We need to give credit where credit is due. Apple should receive kudos and props for being disciplined enough not to monkey around with the basics in OS X. The Dock in OS X Yosemite has more functionality than ever, but it’s still just an app and document ‘dock’ which works well for a few apps, but comes up lame and limping for Mac users with needs beyond the basics.
Enter Tab Launcher, a Mac utility with floating, movable, customizable, Dock-like app icons where tabs rule.
This is one utility which is so good, so useful, and so inexpensive that it can replace your use of the Dock entirely. Think of how good the Dock would be if it had tabs and multiple docks. Here’s how it looks and how it works.
Instead of a Dock of icons (which get smaller the more icons or documents are added), Tab Launcher gives you options to customize smaller ‘dock-like’ docks with tabs. The tabs display whatever app icons you choose, and displays the currently running apps.
Tabs can also be folders so you can navigate through documents. Each tab icon can be customized. If an app in the tab is running, moving the screen pointer over the tab will display a visual preview of the app.
Each app also has controls over color, sizes, style and tab names, and each can receive a keyboard shortcut, too.
Tab Launcher is at once familiar– it’s a dock-like bar attached to a window, it contains app and document and folder icons, and each one launches with a click. But the Dock has a visual limit which Tab Launcher does not. The more app icons you add to the Dock, the smaller they get. Tab Launcher uses customizable tabs so you can actually have more apps, documents, and folders in a much smaller screen space.
Just as Path Finder makes it easy to replace the Mac’s Finder with even more features, Tab Launcher makes it easy to replace the Dock with something more functional. Considering all it does, this is one inexpensive Mac app.