A few realistic wishes for the upcoming OS X 10.5 “Leopard”:
* losing a network drive doesn’t lock up the finder for long slow minutes
* A return to a proper spatial OS9 Finder (oh wait, I said realistic 😉 )
* Open applications have that “hollow” grey look that OS9 had – just for another visual cue of what you have open
* column view automatically resizing to show the longest (within reason) item name
* column “preview” not locking up the Finder when trying to play a large or unknown movie type
* iChatting with video actually works without 4 hours of tinkering with Firewall setting, camera settings, internet setting, iChat settings
* Unchecking the “include when checking for mail” option in Mail does what it says and stops checking that account for mail
* Mail has “Next” and “Previous” buttons (not “Next unread”, just “Next”. Like in Entourage)
* Personally, I’m uncomfortable with the concept of Copying and Pasting files like you can do in Windoze, but an option to do this in Leopard might help switchers.
* Perhaps a way to sort some other way than alpha while in column view? It’s the most handy way to navigate around your Mac, and I’d guess that most people eventually gravitate to this view, so a few more options would be nice. Tricky to implement though
* Ability to turn off Dashboard and Spotlight for normal users
* You can currently have no password for a user, but if you later set a password, you cannot go back to having a blank password. Even going into the command line doesn’t work. I’d like to be able to have no password again!
* Less integration with .Mac. I’m dropping my account as it’s rapidly become outclassed by free offerings from places like Google, and the .mac mail addresses have been spammed outrageously for the last few months. I would like to be able to get full functionality out of my rather expensive operating system without being strong-armed into forking over more money. Alternatively, free .Mac for every Leopard owner. I’d go with that…Smiley
* I’d go on about how changing a filename shouldn’t change what type of file it is (calling my cat Fido doesn’t make him a dog, but calling my essay “Essay.jpg” changes it to a picture), but I’d be wasting my breath
* Option to have the Trash on the desktop
* More consistency in the Finder. Compared to Windows it’s a dream, but there are definite lacking areas. One small example: buttons in the system prefs should actually look like buttons or at least like something you can click. Look at them with newbie eyes: there is no indication what they are – they just look like pictures (which confiuses my mother no end). And do you click them once like a web link or twice like an app? They’re neither, and inconsistent with other aspects of the OS.