“There is a slim chance that you’ve never run nor heard of Apple’s Disk Utility application. That chance decreases the longer you’ve had a Mac as this little app is the answer to so many issue,” William Gallagher writes for MacNN. “It’s where you format new hard drives, create disk images, and where you used to be able to repair permissions if you needed to. If your Mac is doing something odd, you could run Disk Utility and have it poke about your hard drive, looking for possible problems, and often fixing them too. If you have many hard drives, such as in a RAID backup system, you lived in Disk Utility — or you used to. Apple has radically remodelled Disk Utility in OS X El Capitan and that’s got people steaming.”
“They’re steamed because the remodelling made the app easier for new or casual users to start with — but did so primarily by removing features,” Gallagher writes. “We have been before, we have been here a lot — just grab a sandwich and read the MacNN Feature Thief series. That week-long series examined how very often Apple takes a scorched Earth approach and destroys an old version of an app in favor of one that initially is significantly poorer.”
“We’ve felt the pain of Apple’s Feature Thief approach before but we thought we were sanguine about it, we thought we’d been through it so often that we always knew the workarounds and we always knew that Apple would put back what it took out,” Gallagher writes. “In this case we can just hope they do so soon, because this subtraction, even if it may be temporary, is unacceptable.”
Much more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Power users, it’s back to the Terminal for you! Hopefully Apple updates Disk Utility with future OS X El Capitan point releases.
Now, what was that we wrote just this morning? Oh, yeah: Minimalism that ignores usability is poor UI design.
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