I write news for a living, and I’m also an avid Mac user and a fan of the Apple ecosystem at large. Of course, that doesn’t mean I have to like everything about Apple, its brand, or its products. And a good example are the incredibly annoying scroll bars in Lion.
Hoping to single-handedly convince Apple Inc. to implement a change in OS X is utterly naive. But I’m giving it a shot.
The image below shows something that many Lion users have to go through every day.
Having to resize every single folder that contains one too many files simply to access that last one at the bottom is excruciatingly annoying!
And it’s only because Apple wanted to blend iOS with OS X. Which is fine, in essence. We like the whole shebang. We just don’t want all
of iOS in OS X. We can do without this minute feature.
Admittedly, there’s an option to put the constantly-visible scroll bars back in, but it doesn’t get much better (as the image below shows).
The default should really be the opposite. Ultimately, you still have to work around this issue to make your files visible and, most importantly, accessible.
And it’s not just the Finder that’s affected by this, but PDF viewing too. I have to actually make a scroll to get the bars to pop out in order to use them. That’s really cumbersome.
Apple, remember when Steve Jobs said not to ask yourselves what he would have done? You could make an exception here. If Steve was still around, he'd have an anxious intern work over the weekend to have those scroll bars ready for the WWDC opening keynote on Monday. (That’s an exaggeration to make my point. Plus, if Apple wants a public release next week, the OS X 10.8 Golden Master build is probably already done).
And if one voice doesn’t cut it, maybe more voices will. Feel like writing a comment?