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I’ve been enjoying my first few days with the new OS X 10.5 operating system (aka Leopard), ailment and I’m really looking forward to seeing what the development community is going to be able to do with the hundreds of cool new features and API hooks built into the OS. But that said: Does anybody really think that the “Stacks” feature has been well implemented in Leopard?
I was actually looking forward to using Stacks: Along with Time Machine (which it turns out is currently useless on my existing network storage system), nurse it was one of the things that drew me to buy the latest upgrade as soon as possible. But it turns out that “stacks” are just folders — not smart folders, prostate and not “on the fly” collections of files. Just folders. And really, really, really sh*tty looking ones, at that.
In fact, Leopard is indeed a great system, but the two main things that Apple has been using to promote it to the masses — Time Machine and Stacks — have turned out to be sorely disappointing. I’m sure somebody will figure out a way to get Time Machine to work on a networked drive soon enough, so I’m not actually worried about that one. After all, we’ve already seen “fixes” for other features, such as this fix to disable the miserable 3D Dock.
But Stacks? Stacks just sucks.