So, I know this this guy who runs Mac OS X as his server and is seriously interested in running it as a desktop. Problem is that there are a couple of UI issues that keep him from picking up a TiBook and joining the fun. The first of these is the Windows Alt-Tab behavior. The second is the “focus follows mouse” behavior of X-windows.
As soon as he found a hack to let the keyboard focus follow the mouse instead of the “click to raise and focus” behavior that he doesn’t like, he moved from his aging Indy to a Windows 2000 laptop. And discovered he liked Alt-Tab. And now that he’s looking at the Mac, he has decided he doesn’t like the Command-Tab behavior that Apple has implemented with Mac OS X.
I’ve been keeping my eyes out for utilities that will fix this for him, and I’ve finally found one for the Alt-Tab behavior that might work. It’s called App Switcher and you can find it at http://www.uwm.edu/~mikeash/appswitcher/. The only thing that it doesn’t mimick from Windows is the ability to Alt-Tab between multiple windows of the same application. We’ll see how my friend likes it.
Now, if somebody just implements a “focus-follows-mouse” hack…
What UI Hacks make your OS X experience more pleasurable?