1. Rocket Dock
Rocket Dock is a Mac OS X style launcher application for Windows. It looks smoothly blended as well as animated. Though there are other products of its type such as MobyDock, Object Dock etc I have found it to be the best so far.
You can easily drop your icons on it so that they can be accessed easily. One of its best features is its Taskbar support through which your minimized windows appear as icons on the Dock. In Windows Vista, it even gives real time Window Previews. It is highly customisable. You can select its position, layering, animation options, it comes with a lot of skins which are cool. The animations and transitions are very smooth. It is a very light weight and can even run well on slow computers. It is also compatible with MobyDock, Object Dock, RK Launcher etc.
And yes, it is FREE. A great tool to increase your productivity. Have you tried software’s like these? If so , which one do you prefer ? Share your thoughts in comments.
I like to mention about all the Application Launchers that i come across because such programs can always make our work easier and increase productivity. RocketDock is a great utility to have if there are a few programs that you use everyday but if the program list is large, RocketDock can get filled quickly. sTabLauncher is an application launcher that offers something different by letting you create tabs in the dock. You can even group your programs this way and can even have a lot of programs in the dock.
Each tab can be populated with as many icons as you like. You can dock it along the top or bottom of the screen or anywhere you want along the edges. The launcher is highly customizable. You can modify each tab individually and select its colour, skin, font, size etc. The tabs can be arranged by dragging and dropping. The tab separators can also be customized by adding images or text. It also has Mini Browser which lets you browse folders. You can even drag and drop files over an application and the file will open with it. This is quite similar to the open with feature in Windows. You can even configure the transparency of the Launcher and make it blend with your Desktop.
This is a nice launcher and a good one for those who are not Satisfied with RocketDock or ObjectDock. It runs on Windows 2000/XP/Vista and requires .Net Framework 2.0.