Apple User Interface design flaws…


I really like the User Interface that Mac OSX gives me. I even like the iLife applications and I used them for the first time just for fun… and I came across something which is a really serious design flaw in my opinion: notice the black dot in the red “close”-button of each window:

This dot apparently shows me that I cannot do anything with this window apart from moving it around.The dot shows that the document changed – in the case of the iLife applications you cannot do anything else than moving the window around… you cannot minimize it. And the case is: The only thing I don’t want to do with such a window is starring at it’s progress bar and waiting … So normally I and probably every other user wants to hide/minimize that window. But it’s impossible. It’s just not allowed to minimize it…

Why is that? Ideas anyone?

  1. #1 by Wiseguy on March 20, 2006 - 19:56

    Command + h

  2. #2 by bietiekay on March 20, 2006 - 21:55

    tried that, did nothing.

  3. #3 by Martin Dittus on March 21, 2006 - 02:24

    The dot is an indication whether the document you’re working on has changed since the last save — and it has nothing to do with minimizing windows.

    Open TextEdit. Type a character. Note that the red button changes from clear state to “dotted”.

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