After I figure out that the problem was a new feature in Atom 1.6 and how it worked I had my wife come over to my computer and told her to open a file. She opened one by single-clicking on it. Then I asked her to open another file and she tried single-clicking on and it changed the tab to that one. I had her try a couple more times and every time she only single-clicked. This is how we always opened files in new tabs in 1.5.4 and all the way back before version 1.0 was released. We both have been using Atom for over a year and both were confused about this new feature. Most new features we figure out without reading any documentation, but this one caused confusion, since we have always single-clicked to open different files in new tabs.
I went over to her MacBook that still had Atom 1.5.4 on it and tried single, double, and triple-clicking and all of those only opened the file once in a new tab. Maybe some people double-clicked when they didn’t need to do that in version before 1.6, but we always just single-clicked.
I am not saying a pop-up message with new features should happen all the time or even if it is a good idea, but a change like this that changes the normal usage of the product maybe should have something that points that out better. I noticed the italicized font in the tab, but didn’t think much of it and didn’t think that I needed to double-click the tab to make it stick before opening another file in another tab.
I can’t imagine we are the only ones confused by this new feature. Now that I know how it works it is fine, but it threw me for a loop and software doesn’t usually do that. Beyond being a web designer and developer I also provide IT support to a group of family physicians and their staff. I am working with software and supporting users on a weekly basis and I am the one that figures out how to use things when they cannot figure it out. I would never hear the end of it if our medical record system made a change like this without letting them know.
I will admit that I had a problem like this in the past and thought it was happening again. Maybe if I just install Atom 1.6 for the first time I would’ve tried double-clicking or read the instructions, but after using a product for a year you kind of expect something like opening a file to work the same. I won’t assume that anymore and will be sure to check out the Atom.io blog and discussion forums next time a new version seems to be acting strangely.
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy using Atom and plan on continuing to use it when coding in PHP, SASS, HTML, etc. It was just frustrating tonight when I saw there was a new version and I quit Atom to have it install and when I re-opened it I thought it was broken.
One thing that seems to be working better after all of this is the problem I had with Atom lagging when I was editing a markdown document and had the preview mode open. I actually downloaded and installed MacDown ( http://macdown.uranusjr.com/ ) earlier today, since Atom was driving me nuts while trying to document things. It looks like I might be able to switch back to Atom now for markdown, but it still seems to be jumping up the page in the preview when I type. I guess that is a problem for another day and a different thread.
Thank you for reading my rant and sorry for typing so much. I feel better now and I think I am going to head to bed, since it is almost 1:00am. Goodnight.