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Daring Fireball on Leopard

Having just read John Gruber’s thoughts on the WWDC announcements, and having spoken to a few people at WWDC myself, I thought I’d stick in my two cents on one or two of the points raised in his post.

First off, the Dock. I quite like the new Dock, even when it’s sitting on the left or right hand side of the display. Sure, the effect is slightly less dramatic when it’s on the side, but I’m not sure it really looks “like crap”. Of course, it’s worth saying that whether or not something is pleasing to the eye is quite subjective, but I think John’s taking it a little far here. Also, I wonder if he’ll feel the same way about it in 6 or 12 months’ time.

Second, John implies that he doesn’t think the Cover Flow view in Finder will be particularly useful. I must admit that was my initial thought also, but since then it has grown on me slightly. The benefits of using Cover Flow in Finder, I think, are the fact that you get a decent preview of the thing you are opening, and that, unlike the icon view (which can provide a reasonable preview if the icon images are set that way), scrolling through Cover Flow is a 1-D operation, hence significantly easier in many ways. Sure, it’s still eye candy, but the more I think about it, the more I think it might actually be useful.

Of course, I’ll have to see how it pans out when I actually try to use it, and whether I prefer it to the other views.