More Leopard: Stacks suck
One of the much-touted features of Leopard is stacks, these pop-up menus that you can create by dragging any folder into the Dock. Actually, OS X has long had a vaguely similar ability, but the pop-up menus were slower and less attractive.
In fact, I was quite enamored of this ability and made heavy use of it. Here’s a portion of my Dock from Tiger:
(Most of those icons are from the Agua series from David Lanham at the Iconfactory.) So, in Tiger, I have quick access to Applications, Utilities, Work Programs, Projects, Downloads and Sites. With such bright, distinctive icons, I can find the right target half-blind.
Here’s the same portion of my Dock in Leopard:
That Stacks use the first item’s icon as their icon is so horribly, horribly wrong, I can’t imagine this escaping into a finished product. The “Applications” Stack doesn’t look like a clump of applications, it looks exactly like my Address Book (for now – I should be wary of training myself to find the Address Book icon, lest I install Aardvark or Abalone or Access or something.) Sites and Projects are also indistinguishable, as they both look like plain folders!
Liz has actually started putting customized folders inside her Stack folders with names like “_AAA”, but I’m hoping that someone, somewhere, figures out a hack for this. Honestly, I much prefer the original functionality, and I don’t think I’m the only one.