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    RocketDock is described as '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' and is a very popular Application Launcher in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 50 alternatives to RocketDock for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, GNOME and BSD. The best alternative is Winstep Nexus, which is free. Other great apps like RocketDock are Docky (Free, Open Source), TaskbarX (Free, Open Source), ObjectDock (Paid) and Plank (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated May 2, 2022
    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    RocketDock is a Mac OS X dock clone. It provides a nice clean interface to drop shortcuts on for easy access and...
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    1. 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.
      Winstep Nexus vs RocketDock opinions
      Most users think Winstep Nexus is a great alternative to RocketDock.
      It has everything you need from 3rd party dock. Fast working, customizable, no bloat.
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

      karlbu Winstep Nexus is, by far, the best app in the 3rd-party docking category. Superb. More options. More stable. And updated more recently than anything else. Highly recommend.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      i like to customize my desktop and Nexus Dock has special effect that i'm loving and it doesn't use a lot of resources
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

      Laarmon I used RocketDock for years, and I switch to WinstepNexus, which has many more options, and it is better than RocketDock (in my opinion)
      Positive comment over 6 years ago

    2. 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.


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

      Most users think Docky is a great alternative to RocketDock.

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      TaskbarX gives you control over the position of your taskbar icons.
      TaskbarX vs RocketDock opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Doesn't add another dock, only centers the taskbar.
      Negative comment 11 months ago

      It only centers the icons in the taskbar
      Negative comment 7 months ago

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


      The program is no longer updated.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

      ObjectDock vs RocketDock opinions
      Most users think ObjectDock is a great alternative to RocketDock.
      AlmightyHeretic If you're looking for a good replacement to RocketDock then this fits the bill. It's able to launch shortcuts to 64-bit programs and it has a built-in docklet called Flyout menu, which you'll find very similar to Stacks. It's not quite as user-friendly but I'm still finding options for customization.
      Positive comment about 5 years ago

    4. 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.

    5. Cairo-Dock is an animated application launch bar for the desktop, comparable to the dock in Mac OS X or Rocket Dock (for Windows).
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • KDE
      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.
    6. MaxLauncher is a simple tabbed launcher that was designed to reduce the amount of time to find and run a program. It is capable of creating multiple data files, each of which can have a maximum of 10 tabs. Each tab and button is assigned a key(eg. F1-F10, 0-9, A-Z, etc.
    7. Simple app enhancing windows task bar functionality with stacks of shortcuts. - pawelt/stacky


      It was last updated in 2013.

    8. SideSlide is an advanced, portable, unobtrusive, dockable, skinnable, instantly accessible, highly configurable Desktop Extension on Steroids! Clean desktop clutter and make your computer friendlier and faster than ever before.
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