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I know, I know; everytime I see a time-saving or space-saving program launcher I just can’t help but share it. That’s the price you pay since I’m often looking at an 800 x 480 screen. This launcher du jour was spotted over at Lifehacker; I think […]

Rocketdock

I know, I know; everytime I see a time-saving or space-saving program launcher I just can’t help but share it. That’s the price you pay since I’m often looking at an 800 x 480 screen. This launcher du jour was spotted over at Lifehacker; I think Adam Pash longs for simpler program launchers more than I do, if that’s possible!

RocketDock is the freeware in question, but you won’t question it’s usefulness or Apple-like appearance. This application creates a customizable dock for your app shortcuts as well as your running apps. The app is supported on Windows 2000, XP and Vista, although I only installed it on XP Tablet Edition for testing. Using the touchscreen, you can easily drag and move shortcuts through dock and the icons are plenty big enough to tap with a finger; you can resize as needed. If you do run this on your UMPC, you’re best off with the dock on the top or bottom of your screen in an 800 x 480 native res; at that size, the dock doesn’t fully fit on the left or right. Of course, if your device can switch to a higher resolution, you can eek out some more pixels and real estate to help.

RocketDock behaves almost exactly like the doc in Mac OS X, so if you want to hide that Start bar in lieu of a custom dock, now is your chance. There’s a ton of options and skins included, so you can change the look and feel six ways to Sunday. Still not sure if it’s right for you? Watch this short video from the developer and see what you think.

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  1. I’m surprised that APPL hasn’t ordered a “Cease and Desist” to RocketDock!

    If you can’t use the word “Pod” in a product, wouldn’t copying the full action of the OSX’s dock be even worse?

  2. That’s the scariest desktop I’ve ever seen. :)

  3. Hey Kevin, here’s something that would be awesome to look out for. If you’ve played with the Mac OS it allows you to set the corners of the screen so when you move the cursor to one corner it moves all active applications off the screen so you can see your desktop, and when you move the cursor to another corner (again, a corner specified by you) it shrinks all your open apps and displays them all on the screen, so you can click on which one you want in front. There’s nothing I’ve seen that’s similar in Windows but it’s such a convenient tool. While the roladex-like feature of Vista may look cool, you still have to scroll through each screen individually. In the Mac OS you can see all the open apps on screen at once, side by side, shrunken in size as needed to fit, and the name of the app or file appears when the cursor hovers over it. I would love to see that in Windows, so if you see something like that, let us know!

    One other question since you did a video on the Flybook V33. The screen rez is 1024×600. Is there any way to increase the screen rez, even if by software interpolation?

    Thanks.

  4. Kevin, geez. I had used RocketDock for a short while before I installed Vista….
    Now you’re reminding me of a time when things were simpler, they didn’t take a forever to load, and aero wasn’t even a fathomable option.

    (I was Vista drivers on the Q1b or you might just make me go back to XP!)

  5. For a nice launcher able to compose with PNG icons (available on many web places) try Orbit. More new aspect than OSX carbon copies !

    http://www.ecocardio.com.br/orbit/

  6. As a dock, RocketDock is simply fantastic!
    If you’re looking for a launcher, then I believe an utility like LaunchBar (NeXT/Mac OS X) is a must. I have listed a few here:
    http://www.jroller.com/page/javabean?entry=linux_utility_of_the_month
    and wholly recommend Launchy on windows: http://www.launchy.net.

  7. JC: I obviously don’t have the Flybook any longer, but my recollection is that you can’t increase the resolution without panning.

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