Things I Hate About Macs

So when I get frustrated at work, I work on this list of things that annoy me while working on Macs. Of course when the problem shows up, it’s things I hate about Macs. I’ll update this post once in a while as I add and revise the list.


  • Takes up too much space
  • can’t copy/paste files
  • mpeg 2 files have to load in memory before previewing, causing massive lag (not just mpeg2)
  • Inconsistent Keyboard Shortcuts. Cmd-D shows desktop, but only work in dialogs, Cmd-1,2,3 changes views, but not in Spotlight. Back/Forward not the same as Safari
  • No hierarchal structure
  • hides files
  • hard to see file size, free space
  • orphans status windows, have to kill Finder to close them
  • windows take excessive amount of space
  • if a file transfer fails, Finder freaks out (data corruption, orphaned files, orphaned windows, locked files)
  • [OSX 10.4] Shortcuts in Sidebar mounted across networks get de-linked occasionally


  • Can’t play AC3
  • Always processes video (pixel aspect ratios, display frame size, actual frame size, etc)
  • Tons of other stuff
  • Takes 50% more bitrate to achieve the same quality as equivalent PC solution
  • Can’t play back uncompressed AVIs unless they’re RGB


  • lack of keyboard navigation/ mouse dependent
  • mouse stupidity… 1 button?!
  • dialog boxes… why can’t i tab between all fields? (i know there’s an option but it’s not consistent… if it even works). Why does hitting space not do the same thing as hitting the ENTER key? it’s like they WANT you to use the mouse.


  • Doesn’t remember any settings, takes forever to do many operations because I have to go through every setting every time!
  • Everytime I export to Quicktime Movie, picking the right frame size is a chore every time. Current view only works at 100% magnification and full sized viewer.
  • Export to Quicktime Movie: picking AVI defaults to poor quality settings, while picking Quicktime defaults to nice settings
  • can’t rename tracks
  • depends too much on it’s render cache, which is wrong often times and you have to clear it and force it to rerender.
  • Asks you to save everytime you open a project no matter if you actually changed anything
  • Bug: broken AR for outputting 16:9 text to Compressor (it stretches it to 4:3 and then crops it to 16:9)
  • No backwards compatibility at all, even between minor revisions
  • Media Manager can’t handle files with the same name, but different paths.
  • Can’t play back AAC audio
  • Broken 44.1 ↔ 48 sample rate conversion
  • broken frame geometry
  • Auto-sequence-settings doesn’t change audio settings to match the source


  • buggy, unreliable
  • doesn’t take advantage of multiple cores. I’m rendering here and none of my 4 cores is above 25% utilization!
  • new UI is horrible, everything takes up so much space
  • can’t apply a setting or destination to multiple files
  • rename auto selects the file extension too. not consistent with OSX 10.5 Leopard

DVD Studio Pro

  • Converts everything to mpeg-2, even if it re-renders (unnecessary renders)
  • quits so easily. not robust. causes most of the problems itself
  • buggy
  • refuses to use assets even if they’re within spec and play elsewhere
  • can’t interchange m2v and mpv file extensions
  • Won’t remember Asset sort preference
  • Scrolling through Assets is laggy
  • Refreshed Assets = Broken Asset = start over from scratch
  • marker placement is stupid (won’t snap to GOPs post-creation)
  • audio gets off sync unless babied
  • audio and video can’t be grouped together
  • can’t zoom/pan around the track w/o workarounds
  • can’t encode assets over the network
  • one a process fails, it will always fail until you restart the program


  • c’mon… two button mouse please, three would be better. Personally, I prefer 7
  • optical drives (i know apple doesn’t make them) are unreliable. give more read errors than what other OEMs
  • headphone jack high pitch noise problem

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