Still, the Dock has a list of annoying limitations. It can be moved around, but runs out of space quickly. Use the Dock for files and folders as well as apps, and icons become almost microscopic, and navigation cumbersome. Besides a chicken in every pot and a good 5-cent cigar, this country needs an improvement to the Dock.
Controlling The Dock
Outside of a few visual tricks, the Mac’s Dock doesn’t have much to configure. Hide it. Magnify it. Move it. Change the effects.
If that leaves you wanting, and the Dock’s clutter leaves you annoyed, try adding DockShelf to your Mac.
Did I mention tabs? Everyone loves tabs. So does DockShelf. Docks can be collapsed as labeled tags, easily positioned wherever you want around the Mac’s screen.
DockShelf Docks can be assigned workspaces and toggled visible or invisible with a hotkey. And, they can be hidden just like the built-in Dock– hover the screen pointer over the hidden DockShelf Dock and it reappears.
Magic is real, folks.
DockShelf gives you controls to preview documents by hovering the screen pointer over an item. That’s worth the price of admission all by it’s little lonesome.
Click on the image above for a pop up look at a Mac screen loaded with Docks.
Wait. Doesn’t that really just mean more screen clutter? Au contraire mon ami. Remember, the Docks can be hidden just like the built-in OS X Dock, so the screen stays clean, pristine, and really lean.
By now you’ve figured out that DockShelf has more going on than meets the eye. Add a folder to a dock while using DockShelf and the folder can be opened in the Finder with a click, or browse the contents.
For the Mac geek who loves to tinker and tweak (not that there’s anything wrong with that) there are Stacks which work like folders but let you open apps or files with a click. The Smart Folders feature uses Spotlight to find files and it uses an interface more friendly than Spotlight.
DockShelf is well done, very capable– easy to setup and use, but loaded with power features– and worth the few dollars on the price tag.