In its original incarnation, AutoStacks moved selected files to a new folder and created a new Leopard “Stack” by adding the folder to the right-hand side of the dock. This is the way I expected Apple’s Stacks functionality to work out-of-the-box, but apparently, others have their own ideas as to how Stacks should act: In particular, many people seem to want their Stacks to contain aliases to existing files, rather than the files themselves.
Not to begrudge these people, I’ve made some changes to AutoStacks that should appease both camps: Starting with version 0.2, AutoStacks will now prompt the user upon first use as to which way they would like to have it behave from then on (move the files, or create aliases to them).
After the first use, it will assume you always want it to behave the same way, and it will refrain from asking again until you decide it’s time for a change; On the off chance you change your mind, you can always double-click the AutoStacks application icon (i.e., launch it without dragging files to it), and it will be happy to ask you again.
Oh! And I almost forgot… Thanks to the the original creator of a nice set of overlay icons and information provided by these fine folks, I’ve also added an extra icon to each new AutoStack to help restore some order to your AutoStacked dock. Hope you enjoy the extra touch!
Thanks again for all the encouragement, and I hope this works for everyone else as well as it has for me. Please let me know if it doesn’t!
To install AutoStacks on Leopard:
- Download the latest version.
- Unzip it.
- Drag the resulting AutoStacks.app into your Applications folder
- From there, drag the app onto your dock (if you want it there)
- Now try creating Stacks by dragging files onto the AutoStacks icon
And now for the adventurous, here’s a copy of the latest source code for the app. Note that once you’ve compiled the script, you’ll need to include an overlay icon file named ” IconOverlay” (with two spaces preceding the name, which ensures the icon is the first file in the Stack when sorted by name) within the Contents/Resources subfolder of the App.
(If none of that makes any sense, well… did I mention there’s a ready-to-run compiled version of AutoStacks 0.2 here?)
Download a compiled version of AutoStacks 0.2 here or by clicking the image above.