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Hierarchical volumes in 10.1's dock Desktop
Previously in 10.04, you had to do some tricky terminal things to do this, but with 10.1 this is easier than pie. here is a step by step to put a hierarchical volume menu on your dock:
  1. in your documents folder, create a new folder, call it "volumes" or "drives" or whatever. You can also assign a custom icon to this folder using get info.

  2. open the folder and open a separate finder window (command-N). Select the "computer" icon at the top of the toolbar to open up the hard drive icons for each drive or partition.

  3. select a drive icon and then holding down option-command (apple), drag to create an alias in the "volumes" folder. Do this for each partition/volume.

  4. Drag the folder to the dock. Voila! now you have a hierarchical menu of each drive.
you can do the same for classic applications or frequently used folders or files. Simply opt-cmd drag the item into a folder in your documents folder, then move that folder to the dock. I presently have one for volumes, classic apps, and folder

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Authored by: brodie on Oct 06, '01 04:02:21PM

i did the same thing long ago and have since been waitng for a dockling to do the same thing, without the wait of a held click or cntl clicking.
if anyone knows how to create docklings this would be the one to make, as you can use it to access the finder when the finder is busy looking for servers or an idisk etc.

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Authored by: robg on Oct 06, '01 05:38:47PM

The problem is that, as of 10.1, docklings don't seem to have much of a future -- Apple has killed the dockling server, and they don't include any of their own any more. They're encouraging developers to provide feedback via the application's icon in the dock (ala the new iTunes), so someone would have to write a full-blown app.

At least, that's my understanding (someone correct me if I'm wrong!).


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Authored by: bhines on Oct 08, '01 09:53:42PM

Yes, that's true that docklings are gone, but I don't see what all the fuss is about. A "full blown application" is in some ways, easier to make than a dockling. Cocoa is incredibly simple. It really is an amazing framework.

The advantage of getting rid of docklings (and why it makes a lot of sense) is that docklings all shared the dockling server's memory space. Thus any dockling could crash the dock. Bad. Also they didn't get default usage of OSX's awesome threading capabilities. Putting them in apps is win-win.


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Authored by: zedwards on Oct 09, '01 01:59:02PM

I use a 2 button mouse and there still is a "wait" before the contents show up. This is bothersome enough for me to not rely on it like I did for the old apple menu (no pause!) I am sure that this will be fixed, but it is annoying. Meanwhile, I am (patiently) waiting for a OS X version of Finder Pop!

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Authored by: scope on Oct 06, '01 09:49:45PM

How about making it automagically putting CD's and other removable media in the same folder when they are put into the computer? Know how to do that?

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Authored by: Sparky on Oct 06, '01 11:44:47PM

I dont know how to do that but I have a compromise in that I use the process I outlined for static paritions and asked under Finder/preferences to NOT show hard drives but continue to show Cds and removable media.that way my 15 partitions dont show, just the cds and MO disks.

hopefully someone knows how to do it.

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Authored by: Schep on Dec 20, '01 03:20:53PM

You can do this in the finder under the Go menu go to Go to Folder, then go to /Volumes this folder has aliases of all drives exept of the HD make an alias aand do whatever you want with it.

Schep :)

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Easier way...
Authored by: Elander on Oct 07, '01 09:00:59AM

If all you want is a hierarchical menu for a specific drive, just drag that drive to the Dock. That works even in 10.0.3 (I'm still running that version, the Swedish version of 10.1 hasn't arrived yet).

The folder thing is neat if you want to keep all your drives together in one menu though.

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Authored by: seedy on Oct 07, '01 09:20:51PM

you could probably do what I did in 10.0.4, which is use Tinkertool to view invisible files, then Cmd-opt-drag the Volumes folder to the Dock. Before I did that I pasted a distinctive icon on the Volumes folder so it would be easier to find. still can't drag things *into* that folder and through the hierarchy to put them away.

Turly! Where are you?!

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How deep is your Dock?
Authored by: Aguaman on Oct 15, '01 11:03:25PM

Even Finderpop had a limit to how deep you could dive into folders. No disrespect to Turly, but It really was a drag when I ran out after five folders deep -- both in Finderpop and Apple Menu Options. I used BeHierarchic to go as deep as you would want to in nestled folders, and was bummed to see that the five folder limit was STILL being imposed by Apple in OS X's Dock. Then, after much searching, I found piDock! It works great, allowing you to go as deep as you want. Check it out at <>

piDock has some nice eye candy as well, the nicest being some Aqua "bubbles" that lazily float up. I have positioned my OS X Dock on the right side of my display, then stretched piDock to go from top to bottom at the same thickness as the OS X Dock. This allows me to use both the OS X Dock (for bouncing app messages, app switching, and dropping files onto apps) and clicking on piDock beyond the OS X Dock for diving as deep as I want to go into folders. And those bubbles? As the OS X Dock sits on top of piDock, piDock's bubbles float up all the way behind the OS X Dock's translucent background, providing a cool animation to the Dock! Check out a my desktop at <>

PLUS! piDock is faster than OS X's Dock... even X.1

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