By Stephen Colbran
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Welcome to Dock Menus - an application for your Mac that allows you to create multiple 'dock like' menus. Dock Menus will make you more organized, uncluttering your desktop to help you to complete tasks faster.
Like your Dock, you can drag and drop applications, folders and files. To remove items, simply drag them off. You can move the menu around by dragging it. Each menu is equipped with smart-moving options. When placed near a screen edge, menus will 'stick' and give you the option to hide them. Hidden menus do not take up precious screen space, but can still be easily accessed by moving your mouse to the edge of your screen.
Everybody loves to personalise things - with Dock Menus, you can customize your each menu to reflect your personality and how you work. All of your Dock Menus can be customized by choosing a theme and other options such as opacity, shadows and window level.
After you have chosen a location for your menu, you can Pin it there to prevent it being moved accidently. To pin your menu, simply click on the pin icon.
Very useful App
To create individual menus is an extremely easy process. Use the Preferences to start a blank menu and then drag individual Apps from Finder into that menu. The menus can remain open on the desktop, can be parked in the Dock or hidden at the side of the Desktop. My own preference is to hide my four menus (Reference, Photography, Productivity and Journals) at the edge of the Desktop; two on each side.
To use the menus, simply place the pointer over the menu you wish to use, the menu pops out and then click on the App icon. The icon does a little left-to right wriggle and the App then opens in the Dock. When the App is closed the icon disappears from the Dock.
All-in-all, this App is proving to be extremely useful, and is a great way of keeping the Dock down to a fairly small size ;depending on how many Apps you have, of course.
Works, but lacks development
Lets you create custom docks, OK, but there are frustrating limitations:
- Can only select from pre-made "themes", all of which are out of keeping with Mac GUI style, so you start to look like you have a Windows desktop
- Can't zoom dock in or out like you can with the real dock, which really limits the number of items you can add to it
- No preview of documents in the dock, not even a document title (unless you hover over). I know this is also true of the real dock, but it would be much improved if it could be added. For example, I use it to store the UK Building Regulations Approved Documents. Each is a PDF, lettered A to P, but when in the dock I cannot see which is which until I hover over a document, then the title shows. I'd much prefer to just see the title in the first place, rather than the current "PDF" logo.
Lack of Quality and imagination
This app could be so much more, titles that goes left or right, horizontal lay out would be nice, tabs, submenus, so on and so on.
- Category: Utilities
- Released: 15 December 2011
- Version: 1.6.1
- Size: 3.3 MB
- Language: English
- Developer: Stephen Colbran
- Copyright Samuco © 2011
Compatibility: OS X 10.6 or later