A more realistic desktop metaphorPosted here (week 1718).
We were caught up in the HDR fad, and lamented how poor iPhoto is at managing photos meant to be grouped, as when auto-bracketing exposure or shooting for panorama stitching. As I said aloud that the problem seems to be there’s a need for grouping items at a “less than album” manner, I recalled the original piles patent and lamented that they hadn’t moved forward on that, and here’s a perfect opportunity for them to actually innovate in user interface. I believe I went on to complain that if Tognazzini were still there they would’ve solved this problem already.
What makes this conversation memorable is the punchline: later that week I decided to look into Aperture and discovered that it has stacks. Exactly the feature we longed for. And it’d been there for a few months already.