One thing I’ve come to admire about Apple is the company’s discipline and restraint. Apple’s engineers could clutter up the Mac, iPhone, and iPad with countless features which seldom get used, and muck up the user experience.
Instead, Apple works to get the basics right– hence the frequent list of home runs, ala iPod, iPhone, iPad– and lets the OS X and iOS development community share in the riches and glory by adding their own great apps to the ecosystem.
For Mac users, here’s one you’ll find useful. It’s called Popup Window and I call it a mashup of folder and flexible Dock.
Folders on the Mac’s Desktop can be treated like special popup Docks; windows which hold files or apps, but are easily opened with a click to the disrupt tab.
Here’s an example of a folder that’s popped up.
To create a Popup Window popup folder, drag a folder to the edge of the Mac’s screen. That creates a little tab with the folder’s name. Click the tab and the folder pops out as a charcoal window full of whatever you put into the folder.
Drag the folder anywhere on the screen you wish and create as many Popup Window popups as you want. A single click opens it up, kinda sorta mostly like clicking on folders in the Dock.