The Dock works well enough, it’s instantly familiar and usable even to Mac newbies, and it’s added a few features here and there through the years, but it’s still, well, just the Dock. Here’s a new way to use the Dock and learn to love it.
It’s likely that Apple doesn’t want to dump too many features into the Dock because that might confuse users, and that would increase support costs. So, our favorite Mac maker lets the OS X app developer community fill in a few of the blank spots with clever add ons, then steals them later.
A perfect example of the inspiration Apple employs is in the Finder. TotalFinder and Path Finder had tabs long before Apple brought them to the Finder. So it might be with HyperDock, a nominally priced Mac utility which adds a few very useful functions to the Dock.
First and foremost on my list of useful functionality which Apple is not likely to drop into OS X any time soon is the app window previews. With HyperDock installed, roll the screen pointer across the appropriate app in the Dock and you get a pop up preview of the app’s windows. That’s very cool and useful, making it easier to find the window you want without mucking through all the app windows.
The window preview pop up displays the windows open for the app you selected. No clicking involved, either. Just move the screen pointer over the app in the Dock and HyperDock does the deed.
You can also control iTunes in a similar manner– float the pointer over the iTunes icon in the Dock and you get controls in a useful pop up window. Calendar events appear when the pointer floats over the Calendar icon.
For Mac power users HyperDock also has keyboard shortcuts for Dock items; no mousing required. Also built-in to HyperDock is a hand window management system which lets you move and resize windows, but that’s just extra icing on the cake. The true value in HyperDock is the visible pop up app windows.