Finder got powerful in Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks


There was a free major OS update from Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion to 10.9 Mavericks.

From the following URL, you can take a free tour of new features in Mavericks (What's New in OS X Mavericks)

What interested me is the following features:



Tags



Annotation is a way to organize various stuff, I learned significance of this fact from experience of researches and programming in my university life (mostly by rebukes from my supervisors).

Although Finder already had a similar features.

Maybe many of you didn't know Spotlight comment feature. We can add comments to Finder items, and the contents of these comments is indexed by Spotlight, and it helps us to find certain Finder items. But accessibility of this feature is not good. You must select a single or multiple Finder items, and usually Ctrl + left-click or right-click to open Info dialogs, and put comment text under "comments" section. Anyway, you can still use this feature in Mavericks for more general purpose annotation.

Also, there was a color labeling features of Finder items. This feature was obsoleted and replaced by this "Tags" feature. Just for future reference for you, I'll explain this color labeling feature. It colors Finder items, that's all. Too simple, rather too much; what's worse is you can't add new colors and the meaning of colors can be interpreted differently depending on the individual.


Multiple displays


Using multiple displays is a "must" for productive activities.

I use many windows for writing or programming, referring to memos, online documents, programming language references, dictionaries, example sentences, example code, etc. As a result, PC screen is easily crowded by multiple windows. I use a tab feature to save space if it's available, but sometimes even that can't help.

So, I often connect my laptop to a wide display. But there was a problem; sub screens don't have menu bars! Windows applications have menu bars inside their application windows, but different from them, Mac OS X applications showed menu bar at the top of main screen. So that if we want to access menu, we must move mouse cursor back to main screen; that's tedious.

But now, that kind of inconvenience is no more!

Now screens themselves behave like individual applications; they now aware interaction focus, and menu and Dock are enabled in the focused screen. Dock can also be enabled at an unfocused screen if you put mouse cursor at Dock's hot corner long enough.

Also, for a window so big that it's stretching out from one screen to others, the window is only visible within its assigned screen; windows are assigned to their focused screens, and window portions overflowed from the border of its assigned screen won't be visible even if they're within other non-assigned visible screens. It must be the result to make distinction of screens certain.


Finder Tabs

I know a feature like Finder Tabs in Path Finder which my friend showed me before.

I love tabs, and I'm heavily using tabs in Safari, Xcode, Terminal, and in Dictionary (although those in Dictionary are not precisely tabs).



With the power of key shortcuts, we can switch to previous or next tabs quickly.

I'm already using key shortcuts for switching tabs, so I will do the same for Finder Tabs.

For example, I use key combination Cmd + Shift + ← to select the previous tab, and Cmd + Shift + → to select the next tab.



Shortcuts can be configured in Keyboard in System Preference.


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