Improving the 'dock'

Discussion in 'macOS' started by willybNL, Nov 8, 2006.

  1. willybNL macrumors 6502

    I wanted to start programming a little to improve the dock to give the following extra behaviour to it:
    * when a mousecursus is on the dock and you start scrolling left/right, expose should open and let you scroll thrue the windows of that program (like apple-tab, but more live).
    * when program is open and has focus due to 1st click in dock, the 2nd click should open new window of that program
    * Allowing a user to add a little space between programs so they can group the programs.

    I guess to really will improve the overall dock performance (at least will help to be released of the constant telling 'open new window'.
    But before i start... there is no such program right? Hate do to things that already excists.
  2. Nym macrumors 6502a


    Oct 4, 2006
    Porto, Portugal
    1 - The first thing I can't understand what it is you are imagining, kinda like Vista scrolls through windows? sorry, can't understand :)

    2 - Humm, probably this can be done, not by me though, the only coding I know is ActionScript, lol.

    3 - Yep, you can do this, there are Apps out there that give you the possibility to group dock icons in categories, just can't remember the name now :eek:
    (I remember DockFun allows to run multiple docks)
    Another way to do it is to download a "divider" dock icon, which is only a vertical dash, allowing you to split the dock visually in applications groups :)

    Hope this helps
  3. willybNL thread starter macrumors 6502

    * when a mousecursus is on the dock and you start scrolling left/right, expose should open and let you scroll thrue the windows of that program (like apple-tab, but more live).

    it's easy:

    think about this:

    You have multiple windows of safari open
    Put the mouse on the dock, and let your mouse scroll
    This scrolling will just open expose (as it is) with the program windows in front (also excists), new is that it will scroll by moving the scroll button of the mouse.
    This should be intuitive enough right :)
  4. apfhex macrumors 68030


    Aug 8, 2006
    Northern California
    1. So it sounds to me like you want Exposé for minimized windows. Not a bad idea.

    2. I don't think you can do this... I think it's up to the applications what they do when you click their Dock icon.
  5. lorductape macrumors 6502


    Jun 23, 2006
    t3h usa
    write to apple why dont you. unless you rewrite the code, not a good idea plus it will be hard, I don't think you can do anything.
  6. BengalDuck macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2006
    While you're at it, I would love for the dock to be able to be up above, instead of left, right, or below. If it were to hide, just a small space in the center of the menu bar would be all that you wopuld need to make it appear.

    I really dislike the dock locations, and I already use the menubar a lot so I wish all of my commands would be up top.
  7. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Then download TinkerTool and move your Dock to the top! :D
  8. BengalDuck macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2006
    Haha thanks... I was about to find the Freeware thread in Applications and ask if there was anything that could do this. I used to have no problem with hiding it on the right but that's where my 2nd monitor is now (when it's connected) and it's connected.

    My gf just called and I forgot what I was typing. Haha...thanks for the link. I'll check it out. ;)
  9. willybNL thread starter macrumors 6502

    Right... that's like writing a letter to her Majesty the queen of france (hint: there is no queen). It will be 1 of 1000000000 then.
  10. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

    Jaffa Cake

    Aug 1, 2004
    The City of Culture, Englandshire
    It sounds like these are what you're after.
  11. willybNL thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nr 3 = solved :)
    Though this is really ugly and the images are way to wide... this will help for the time beiing...

    But nr 1 & 2 were the real points.
    Well... if they don't excist i just have to start learning some os-x programming :) Or put a faked video online, call it OSX 10.6 to draw apple's attention and tell them it's just a point to be taken into consideration ;):):) (hell yeah, i'll start doing that last one first and get patent on it :)

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