Most of us use the time honored methods to open files, folders, or apps. The Finder. The Dock. The Menubar. Each has their place, each functions differently, and each can be customized to be used in ways that benefit our workflow. We know the Finder can be replaced and improved with Path Finder. What about the Dock?
It’s not that there’s anything really wrong with the Dock and it can be customized a bit. For example, you can move app icons around, add folder icons to the right (features available now in the more Mac-like iOS 11 for iPhone and iPad). Otherwise, the Dock remains what it’s always been. The Dock. The boring Dock.
uBar is a Dock replacement for the Mac with more features for Mac power users, and some that you’d think Apple would have dropped into the Dock a decade ago. For example, uBar can be configured and used as a Dock or as a Windows-like Task bar.
In fact, uBar has a decidedly Windows-like look at feel at times. The uBar Dock looks and works much like the Windows Task bar. Little features like the popup calendar and analog clock do things you cannot do on macOS Sierra without third party applications. Folders and files can be dragged and dropped into uBar.
uBar can be positioned on your screen and comes with a number of themes. Position uBar on bottom, left, right, or top. Themes are available in light, dark, and platinum. uBar adds functions in the Task bar so you get a quick look at apps, badges, status, and alerts– without using Notification Center.
One feature that I really like is the expandable rows and window previews. Just hover the cursor over the app’s icon and get a preview of the app’s window. It’s an easier way to find specific files and apps without resorting to Command-Tab or cycling through open apps in the old Dock.
uBar can be displayed on any display on Macs with multiple screens. Here’s one way to display the uBar dock replacement.
The school where my husband and I have worked for many years managing Macs, Windows PCs, Chromebooks, and both iPhones and iPads, have given us a special perspective on students, faculty, and staff that switch from one platform to another. uBar is one that is attractive to Mac users who recently switched from Windows PCs. Very few of the staff switch backwards from the Mac.
uBar simply gives former Windows users a familiar Taskbar-like interface.