Soon after my copy of iLife 06 arrived, I settled down to do the install. As large installs go, it was pretty normal and uneventful, and I only made minimal changes to the default install options.
But after the install, I had to do a double-take at my Dock - suddenly it was twice as long as it had been. Huh? While my eyes had been busy watching the installer, iLife had added icons for all the new iLife applications to my Dock, without asking me first.
Now, a user’s Dock is a very personal thing - everyone has their Dock set up in a way that suits them. Me, I don’t have any applications in my Dock; rather than use it as a launcher, I use it to monitor what’s currently running. The addition of these iLife apps annoyed me because it forced me to interrupt my work and re-arrange my Dock the way I like it. Sure, this only took a few seconds, but it’s the principle.
I can understand that Apple wants to give new Mac users a helping hand, and it’s fair to say that some newcomers can feel confused after installing new software and finding nothing on screen to tell them what’s happened. Switchers from Windows, especially, are accustomed to seeing icons added to their Start menus or to the Desktop itself.
So my suggestion would be that the iLife installer should include a checkbox - checked by default would be fine - saying that icons for all the new software would be automatically added to the Dock. Then people like me, who like to keep their Dock under control, would have the chance to uncheck the box and remain untroubled.