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10.5: Use Tiger's Dock in Leopard
Authored by: dprb on Nov 14, '07 01:49:36AM

Leopard Dock annoyances and workarounds

There have already been numerous complaints about the Dock in Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard), most of them surfacing before the OS upgrade was released in final form. Now that Leopard Dock behavior is concrete, two primary functional (not aesthetic) annoyances -- all related to the way the Dock handles folders -- remain:

1. Hierarchy gone You can no longer access the hierarchy of a folder stored in the Dock. Instead of a pop-up listing of folder contents that can be navigated in hierarchical fashion, the only options are "Fan" or "Grid." "Fan" shows up to 11 items contained in the folder, with an option to go to the Finder to see the rest of the items. "Grid" shows a more complete picture of what's inside a folder, but still doesn't allow for navigation to sub-folders contained therein.

Solution: Use DragThing This third-party Dock replacement retains the hierarchical navigation functionality now missing from Leopard's Dock. It's $29 shareware, and includes a bunch of other nifty functions like the ability to create multiple docks, store clippings and images, and can put the Trash icon on your desktop.

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10.5: Use Tiger's Dock in Leopard
Authored by: macevangelist on Nov 14, '07 11:28:35AM

Shameless plug. But true. Too bad that the process dock in DragThing does not accept folders to be dragged in on the fly. But you can specify permanent items to be displayed in the process dock in DragThing's preferences.

Together with BluePhoneElite to restore missing functionality in Address Book the latest release of Mac OS X is quite the cash cow for third party developers.

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