Some Mac users never add anything to their Macs beyond iLife or iWork or Microsoft Office. Life is simple. Many users add more functionality to their Macs.
Even in the age of wide screen Macs, that makes for a very crowded Dock. The more apps and documents you add to the Dock, the smaller those icons get. What happens when you run out of room in the Dock. It’s time to Jump.
Solve The Overcrowded Dock
It’s official. The Dock has limitations. It’s official. The Mac has plenty of Dock replacements, enhancements, and substitutes so every Mac user gets an opportunity to try something new and maybe better.
The math of trying something new to get to better is inescapable.
If you’re happy with the Dock, then move along. There’s nothing to see here. However, if you look for ways to improve your Mac life, going a step or two beyond Apple’s walled garden brings unexpected benefits.
Jump is a Mac app which adds Dock-like functionality when the Dock becomes overly crowded. Like the Dock, Jump can be set up to do more than launch apps.
Jump can find files, open documents, sift through your folder hierarchy, and bring out the obsessive compulsive disorder that’s been lurking around. In other words, you can organize access to your Mac’s apps, files, folders the way you want, not impeded by Apple’s rules.
Setting up Jump the first time takes a little thought. How do you want the Jump screen to come on your Mac’s screen? There’s a hot corner for that (recommended).
Change the icon size and number of icons per Jump pop up page. Change the style and background to match your tastes. Even add a keyboard shortcut to invoke Jump to the screen.
What you get is a pop up palette of apps, folders, files, documents—whatever you want—that pops up on your Mac’s screen. Whatever doesn’t fit in the Dock can fit in Jump.
Items can be grouped into whatever organizational rules you have. Jump gives you quick access to just the apps you want. Or, use Jump to open documents, dig through folders, find and open other files or apps.
Add items to a Jump palette by drag and drop. Got more than one Mac screen?
No problemo. Jump can go where you want it, and pops up on the screen when you move the mouse to a hot spot, or invoke the keyboard combo.
Seriously, the Dock isn’t all that bad, but it has limitations (shrinking icons are just one). Customizing the Dock takes some elbow grease. Jump eliminates even the need for the Dock and lets you customize access to your Mac’s apps and files the way you want.