Bruce Tognazzini (Tog) on Apple Squandering the Advantage, on interface innovations Apple could make. Lists extra screen objects including: Piles (stacks of documents); visual cues on folders; various object/application collections. [Interconnected]
Lots of great ideas enclosed.
Bruce is one of the grand old men of User Interface – and a member of the Neilson Norman Group. It's clear that he's been thinking (and probably festering) on these issues – for years. But that doesn't mean these ideas will ever happen – by Apple.
But ALL of these ideas can be applied in an RIA (rich internet application) environment, in a cross-platform kind of way. We don't have to be dependent upon Apple or Microsoft anymore. That's ONE of the benefits of RIAs. [Marc's Voice]