I’m thinking more along the lines of ‘Necessity is the mother of invention.’ That alone explains innovation in technology, but I don’t claim to understand why some people have a need far different from my own. Just look at the many thousands of Mac apps that do much the same thing. How much necessity is there?
Ghost In The Dock
Recently I came across a Mac utility that I thought was rather clever, not one I’d use myself because it doesn’t fit my workflow, but for some Mac users it could be plenty useful. Maybe. I’m not really sure.
It’s an interesting Mac utility called GhostTile and what it does is simple. It hides running Mac apps from the Dock. ‘Why would anyone want to hide an app from displaying in the Dock,’ I thought. But that’s not the point. It only hides specific apps; the ones you choose.
Well, GhostTile hides Mac apps from the Dock, which can be useful when you already have too many apps in the Dock (one of the Docks’ negatives is that all app icons get smaller as you add more apps). Or, if you don’t want some app icons to be visible in the Dock (maybe opened by a different launcher or the Finder) they won’t be even if they’re running. Or, if you don’t want an app to show up when you hit Command-Tab on the keyboard.
Again, those are valid reasons in the spirit of different strokes for different folks, but not really my cup of tea.
How do you get the apps to disappear from the Dock?
- Drag and Drop
- Select from the App Folder
- Click Dock Icon
Each app gives you the option to hide or add to the Mac’s Menubar. You can set a keyboard shortcut to open the app and avoid the Dock altogether. Switching back to visible mode is just as easy, so there’s some extra flexibility built in to GhostTile.
When it comes to such utilities I try to keep an open mind yet maintain my basic philosophy for Mac app reviews. I review what I like, what I use, and what I would recommend to others, family, friends, co-workers (knowing there often can be some level of support required).
Does GhostTile fit there? Yes.