When iTunes is Home Sharing its library with a Mac on the local network, if it is quit, it will quit without warning you that other users are sharing the library. What happens is that the music suddenly stops. This is in contrast to what happens when the library is being shared with an iOS device. In this case a dialogue box is shown:
Obviously, what needs to happen is that the source iTunes should be showing this dialogue for other Macs. What would be great is if the other users saw a notification about why their music is suddenly about to stop playing…
In the default setting, the Dock lies at the bottom of the screen, and contains 18 applications, a folder and the trash can. In this state, icons are clear and bubble numbers are easy to read. However, this default placement robs the user of vertical screen height, which is the axis that the user has least of. On a large iMac screen, the Dock can get away with living at the bottom, but consider the laptop user; space for them really is at a premium, and so it doesn’t make sense for the Dock to live at the bottom of the screen. This lack of vertical space is compounded by the various toolbars that applications have, almost all of which are displayed as an extra horizontal bar across the top of the application.
By default, on laptops, the Dock should be attached to either the left- or right-hand side of the screen.
Unless you’ve got a lot of screen space, the number bubbles on applications in the Dock can be hard to read, particularly if you have a 12″, 13″ or 15″ laptop. With the Dock in its default position at the bottom of the screen, it’s easy to read the number in the bubble.
Remember, this is the default state of the Dock, just re-positioned, except now impossible to read without using the magnifying option, which is too awkward an experience for everyday use. Even on a 24″ iMac, reading the numbers inside bubbles can be difficult.
The solution is to have an option in System Preferences> General to increase the size of the bubbles. Currently this is only possible using DockStar, which at $20 is a bit steep for what is an OS X accessibility issue.
UPDATE: From Safari v. 10.0 this annoyance is fixed. Search bars are now located in the top-right corner of the viewport. Yay \o/. Original entry below.
A search-box in OS X applications is almost always found at the top-right of the viewport. But Safari does its own thing when it comes to searching bookmarks and history. It has the search-box at the bottom-right corner. Even though I know this is where the search-box is, every time I want to search my bookmarks or history I automatically look at the top-right of the viewport and expect to find it there. Then, brief moment of confusion over, I remember to look at the bottom-right of the viewport, and wonder, yet again, why the search-box is there.
A Safari window can get crowded. This means the tabs get shrunk down to a width of 120 pixels. That’s about enough room for 12 letters and the elipsis, which is sometimes enough text to divine the contents of the tab, but oftentimes not.
What would help is a Tooltip on hovering. Chrome does this:
Chrome also trumps Safari in showing the website’s favicon, as can be seen in the two images above. I guess that favicons were removed from Safari tabs (version 8 onwards) because they can be ugly and don’t fit the monochrome greyness of OS X’s graphite theme. Like colours in the Finder sidebar, I think this is a case of form over function.
I’m a big user of tabs in browser windows. I probably have around 100 tabs open at any one time in Safari. However, in its current incarnation, Safari makes it difficult to find a tab that I know is open but is not the active tab of a window. The Window menu item doesn’t help. This is what I see at the moment:
Many of those windows are windows with multiple tabs. This is what I’d like to see: