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ObjectDock

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Jealous of that slick Mac interface? Check out ObjectDock, a free utility that replaces the Windows Taskbar with a colorful, animated dock similar to the taskbar in Mac OS X.

ObjectDock displays icons for currently running applications and can hold quick-launch icons for your favorite programs. As you pass the cursor over each icon, ObjectDock magnifies it and displays relevant information, helping you find what you need even when you're running several programs at once. An attractive clock rounds out the toolbar. The tiny utility comes with a dozen attractive skins, and users with slow computers can reduce the animation quality to increase speed.

There is one major drawback: the lack of a system tray. There is a free, imperfect docklet plug-in available from a third-party provider that valiantly tries to remedy the problem, although it's a bit buggy. You can also upgrade to the Plus edition for $20, which includes system tray support, tabbed docks, support for multiple docks and multiple monitors, and other features.

If you're dissatisfied with the Windows Taskbar or just want to spice up your Desktop, ObjectDock makes a very good, no-risk choice.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.0 stars

    out of 803 votes

    • 5 star: 345
    • 4 star: 266
    • 3 star: 99
    • 2 star: 35
    • 1 star: 58
  • Current version:

    4.1 stars

    out of 293 votes

    • 5 star: 134
    • 4 star: 104
    • 3 star: 27
    • 2 star: 10
    • 1 star: 18
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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great product and very customizable"

    June 22, 2009  |   By craig076

    Version: ObjectDock 1.9

    Pros

    Can customize icons. Fairly straightforward to use. Lots of attractive icons and backgrounds already supplied.

    Cons

    Very annoyed with weather icon not working for anywhere in UK. I am using Vista 64 operating system and can find weather reports for Germany etc but nothing for England. Not even London.

    Summary

    As freeware goes this is a great piece of software to enhance your desktop and speed up searches on your computer. Downside is the very annoying problem of not being able to use the weather icon as this was initially one of my main reasons for downloading this software as i became fed-up with using the side panel due to the amount of real estate it takes up on my desktop. In future releases i hope Stardock can fix the weather icon for all operating systems and i feel a better calendar where a person can swith between day and month would be welcome.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Awesome Product =)"

    March 18, 2009  |   By benny0521

    Version: ObjectDock 1.9

    Pros

    awesome product =)

    Cons

    The tabbed bar can't animate like to non-tabbed bar, which would be a great addition.

    * I'm missing a "Save all" button.

    * I would be a nice feature that ObjectDoc look for the web-icon online when a hyperlink-shortcut is created.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Excellent tool, let me keep finally clean my desktop."

    February 28, 2009  |   By Burfast

    Version: ObjectDock 1.9

    Pros

    it's very easy to configure and don't use much hard dsic space to store it.

    Cons

    well... after install my firewall it doesn't work fine, I'd to made a lot of arrangements and reconfigurations to make it useful again.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "i can not get it to work"

    February 16, 2009  |   By Chuky245

    Version: ObjectDock 1.9

    Pros

    i cant get itto work

    Cons

    i cnat get it to work

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  • 5.0 stars

    "another great app from Stardock"

    February 16, 2009  |   By ami-g

    Version: ObjectDock 1.9

    Pros

    easy to use, reasonable memory use, free

    Cons

    can't find any

    Summary

    The best way to have what is needed right where you can reach it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very Convenient"

    February 13, 2009  |   By gamerchic82

    Version: ObjectDock 1.9

    Pros

    I like that it has Microsoft Word at my finger tips seems how I used that program a lot. The My Computer icon is extremely convenient due to the fact that Microsoft did away with the desktop icon for Vista.

    Cons

    I have an issue with Windows performing an error every now and then with Object Dock.

    Summary

    I enjoy having everything at my finger tips rather than going to search for the program(s) in the Start Menu.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "This works great"

    February 12, 2009  |   By CJayV

    Version: ObjectDock 1.9

    Pros

    Simple and neat desktop. Easy to use. I lke the look of ObjectDock.

    Cons

    I had to keep the shortcuts on the desktop, when I put them in the recycle bin the links on ObjectDock did not work, until I restored them. I now hide my desktop short cuts with fences.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Convenient to use. Helps to launch programs faster."

    February 9, 2009  |   By eorangesmith

    Version: ObjectDock 1.9

    Pros

    Launchs faster. Easy to move icons around to the placement you desire.

    Cons

    Scrolling near the bottom of the page, Objectdoc sometime flashes and gets in the way.

    Summary

    It is convient to have all your launch objects in place place at teh bottom. No seaching your desktop or opening up the program list. Sometime scrolling near the bottom of a page, the icons pop up and get in the way. Overall I plan to keep it.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Amazing and useful"

    February 4, 2009  |   By amilcarhenrique

    Version: ObjectDock 1.9

    Pros

    It makes my desktop prettier!

    Cons

    nothing against this software.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Hoped to replace win toolbar Never quite made the grade"

    February 4, 2009  |   By jafergusonuk

    Version: ObjectDock 1.9

    Pros

    I love the icons and ease of choosing the apps to start

    Cons

    Nearly impossible to switch between apps without Alt Tab. This makes the (my) original idea obsolete.

    Summary

    This product look brilliant and mostly it is. I thought it would replace the windows task bar. Mostly it does this except when you are running applications it is impossible to flick between them as you can with the Win toolbar. Not the great upgrade I hoped for. I upgraded to ObjectDock Plus and to be honest while it is better, it still doesn't quite meet the requirement.

    Still it does look great.

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