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February 8, 2007 12:03 AM

Broken: iPhoto popup

IphotothumbnailWhich option tells iPhoto not to rebuild the thumbnails - "Rebuild Now" or "OK"?

C'mon, Apple, you can do better than this.


Can they? There's a reason the HIG existed...

Posted by: LafinJack at February 8, 2007 02:30 AM

They almost got it right. The first button is very explicit, and clear as to what woukld happen. The second button, not so much.

Posted by: Carlos Gomez at February 8, 2007 08:52 AM

"They almost got it right. The first button is very explicit, and clear as to what woukld happen. The second button, not so much."

Uh, there's a little more wrong with it than that...

Like, how do you opt out of this action?

Posted by: DavesBrain at February 8, 2007 03:53 PM

What Carlos said, Daves.

It's poorly worded, but if thought through, gets the point across.

The window is a "Caution". It tells you about something you *ought* to do for increased performance, and lets you do it if you want ("Rebuild Now").

"OK", while poorly worded (probably ought to be "Don't Rebuild"), just acknowledges the Caution.

The text says "For best performance, rebuild your cache". It does not say "Do you want to rebuild your cache?", for instance; OK is not, in this case, answering a question.

I concur with Carlos; it's just a bad word choice. I'd bet money on "OK" not rebuilding your cache.

Posted by: Sigivald at February 8, 2007 04:52 PM

ok equals Thank you of informing me of this.

Rebuild equals Rebuild

kinda bad wording but common sense should give the answer to you.

Posted by: tssman at February 8, 2007 05:39 PM

It is refreshing to see that Macs can, and do, break... That Apple is not inherently perfect... That PC aren't the only ones that occasionally hiccup

Posted by: VHoratio at February 8, 2007 05:51 PM

What?! Macs aren't perfect?! Surely you jest!!! Next you'll be trying to tell me that iPods aren't the only MP3 players in existance...

Posted by: ambrocked at February 8, 2007 08:21 PM

If rebuilding a thumbnail cache offers better performance, why doesn't the program just DO IT instead of presenting this jargon-filled dialog? Why did the developers find it necessary to waste the users' time to give them the choice between good and poor performance? "I'm a Mac. Do you want to rebuild your tumbnail cache?"

It reminds me of the dialog that Windows presents when you view the Search tab in WinHelp for the first time. (Something about "Do you want to maximize your search results?". No. I want crappy search results, thank you very much.)

Posted by: Six-ft-Six at February 11, 2007 04:47 PM

"why doesn't the program just DO IT"

Rebuilding the thumbnail cache probably takes a few minutes. The dialog is telling users that they should do it whenever they have a few minutes to spare. If I had something important to do, I would want to rebuild the cache after getting my job done first.

As for maximizing the search results in Windows Help, choosing that option makes the searches take longer. Perhaps the dialog should mention that.

As for the iPhoto dialog, it is somewhat confusing at first, but someone should easily be able to figure out what button does what. At least it's better than the Windos "OK" and "Cancel".

Posted by: TIBE4ME at February 14, 2007 10:36 PM

Maybe Apple should replace the "OK" button with "thank you for informing me of this important fact, computer, but I choose not to rebuild the cache at this time". That would clear up any confusion.

Posted by: TIBE4ME at February 14, 2007 10:38 PM

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