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As someone who still used a bunch of Classic apps -- sometimes with no choice, like QuarkXpress, sometime just becuase I like to use fast old apps when appropriate (Photoshop 3.0 is FAST for simple things), I am often frustrated that my recent documents don't show up in the OSX 'recent item' option in the apple menu. I used to keep the Chooser, or some other control panel (the Classic Calculator works, too) in the dock, just to have a lightweight application launch to give me the Classic Apple menu, with its Recent Docs and Recent Apps options.

But then I remembered that those Classic menu options reference a directory on the hard drive, so I just put that folder in the dock. To find it, just go to the Classic Apple menu, choose Recent Documents and let go without choosing a document. You'll see the folder opened in the Finder. Use Command-3 to see column view and drag the Recent Documents folder to the dock. I love having the click-and-hold access to the list of documents so handy. This would also, obviously, work with Recent Applications, but I already have the "Applications (Mac OS 9)" directory in the dock. Long live slim and speedy old apps!!
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Access recent Classic documents from the dock
Authored by: Pedro Estarque on Jul 20, '04 10:41:57AM

actually, Photoshop 3 is MUCH slower on your machine then 5 for example, as its written to run on a 68k and the PPC has to emulate the code. Try running the PPC version of Photoshop 4 and you will see what I mean



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Access recent Classic documents from the dock
Authored by: BulbVivid on Jul 20, '04 01:23:55PM

If you choose "Show Classic status in menu bar" from the Classic prefs, the drop-down menu in the menu bar includes all of the Apple menu from Classic.

Although this strays from the hint because it doesn't show in the dock, it is an easy way to get to the Classic Apple menu.

Just thought I'd point that out. . . .

Jason



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Access recent Classic documents from the dock
Authored by: winkgz on Jul 20, '04 05:59:39PM

hmmm, now that you mention it, is there a way to get the OS X "Recent Items" in the dock?



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Access recent Classic documents from the dock
Authored by: Frederico on Jul 23, '04 11:58:19AM

AFAIK, not without writing a utility to do so. The data is contained in '~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.recentitems.plist', rather than in a folder with aliases. You can install it in the Apple Menu or in your Contextual Menus with FruitMenu.



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Access recent Classic documents from the dock
Authored by: Frederico on Jul 23, '04 11:51:43AM

When I was still using Classic apps, I, too, wanted faster access to recent items. I used FruitMenu to add an alias to the Classic environment's Recent Items folder into the OS X Apple Menu, right below the native OS X Recent Items (now able to split between docs and apps), so it was a consistent transition/translation from the Legacy Mac OS. I also added Recent Items to my Contextual Menus (also via FruitMenu), so they were always a Right-Click (Control-Click) away without drifting up to the Apple Menu, then down...



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