10.5's Dock still sucks

Wednesday, March 26 2008 @ 04:16 PM EDT

Contributed by: Admin

The Dock in 10.5 still sucks, even after the 10.5.2 update that brought back hierarchical folder menus.
Let us recap:

10.0-10.4: you drag a folder into the Dock.

  1. Its icon appears.
  2. If you click on it, it will open its Finder window.
  3. If you right-click on it, you will see its contents in a menu. This menu is left-justified, like all other easily-readable text in the known universe, next to a nice, straight, vertical column of small icons. Holding the mouse over any folder shows that folder's contents, and if there is a subfolder you can mouse over that to see its contents, etc. You can activate any item—program, document, or folder—by clicking on it.
Very nice, neat, and efficient. Useful features, few clicks, mouse motion is only required if you want to activate items or dig into subfolders.

10.5.2: you drag a folder to the Dock.
  1. The icon is from one of the things in the folder.
  2. If you click on it, you see a fan or stack, depending on how many things it has.
  3. If you right-click on it, you get a little menu with options.
Let's look these 3 things in a little more detail.

  1. The icon is from one of the things in the folder.
    To change that,
  2. If you click on it, you see a fan or stack, depending on how many things it has.
  3. If you right-click on it, you get a little menu with options.
    Nothing we can do about that. We've basically made this action useless. These are just things that are in the 'Options' menu and some other options—remove from Dock, show in Finder, etc. That's all. Nothing we can't get elsewhere.
So. Two useful features—click to open a window, right-click to show a menu—are gone. Now it's click and choose a menu option to open a window, or jump through some hoops to get a menu that works like the old right-click menu except that now it happens with the other mouse button. As the drill instructor in Full Metal Jacket said, out-fucking-standing.

Just discovered one more thing. If you have a folder in your Dock, using the old behavior, and you have an alias in that folder, and you mouse over that alias, NOTHING HAPPENS! It doesn't expand like it did in 10.4, 10.3, 10.2, 10.1, 10.0, and the Apple Menu in OSs 9.x, 8.x, and 7.x.

Another 10.5 gripe: Quick Look is great, but I miss being able to press 'space' to jump to the first item in a window. I know I can use option-space, but I have option-space set to be the key combination for QuickSilver. Why do I use option-space instead of the default of control-space? Because I have Spotlight set to use control-space. And why...? Because Spotlight's default of command-space conflicts with the key command that Adobe has used for over a decade in all their apps for 'zoom.'

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