Tear-off menus and more
by Giles Turnbull
My wife doesn't like OS X. A long-time Windows user, she finds OS X an alien environment. Perhaps that's because she only ever uses it for short periods of time (a quick surf to a weather web site before breakfast), but anyway that's how things are.
I remember one of her criticisms related to the way windows are manipulated. She tried to enlarge a window by dragging on one of its edges, and was frustrated when I told her the only way to do this was by dragging the bottom-right corner.
"That's stupid," she said. "Windows is much easier to use."
I didn't want to argue this one (we have more important things to argue about) but inwardly, I conceded that she had a point. It would be nice to be able to resize windows with more flexibility.
OCSmartHacks has come to my attention and offers not just a solution to this, but dozens of other UI hacks for OS X.
Among the features it includes are access to the Menu bar from anywhere, via a pop-up menu; tear-off menus, NeXT style; and resizing windows using any edge.
Those of you who've been using OS X since it was NeXTStep may be very interested to try out the tear-off menus.
This is the result
The software is shareware ($29 for a license) and I have not tried it myself; I was sufficiently intrigued by the online documentation to mention it here.
Are tear-off menus and resize-by-any-edge useful additions to OS X, or needless tinkering?
I remember a mate of mine having a copy of Rhapsody, which was basically the OS 9 look & feel sat atop NeXT.