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On macOS, why does closing windows not quit the app?

Document vs App This has to do with the distinction between: Document windows App windows Close means close. The only question is whether you are closing a document in a multi-document application, ...
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Is there a benefit to Mac OSX red/yellow/green title bar buttons being so small?

They are very small, which is very frustrating, and so the likelihood of accidentally clicking on one of them is also relatively low. This is both a negative, and a positive. Hence the question you ...
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What is the best way to convey "This window is non-editable info right now, but you can click here to edit it" on macOS?

Contacts in MacOS uses an Edit button. Functionally the same as the lock icon, but it's more friendly, without the focus on security.
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How to choose between a Popover, Inspector, or Toolbar to edit properties?

It depends on the context, and the amount of functionality you need to complete a task. Popovers Apple declares in their Human Interface Guidelines: Use a popover to expose a small amount of ...
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Card-swipe based interface for macOS: Human Interface Guidelines

The problem you might face is not mainly in the transition between states (although it might also be) but in the way the user interacts with the app. In non-touch devices, drag is used to change the ...
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Use System Font or custom font in controls?

Unless your app has a clear character or you have a brand font (Spotify for example), using the system font will make you fit in the system better. It's best to make layouts independent of font size,...
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What is the purpose of the 60-second shutdown timer in macOS?

Ubuntu (Xubuntu at least) has something similar but 30 seconds. It's mainly an "are you sure" that doesn't prevent the user clicking shutdown and leaving the machine (what happens if you shut the ...
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What is the purpose of the 60-second shutdown timer in macOS?

Some thing can be done remotely when a user is logged on, this allow a cancel to save work. Also it can be used in unattended installs.
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What is the purpose of the 60-second shutdown timer in macOS?

I assume it serves two purposes: confirmation that you want to shut down, but also in the case of if somebody clicks the shutdown button and then walks away from the computer, expecting it to shut ...
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UI: add buttons to Sidebar boxes

See if you can replace the buttons with icons and place them in title bar:
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GUI - visualize table filtering speed

So is your goal: To show the user that he/she only sees a really small percentage of the total set. or To just show the user that there is a filtered set I think you mean 1., otherwise the X out ...
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What is this preview pattern for vertical tabs called?

Looking around online it appears that these are indeed vertical tabs, they look and work in the same way as standard vertical tabs (with the additional check box functionality). See below for some ...
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What's the purpose of the colour filters in Windows/macOS/Linux desktop environments?

Looking at Microsoft's guide to using the accessibility settings, the purpose of these filters is to assist people with colour blindness to see the features on the screen better (your option b). If ...
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Placing Destructive Action next to Save option in Mac OS

The question has an error: is mixing Close a file with Exit the application Close a file and Exit application are two different things. In MacOS the option to exit the application is in the ...
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Why isn't Mac's Trash search scoped to the Trash by default?

You can actually change this behavior in the Finder preferences.
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How to choose between a Popover, Inspector, or Toolbar to edit properties?

You should use modals/popups if you are going to edit the parameters in a fast way (click, click, ok). When it appears a sidebar or toolbar, you will use some functions for X time (not a short one ...
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What are the rules MacOs use to determine when to use hover or not on interactive elements?

MacOS This one is more of a personal interpretation, because the use of hover is (as far as I know) never discussed in the MacOS version of their Human Interface Guidelines. I think it's because ...
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Multi-Workspaced UI

Are the two modes really equal importance? Doesn't the drawing mode create drawings that are effectively embedded in the larger document of the app (correct me if I'm wrong). That is, you have an ...
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Multi-Workspaced UI

For those who are not familiar with NSTabView mentioned in the poster's question, it's a standard Tab view UI widget for Mac OS that looks like this: Question: One big unknown is, what kind of use ...
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Demonstrating focus on buttons: the Mac OS X window interface approach

Your screenshot is not of the standard configuration—a typical user would not see this. The functionality in question is a power-user feature known as Full Keyboard Access, and it's disabled by ...
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Demonstrating focus on buttons: the Mac OS X window interface approach

Actually, only one button represents focus here. The other is a Primary Action Button When it comes to action buttons, there many different types: Primary Action, Secondary Action, Negative Action, ...
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Demonstrating focus on buttons: the Mac OS X window interface approach

I'm not a Mac user, but referring to your comment in post: As you can see, there is an outline on the "Cancel" button (which generally represents focus), yet the "Shut Down" button is blue. ...
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What is the purpose of the 60-second shutdown timer in macOS?

Though I do not use mac, I would take an educated guess, that the purpose of this is for, clearing active memory instruction runtime's, ending; operations, functions and tasks, shutting down the ...
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Is there a benefit to Mac OSX red/yellow/green title bar buttons being so small?

The window management buttons are not the primary way of managing windows. They are a convenience shortcut that you can choose to use or not if you find them convenient or not. They are small to keep ...
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Best practice for macOS application installer (disk image) naming

A lot of us can be untidy with our downloads so anything you can do to help us sort out the mess is good. Product Name If I'm rooting around in my downloads folder looking for a particular piece of ...
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When should I use a menu bar icon on macOS?

Refer the below MacOS X Human Interface Guidelines. https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/documentation/UserExperience/Conceptual/OSXHIGuidelines/MenuAppearanceBehavior.html#//apple_ref/doc/uid/...
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Use System Font or custom font in controls?

Your question has an answer in another UX question, Your desktop application, if it is built on system controls (not with it's own graphic style entirely) should use system font to be compliant to ...
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force-click vs secondary click (right click) in OS X?

From the uses I'm familiar with on OS X, force click isn't really synonymous with secondary click at all (which pretty much always brings up a context menu), but with actions that Apple have ...
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Ubiquity of Side-swipe gestures

I would say that it is becoming very common if this is not already the case. Microsoft has been marketing the Surface Pro on all fronts, to the extent that it can be seen to have the processing ...
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Why do Macs only have one mouse button?

Having no right click may seem easier for the average user but if one is used to having a primary (left) click and a secondary (right) click, then for that person it would seem more natural. I have ...
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