After first month, the biggest gripes with OS X Mavericks

“Brand-new software is rarely perfect, and the latest version of OS X is no exception,” Andrew Cunningham reports for ARs Technica.

“While Mavericks ushers in a number of desirable features and improvements to the operating system, those features don’t always work exactly as advertised,” Cunningham reports. “Now that the software has been out for about a month, we thought we’d round up our most pressing gripes, in part to bring them to your attention and also because complaining can be pretty cathartic.”

“Let’s be clear: multi-monitor support in older versions of OS X was in dire need of improvement,” Cunningham reports. “This was especially true once Lion introduced a full-screen mode for apps that would only let you use one monitor at a time no matter how many you had hooked up. Mavericks made this situation better, but frankly it would have been hard to make it worse. Ars Senior Reviews Editor Lee Hutchinson had a litany of complaints to make about the new feature’s teething issues, the most serious of which was about window positioning.”

Much more in the full article here.

49 Comments

    1. Dockmod.com $8 any color or picture you want.

      For me, 99% of mavericks works great. But that 1% that does not… Very annoying.

      Time machine still fails to backup, force restart or disconnect the drive cause finder won’t eject it, and time machine works again.

      Random finder crashs that a relaunch doesn’t cure, have to manually restart the mac. (Mavericks hangs on self restart..)

      Other than that… 10.9 works great.

      1. I have the dock on the right hand side. Dockmod does nothing to change the appearance of the dock. I’d love to have a darker dock with more prominent markers for the apps that are running.

    1. (I have a WD raid) The moral of that story is:
      If you install weird disk drivers (and or formatting) for your drive be very sure the drivers are supported before you upgrade your OS
      I have been down this road before, which is why my disks were immediately formatted (using Disk utility) and the ” WD+TURBO” drivers were NOT installed
      My drives are fine.
      Apple can not, and should not, police thier developers. WD had months (likely 6 or more) to make sure they had no issues, they apparently did nothing.
      This is not a Mavericks (or an Apple) problem it is a western digital problem.

        1. I haven’t seen even one, that had issues after having been formatted and not using third party drivers.

          This falls squarely in the lap of WD (and possibly it’s 3rd party’s if thy also used WD’s formatting or wacky drivers)
          Apple cannot lord over their third parties and developers to “make sure” they have done their jobs properly. (particularly not in the case of a vendor the size of WD)

  1. Why do some applications refuse to remember window position, but others do?
    Why is the app active indicator button on the Dock so miniscule and unreadable?
    Why are all GUI elements so flat, dark, gray, and lifeless?
    Why did Apple implement an old version of SMB?
    Why does Apple in its applications and its OS sometimes insist on “auto correcting” items typed into input fields?
    Why do some apps have a nice border, on which it is handy to have controls, to grab & drag, etc, while other windows are borderless? Windows should lose the border only in full-screen mode.

    Overall, I don’t think the new features have overwhelmed anyone. Certainly some nice steps forward here and there, but certainly not ground-breaking. Tabs and tagging are overrated. Mavericks has not returned OS X to the svelte performance of Snow Leopard. The first thing we did is turn off the iOS-like crap, which provides partial relief from the new design aesthetic.

    1. Assigning Apps to certain desktops is an exercise in frustration. I don’t care how many times you do it, they will open in different desktops. I then rearrange them to exactly how I want them. Again. And again.

      1. Mail + Things + Safari
      2. Photoshop
      3. Adobe Bridge
      4. Dreamweaver
      5. Notes + Reminders + Contacts

      I’ve set them up so many times it’s maddening. But I can tell you their locations in my sleep. But when you continually open and close Apps it moves the desktops around.

      I know that there’s a lot of Adobe hate on this forum and around the net (mostly deserved) but I earn a great living using their products and I have no desire to replace them.

  2. I’m upset that Apple has abandoned iDVD. I’m not asking for new features, but at least keep it compatible. It is not always practical to haul a laptop somewhere, buy additional connectors, etc. when simply burning a DVD is convenient and simple.

    This also makes it much easier to distribute longer movies. I put together a year-end video of our high school football team. It was about 2 minutes too long to be shared in iCloud, and I can’t burn it to DVD. I really don’t want to buy $40 software just for that purpose.

    1. One of the first things that needed to be done was to go through the control panel and reduce the automation “features” that impair productivity.

      Notifications off.
      Spaces off.
      auto-update off.
      background processes off.
      proper scrolling set
      assignment of Function keys (to applescript macros).
      Onyx installed
      attempted (and failed) setting of window/dock/desktop fonts and styles to be legible. Several icons manually customized so they can be distinguished.
      and so forth.

  3. Memory management is still a work in progress. No noticeable difference from Mountain Lion. I have 24 GB of RAM on my iMac, 16 GB on my MBP. Yet, “inactive RAM” still clogs up the swap. Aperture remains a huge memory hog, especially using RAM, but not giving it back when unneeded. I use “Memory Clean” to free up the RAM, but the OS ought to do this chore without user interaction.

    1. Actually, I beg to differ regarding memory management. No way would I say Apple have perfected it yet. But they added memory compression AND (thank-the-lord) stopped the nasty RAM devouring crap in Safari 7.0. It’s still a major RAM hog, but it’s no longer the cause of bringing your Mac to a frickin’ standstill when you run out of free RAM.

      I don’t use Aperture, so no comment.

      Absolutely, OS X MUST perfect its ‘garbage collection.’ With OS X Lion the RAM hog problem became intolerable! Mavericks is supposed to get it right again.

      Meanwhile, the incentive to fill up available RAM with cache is not going away. The goal is to use ALL your RAM ALL the time, minimizing the use of virtual (hard drive, and gawd-help-us SSD) memory which is deadly slow. But never, ever must cache get in the way of CPU activities. There has to be a constant process of keeping ready RAM for applications at all times, to hell with the cache RAM.

    2. I don’t think you really understand “retention”, the VMM is attempting to hold application resources until it absolutely has to purge (to minimize reloading from disk)
      This is beneficial and what you have to keep in mind is “free” RAM is wasted- it is doing nothing until it is being used. It is far faster to purge blocks than it is to reload a previously used resource from disk.
      If the VM pages out, while retaining (idle) resources that would be considered a fault, but merely retaining resources until rRAM is exhausted would not be. Your purging of unused resources (with a utility)is doing little except giving you the mental satisfaction of having a large chunk of unallocated RAM (which is as I said, basically wasted)

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