Is it Worth These Setbacks: Stacks, Menu Bar Transparency, Folder Icon, Ugly Dock?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by alexiyk, Oct 27, 2007.

  1. alexiyk macrumors newbie

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    Currently I am running 10.4 and love it!

    I use cleardock which has given me the ability to remove the gray bar behind the dock in Tiger. I think the flat clear dock looks awesome. Based on the photos of Leopard the new dimensional Dock just looks distracting, especially for someone with a Macbook that might typically hide the dock for more screen space.

    I also have certain folders in the dock that I use regularly to access documents and files quicker. I am able to right click or ctrl click to gain quick and organized access to these. Based on what many are saying Stacks does not compare.

    I completely agree with those who have mentioned how bad the Menu bar looks when another window is open against it!

    And Finally- I can see where people are coming from regarding the folder icon- it doesnt look good.

    So while these make it very diffulcult for me to switch my major concern isnt necessarily these issues. It's the fact that apple doesnt add options- Leopard should have even more options! Why did I need to get the clear dock app in Tiger- why does Leopard seem to have just as little options. I dont think you should get rid of something completely that worked. Make the changes but keep the options!

    Thats my take- but heres my main question for those who have already updated- is the rest of what Leopard offers worth the setback in some of these other areas- or should I wait until I am sure there is a way around these things?
     
  2. megatronbomb macrumors regular

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    While I haven't been overly impressed with a lot of the graphical "improvements" the general performance of every day tasks seems much smoother and, while I hate to use a word that has gotten used so much lately, the system really does seem snappier.

    Stacks was the biggest feature I was looking forward to, but it doesn't work entirely properly if you're one to put the dock on the side of the screen, and it really wasn't quite what I was expecting, though I'm getting used to it. Dock-wise, the blue balls that tell you what program is open needs to be enhanced a little... they're hard to see. The alternative dock view is pretty sexy looking, much better than the default IMO.

    The menubar transparency is slightly annoying at most, but the level of focus on it is a little absurd. The folder icon is kinda plain, but that can be customized, so no biggie. :)
     
  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    I can't live without Spaces now. Underneath, things are much faster even with the occasional graphical hiccup.
     
  4. psychofreak Retired

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    It won't be long until a GUI 'fix' for the menubar is out. The folder icon and dock problems can be addressed in Candy Bar 3 when it comes out (should only be a few weeks).
     
  5. megatronbomb macrumors regular

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    I'm curious how you use spaces that it's become so important to you. I'm not trying to be a jerk. I'm genuinely interested. I can't see how it's useful.
     
  6. webgoat macrumors 6502a

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    spaces is extremely useful for me when running vmware fusion windows xp pro virtual machine... i can switch from full screen windows to leopard and back in a snap
     
  7. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Finder in one. Firefox in another. Transmission in a third. Mail + iCal in the fourth. MacBook 13.3" screens are not very forgiving. I find spaces is much more responsive than expose, odd no?
     
  8. psychofreak Retired

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    I used to use Virtue desktops for this...in fact it was better than Spaces in that it had more trigger options (hitting my Macbook, or putting the mouse on a screen edge etc.)
     
  9. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    So does spaces...mouse button, F8, ctrl <arrow keys>
     

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