June 24, 2003

XCrap

At first, I thought the redesign of XCode was pretty cool. Now i'm almost positive it's one of the worst apps I've seen come out of apple in a long time. The UI is terrible, and developers are worse off in many ways than before.

Case in point, editing include paths. Before, you'd click the target and click the GCC panel and you'd see a nice list of include paths. Ok, the list was a little narrow, but you could see one per line and they were easy to read. Now, you have to click the target, then (after waiting for all the files in it to appear) click the info button -- which, mind you, is different than double-clicking it! What you now have to edit the search paths (and my app has plenty) is a single text field. That's right. A single text field that's only as wide as you make the info window. Streeeeeetch. Nope, still not wide enough. Whose bright idea was this!!? What adds even more insult to injury is that if you leave the target as a PB target, you get the old (and better) UI. "Upgrading" it makes the UI worse.

It wouldn't be so bad if they weren't crowing at the conference about the thought they put into this new UI and how they got help from the design team.

Posted by pinkerton at June 24, 2003 2:03 PM