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10.5: Banish the 3D dock from 10.5
Authored by: Ripcord on Oct 29, '07 05:52:09PM

I actually like the feel of the new Dock (didn't at first). The only problem I have is that the Stacks are functionally much worse than they were in 10.4 (yes, they were there).

In 10.4, if you dragged a folder to the Dock you essentially got a somewhat less-flashy version of Stacks. When you right-clicked on the folder, you got a pop-up menu that displayed the contents of the folder in a list, and let you navigate easily. However, they regressed this in 10.5.

- If you had a large folder full of stuff, you could see most of it on one screen in a nice list form. Maybe it's just me, but it's much harder for me to find stuff when it's scattered around a bunch of rows in big icons across the screen. I'm looking for the name, not the icon.
- If you have sub-folders, you can only navigate to them by opening a new finder window. That kind of defeats the purpose of the stacks. In 10.4 the contents of a sub-folder would just pop up in a list when you selected it. In earlier versions of 10.5 sub-folders would even come up in a stack-like view when you clicked on them, which was somewhat acceptable, but now they just open a Finder view.
- Custom icons are a pain. In 10.4 I could easily identify which "Stack" in my dock was for what purpose at a glance. Every folder had its unique icon. Now I just get the icon of whatever the top thing in my folder is, which might change regularly (and which might make no sense). I can sort of fix this by adding a dummy file into the folder with the icon I want, but why should I have to?
- Aesthetics suck. When I first saw how the icon in the dock was just a big "jumble" of all the icons in the folder, I thought it was a bug. It just looks so messy, like they meant to draw only one icon but accidentally drew each, painting one overtop of another in a big mess.

I hope there's a Dock param to bring the old stacks mode back. I like some of the prettiness and how they're finally advertising the feature, but functionally it's a huge step backwards.



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