RUMOR: Apple’s Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.2 to bring back hierarchical browsing to Dock

Macenstein has published a screenshot from the latest build of Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.2 (build 9C7) that shows that Apple has added hierarchical browsing to Stacks, bringing back the ability to dive down deep into your Mac’s contents via the Dock.

The site also reports that Stacks preferences now include the option of displaying a traditional Folder icon instead of an overlapping “stack” of icons in the Dock.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Thank Jobs! We’re going to stop hating Stacks if this is released to users.

Mac OS X Leopard’s Stacks’ default curving fan is ugly and virtually useless. The optional grid view is better looking, but just as pointless. Of course, users of former versions of Mac OS X who are now on Leopard know that what we’re really bemoaning is the loss of hierarchical folders in the Dock. What a stupid backwards step Apple made here! Where users could simply drag their drives to the right side of the Dock and “Boom!” in previous Mac OS X versions, now they just get an ugly dead end. “Stacks. An ugly dead end.” Some slogan. So, Apple, what was the goal, to make the Dock much less useful? To force users to go through the new Finder to see the snazzy new Cover Flow view? Seriously, what’s the point? Here’s hoping Apple fixes this (a third-party fix would be nice, but Apple should restore the lost functionality themselves) in a future Leopard update as soon as possible.MacDailyNews Take, November 30, 2007


  1. the fan is a Human interface design
    it follows the natural curve of your wrist and fingers
    for touch display and better ergonomics
    this will take time to understand
    putting the old way back is important and should have been there from .0 but it was more important to get the iphone launched

  2. I must admit I dislike Stacks incredibly. What is the point of them? I use to have my Applications folder in the Dock so I could get to any App easily, but now it just shows a few with an option to ‘Show the rest in a Finder Window’.

    What’s the point?

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