Stardock has just released their OjbectDock 1.9. It’s a free download that allows you to add a dock to Windows. We’ve mentioned RocketDock previously which is similar. However, ObjectDock is packed with some extra features that RocketDock doesn’t have. They essentially aim to copy the dock that you’d have if you were using a Mac, and they do a great job with it. If you want to purchase the plus version, you’ll get even more unique features.
What’s new with ObjectDock 1.9? The list is huge, and you can find that here. I’ll just point out some of the highlights.
- Brand new “Show Start menu” functionality
- User Interface improvements
- Docks can be left/right/center aligned, but they can also be anywhere in-between.
- Weather module– capable of flying out the current weather forecast upon click/mouseover(pictured below).
- You can now enter in locations for the weather by name, not just zip code and this includes International locations.
- New graphics engine for better performance
- Tileable dock backgrounds
- Two new modes have been added for the taskbar: “minimized tasks only” and “non-minimized tasks only
There are also certain features that only Vista users will be able to take advantage of:
- “Live previews” for files and folders
- “Live thumbnails” for minimized applications will have a visual representation on the dock.
- When Live Thumbnails are in use on Vista, windows will now do a
nice minimize animation into any zooming dock
- New minimize effect on Vista! When Live Thumbnails are in use on Vista, windows will now do a
nice minimize animation into any zooming dock.
The list of changes between ObjectDock 1.5 and the latest 1.9 is huge. They’ve put a lot of work into this, and it’s turned out great. If you decide that you want the paid ObjectDock Plus version, you’ll have support for multiple docks, tabbed docks, other mouse-over effects that you wouldn’t get with the free version, as well as other great features.