Last week, for the first time since installing iLife ’06, I had an excuse to use the newest version of iDVD. In general, I love it. But someone at Apple made one seemingly insanely poor decision involving the “burn progress” screen:
That’s the screen that appears when you start the encode (if not yet done) and burn of a final DVD. In prior versions of iDVD, this area was a separate tab within the main iDVD interface. Now it’s been attached to a drop-down sheet, as seen above. Within that sheet is a progress bar and a ticker that counts off how many items have been processed.
So far so good, though a progress dialog in a sheet is a somewhat unique concept. But the other change that came with this new sheet is incredibly unwelcomed–you can no longer hide iDVD in any traditional manner. If you try Comamnd-H with iDVD in the foreground, it just beeps at you. If you switch it to the background and then do “Hide Others” from some other app, everything except iDVD hides, and you’ll hear the beep again. I even tried AppleScripting it, with no success.
OK, fine, I thought, I’ll just minimize it to the Dock. Nope. That doesn’t work either. Argh!
Since the sheet is dynamic, my screensaver won’t kick in if it’s visible. So it seems you’re just plain stuck with the iDVD box onscreen, which is an amazingly poor decision on Apple’s part. I finally managed to at least make it non-visible by using Backdrop, a utility that lets you drop a desktop picture (or solid color) down as a layer. So I ran Backdrop, set it to display a nice picture, then switched Backdrop in front of iDVD. iDVD was now hiding behind Backdrop, and since Backdrop takes up the whole screen, I couldn’t accidentally activate iDVD by clicking its window. I could still switch to it with Command-Tab, or by clicking its icon in the Dock, of course. But at least it was out of sight, allowing me to more easily work on other things while it rendered away in the background.
Why oh why can’t we just have Command-H work again, as it did before?!