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  1. RocketDock is a Mac OS X dock clone. It provides a nice clean interface to drop shortcuts on for easy access and organization. With each item completely customizable there is no end to what you can add and launch from the dock.

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    Discontinued

    The program is no longer updated, but last version, 1.3.5, released in September 2008, can be still downloaded from the official website. "It is true, RocketDock has been discontinued. [...] The app remains available on https://rocketdock.com, but is unsupported."

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  2. Aquasnap is a powerful window manager that helps you arrange and organize multiple applications on your desktop with minimum effort. It allows you to achieve maximum multitasking, especially if you own a high-resolution monitor or a multi-monitor setup.

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  3. Create containers (aka Portals) on your desktop which show the contents of a specified folder. Divide your desktop into folders then use Portals to display the contents of the folders in an organized fashion - you can even hide the folders away somewhere else.

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  4. The Winstep Nexus Dock is a FREE professional dock for Windows. With Nexus, your most frequently used applications are only a mouse click away - and Nexus turns working with your computer into a fun and exciting experience.

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  5. Plank is meant to be the simplest dock on the planet. The goal is to provide just what a dock needs and absolutely nothing more. It is, however, a library which can be extended to create other dock programs with more advanced features.

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  6. Docky is a full fledged dock application that makes opening common applications and managing windows easier and quicker. Docky is fully integrated into the GNOME Desktop and features a no non-sense approach to configuration and usage. It just works.

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    Discontinued

    Last commit and last available version from 2015-09-02

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  7. Latte is a dock based on plasma frameworks that provides an elegant and intuitive experience for your tasks and plasmoids. It animates its contents by using parabolic zoom effect and trys to be there only when it is needed.

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  8. Cairo-Dock is an animated application launch bar for the desktop, comparable to the dock in Mac OS X or Rocket Dock (for Windows).

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  9. ObjectDock is an animated dock for Windows that enables you to quickly access and launch your favorite applications, files and shortcuts.

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    Discontinued

    The program is no longer updated. Last version, 2.20, released in 2016, can be still bought from the official website

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  10. HyperDock adds Windows 7 like features and more to Mac OS X.

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    Discontinued

    The last version (1.7) is from January 2017, but it's still available to download.

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  11. tint2 is a simple panel/taskbar unintrusive and light (memory / cpu / aestetic). We try to get virtual desktop and multi-monitor easier to use. We follow freedesktop specifications.

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  12. DragThing is the original dock designed to tidy up your Macintosh desktop.

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    Discontinued

    Notice on https://www.dragthing.com/ of discontinuation as of 2019.

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    uBar is the task bar for the Mac. Whether you've never really liked the Dock, always wanted the one thing that Windows does right, or are switching from Windows to OS X, uBar is the perfect solution.

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  14. Avant Window Navigator (AWN/Awn) is a dock-like navigation bar for the linux desktop that positions itself at the bottom of the screen. It can be used to keep track of open windows and behaves like a normal window list.

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    Discontinued

    Doesn't seem to be activaly maintained anymore. Last update was in 2017.

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  15. 7stacks is an easy to use, free app that lets Windows 7 (and Vista and XP) users have "stacks" of icons in their Taskbar (in 7) or QuickLaunch Toolbar (in Vista and XP).

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    Discontinued

    The program seems to be no longer updated. Last version, v1.5 beta 2, released on June 27, 2011, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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