I'm replying to two separate posts from amcan12:
> - Single left click of dock folder opens menu and
> shows all subfolders and items, which are all
> aliases anyway.
My point is that if you have a folder alias in the list, that folder alias isn't resolved, so you don't get a submenu showing its contents. You can click it and the contents appear in a new Finder window, which is useful, but that's essentially what Stacks do already. Under Tiger, the contents would be listed in a submenu just like any other non-alias folder, which is what I want.
> - Simply hovering over the subfolder folder in
> menu opens submenu with no problem.
Not if the parent is a folder alias rather than a folder.
- Single left click on subfolders opens it in Finder.
No, it opens the parent folder in the Finder, with the folder itself highlighted as a selection within that folder. That's not what one would expect. Tiger used to open the contents of the folder in a new Finder window. The behaviour of HierarchicalDock is what you'd expect if you Command-clicked on a folder. (That's useful behaviour, but only in situations when you actually want it - i.e. when you're pressing Command!)
Also, the contrast with the behaviour of alias folders is marked: if you click on those, a Finder window opens to display their contents, which is the correct behaviour.
> Why are you guys clicking on folder in menu?
> Simply moving cursor over the folder in menu
> reveals a submenu
As stated, not if the folder is an alias!
Besides, sometimes you want to open a Finder window of a folder's contents without having to dig down through multiple Finder levels. Using a Dock menu to tunnel down the hierarchy quickly and then click on the folder name to open it directly is very much quicker than starting at a high level and double-clicking on umpteen folder icons to get to where you want.
For me, hierarchical Dock menus have two really helpful uses:
1. To be able to launch an application or file that's buried a few levels down within a well-organised disk filing system (which is what I have); and
2. To be able to get directly to a deeply buried folder and open it in the Finder, without having to open a high-level folder and double-click my way down to it through a series of sub-folders.
This new application brings back both of these facilities, and is hence really useful. However, requirement 1 doesn't work quite as well as it might because alias folders don't produce submenus at present, and requirement 2 isn't quite there yet because you can't just click on the name of a folder within the list to open a Finder window of its contents. Currently, you have to open its parent and then open the folder you want manually.