XWindows Dock

XWindows Dock 2.0.3

Bring the Mac OS X dock to Windows

If you’re looking for a little Mac-like functionality on your Windows PC, give XWindows Dock a try. XWindows Dock is an easy to use, minimal dock bar that will give you instant access to your most frequently-used apps. The basic app contains icons for My Computer and the Recycle Bin, but you’ll be able to simply drag and drop anything else you want. For certain features, however, such as the Gmail checker, you’ll need to download the separate XWindows Dock plug-in manager. This dock app isn’t the most visually attractive around. Beyond size and location on your screen, it can’t really be modified without downloading extra modules. One nice feature, however, is Container, which allows you to place any folder on the dock. When you click, you’ll get an easy-to-view fan of the items that folder contains. There’s nothing really wrong with XWindows Dock, and some of you might even appreciate the minimalism of the application. During testing, however, it seemed a little too basic and inflexible, especially when compared to other, fancier docks like Nexus. XWindows Dock does exactly what it says it will though, so if you like its style, go right ahead. As docks go, XWindows Dock is fairly basic, but entirely functional. View full description

PROS

  • Nice graphical effect
  • Good clone of the Apple system
  • Container effect is nice

CONS

  • Not many customization options

Good
7

If you’re looking for a little Mac-like functionality on your Windows PC, give XWindows Dock a try. XWindows Dock is an easy to use, minimal dock bar that will give you instant access to your most frequently-used apps. The basic app contains icons for My Computer and the Recycle Bin, but you’ll be able to simply drag and drop anything else you want. For certain features, however, such as the Gmail checker, you’ll need to download the separate XWindows Dock plug-in manager. This dock app isn’t the most visually attractive around. Beyond size and location on your screen, it can’t really be modified without downloading extra modules. One nice feature, however, is Container, which allows you to place any folder on the dock. When you click, you’ll get an easy-to-view fan of the items that folder contains. There’s nothing really wrong with XWindows Dock, and some of you might even appreciate the minimalism of the application. During testing, however, it seemed a little too basic and inflexible, especially when compared to other, fancier docks like Nexus. XWindows Dock does exactly what it says it will though, so if you like its style, go right ahead. As docks go, XWindows Dock is fairly basic, but entirely functional.

Changes

  • Screen reservation on Windows XP issue fixed
  • Multi-monitor configuration issue fixed
  • New API allows to simply control the application's icon in the dock. It can be implemented with any programming language, by default it's C# (.net required)
  • Plugin manager for plugins developed with new API added
  • Feature: popup dock when mouse is over when dock is not over all windows
  • New application icons are added automatically if they are not in the dock yet. This feature is experimental and disabled by default
  • Some compatibility with x64 Windows builds. Now without notifications added
  • You'll get 2 great plugins with the new Plugin manager : new stack container with fan/grid views, realistic scrolling and ability to navigate through folders. Another one, simple GMail checker, that simply shows unread email count in the dock (direct internet access and .net framework required)

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XWindows Dock 2.0.3

— User reviews — about XWindows Dock

  • Nysha Tikva

    by Nysha Tikva

    "Very nice if you want to launch shortcuts, but not a taskbar replacement."

    This is a nice-looking dock, and I would disagree that it doesn't have much customisation - skinning and native customis... More.

    reviewed on August 25, 2013

  • MrHardLiner

    by MrHardLiner

    "The best dock appliction for windows"

    the best mac like dock in my experience for windows is winstep nexus, although i tried all major dock app. like stardock... More.

    reviewed on December 5, 2010

  • lama.suren@yahoo.com

    by lama.suren@yahoo.com

    "Not Compatible with Windows 7?"

    I have windows 7. I installed Xwindows Dock 5.7 but every time i restart it or when starting with windows log on, there ... More.

    reviewed on October 7, 2010

  • ru57y

    by ru57y

    "Cant uninstall!"

    How do I uninstall this program? It doesn't show up in my control panel. Other than the fact that you can uninstall; I w... More.

    reviewed on March 21, 2010