I don’t mean to beat you up. I care a lot about great software design, and I think that DOpus badly needs two fixes.
I understand that you want to be consistent with File Explorer. But I wonder if you’ve read this:
It’s all about efficiency. It’s fine to be consistent with the default way that File Explorer works, but since DOpus is supposed to be an improvement–and a highly configurable one at that–it should have the option of working the way that most of us want and expect, from our experiences with some form of UNIX. This isn’t an arbitrary request, but one that comes from decades of experience from many users. This is why I urge you to look very closely at how bash works on Linux. There’s an enormous opportunity here that involves a lot more than a mere change of one key, from backslash to tab. When we press tab, we don’t want the directory path that we’ve tried to construct to disappear because the focus has moved to another field in the UI!
I urge you to always ask two questions:
- What are the most common use cases?
- What’s the most efficient way of enabling the user to perform them?
I believe that the way that File Explorer works by default is extremely inefficient, and that the way that bash auto-completion works represents a superior solution that you can easily implement. I’m not asking you to change the default, only to make an improvement that can be optionally enabled.
Please, investigate this for yourself. You’ll never believe me until you convince yourself, and unless you try bash for yourself and really play with and study it, I don’t think that you’ll be able to appreciate the genius design.
Also, DOpus advertises spring-loaded folders in the folder tree view, but this isn’t really true. I have a dozen favorites folders that appear in the tree view. When I drag a file over one, nothing happens. There’s no spring-loading. It’s true that this happens for non-favorites folders, but why doesn’t it happen for favorites folders? It should all work the same–consistently. Also, it doesn’t make sense to have (partial) spring-loaded folders in the folder tree view, but no spring-loading of folders in the actual lister views to the right of it. It’s not just that Mac OS does this that’s relevant; it’s good design and saves a lot of time. See questions 1 and 2.
No offense intended, guys. I just want DOpus to be the great product that it can, and should, be. Please make these improvements ASAP. All of us will benefit greatly because of them!