So I was reading Macintouch on the morning of May 16, 2007, and saw someone complain about the hassle of getting at volume icons that may be hidden under other windows. I thought a solution might be a fun project. Here's the result. It's fairly small and very focussed.
For Mac OS X 10.3 and up, simply double-click on the Volumizer.prefPane icon and answer the questions that System Preferences asks you.
For Mac OS X 10.2, place the Volumizer.prefPane folder in /Library/PreferencePanes or ~/Library/PreferencePanes, depending on whether you'd like it to be available to all users or just you. (You may have to create the PreferencePanes folder.) Then launch System Preferences and select the Volumizer icon.
Volumizer provides two convenient mechanisms for accessing your mounted disks without explicitly switching to the Finder.
If you check the "Display Volumes Menu" checkbox, Volumizer displays a status item in the right end of the menu bar. It will show menu items representing each mounted volume on your machine. If you select one of these items, a Finder window showing the root of that volume will be displayed on the screen. If you hover over the item (on Mac OS X 10.3 or higher) a tooltip will show the path to the item.
If you check "Display Volumes In Dock" each mounted volume will be represented by an icon in the dock. A single click will open a Finder window showing the root of that volume. The dock icon's menu also includes an Eject command. While these icons are running processes, they consume very little memory and no CPU unless you interact with them.
Volumizer requires Mac OS X 10.2 or higher and is a universal binary.
Volumizer is donationware. It was a quick, fun project that someone else inspired. That said, its development has consumed some time and, as those who've contacted me know, it's well supported. If you use Volumizer - and possibly even find it useful - please consider making a donation via PayPal (account firstname.lastname@example.org) or paper mail to:
•Originally inspired by someone on MacInTouch going by the name of Alaska Jack.