Tiny Steps to Raskin’s Unification

I’ve taken a shine to a couple of blogs that focus on small touches that make software experiences smoother, and might often otherwise go unnoticed (as good design, by its nature, often does). Little Big Details was the first of this breed, and sets a standard for an observant eye and the ability to dive into the details of how small touches make big differences.

It was on a second blog, though, that I found something worth noting about the overall evolution of Mac OS. On the Finer Things in Mac blog, Dave Chartier notes that in OS X Lion,

When clicking a Quick Look window’s new “Open with Preview” button in its top toolbar, that window morphs into the new Preview window that opens. Classy! The same happens with RTF files and, it seems, just about any files Preview supports.