Jeff Wrote: “No, I take the Mac to task because its normal install is equivalent to the Windows power user install. Do users need to know or even care that the “Applications” folder exists, and all that entails? Filesystems aren’t a feature, folks.”
Jeff, do you think the My Documents folder Microsoft provides for users is a feature? What about the My Pictures and My Music folders? This is what the Applications folder is on Mac OS X.
Coming from Windows, where the ‘Program Files’ folder is verboten and hidden from users, I can see why you might consider the Applications folder a non-enitity that should be avoided unless something has gone horribly wrong. However, this is purely a technical limitation that reflects architectural design problems in Windows. These problems can result in apps that break or become uninstallable if moved or modified by users.
Well written Mac OS X applications do not have these limitations. As such, the Applications folder is simply another officially sanctioned location where users can store applications.
" Some of the users where I work don’t know that you’re supposed to drag the .app file from the DMG into the Applications folder.
Imagine that. If only there was a way to make this work more seamlessly… hmm…"
I’d recommend downloading an app from the Omni Group. They are a textbook example of how to create a great installation experience on Mac OS X.