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Stardock ObjectDock 2.1

Replace the boring Windows taskbar with a dynamic dock for your favourite shortcuts 

by Nick Peers

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP

256MB RAM 

Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 16 May 2013
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Developer: Stardock
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Stardock ObjectDock
Replace the boring taskbar with something more accessible and visually appealing

Ever used a Mac? The taskbar equivalent – known as “dock” is both attractive and functional, and while Windows 7 improves things significantly with its own enhanced taskbar, it’s still something that won’t turn heads. The good news is that you can easily augment – or even ditch – the Windows taskbar and replace it with something more akin to what you find on Apple Macs.

Stardock’s ObjectDock comes in both free and paid-for flavours. This free version has all the basic functionality you need, displaying both currently running programs (a la the Windows 7 taskbar) as well as your favourite shortcuts – currently running programs can be displayed as icons or a thumbnail of the program window. As you roll the mouse over the bar, individual icons leap to the fore, making them easy to select.

The bar can be placed at on any of the four sides of the screen, but there’s one major omission: the lack of a system tray, which could be a deal-breaker unless you’re happy to leave the taskbar in place (or you don’t mind paying $20 for the paid-for version).

The new ObjectDock v2.1 now ships with a new UI, folders within your dock and Windows 8 support.


Reasonable implementation of the Mac’s wonderful dock, but the lack of system tray support in the free version could be a major stumbling block. 

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Supported OS has changed.

Posted by: Michael Winbush, 18 May 2013 12:50

Version 2.1 adds support for Windows 7 and Windows 8, but removes support for the older operating systems (Windows Vista and XP). If you're using one of those you'll have to stick with an older version of ObjectDock or use an alternative program like RocketDock.

Also, the program is not freeware - there's no free version anymore either. It's only a commercial trial and you'll have to pay to use it past the trial period...

Stardock ObjectDock

Posted by: Donald Schilling, 16 May 2013 14:08

If I wanted a f'ing Mac, I'd have bought a f'ing mac. And,,,eliminating the actually useful systray? Wow, a 2'fer !!

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