4 out of 5 with 3 ratings

ObjectDock Reviews

Best FREE Rocketdock replacement! (Read before you say I am wrong)

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As I was looking for a free replacement for Rocketdock, I realized there are just not many free docks to be found, if any. Most of them have been discontinued and Nexus is too basic, lacking the all important Stacks feature (for free).

Objectdock has been something I have used many years ago, but then as time passed I found myself using Rocketdock instead. I do not remember why that happened, but I remember I never paid for Objectdock and yet I used to use it. That made me look into older versions and as it seems my memory was right; version 1 of Objectdock is free!!! I should have thought of this earlier, because I still am using Fences v1 from Stardock, which is free, where Fences v2 is paid. Back in the past Stardock used to offer those minor tools for free, to advertise their total UI conversion software.

I got my version from Firehippo, although I am guessing you can get it elsewhere too. I am currently using v1.90 Build 536 and I can happily report that Stacks v2 work! The installation of stacks is exactly the same as Rocketdock (place StackLib.dll in the main folder and Stacks folder in the Docklet folder), and it works like a charm.

If you require proof, you can check some screenshots here: http://imgur.com/a/pHghC

Please ignore the Accuweather part that follows. Sadly as of 2018 this stopped working, since Accuweather stopped providing data to the addon. There is currently no known workaround for it. If there will be, I will update the post here.
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As a sidenote, Accuweather addon does not work. I got it to work by downloading stardockweather.ocx found on this page http://forums.stardock.com/460838/page/1/#3519161 and replaced the one found inside the Objectdock install folder.

[Edited by Weltall, January 03]


Preferred choice

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I love Rocketdock & am usually much more for freeware, especially projects like Rocketdock. Unfortunately I always had way too many problems running it, it would hog tons of resources, and it lacked one major feature that I found absolutely essential- tabs! Not to mention the ridiculously HUGE amount of awesome skins available for Objectdock, when the selection for Rocketdock ones leaves a lot to desire. Objectdock allows me to have TONS of docks all over my 3 monitor desktop, which I constantly use & have managed to set up to utilize in a way I could never with Rocketdock. I have well over 100, maybe close to 200 even, different software installed, making it a pain to find anything otherwise. With Objectdock, I have a dock for each category, such as "graphics editing" (photoshop, Gimp, After Effects etc), another for fractal software, another for media-based software (media players mostly, or media-manipulation like file-tagging or dvd-burning), you get the picture. It's nice because you can have a combination of tabbed docks and quick-launch (regular docks, like the one in Rocketdock, for instance) docks on your desktop with no issues.

My number one favorite thing about it? Virtually no lag, virtually no major resource consumption. Even with tons of docks.
My second? The epic skins. (found at their Wincustomize website mostly)

Yes, there is one fatal flaw. Unfortunately Stardock has STILL not fixed it, which makes me very angry, considering I'm a paid customer & the feature I pay for doesn't work correctly. The problem is that when I have a tabbed dock, it doesn't function how it's supposed to. Most people will want to have the name of the software/app of the icon you're hovering on to display the name above it, when you do. This is supposed to be how it works, actually. Otherwise you have to pretty much just remember what every icon is. It doesn't work, because after a certain amount of time of it running, it tends to just stop showing the icon titles when you hover over them, because what happens is the text is appearing underneath everything else you are doing. This renders the feature completely useless, and unfortunately, the only alternatives are either a really good memory (or ugly icons that are extremely obvious), or displaying each title underneath each icon, which takes up so much room as to render it pointless. Honestly, I think it's something that's been overlooked FAR too long, and the only thing keeping this software from being 5 out of 5 stars! I had to rid my main monitor of my awesome 7-tabbed dock, and replace it with the Quick-launch dock because that still strangely works the way it's supposed to. Anyways, luckily having about 9 docks running, including 2 docks which have 2 tabs in each of them, results in absolutely no extra drain of computer resources like RAM & CPU.
It's still something to consider, if you're looking into buying it.

All in all, I would still recommend it, because of the beautiful skins, the awesome smoothness of it running, the fact it's not a resource hog & that you can use most of the docklets available around the web with it. That includes the same ones for Rocketdock. Currently there are really great icon stack docklets (around 3 or 4 different ones), there's a calendar docklet, a master volume docklet, safely remove device docklet, power/battery docklets, RSS feed docklets, clock docklets, system tray docklets, and a few cool built-in docklets for Objectdock on it's own. In fact, it has a pretty nifty folder docklet built in that lets you browse things in a folder menu directly from it. There's some great running indicators & other features, like start button, recycle bin, system tray, running windows, all app windows, minimized app windows etc.

I rarely, if ever, pay for software, but I wanted ObjectDock badly enough to pay for it. Now I feel lost without it, and even though it took a little time getting used to remembering to use it in the beginning, now I hate being without it & feel a little disoriented. I'm just so used to the convenience of all my sexy, pretty, organized icons/shortcuts in places I can easily find them. Oh, I'd still totally recommend 100% to use Rocketdock's site for finding awesome dock icons. They've got a HUGE amount of user submitted icons (and docklets!) & I've found one of the coolest steampunk artists there, who makes TONS of steampunk icons all the time for docks & other stuff.

I'd recommend giving OD a shot, specifically with the tabbed feature, if you can.
I'll be uploading some screenshots to show some great examples of what you can do, too. ^_^

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[Edited by SpaceOctopus, March 25]


Great choice, strongly preferred for dock

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As far as docks go it is by far the best. Tabbed docks, drawers, tabbed drawers. Heavily editable. The only problem I could say is if you just want the tabs it might be a bit heavy although it's not insane. Beware that when used with Dexpot it can have some issues pop up. All of these generally get resolved easily by turning off dexpot again. Sometimes having a rainmeter skin near it can also be an issue sometimes although rarely.