Quay

Version: 1.1 || Release Date: 2008-05-09 || License: Shareware (€7) Developer: Rainer Brockerhoff | App Owner: factoryjoe

Extends the Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) Dock to show extended popup menus for most Dock items, including applications, stacks and URLs. Quay also allows you to make folder proxy icons with easily customized icons.

So why should you use Quay at all? Extra information, more flexibility. For one, the Dock’s popups are limited to about 500 items; Quay’s limit is in the tens of thousands. You can have a Quay popup on both sides of the Dock; Apple has them only on the document side. The Dock doesn’t follow aliases/symbolic links in its menus; Quay does. It works for Smart Folders, also shows application versions and (for running applications) CPU and memory statistics. Still, if for some reason you want the Dock’s normal display, just hold the Option key down before clicking.

Quay is a simple-to-use Cocoa application. You can run it just to configure a popup item in the Dock, but it works automatically with your existing stacks; the actual popup is handled by a background process that uses few system resources. The Dock icons can be customized for better recognition (and put on both sides of the Dock).

Quay does no magic. It doesn’t hack the Dock in any way, and calls no private system interfaces.

There is no trial period, but only the first Quay item on each side of the Dock will work until you register. Application popups are a free bonus.

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4 Opinions

I think the latest version is 1.0.1; not 1.1

Leopard's dock changes really put a crimp in my workflow. I'm thrilled by the functionality of this app AND the progress made in just a short time. A must-have in my opinion.

This should be added to the list of essential utilities you need on Leopard. Apple was crazy to remove dock folders, Quay brings them back with a vengeance.

brilliant idea. why can't Apple think of something like this.