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DockStar is the ingenious way to keep an eye on your Mail. Add new badges to the Mail dock icon and clickable indicators to the menu bar. DockStar lets you keep track of email in various accounts and folders, RSS feeds, Notes, and To Do items with customizable badges in the Mail icon, menu bar, Dashboard, and even in a Screen Saver.

Power-users can't live without DockStar to keep tabs on their many folders and accounts. Casual emailers love DockStar's fun shapes, colors, and sounds.
  • Assign a badge to up to 5 different mailboxes.
  • Assign badges to individual account inboxes.
  • Assign badges to more...

What's New

Version 2.1.17:
  • Adds compatibility with Mail 6.6 (OS X 10.8.5)

Requirements

OS X 10.4 or later

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R.I.P. DockStar. You served me well, and will be missed.

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Version 2.1.17
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Donebylee Member IconComment+45
Donebylee
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Good News!

Ecamm responded to an info request: another developer has taken over Dockstar development.

No indication of who or when. But supposedly we are going to get a Maverick version.

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Version 2.1.17
DavidB9000
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Any updates on this?

I just installed 10.9 today and Dockstar was the first thing I went to update. What a disappointment.

Donebylee
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Ok. so no update. Just sent them another email asking for developer ID and any updates. Might hear back and might not......

Gex2501
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I'm also looking forward to an update. Was just trying to install and saw no Mavericks. :-(

Bdfu Member IconComment+121
Bdfu
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In 1984 (or 1985) Apple sent developers a Declaration of Interdependence signed by everyone on the Mac Development Team. (I still have mine!) It is sad to see Apple not continuing to take an active role either supporting these developers or at least providing an API so they can support themselves. Dockstar is one the most useful Mail.app plugins. I'm going to miss it. (I'm actually surprised they haven't 'stolen' it and built-in the functionality themselves.)

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Version 2.1.17
Gabriel Radic Member IconReview+5
Gabriel Radic
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R.I.P. DockStar. You served me well, and will be missed.

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Version 2.1.17
Fabrice2 Member IconReview+0
Fabrice2
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I agree with the previous comments: I really use this unique tool intensively. And now, using 10.9, its no more working? And "perhaps" one day, in years ?? another developer will continue the development ? (they promise that they are "in discussion" with a dev. Is that a joke ?
When I bought it, it was mentioned "free lifetime updates".
I would accept to pay a specific or extra update fees if they would consider to develop a compatible 10.9 version, without any doubt.
Tried to find something similar, but it looks there is nothing else.
Its also very sad that Apple did not include something similar to there new mail version, which is, really, not very "new". I did not see any great difference on this version.. but this is another debate..

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Version 2.1.17
Fabrice2
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OMG : it is a collegial attitude : Mail.appetizer and Herald are also no more supported.
Apple, what are you doing ?? what are you waiting for ? Your mail application is very limited. Do not kill the developers fill in the blanks!

Scottishwildcat
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As I mentioned in another reply, the trouble is that *all* Mail plugins are basically using private APIs that they shouldn't be. So right now, the developers of all Mail plugins are scrambling to figure out what's changed, because Apple don't publish those changes. I would guess they'll figure it out eventually, but it's probably going to take them a few weeks.

Mcjf Member IconReview+57
Mcjf
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I wouldn't recommend buying software from this company again - ever. Dockstar is a good example. It was quite useful but very poorly supported. Often it took many weeks, sometimes months, for them to release an update whose sole purpose was to restore compatibility with the latest OS update. By the time they got around to updating Dockstar, there was another OS update. Even a hlaf brain-dead monkey could probably have anticipated OS updates and released software compatibility updates, especially since most of the time it was a simple matter of adding 1 or 2 lines in a text file. And now, dropping support for 10.9 completely...
A sad story. And a good negative example. What to make of it?

DO NOT BUY -ANY- SOFTWARE FROM THIS COMPANY! Better look for an alternative.

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Version 2.1.17
SteveH6047
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I've no idea what's involved in making Dockstar compatible with Mavericks but other "small" developers seem to have managed OK. I'm afraid that I'm with you on this developer's attitude. They certainly won't see any more of my money.

Scottishwildcat
+2

@SteveH6047 The trouble isn't making software in general compatible with Mavericks, but Mail.app plugins specifically. Apple doesn't publish any APIs for Mail.app, they're all private and as such people have to figure them out for themselves, and Apple can break them with any update. Up to now, Apple haven't changed them much between releases and all that's been required is to update the plugin's 'compatibility UUID' to keep DockStar working. But with Mavericks, it looks like Apple has significantly changed the Mail.app API, and plugin developers are having to figure it out from scratch again.

SteveH6047
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@Scottishwildcat I stand corrected. Thank you for providing a very informed and informative response.

Scottishwildcat
+0

@SteveH6047 No problem. I can assure you I'm as disappointed as anyone about DockStar, I've used it every day for years :/

Gabriel Radic
+0

I used DockStar and Call Recorder from them, as well as a few others in the past. I am not happy about discontinuing DockStar, but I am not holding it against them. And they usually had pretty timely support and updated, not sure what you mean.

Drdul Member IconComment+449
Drdul
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Heads up: I have been advised by Ecamm that they "will not be updating DockStar for compatibility with Mavericks." Bummer.

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Version 2.1.17
SteveH6047
+0

Well thanks for checking it out. But really poor from the developer.

Sonnendeck Member IconComment+36
Sonnendeck
+1

Does not work with 10.8.5! Needs a new version.

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Version 2.1.16
Sonnendeck
+1

Thanks. Version 2.1.17 works again.

MacUpdate-Nick
+1

Updated to 2.1.17! Thanks.

Mcjf Member IconReview+57
Mcjf
+1

Love it.

BUT whenever Apple decides to update the Mail.app, Dockstar is more than likely to stop working, until they catch up and release an update to restore compatibility.

The 10.8.4 update broke Dockstar, and 2 days in and still no update for Dockstar...

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Version 2.1.16
Mcjf
+2

Here's a quick guide on how to restore compatibility with Mail:

Copy the PluginCompatibilityUUID from these two files:
- /System/Library/Frameworks/Message.framework/Resources/Info.plist
- /Applications/Mail.app/Contents/Info.plist

Now go to Info.plist file inside the DockStar bundle and add these UUIDs to the key "SupportedPluginCompatibilityUUIDs" by pasting them into two new strings.
In short, get the UUIDs and past them in the appropriate place in the DockStar bundle info.plist file.

This should work, provided the UUID check is the only reason why the DockStar bundle stopped working.

barrythemacguy Member IconReview+11
barrythemacguy
+3

We all know how Apple likes to screw things us with every OS update they release. 10.7.5 is just another good example of that.

By contrast, Ecamm is a good example of a software company that is totally on top of their game! Good job guys. Thank you for being so responsive!

I am a very satisfied Dockstar and iGlasses user!

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Version 2.1.15
Scotty321 Member IconReview+20
Scotty321
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Great plug-in for Mail!! Couldn't live without this one!! There is one minor bug with this plug-in running under Mountain Lion (sounds don't play 100% of the time), but besides that, this plug-in is perfect! :)

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Version 2.1.14
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Catlan
Version 2.1.17
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kennethchung
Version 2.1.16
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Scotty321
Version 2.1.14
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Willard Cook
Version 2.1.13
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Glauciolacerda
Version 2.1.12
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Downloads 15,218
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Type Internet / Email
License Demo
Date 13 Sep 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32 / PPC 64
Price $19.95