The Top Secret Feature!
- From: "Daniel Johnson" <danieljohnson@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2007 17:34:57 -0400
As my faithful readers will remember, I was not quite right in
my belief that WWDC '07 would contain no new, unleaked
features. It contained one thing that was genuinely new and
But is that a good thing?
Reports coming about about Leopard suggest that perhaps
this feature should not have been included after all.
Stacks are menus, like what you have now when you
put a folder in the dock. But they open with one click,
have prettier graphics, and you can drag things in and
out of them .
And that's all great.
But stacks don't scroll. When there are too many icons,
stacks react badly. If icons don't fit, they are just left out;
you can click an icon to go to the Finder to see them.
Stacks will switch to 'grid mode' automatically to avoid
this, if you permit it; this fits more stuff, but the icon captions
are all middle- truncated, which is rather nasty.
It appears  that if you have too many items for the
grid, it will shrink the icons down, exacerbating the caption
problem, until it hits its minimum size. After that, it too just
leaves icons out.
You may think this is no real problem; just put some subfolders
in there, and with a little organization, presto! But no. Stacks
aren't hierarchical in the final release ; if you click a subfolder
in a stack, it just opens in the Finder.
So forget putting your 'Applications' folder down there.
Given that the Dock's primary function is launching
applications, this hardly seems a worthwhile sacrifice
just to get a download manager. Had they had time to
do Stacks properly, it would be different. They could
have been a nice little enhancement.
I think the take-home lesson here is: they should have
listened to me and canned all the 'secret features'.
 Or so I read. Perhaps that too has been cut.
 My source on this is a youtube.com video.
 They were hierarchical in some of the betas, I understand.
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