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LauncherPro for Android hands-on: it works, but it won't wow you

The most popular home screen and 'app drawer' replacement app for Android is LauncherPro -- but I'm not sure why. I mean, sure, it gives you a scrolling dock, and up to seven home screens -- big whoop. Maybe I'm just a bit jaded. I have recently reviewed two very good home screen apps, after all. The truth is, though, except for a nifty scrolling, customizable dock, there's simply no reason to...

aDeskbar is an all-in-one dock and menu panel for Linux

aDeskbar is a slick menu and dock app for Linux systems which offers a wide range of customization options. In addition to the familiar menu-based app launcher, aDeskbar also includes nice features like drawers (similar to OS X stacks) and widgets for quick actions like invoking a terminal, logging off, or shutting down your system. Visual options abound, too -- opacity, position, hover effects,...

Customize your Snow Leopard dock with Dock Library

When Apple introduced the new shelf-like dock in OS 10.5 Leopard, users were up in arms over how ugly it was, with some even switching their docks to the side of the screen to avoid seeing it. If you hate the shelf, or just wish you could make it look better, you should give Dock Library a try. It lets you replace your dock with a custom design, and works in both Leopard and Snow Leopard. Sites...

Nexus: Easy to configure dock-style application launcher

Nexus is a free application launcher for Windows that works a lot like the OS X dock. It's hardly the only dock-style program launcher for Windows, but Nexus is one of the most attractive and flexible options I've seen. The free utility comes with a handful of themes and offers live previews of your CPU and RAM usage and your local weather forecast. There are a ton of advanced settings, many of...

Appetizer: Open source, portable application launcher

There's no shortage of free dock-style application launchers for Windows. But there are a few things that make Appetizer stand out from the crowd. First, it's open source, which makes it easy for anyone to develop skins, plugins, or other features for the application. Second, it can run as a portable application, which means you can either install it on your Windows system or run it from a USB...

XWindows Dock is a better Leopard dock clone for Windows

Windows users that are fans of the OSX dock have plenty of options - RocketDock is usually the one that gets recommended. XWindows Dock is one I hadn't heard of before, and it offers some features that might give it an edge over the competition. However, one small failing right off the bat is that XWindows Dock doesn't support drag and drop - which might be a deal breaker for some users. I don't...

Magic Formation is a flexible circular (or not) dock for Windows

TokyoDownstairs' Magic Formation is a flexible, highly customizable dock for Windows. If you're not into circular docks, fear not! Magic Formation can also display your dock icons in a straight line or in a completely manual layout of your choosing. As with any good dock app, icons for your programs can be selected from exe, ico, and png files (like the transparent Paper Mario guys I'm using). To...

Fresh manages your recent items, plus system-wide tagging

Fresh is a great little Mac app from Ironic Software -- probably better known for their file browser, Leap -- that gives you easy access to "fresh" items on your Mac. When you click on Fresh, all your recent downloads and recently edited files are right in front of you in an attractive dock-like display. If you want to keep a file fresh, so it's always quickly available, just drag it to the...

Apple receives patent for the OS X dock

Apple has received a patent for the dock utility for launching applications in OS X. Yes, the dock has been around for the better part of a decade, but Apple applied for the patent back in 1999 and didn't receive it until this week. The patent describes an interface for consolidating frequently used items in a "userbar." It also covers the way that items are magnified when you scroll your cursor...

Circle Dock: Stop going out of your way to launch apps

There are plenty of dock-style applications launchers for Windows. But most have one thing in common: You anchor them to the top, bottom, or side of the screen and then scroll your mouse over that portion of the screen to bring up a list of applications. Circle Dock is different, because this free application launcher it appears where your mouse already is instead of making you move your mouse. ...

CPU History: ultra-lightweight CPU monitor for your OS X Dock

What's red and green and only uses 96k of disk space? CPU History. It's a lightweight CPU monitor that sits in the Dock on your Mac, and gives you a quick visual readout on how hard your processor is working. It's customizable, easy to read, and won't put a big drain on your system. So why not Activity Monitor? Well, if you're just going to use it as a display in the dock, it's using way more...

SuperDocker: Customize your Leopard dock and more

Addicts of endless customization, rejoice! SuperDocker is a free program designed for Mac OS X Leopard that gives you the ability to customize your Leopard dock and more, all in a very easy to use package. It seems like everything you'd want to change about the dock can be done in SuperDocker: you can change the dock from 3-D to 2-D, add icon transparency, and add customized separators in the...

Welcome to a new world of widgets, Yahoo! Widgets 4

We've got the hot scoop on Yahoo spicy update to widgets; their newest release of Yahoo! Widgets 4. This version offers users and developers improved features and capabilities including a new Widget Dock, new and improved widgets, improved performance, streamlined installation, improved authoring tools and automatic updates. I recently had the opportunity to load up this new version and take it...

UberIcon - Works great with RocketDock

A couple days ago Ryan brought us RocketDock, the best Apple dock emulator I've seen so far. While using it, I noticed that it has a setting in the options that allows you to turn on "UberIcon" support. At first I was confused, as I wasn't sure if that was just a mode in RocketDock, but since it didn't appear to do anything, I went looking on Punk Software's site. And lo and behold, I found that...

Display all of your OSX apps in a pretty collage

Apple users love pretty things. And nothing is prettier than getting all arts and crafty and displaying your awesome collection of downloaded apps in a sweet collage. Best of all, no work is involved. This Mac application called Todos opens all of your application icons in a panel. Choose the application you want to open, and hide the panel. That simple. No more cramming all of your applications...