5 Replies Latest reply: Jul 27, 2011 7:28 AM by Michael Allbritton
simon66 Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)

They're simply idiotic.

 

On balance I quite like many of Lion's new features, but the new sidebar icons are one of the worst examples of form over function that I've ever seen.

 

I'm sure we all associated the colour with the icons: desktop - purple, downloads - green etc.

 

I mean, what's the point of having a blazingly fast computer if you can't find what you're looking for quickly? And if my sight were in any way impaired I guess I'd be totally scr@wed.

 

My money's on apple bringing back the colour icons (or some colour implementation) in the first update, but it seems beyond belief that someone at apple actually thought this was a good idea, and signed it off.

  • 1. Re: Apple Simply MUST Change Sidebar Icons
    coocooforcocoapuffs Level 3 Level 3 (845 points)

    I'll take u up on that bet! I've got a torn retina and am half blind and I didn't even notice the change until some folks started screaming about it. I was actually hoping for an FCPX/Motion5-looking UI when I downloaded Lion, as I did those installs first. So I guess I was a bit disappointed as well. Cheers

  • 2. Re: Apple Simply MUST Change Sidebar Icons
    rebby575 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The colors and custom icons aren't just for pretty. They help with quick navigation to those folder.

     

    Give us a way to bring back custom folders.

     

    Plus, the low contrast versions of Apple folders are hard for us old people to see.

     

    Apple, when I work, I'm tearing through a dozen apps, three dozen open files, and six dozen folders. Then there are the constant interruptions from other poeple to deal with, so anything to help get there and back faster is a huge plus.

     

    Don't take things away from me that help me organize based on current use! That the sidebar is visible in open-save dialogs helps me a lot, but this mass of indistinguishable grey helps not.

  • 3. Re: Apple Simply MUST Change Sidebar Icons
    Topher Kessler Level 6 Level 6 (9,340 points)

    Well if the half-blind guy couldn't see a difference then that's saying something.

     

    I agree that having colors is an exceptionally useful way to navigate the system, and am severely disappointed that Apple removed them. Oddly the colors were kept in the Finder's "Go" menu...

  • 4. Re: Apple Simply MUST Change Sidebar Icons
    coocooforcocoapuffs Level 3 Level 3 (845 points)
    Oddly the colors were kept in the Finder's "Go" menu...

    That's just sloppy eh! I wonder if the UI team has radically changed at Apple...I've been reading about how corps are cutting back on IT, outsourcing more, and giving developers more responibilites while cutting staff and taking on new projects at the same time. Perhaps this is the result?

  • 5. Re: Apple Simply MUST Change Sidebar Icons
    Michael Allbritton Level 6 Level 6 (16,710 points)

    Send in your polite feedback here:

    <http://www.apple.com/feedback/macosx.html>