Tiger User Interface
Last week Apple finally announced the next major update of Mac OS, codename Tiger. Beside some great new features Tiger will also ship with a slightly redesigned user interface.
No doubt — once again Apple will delight use with dozens of great enhancements to Mac OS such as the new search technology Spotlight, the Konfabulator clone Dashboard, Safari 2.0 aka “Safari RSS” as well as the promising update of Apple Mail. And those of you who have already taken a look at the Mac OS section on Apple’s website may have noticed the subtle changes concerning the user interface.
The separator between the title bar and the toolbar has been removed and pinestripe background has been replaced by some sort of gradient, which makes the interface look much cleaner. And as far as I can tell from several screenshots this is not the only aspect that has been somewhat polished by Apple — just take a look at the current screens of Apple Mail 2.0.
The mailboxes have been moved from the drawer to some kind of sidebar, which also makes the application look much cleaner and easier to use, especially for people that have recently switched from a PC. The only downside of this new approach is that it no longer seems possible to display the mailboxes either on the right or left side of the mail listing. Personally I prefer the mailboxes on the right side. Well, but maybe also this will be possible. We will see.
Another revised user interface element are the new toolbar buttons that are no longer grouped by conventionell separators but via some sort of button or shared background color. Hm, personally I’m not a big fan of this new style mainly because it’s yet another way of displaying buttons. We already have a great lack of consistency in Aqua as well as brushed metal applications…
However the overall impression of Mac OS Tiger is really positive and I’m looking forward to updating my Mac as soon as possible. Actually I’ve just ordered Tiger in the Apple Store :) So what do you think? Will you update to Tiger instantly or will you wait for the first one or two updates?