Apple: Tabbed Inspectors Suck; Adobe and Omni get it right.
Could you PLEASE redesign your OS conventions for big screens? Or at least afford some expert accelerators for people with big monitors?
This drives me nuts whenever I use Keynote. Most common tasks: Bullet points, type style changes, and borders on images. I just want all these fussy little panels to always be available to me. Look, I have plenty of space!
- I have to visually parse all of the inspector icons and either remember which one allows me to set a stroke or click into a few to see. The icons are tiny and they lack text labels.
- Once I find the proper inspector, I usually have to operate multi-tiered controls, with multiple dropdowns and those horrid little twiddly up/down controls.
I get that you need an interface for discovering and navigating through these different options on a small screen. You know, like the small screens we had 15 years ago. But what would be way less shitty are some big-screen versions where I don't have three clicks of navigation to get to what is, for me, a common feature.
Omnigraffle, for example, overrides the OS default behavior and affords locking-open different tabs within their inspector palettes. Adobe allows you to group, ungroup, or tab different panels depending on how you work. In both of these cases, the features I need, use, and want are available with zero clicks. They're visible onscreen and I can track my mouse directly to the control I want without having to fuss around.