A few weeks back, I posted about the issue of latency. I thought that post merited a topic to itself, but whilst using Haiku, many other things cropped up. I’d be interested to see what you think of these.
1: The lack of a ‘quicklaunch’ bar so I can’t open up (or switch between) my favourite programs quickly. I use this in Win7 and a single click is all it takes to open or switch between programs. With Haiku, I understand you need to double click a program name in the top right “menu” to change between programs. I understand the reasoning, but RMB could be used as the “sub selector” with LMB used to instantly get to the window. As it stands, I can’t swap between programs quickly (for example, say I need to compare two text files, or two pictures.
2: Alt and x/c/v (instead of Ctrl and x/c/v) is horrible to cut/copy/paste because the hand position much prefers Ctrl (try it).
3: I like the way you can drag from the thin window border, but can I have a few extra pixels to do so? I understand screen real estate is important, but one can always solve that by buying a bigger monitor (I use a 26" LCD), or by setting the window to full-screen mode.
4: I was looking for ‘Notepad’ or similar, and it took me a while to find “StyleEdit”. Maybe metadata can be used somehow to associate words like “notepad” “text”, or “text editor”, and one can instantly find programs that way.
5: I know StyledEdit is a base app, but tabs and multiple undo/redo would go a long way. Resizing the StyleEdit window makes all the text flicker (some text in WonderBrush does the same thing).
6: A window needs to be focused to close it. Or indeed to perform any action in it. Sometimes it’s desirable to have instantaneous actions between to open windows. For example, I was in another window, and then I tried to highlight text from StyleEdit. I had to rehighlight again as focus needed to be obtained first. Another example is where I had many disk file windows open, and I wanted to close all of them quickly, but needed to essentially “double click” the close button each time.
7: I couldn’t open an AVI (no programs suggested to do so). Also tried to open a simple text file. Again, it couldn’t and it wouldn’t even let me browse to find StyleEdit.
8: The magnify window contents only update at 30fps. Is this an easy limitation to overcome?
9: The default text cursor (caret) repeat speed is too slow. Trying to edit text by using the cursor keys becomes painful.
10: Fonts look ugly on my laptop in Haiku. Some parts of the letter are sharp, others are blurred.
11: Bug: Glyph hinting in Appearance -> antialiasing is broken, as when editing in StyledEdit, the caret does not correspond to the real editing position.
12: Couldn’t turn off my touchpad in the usual way via Fn and F8 for my laptop. Presumably, the other shortcuts such as Fn+CursorLeft/Right won’t adjust volume.