most applications I know of use this mechanism as a menu: The user keeps the icon in the menu bar because it shows some sort of information, and clicks on it to access further information and actions. I think the typical OS X model would work something like this: Menu Bar Icon: has ...


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Can you elaborate on why you need to show the user an error-message? Under what circumstances is it, that you think this is a right solution? I'm not saying you are wrong, but I'm curious to the peripherals of this "problem"


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One significant consideration is that scrollbars are typically hidden in Mac OS X. So, for example, you may want to provide additional hints to the users for views that are scrollable. Another consideration is the availability of smart-zoom in Safari web browser. Your testing should include ensuring the correct positioning of elements when users perform the ...


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If, for some reason, you know that a significant portion of your users will be using Safari for Mac, then it might be okay to design for that specific browser. In general though, it's a pretty universally agreed upon best practice to not design for a browser (unless it's something like a browser-specific extension). A few things to consider: You never ...


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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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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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It's personal. I've seen websites employ menu elements (top level) that are invisible until the mouse goes over the menu element. I would suggest that is an example of bad UI, as the relationship to the menu element and the mouse is required and a relationship between the user and the menu element is required for the user to make a decision as to what menu ...


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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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