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DockView for Mac

By Kapeli Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Oct 28, 2010

DockView is a desktop customization app that lets you take a neat trick from Windows and mimic it in Snow Leopard: with DockView running, when you mouse over an app's icon in the Dock, you can instantly see live thumbnail images for all the windows open in that app.

You can accomplish something similar without DockView, by clicking and holding a Dock icon for a few seconds, but DockView gives you a much quicker and less intrusive view, while allowing you to quickly flip between different apps in the Dock. Plus, DockView's ability extends to the Mac OS Application Switcher, the horizontal ribbon of apps you see when you hold down Command-Tab. When a thumbnail pops up, you just click on it to pull up that window, and keyboard junkies will be glad to know that DockView also shows a quick key combination you can use to pull up a given window. (For example, if you have three windows open in Mail, DockView will display three thumbnails with a key combo you can use to pull up each: Command-1, Command-2, or Command-3.) In addition to DockView's central schtick, it provides some nice extras like mini playback controls in iTunes (and similar apps) and, in the Dock, a list of the day's appointments in iCal.

You can tinker with DockView's preferences for more options (for example, to only show thumbnail previews when you're holding down a hot key, such as Control or Option), but many users won't need to go beyond the defaults. DockView is easy to try out with a free trial, although you'll need to register if you want to remove a fairly persistent nag screen.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.1.3

  • Fixed a bug which sometimes caused previews for windows that have been closed to still be shown
  • Fixed a memory leak
  • Fixed issues with multiple monitors

General

Release December 13, 2013
Date Added December 13, 2013
Version 2.1.3

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.8
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 8,552
Downloads Last Week 0
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Developer's Description

DockView helps you visualize the windows you currently have open and easily find the window you are looking for by clicking CMD+Tab. Features: Live previews. The previews refresh constantly so you can keep an eye on windows without activating them. Activate windows. Click anywhere on a preview to activate the window. Close windows. You can use DockView to easily close windows. Control iTunes. Pause, play and skip songs. Customizable. The previews can be any size you want. No hacks. DockView doesn't modify the Dock or any system file.