Re: Copying/Extracting iTunes audio files?
- From: sbt <dogbreath@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2008 09:30:51 -0700
In article <siegman-4A83F2.08162215032008@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, AES
[A large scale database program whose documentation contains noAlthough I'm not firmly on either side of the argument as to whether
information on how to export copies of items in the database out of the
database -- this is good programming?]
this is good programming, I can see the argument for assuming that the
user might expect "drag & drop" to be a reasonable thing to try.
I suppose said novice user could always experiment; and I do see that
dragging an item out of the library window puts a file with the same
name on the desktop. But of course the fundamental metaphor for the Mac
Finder from time immemorial (and for a number of other apps), is that
dragging _Moves_ and Option-drag _Copies_. So, iTunes does the exact
reverse? Do I have further check on this point?
Uhhh, you're not "in the Finder", you're copying to the Finder from
another application and the drag & drop rules apply. Drag an image off
a web page into a folder and you get a copy. Drag an image/block of
text out of a TextEdit or Pages document into a mail message and you
get a copy. And so forth. The paradigm you describe (dragging moves and
option-dragging copies) is typically the paradigm within a single
application/document/window and it really isn't all that consistent
there from the user's perspective. For example, Option-dragging in the
Finder copies if the destination is on the same volume, but not if the
destination is a different volume and simple dragging to a different
volume performs a copy rather than a move.
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