At this year's WWDC keynote, Steve Jobs gave a preview of 10 new features in OS X Leopard. So far, my favorite is definitely Quick Look. Not having to load Word or Excel just to make sure it's the file I'm looking for will be such a huge time-saver. After watching the whole keynote, I got to thinking about what features I'd like to see in OS X. Read on for my little list:
The Red and Green Buttons Fixed
No more bouncing dock icons
Bouncing icons in the dock when the application has a question is unbelievably annoying. Instead I'd love to see just a little pop-up that has the question or notification in it.
Better window switching with the keyboard
Window switching on OS X using the keyboard is a little cumbersome. There's one keyboard command for switching applications, and another keyboard command for switching windows. I'd love to see one keyboard command to do both, and even restore any minimized windows. The new "Spaces" feature does seem like a much better way to approach application switching, and so this may become totally unimportant. I am curious how application switching will work between Spaces. For instance, does Cmd+Tab only allow for switching applications in your current Space, or does it include all Spaces?
Cut and Paste folders and files
While the "Cut and Paste" metaphor doesn't work that well when applied to files and folders, it's still a really fast and easy way to move files and folders. Also if Windows can do it without people accidentally deleting files all over the place, so should OS X.
Boot into Front Row without loading OS X
Lots of newer laptops can play DVDs and even access media files without loading the operating system. Features like this are incredibly useful for things like watching a movie on an airplane. I'd to be able to boot into Front Row without loading all of OS X.
Customizable UI colors
Admittedly this is pretty trivial, but I'd love to have more customization over the appearance of OS X. I'm tired of the "Blue" theme, and "Graphite" doesn't quite have the legibility I'm looking for. I'd love to just pick my own colors, and just change them to suit my taste.