How much CAN the DOCK do?

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in macOS edited January 2014
We have seen that the dock can be on all sides of the screen, the three minimization effects,(to get these you need tinkertool or UNIX ability) the regular bounce, the annoying attention bounce, and now (with the help of a MacHack) somersault!

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What else can the dock do to icons? What other features are there? Can is make the icons spin, make it looks like it is building momentum and then drop it back down?



What else is there? Thankee <img src="graemlins/smokin.gif" border="0" alt="[Chilling]" />

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 12
    how about a long click or command click on a dock icon to bring up that apps menu. And you can then hold Alt to change the quit option to a Force Quit option for those stubborn, unresponsive Apps. Saves opening the force quit window and removes the chance of forcing the wrong app closed..... and you must get <a href="http://www.versiontracker.com/moreinfo.fcgi?id=11295&db=mac"; target="_blank">Transparent Dock</a> .
  • Reply 2 of 12
    defiantdefiant Posts: 4,876member
    [quote]Originally posted by Nebagakid:

    <strong> and now (with the help of a MacHack) somersault!

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    what ? <img src="confused.gif" border="0">
  • Reply 3 of 12
    ludwigvanludwigvan Posts: 458member
    [quote]Originally posted by Defiant:

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    what ? :confused: </strong><hr></blockquote>



    The somersault thing is a hack which adds a little bit of pizzazz to dock icons that jump up when they need your attention. When the icon leaps up, it performs a somersault, then comes back down. I saw an animation of it somewhere, but damned if I can find the link or the page again (Google was of no help there).
  • Reply 4 of 12
    scott f.scott f. Posts: 276member
    The other great feature of the dock (which I feel is under-utilized in most apps) is the ability to modify it's appearance or status...Mail app shows number of new emails, Toast superimposes a "status-Bar" of the current burn, there's a wealth of possibilities to utilize this "Live" updating of the dock icon. I hope developers start to push the envelope of what dock icons can do to be more useful in visualizing information.
  • Reply 5 of 12
    alcimedesalcimedes Posts: 5,486member
    for all that i hate about the print center, i love that it shows what page it's on.
  • Reply 6 of 12
    cosmocosmo Posts: 662member
    How can i make my dock icons preform this somersault?! Is it a simple install or does it require complex terminal hacking?
  • Reply 7 of 12
    spartspart Posts: 2,060member
    I think it's cool being able to watch movies in the dock. BTW, WTF is that little app/hack that keeps certain apps from bouncing? I REALLY want to make MSN stop bouncing every time someone sends me a message...
  • Reply 8 of 12
    I just replaced the Dock with Workstrip. It's basically the Dock, pop-up folders and dragthing in one, plus it adds some some nifty features. Apple should have a good look at this. If you're a designer and need to browse through images/sounds/movies very quickly, this can't be beat!!!

    Also, it has virtual desktops built-in



    Images can be seen here:



    <a href="http://homepage.mac.com/macanoid/Resources/072.jpeg"; target="_blank">image browser in dock</a>



    <a href="http://homepage.mac.com/macanoid/Resources/082.jpeg"; target="_blank">dock with built-in pop up folders</a>



    [ 07-01-2002: Message edited by: macanoid? ]</p>
  • Reply 9 of 12
    ibrowseibrowse Posts: 1,749member
    To make the dock icons stop bouncing there are several things you can do. One is look on either download.com or version tracker for an app called dock-detox.
  • Reply 10 of 12
    zozo Posts: 3,115member
    i want to see a hack that will make various dock icons come alive and start fighting.

    Take the MSN Messenger dude and the Finder or something... after a while, when you aint doing nothing, they struggle themselves out of the dock and start fighting till one survives.



    Macanoid, that workstrip is awesome. Could be nicer theme, but the functionality looks exactly what the dock should be.
  • Reply 11 of 12
    ludwigvanludwigvan Posts: 458member
    [quote]Originally posted by Cosmo:

    <strong>How can i make my dock icons preform this somersault?! Is it a simple install or does it require complex terminal hacking?</strong><hr></blockquote>



    As I remember, it was a small program that you could install from a CD-ROM (MacHack 2002 CD-ROM?). Aside from that, I don't know anything else about it.
  • Reply 12 of 12
    [quote]Originally posted by ZO:

    <strong>Macanoid, that workstrip is awesome. Could be nicer theme, but the functionality looks exactly what the dock should be.</strong><hr></blockquote>



    Well, it's available here: <a href="http://www.softchaos.com/"; target="_blank">http://www.softchaos.com/</a>; I bought it, and haven't looked back since. Totally wonderfull app!!!
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