iTunes, OS X Feature Requests [Updated]

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Date: Monday, December 3rd, 2001, 13:45
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Updated 05 December with your feedback.

Apple has been putting out the most innovative hardware and software of any tech company out there in recent years. However, there is always room for improvement. Here are a couple that I’d like to see…


Updated 05 December with your feedback.

Apple has been putting out the most innovative hardware and software of any tech company out there in recent years. However, there is always room for improvement. Here are a couple that I’d like to see:

1. iTunes: I would love it if iTunes would have some sort of “linking” feature that would allow you to link certain songs together, so they would play one after another regardless of the title, etc. This would be great for live albums where one song plays into another, but the tracks have been divided on the CD. Also, if you could set it up so there is no delay between them, and they would flow together seamlessly and disengage any fade out settings. That way, those songs would always be played together, even when iTunes is set to shuffle.

use playlists, that’s what they’re for! the shuffle feature is saved with each playlist, so you can have some playlists shuffled and others not. [resonance]

2. The second change I’d like to see is in OS X. I would like to have a feature that would make windows open up leaving space for the dock. For instance, if you had the dock set to come up at the bottom of the screen a window, for your browser for instance, would open with enough room for the dock at the bottom so they don’y overlap. Sometimes the dock gets in the way of scrolling and it’s a pain to have to resize the dock all the time.

[Amen brother! I keep the OS X dock on the left, which works well with the wide screen format of the TiBook, but every new browser window I open pops up under the dock. I wish apps were more dock-aware -Ed]

as the editor pointed out, this feature is in fact built into OS X, but most applications don’t incorporate it into their code. this will probably change eventually. [resonance]

3. Lastly, I think it’d be great to be able to assign a hot key to make the Dock pop out so that it doesn’t have to pop out when you pass the cursor over whichever edge the dock is set to. I like the Dock a lot but it gets in the way sometimes. I think if a hot key could activate it, it would be a lot more user friendly.

[Just set the dock to show and then use Command-Option-D to toggle between show and hide. -Ed]

two things. first, if you want the dock to be hidden/unhidden manually, in dock preferences, turn hiding on, then use cmd-opt-D to hide/unhide the dock. you can then put the dock on a side of the screen you’re less likely to hit it.

secondly, for the problem with new browser windows appearing under the dock, if one means a finder browser, then closing an open window at a given size in a given location will make the next window open in the last window’s location. in other words, in the finder, windows are opened at the location and with the size of the window which was last closed. if by browser window you meant omniweb browser window, you can set the default size and location of new windows using the "save window size" feature under the browser menu. [resonance]

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