5 Wishes for OS X Yosemite

“Most of my working day is spent interacting with OS X Yosemite on some level,” E. Werner Reschke writes for TGAAP. “Whether I’m searching for a proposal on my MacBook Air, updating a website on a remote server or messaging a colleague — OS X Yosemite is at the center of my computing day.”

“After several intense weeks of using Yosemite,” Reschke writes, “I have compiled five things I wish would be part of this latest OS X version.”

5 Wishes for OS X Yosemite:
• Sounds
• Depth Control
• Update Syncing with Server.app
• Spotlight data sharing control/search engine choice
• Desktop Indicator

Read more in the full article here.


    1. The problem here is that Apple switched from labels to tags. With labels, an item could only have one, so the whole listing could be that color. With tags, an item can have multiple, so the Finder shows multiple colored dots, but has no way of knowing what to color the whole line item.

      One problem with the dots is that for those of use who used to use labels, it’s hard to make a line item really stand out. Having the whole line colored made it really stand out, having the dots right justified in the Name column makes them almost completely hidden.

      While there is an optional Tags column that’s just text. What’s needed is the option to put the dots left justified on the left of the file name.

      Or bring back labels. Or select one Tag as the primary (label).

      1. Have you noticed that if you go to place a document (such as a .tif file in InDesign) the search window you get STILL shows the original colored folder labels as if they never left! I always find that interesting that this feature still shows up in certain views so makes me wonder why they can’t make it a view option. At least this is what happens in Mavericks. I have not upgraded myself or anyone at work to Yosemite (waiting for a few more bugs to be worked out, though I may upgrade my home computer this week).

        1. No, I’m not seeing that. I don’t have InDesign, but none of my other applications are doing this (including other Adobe products). Just curious which color does it show if the folder/file is tagged with multiple colors?

    2. Dammmmed right. I’ve ended up putting an alias to my Icons collection on my desktop so I can DIY colored folder icons. Tagging obviously has its uses. But it does NOT usurp the role of color labels on folders. Nope!

  1. In case you missed it—-

    “Most of my working day is spent interacting with OS X Yosemite on some level,” Reschke writes. “Whether I’m searching for a proposal on my MacBook Air, updating a website on a remote server or messaging a colleague — OS X Yosemite is at the center of my computing day.”

  2. MacRaven is right, the color dots are useless, compared to what I used for years before. I gave them up before Mavericks.

    The color dot labels were also the first clear sign that future Apple design changes would be problematical. I don’t care much for Mavericks/Yosemite’s new look.

    A bit like changing the company name to Apl, because all those other letters were superfluous.

  3. What happened with the close, minimize, expand buttons ? So their nothing but dots !!! That SUCKS. I buy Apple and want it to look the BEST. The scroll bar is grey, and no choice for blue ?
    Its WAY toooo flat, and lacking details.
    I know this comes down to a matter of personal taste, but….
    If you think 3D is not better than 2D, cover one eye, for the rest of your life.
    Blue. It’s a beautiful blue sky. Ever hear many people say look at that beautiful grey sky? People associate blue with beauty, and happiness. Grey gloomy. grey aging. Do you hear people say, look at that person with beautiful grey eyes, MORE than you hear look at those beautiful blue eyes. Just be honest.
    Not my place to tell Apple what to do like…RETURN my 3D glass looking stuff, so how about letting it be a preference choice ?
    Windows 7 let’s you choose between an awful grey “retro look’, and the more eye candy 3D glass beautiful look.

    1. When I first installed Yosemite, my first thought was “OSX – the South Park edition.”

      Apple seems to have taken a huge step backward with its design sense in this iteration. The neon blue folder icons are jarring, and the Helvetica OS font is very hard on the eyes and does not look as modern as in iOS.

      A few interface tweaks would be hugely helpful.

  4. I also miss the days when I could customize the Mac UI to my own likes: the rainbow apple logo in the menu bar, color themes for the finder including colored scroll bars, etc. But, please, bring back the sounds! I’m sure I can dig up my collection of OS9 Star Trek sound clips for minimizing windows and startup and shut down sounds.

    1. Missing sounds even include no feedback from the (former) Speakable Items when using it for command & control or for anything else. What was wrong with getting audio feedback? Is the loss of sounds/audio somehow related to Dictation? I’m sure Apple can walk and chew gum. Unlike others, I really like Yosemite. But I like what it should be (and will be) and not necessarily all that it is at this moment. My biggest complaint remains with Mail. It quits. It will not open a link in the Background. Other issues. I’ll also vote for colored folders.

      I don’t mind that there are issues in what is still a (relatively) new operating system [why weren’t these caught in Beta, Testers?], but I do mind that there seems to be foot dragging in speedily addressing the many issues about which users have complained since it was officially released.

  5. Here are the features I wish Yosemite had.

    Ability to customize OSX in the following ways:

    Ability to change Dock color, Title Bar color and Finder Sidebar colors if transparency is turned off.

    Ability to set which items are transparent or not.

    Optional larger font size for the Menu bar. (This is becoming a big issue with potential switchers.)

    Option to set the default behavior of the “Green Button”. Personally I wish I could set it to open full window and not full screen. Why? Quick access to the Menu bar and the Dock are important to me. In addition, I don’t like the delay switching between full screen and non full screen.

    Option to set the default screen size upon opening an app. This option could be placed in Get Info. I suggest three options – Full Screen, Full Window, Windowed.

    It would be so nice not to have to rearrange the app each time I open it.

    Arrow Snap – Microsoft’s best contribution to graphical computing (for arranging windows side by size on the screen).

    I make no claim toward payment or royalties for these ideas. They are Free to Apple, yet valuable to users!

  6. “Save As” without having to press the option key would be nice.

    Also, if I view a document and erroneously change something and then close it. Please ask me if I want to save the modifications.

  7. Wish #5: Sounds

    My impression is that Steve Jobs killed this along with Appearances control. Xounds allowed this, but all the haxies are dead and gone. There is some limited ability to script sounds with actions and folders. But clunkity clunk clunk.

    Wish #4: Depth Control

    My usual point: Hey Apple! 3D GUI elements already, dammit! Hello?

    Wish #3: Update Syncing with Server.app

    There ARE simple and free ways to do this via shareware. But yes indeed. Apple should be integrating this into OS X Server.

    Wish #2: My Business is not Your Business…. Even the ability to turn off Spotlight internet searches would be preferable than what we have today.

    I Just-Say-No to Spotlight searching the Internet for me, for exactly the reasons E. Werner Reschke discusses. No tracking allowed on my Macs, unless I say so. That’s not going to change. Deal with it, marketing maniacs.

    Wish #1: Desktop Indicator

    I stick with the design concept called ‘The Rule Of Five, plus or minus two’. I have five desktops. As an average human being, I can keep track of five desktops and what’s on them. I personally don’t need numbers on my desktops. Now, if I needed beyond five desktops, then maybe yes, this would be a good idea.

    The Rule Of Five says that, generally, people are able to keep track of between three and seven things at the same time, with five as the average number. I stick with five desktops as it has always worked fine for me, even way back in the Mac OS 7.1 days. (Anyone care to guess what virtual desktop shareware I was using back then?)

    [Background: This particular ‘Rule Of Five’, as applied to design, is derived from ‘Miller’s Law’, which isn’t a law it all, but is a psychological observation applicable to human memory. I learned about while studying Organizational Behavior.]

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