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Windows 7: Docking solution for program groups?


21 Sep 2011   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 
Docking solution for program groups?

Hello 7forums.
Here is a little introduction: I recently started my game designer education. At school we got some MAC's and I finally got myself 17.3 inch full HD laptop.
Have been playing around with Windows 7 customization so far and well.

But what I liked on MAC is that it got a dock with all "Game design programs" (Unity, Maya, Photoshop ect) under one folder. Click on folder and it expanded out of dock, without opening new window. Than you could choose a program to run.

Now I dont like clutter on my desktop and so far I got a plenty of such. Is there a docking program for Windows 7 that work the same way around?


I tried using RocketDock, neat stuff. But when I add a folder to it, it OPENS that folder in new window. Would be nice if it opened folders in same style as Libraries folder does (when you right click it) that you can pin to your task bar.


Thanks for any advice.
Zing


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21 Sep 2011   #2

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Win 7 Pro x64 / Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

I am not sure what you want never seen Mac "Game design programs" but take a look at this might be what your looking for Alastria Software, makers of great software including 7stacks, Speedy Shopper, and Popup Calendar
Jerry
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21 Sep 2011   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

how about bins for the taskbar, i particularly like it for my browsers and microsoft office progs,

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Bins, by 1UP Industries


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21 Sep 2011   #4

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Like in this image?

The Task Bar is Task Bar, but above it there is a "Docking" gadget called RocketDock.
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21 Sep 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boohbah View Post
how about bins for the taskbar, i particularly like it for my browsers and microsoft office progs,

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Bins, by 1UP Industries
FYI
"Please note: while Bins is free during the beta period, there will be a small charge for it upon final release" from their webpage
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21 Sep 2011   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (main), Windows 8 Consumer Preview x64
 
 

Well, if you're using RocketDock (and ObjectDock), you can use the stacks docklet.
Stacks Docklet - RocketDock.com
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21 Sep 2011   #7

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Also stand-alone stacks 2 uses the same library as RocketDock stacks. You make a stack and pin to the taskbar. Only thing I've seen in Windows7 is sometimes you get the "blank paper" icon even though the inside of the shortcut shows the correct icon. I get around it by extracting the icon and putting it in a folder, then use Change Icon. (Seems to happen one time out of ten. Haven't figured out why.)

It's a freebie. I also use RocketDock but stand-alone stacks are good for stuff I use very frequently.

If you go with RocketDock I wrote some Work Area adjuster utilities that prevent maximized programs from covering the dock. They are all free for you to use at your own risk:

http://www.favessoft.com/downloads.html
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22 Sep 2011   #8

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Thanks for the reply guys, I found out what I needed. It was Stack Docklets... Want to keep my taskbar and desctop as clean as possible, but sometimes, even with such handy search functions, going through START is too much.
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