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Stacks: Entirely useless
There, I said it. It has been far and away my biggest disappointment with Leopard. Stacks was one feature I was really excited about, but after 10 seconds of using it, I knew Stacks had to go. Worse than being less than I expected, Stacks actually took away my favorite feature of the dock: the ability to navigate through folder structures.
HierarchicalDock: Oh yeah, that's what I'm talkin' about
Word on the street is that the developer seed of the next Leopard update restores this crucial feature, but until Steve decides to right this terrible wrong, there's HierarchicalDock, a genius piece of freeware (donations accepted) from Eternal Storms software.
HierarchicalDock's interface couldn't be simpler. Open the app, and drag & drop your desired folder into the HierarchicalDock window. Then, simply drag the resulting icon into your dock.
In only a few seconds, you can bring back the ability to navigate your folders from the dock. Even better, the resulting HierarchicalDock folders can be sorted and tweaked in ways that the Tiger's dock-navigable folders never could. Sort items by name or date, and HierarchicalDock folders can be configured to display additional information such as number of items in a folder or an item's label color.
It's a simple and much needed fix for Leopard that brings back, and improves upon, the dock's most useful feature.
Ray Aguilera is a writer and food geek in the San Francisco Bay Area.