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iPhoto ’11 Deemphasizes Content

Glenn Reid:

The mantra for iPhoto 1.0 was essentially that the user interface should disappear — photos are something you look at, so you want a very visual interface, with more photo, less UI.  This is the balance that is largely missing in iPhoto '11.  There is much more UI, and a lot less Photo.

And apparently the creator of iPhoto is another Snow Leopard fan.

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Yeah, he writes about Mountain Lion too (if a bit more emotionally):

http://glennreid.blogspot.com/2012/02/dumber-and-dumber.html

and has a rant on the iMovie rewrite, the original version of which he also worked on:

http://glennreid.blogspot.com/2007/09/imovie-08-doesnt-cut-it.html

I wish I could turn off my anger about the decline of OS X and just get my work done, but I still take this stuff pretty hard.

"And apparently the creator of iPhoto is another Snow Leopard fan."

Who isn't?

I'm not.

Full screen spaces and swiping to switch. The expectation of documents that don't need to be constantly coddled and windows that will stay where you put them. Apps that can throttle down when you're not using them or when they're no longer visible. Yeah, I think "OS X" era OS X is doing okay.

Of course there are things to hate. Sandboxing and app distrust. Squirreling away APIs for those who pay. Half of the new features coming from last year's iOS. All horrendously implemented and/or conceived. I'd rather wish they wouldn't have done that. But crossing my arms and retiring to Snow Leopard? No. That doesn't make you a person of discipline, that makes you an old codger. If you want to leave a mark, switch platforms. Snow Leopard 2's not coming, it's not going to work indefinitely and the only thing standing between you and those people who still seriously run Mac OS 9 is time.

"Snow Leopard 2's not coming, it's not going to work indefinitely and the only thing standing between you and those people who still seriously run Mac OS 9 is time."

Agreed!

No new hardware capable of running Snowy outside of emulation will be produced! I know!

But here's the difference: while I mourned some of the things lost in the OS 9 -> OS X 10.2 disruption, (for example, I still miss the OS 9 Finder), I very much welcomed the OS 9 -> OS X 10.2 disruption. I fully understood that the architecture disruption was producing a significant net gain for me as a user.

The post-Snowy disruption? Not so much. Inevitability does not necessarily equal desirability.

YMMV.

No, it does not equal desirability. So switch to something that is desirable. That was the entire point.

"Apps that can throttle down when you're not using them or when they're no longer visible."

I don't get the point about throttling down apps when you have multi-everything (core, thread, etc.) and you don't care about battery life. Last time I check this should be already be supported by SMP and the event-loop designs.

Nowadays, using 100% of CPU at some point is almost a crime.

Not a big fan of restoration and version features either considering how much they kill productivity.

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