A-Dock
A-Dock
1.5.6

4.5

A-Dock free download for Mac

A-Dock

1.5.6
29 May 2011

Application switcher utility.

Overview

A-Dock X is a complete rewrite of A-Dock for Mac OS X.

It features a side-dock, close to Apple's Dock, with some different features:
  • skinning
  • built-in separators
  • support for labels
  • modules (desktop, trash, volumes, Classic...)
  • a desktop-trash
  • 10 level-deep folders
  • high level of customization
  • and more...

What's new in A-Dock

Version 1.5.6:
  • Fixed dummy "net" and "home" volumes that started appearing from time to time after OS X 10.6.7 update
  • Improved switching frontmost windows in several applications

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Steven-Goodheart
08 October 2009

Most helpful

Thanks for the Snow Leopard tweaks! A-Dock X is one of my all-time favorite utilities...I use it dozens of times a day and it saves me so much time and effort. One of my favorite features is being able to type command-option-h to reveal the desktop while I'm in any program, and then hit it again to pop back to that program. Such a huge time-saver and more useful to me most of the the time than the Expose F11 reveal desktop. Great, great program at a great price.
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Version 1.5.4
zo219
21 December 2013
A-Dock was SO cool. There ought to be a law.
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Version 1.5.6
Mac007
23 October 2013
A-Dock no longer works under MacOS X 10.9 so I guess the party is over. Very sad as this is the program that helped me make the transition from Mac OS 9 to Mac OS X.
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Version 1.5.6
1 answer(s)
Arthur-Battram
Arthur-Battram
30 January 2016
Totally agree {sadface}
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Arthur-Battram
02 March 2013
Hi my registered copy has weirdly started demanding a password, and won't accept mine. I went to the developers site, and when I clicked on purchase I got this at Kagi: “All our products have been discontinued. You cannot buy them anymore. Free versions should be available shortly.“ Obviously I'm keen to get the free one to replace my paid for one that thinks it is a demo - preference issue I guess - tried to repair prefs - same prob. Can anyone help?
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Version 1.5.6
2 answer(s)
hwgray
hwgray
21 August 2013
I am, even as we speak, using A-Dock with Mountain Lion dev release v10.8.5. However, I've noticed this phenomenon before. When 10.8.5 is released, something will have been added or removed such that A-Dock will no longer even launch, let alone ask for a password.. I don't know what ti fell you. A-Dock's author's site was last updated with the release of v1.5.6. "----- A-Dock and Lion ----- A-Dock does NOT work with OS X Lion 10.7.2 Right now A-Dock will not work with OS X Lion. As it seemed to work on 10.7 and 10.7.1 (minus a few glitches) it stopped working on 10.7.2. I've tried to find a workaround, but alas, it seems like the end of the story for A-Dock. I'll wait until OS X 10.7.3 to decide if A-Dock needs to be killed or not..."
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hwgray
hwgray
21 August 2013
I forgot to mention that I couldn't copy-and-paste my password into A-Dock. It wouldn't take. So, I typed it in. Ey wa-LA! Hope this helps.
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hwgray
15 July 2012
For what it's worth, A-Dock v1.5.6 works perfectly with the OS X Mountain Lion golden master.
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Version 1.5.6
2 answer(s)
Arthur-Battram
Arthur-Battram
02 March 2013
Hi my registered copy has weirdly started demanding a password, and won't accept mine. I went to the developers site, and when I clicked on purchase I got this at Kagi: “All our products have been discontinued. You cannot buy them anymore. Free versions should be available shortly.“ Obviously I'm keen to get the free one to replace my paid for one that thinks it is a demo - preference issue I guess - tried to repair prefs - same prob. Can anyone help?
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hwgray
hwgray
19 March 2013
My own sad experience is that, though A-Dock still installs in any iteration of 10.8 after the original golden master, nevertheless, it will now neither vip nor vop. Whether it's some random kid working in his parents' basement or it's Apple, when they don't feel like bothering, anymore, to hell with the customer.
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Zapp-Brannigan
18 April 2012
How to fix if using 10.7.3: I went into Home > Library (it's Hidden in Lion so you have to use the Go to Folder from the Finder's Go menu and put in ~/Library/). Open Preferences. In the search bar of the window, enter adock, and choose name when it pops up. Delete any files with adock in it in the search results (I had three and one of the files had zero bytes). Empty your trashcan. Start A-Dock and it works again. It even has a trashcan at the bottom of the Dock. As others have noted, in the preferences, don't turn on 'Show Trashcan on the Desktop' in A-Dock's preferences. Survived a restart as well. Customized my settings and all is well in the universe. :) Goodbye Dragthing, hello A-Dock!
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Version 1.5.6
Zapp-Brannigan
03 February 2012
Well, I'm here to say that after updating to 10.7.3, a-dock still doesn't work. I really hope the developer fixes the program as I'm left with dragthing which is overkill for my needs.
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Version 1.5.6
5 answer(s)
Tijej
Tijej
09 February 2012
I'm as sad as you to see that 10.7.3 doesn't fix the issue This is an Apple bug, not an A-Dock one. I might have found a way to workaround the issue, but that means rewriting a large piece of code. So it will unfortunately take time to roll out a new version of A-Dock that works on Lion. Jérome (A-Dock's developer)
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Powermac-HK
Powermac-HK
01 March 2012
I just update my 11 inch macbook air from 10.7.1 to 10.7.3 directly by combo updater (MacOSXUpdCombo10.7.3.dmg), and A-Dock X survives. Is there anyone else able to use A-Dock X on 10.7.3? Apparently, A-Dock X is not exclusively incompatible with 10.7.3: A-Dock X works with 10.7.1 and 10.7.1 -> 10.7.3 update, but not work for 10.7.2 nor 10.7.2-> 10.7.3 update. I postulate that the bug was due to a component in 10.7.2 which has not been updated in 10.7.3. Hope this can help to fix the problem.
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Tijej
Tijej
02 March 2012
The bug in OS X shows up if you enable the Desktop trash in A-Dock. Once enabled, you're stuck : A-Dock will never launch again. You'll have to uninstall and reinstall. But as long as you don't enable the Desktop trash, A-Dock will work fine with OS X 10.7.x
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Zapp-Brannigan
Zapp-Brannigan
18 April 2012
Click on the Troubleshooting tab above to see how I fixed it. ;)
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hwgray
hwgray
15 July 2012
@ Tijej: 10.8 fixes the issue. A-Dock has risen from the dead, Trash-enabled and all! Perhaps, instead of rewriting A-Dock for Lion, you may prefer simply to improve the way that it works with Mountain Lion.
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Cyannah
18 October 2011
I miss A-Dock. It's useful and colorful. I wish it could be updated for Lion.
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Version 1.5.6
Zapp-Brannigan
13 October 2011
After updating to Lion 10.7.2, A-Dock no longer works. That's too bad. I find this to be a very useful utility.
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Version 1.5.6
Djchill1
29 April 2010
A Dock out Docks Mac's dock...so dock u rip off dockware that only pretends to do what A dock does. It should be called A+ dock because that's the grade I give it. Seriously though, if you want an actual second dock, fully customizable, with every feature of mac's default and then some, and especially NO BLOATING UR SYSTEM, then the 10 bucks is worth it. As a fair disclaimer to the developer, it could use a grid feature for stacks . I'm no critic and don't want to bite the hand that fed, but I do have ADHD and readling from the hierarchical (unless u can make it with big icons and space) is a pain. I'm not saying everyone else will have this trouble, but everyone else could benefit from the choice to switch to grid. As, minor stability issues with dragging documents into the icons i.e. folders. I guess that relates to modules, where you can only show volumes and ur trash in that seperate part of the dock, maybe every part of the dock should be like that. Get it. Forget the rest...unless its dragthing (Kagi plug=Props to KAGI and Jerome)
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Version 1.5.5
Steven-Goodheart
08 October 2009
Thanks for the Snow Leopard tweaks! A-Dock X is one of my all-time favorite utilities...I use it dozens of times a day and it saves me so much time and effort. One of my favorite features is being able to type command-option-h to reveal the desktop while I'm in any program, and then hit it again to pop back to that program. Such a huge time-saver and more useful to me most of the the time than the Expose F11 reveal desktop. Great, great program at a great price.
Like (4)
Version 1.5.4