It’s time to call a spade a spade. A rose by any other name remains a rose. Thorns, too. Let’s call the Dock what it really is. Pedestrian. Average. Antique. A relic from the 1980s and Steve Jobs’ NeXT. The Dock is simplistic for noobs, newbs, and newbies, of course, acceptable for the great unwashed masses of Mac users and switchers from Windows, but it’s a blast from the OS X past and NeXT.
The Dock gets filled up fast, and icons shrink out of sight to take on the added weight of all those apps Apple wants us to download from the Mac App Store. Despite a few trinket features, the Dock remains mostly unchanged since birthed way back in the last century. Is there a better way? Yes. Tabs.
The 21st Century Rage
The Dock is a place to store and launch apps, folders, and documents, but the limitations can grow on a Mac user and Apple, thus far, refuses to go all in on the 21st century rage. Tabs. Look how long it took Apple to put tabs into Mail or tabs into the Finder. Tabs work and they’re easily understood by the masses of Mac and PC users these days. Enter Tab Launcher, what the Dock would be if it were modern.
Think smaller, movable, and more user friendly docks but customizable, and with tabs for better organization. You control how Tab Launcher works, too. Set up favorite tabs, group tabs by utilities, tools, Apple, Adobe, Social, or whatever.
Unlike the Dock, Tab Launcher provides controls that customize the look and feel of each tab dock. Fonts, shadows, shapes, colors, transparency, icon size and more.
Seeing is believing.
Everything the Dock is not, Tab Launcher is. Multiple tabs on the same resizable, movable Dock is like having half a dozen customized Docks. Tabs display which apps are running, the most recently modified files, and are a perfect way to get one or two-click access to anything on your Mac– apps, files, folders, music, photos, internet radio stations, and almost anything else.
Tab Launcher is simple enough to use right out of the box and it won’t take much effort to replace the Dock, but if you’re really into customization, this is the way God intended Mac customization to take place in the 21st century.
Tabs can be created to match your personal requirements, and then dragged and dropped almost anywhere on the Mac’s screen edges to be useful. Let me take a moment to thank Apple for allowing the Dock to be hidden because there’s less need to use the Dock once you’ve started using Tab Launcher. The only unfortunate thing is that the Dock is still present on your Mac.
Tab Launcher is especially useful on MacBooks where the screen real estate is somewhat limited and too many apps in the Dock render it nearly useless.