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Monday
Sep282009

Stardock's ObjectDock - it's like MacOS, only better!

Apple builds beautiful hardware and breathtakingly simple, elegant and easy to use software.  That's a given.  Apple is still far from a good first choice for most users for several reasons that I'll not detail here.

That said, Stardock, a company that makes a wide and somewhat strange variety of software, has made a tool called ObjectDock that brings a small, elegant piece of MacOS to the Windows desktop.   ObjectDock is free (unless you want to buy the Pro version; something I have not yet done) simple to set up, and quite useful!  Configured correctly it's more intuitive, more productive, and just as pretty as the dock in MacOS.  The free version has a left section for folder-y type things, and second from left section for applications, a second from right section for utility type things, and a right-most section for running programs.  After a little tinkering to tone down the big zooming of icons (I chose size 40 for regular and size 55 for zoomed, it's a VERY nice replacement for the Quicklaunch toolbar, which I've turned off on my laptop, and desktop icons, which I'm slowly putting away.

There are other tools, rocketdock, most notable among them, but I find ObjectDock to be better, and they're both free!

Fun, productive and free.  What could be better?

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