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DockStar
DockStar
4.0.4
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DockStar free download for Mac

DockStar for Mac4.0.4

14 January 2016

Add 5 new-mail icons to Mail.app.

What is DockStar for Mac

Note: DockStar is no longer under development but can still be downloaded. Please note that the application will not work on macOS 10.12.

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 Notes, To Dos, and RSS feeds.
  • Clickable notifications in your menu bar.
  • Choose from seven fun shapes.
  • Fine-tune the size of each badge.
  • Select just the right color and transparency for each mailbox.
  • Display unread count, flagged count, or junk count for mailboxes.
  • Includes Dashboard Widget and fun Screen Saver!
  • In English, French, German, Polish, and Japanese.
  • Free 7 day trial.

What's new in DockStar

Version 4.0.4:
  • Compatibility for OS X El Capitan 10.10.4 Beta (Mail 9.3)

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GreenVomit8
GreenVomit8
Oct 4 2016
4.0.4
4.5
Oct 4 2016
4.5
Version: 4.0.4
A real shame it won't be supported with Sierra. If anyone finds an alternative please let us know.
Sonnendeck
Sonnendeck
Sep 27 2016
4.0.4
4.0
Sep 27 2016
4.0
Version: 4.0.4
Bye bye Dockie! We had good times...
herbs2
herbs2
Sep 25 2016
4.0.4
5.0
Sep 25 2016
5.0
Version: 4.0.4
Sorry to say the author of DockStar has let me know that it will not be updated to work in OS X 10.12.x (Sierra). I'll miss DockStar.
Guest
Guest
Oct 22 2015
3.0.10
0.0
Oct 22 2015
0.0
Version: 3.0.10
I received today an alert from Creative in Austria for version 4.0.2 which works well with Capitan 10.11.1. I recommend.
Guest
Guest
Oct 19 2015
3.0.10
0.0
Oct 19 2015
0.0
Version: 3.0.10
I used this app for years, before it was taken over by Creative in Austria. CiA revived the app, but levied a fresh charge for existing users, despite promises having been made that this wouldn't happen. What's more galling still, though -- and why I would urge users to steer clear of this app -- is that CiA is charging a fee for users of the Yosemite version to upgrade to a version that works on El Capitan. The two versions are otherwise the same, and this is completely unacceptable. I would strongly urge people not to buy this software, as the developer's actions are utterly indefensible. Rip-off merchants like this don't deserve business.
Guest
Guest
Oct 18 2015
3.0.10
0.0
Oct 18 2015
0.0
Version: 3.0.10
The latest version is 4.0 for El Capitan. The minimal upgrade is chargeable. The unread mail count in version 4.0 sometimes works, sometimes doesn't.
Sonnendeck
Sonnendeck
Oct 1 2015
3.0.10
4.0
Oct 1 2015
4.0
Version: 3.0.10
When is DockStar ready for El Capitan?
Giantjellyfish
Giantjellyfish
Feb 1 2015
3.0.10
0.5
Feb 1 2015
0.5
Version: 3.0.10
The original developer stopped development but wrote me this, "Those customers (as well as all our others) will receive a free update when the new version is available with the new developer." The new developer wrote me this, "To recover development costs I break this promise. " I say DON'T BUY!
Giantjellyfish
Giantjellyfish
Feb 1 2015
3.0.10
0.5
Feb 1 2015
0.5
Version: 3.0.10
The original developer stopped development but wrote me this, "Those customers (as well as all our others) will receive a free update when the new version is available with the new developer." The new developer wrote me this, "To recover development costs I break this promise. " I say DON'T BUY!
Dominique
Dominique
Oct 11 2014
3.0.7
5.0
Oct 11 2014
5.0
Version: 3.0.7
Very good app ! I would like to have a "0" when no mail...
Lounge-Deluxe
Lounge-Deluxe
Oct 8 2014
3.0.6
0.0
Oct 8 2014
0.0
Version: 3.0.6
It's rather odd that the expired Dockstar trial wants to update to the latest version, but I'd rather have the option presented at expiration of the trial to either buy a license (not for me at $19.95) or have Dockstar uninstall itself (yes please). Dockstar worked fine during trial period. btw, I'll miss its colorful notifications.
Studio7
Studio7
Oct 7 2014
3.0.6
5.0
Oct 7 2014
5.0
Version: 3.0.6
For people (like me) that allready have a v.3 license, you pay only 9,95$ for this new release. It works perfect on my 10.9.5 system. I just bought it & i’m so happy of the DockStar return, Thanks!
macuserbob
macuserbob
Oct 7 2014
3.0.6
5.0
Oct 7 2014
5.0
Version: 3.0.6
Great to have DockStar back.
Fvdg
Fvdg
Sep 23 2014
3.0.4
2.0
Sep 23 2014
2.0
Version: 3.0.4
On the site it says beta 3.05, however if you download you get 3.04...?
Fvdg
Fvdg
Sep 23 2014
3.0.4
2.0
Sep 23 2014
2.0
Version: 3.0.4
Not compatible yet with latest Mail build from September 22th... :-(
Drdul
Drdul
Sep 20 2014
3.0.4
5.0
Sep 20 2014
5.0
Version: 3.0.4
I'm a former DockStar user who is very happy to see that DockStar is back. I realize this is still a beta version, and sure enough, I found a couple of bugs. I emailed the developer several days ago to report the bugs, and also emailed in a feature request, but I have not received a response to any of my emails. The lack of a response from the developer is disappointing, and makes me less likely to consider upgrading to version 3, as I am unsure of how well it will be supported.
Dominique
Dominique
Sep 19 2014
3.0.4
5.0
Sep 19 2014
5.0
Version: 3.0.4
Fonctionne très bien sur OS 10.9.5. Je souhaite seulement la présence du "zéro" s'il n'y a aucun mail (pour vérifier que l'app est tours là !). Bravo et merci au développeur ! Je recommande cette app.
Frankp
Frankp
Sep 19 2014
3.0.4
4.0
Sep 19 2014
4.0
Version: 3.0.4
Handy visual tool to see if you have e-mail that needs to be looked at vs. e-mails that don't. But has a really annoying habit of installing an auto-updater in the start-up list. If you remove it, it's reinstalled. This is just poor design.
herbs2
herbs2
Sep 13 2014
3.0.3
5.0
Sep 13 2014
5.0
Version: 3.0.3
Howdy, The folks at Creative of Austria have released version 3.0.4 (strangely it's called beta5) and it seems to fix all the problems I had with a badge not decrementing to zero (and disappearing). It seems to work as advertised. I really see little problem with the upgrade fee from version 2 to version 3. I get a version that works with Mavericks and beyond. The other choice is to not have anything that gives me that information directly on the Dock icon. Good Luck, Herb Schulz
Sonnendeck
Sonnendeck
Sep 9 2014
3.0.3
4.0
Sep 9 2014
4.0
Version: 3.0.3
Hello again Dockstar! For me it works fine. But - please! - bring also back the amazing Dockstar-Screensaver!!
Almar
Almar
Sep 9 2014
3.0.3
1.0
Sep 9 2014
1.0
Version: 3.0.3
Not a big deal, paid $11.94 for an upgrade that is still beta with several holes. It doesn't work fine, badges persist and do not disappear after reading. Slowing down mail.app and some of the features or version 2 are missed like clicking on menubar and going directly to mail. Now no way to remove dockstar from mail...
Almar
Almar
Sep 8 2014
3.0.3
1.0
Sep 8 2014
1.0
Version: 3.0.3
Not a big deal, paid $11.94 for an upgrade that is still beta. It doesn't work fine, badge persist and do not disappear after reading. Slowing down mail.app and some of the features or version 2 are missed.
blktube
blktube
Sep 8 2014
3.0.3
0.0
Sep 8 2014
0.0
Version: 3.0.3
When I purchased Dockstar a couple years ago I was promised that upgrades would always be FREE. I'm very disappointed that they have gone back on their word and no charges users for the version 3 upgrade. It shouldn't matter that a new company took over Dockstar. The new company should honor all previous agreements. That's just good business. Dockstar has lost 1 loyal customer :(
DRNash
DRNash
Sep 5 2014
3.0.2
3.0
Sep 5 2014
3.0
Version: 3.0.2
Good to see the return of DockStar under new management. Please note though that this is still a beta version (referred to on Creative in Austria's page as 3.0 Beta3), and at least in my installation is still missing some of the features or version 2, and seems to have created major slowdowns in most operations in mail.app However I'm looking forward to its full implementation and resolving whatever bugs or conflicts it has at the moment. It's also nice to see an upgrade discount for owners of previous versions despite the change of ownership and registration method.
Donebylee
Donebylee
Jan 22 2014
2.1.17
0.0
Jan 22 2014
0.0
Version: 2.1.17
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.
Bdfu
Bdfu
Oct 29 2013
2.1.17
0.0
Oct 29 2013
0.0
Version: 2.1.17
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.)
Gabriel-Radic
Gabriel-Radic
Oct 28 2013
2.1.17
5.0
Oct 28 2013
5.0
Version: 2.1.17
R.I.P. DockStar. You served me well, and will be missed.
Fabrice2
Fabrice2
Oct 24 2013
2.1.17
1.0
Oct 24 2013
1.0
Version: 2.1.17
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..
Mcjf
Mcjf
Oct 23 2013
2.1.17
0.5
Oct 23 2013
0.5
Version: 2.1.17
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.
Drdul
Drdul
Oct 17 2013
2.1.17
5.0
Oct 17 2013
5.0
Version: 2.1.17
Heads up: I have been advised by Ecamm that they "will not be updating DockStar for compatibility with Mavericks." Bummer.
Sonnendeck
Sonnendeck
Sep 13 2013
2.1.16
4.0
Sep 13 2013
4.0
Version: 2.1.16
Does not work with 10.8.5! Needs a new version.
Mcjf
Mcjf
Jun 6 2013
2.1.16
0.5
Jun 6 2013
0.5
Version: 2.1.16
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...
barrythemacguy
barrythemacguy
Sep 20 2012
2.1.15
5.0
Sep 20 2012
5.0
Version: 2.1.15
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!
Scotty321
Scotty321
Sep 8 2012
2.1.14
4.5
Sep 8 2012
4.5
Version: 2.1.14
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! :)
Guizmo85
Guizmo85
Feb 15 2012
2.1.13
5.0
Feb 15 2012
5.0
Version: 2.1.13
Great little Apps. So far this is my third softwae from Ecamm Network, and I am very pleased. I am looking forward for a discount on the Skype call recorder and Card Raider. I use DockStar to display my new mails for my 4 distinct email addresses. The top menu icon feature is a real MUST for me, since my Dock is always hidden and I'm not always in front of my conputer. When I get back to my computer, I can see the menu icon directly if I have new mails, I don't have to think to check my Dock icon. At the discounted price, this is a real bargain.
Drdul
Drdul
Sep 26 2011
2.1.12
5.0
Sep 26 2011
5.0
Version: 2.1.12
How did I get along for so long without this app?! Now I don't have to keep a Mail window open and visible to know when new mail arrives (I keep my dock hidden, and the sound is often turned down, so I need a visual indication of new mail). I have four email accounts, but one I don't need to keep a close eye on. I have set DockStar to display icons for the three accounts I care about in the menubar, using a coloured icon for my primary account so it catches my eye, and monochrome icons for the other two. I have also customized the sounds for each account, too, so when I have the sound turned on I can tell which account received new mail (my only complaint is that I'd like to be able to turn up the volume, as the sounds in DockStar seem quieter than the default Mail sounds). DockStar gives me up to five badges/icons, so I use the fifth one to keep an eye on my Junk folder, where legitimate emails sometimes end up. DockStar can count all emails in a folder, not just unread ones, so I know when Mail has flagged a message as Junk and marked it as read. Now I won't miss any messages that are incorrectly marked as junk.
Siddhartha
Siddhartha
Aug 11 2011
2.1.11
5.0
Aug 11 2011
5.0
Version: 2.1.11
Really love this program-been using it for year, one of the most responsive developers I've had the pleasure of dealing with. Really great software, and great support.
Hobojoe
Hobojoe
Sep 28 2010
2.1.7
5.0
Sep 28 2010
5.0
Version: 2.1.7
I've been using DockStar for years, and find it indispensable for the way I work. Basically, I have a lot of rules set up in Mail to sort incoming emails into folders (actually, "mailboxes"). I've configured DockStar to alert me both visually with a badge and with a sound effect for certain important emails, just visually with a badge for other emails, and to not alert me for unimportant emails like newsletters, promos, etc. In other words, it's very malleable. I just wrote to the developer asking for volume control of the sound effect alert, and he's got it working, but not through the GUI yet. Awesome support, fantastic product.
Morechicken
Morechicken
Jun 16 2010
2.1.6
0.0
Jun 16 2010
0.0
Version: 2.1.6
It's a great app and the service is also perfect.
Donebylee
Donebylee
Jun 16 2010
2.1.5
0.0
Jun 16 2010
0.0
Version: 2.1.5
I have emailed the developers and I hope we see an update soon. In the past Dockstar has been quickly updated, which is why I purchased it. It has become an indispensable tool in my workflow.
7h31ll3g4l
7h31ll3g4l
Jun 15 2010
2.1.5
0.0
Jun 15 2010
0.0
Version: 2.1.5
hi... please do you fix for snowleopard 10.6.4? current version 2.1.5 don't working
Robotank
Robotank
Sep 11 2009
2.1.4
0.0
Sep 11 2009
0.0
Version: 2.1.4
Nice quick update. I also received a very quick and polite response about to an email about this issue. Great customer service so far from this developer.
Robotank
Robotank
Sep 10 2009
2.1.3
0.0
Sep 10 2009
0.0
Version: 2.1.3
Just a heads-up: The 10.6.1 Snow Leopard update, which updates Mail to 4.1, breaks Dockstar along with several other bundles that worked under 10.6. Hopefully it's a minor fix and won't take too long to show up.
tvalleau
tvalleau
Sep 4 2009
2.1.2
5.0
Sep 4 2009
5.0
Version: 2.1.2
Juist in case my reply got buried: the developer has just completed 2.1.3, and it works just fine for me. Very prompt fix. Good Stuff!
tvalleau
tvalleau
Sep 4 2009
2.1.2
5.0
Sep 4 2009
5.0
Version: 2.1.2
I love DockStar, but 2.1.2 crashes my Mail hard on 10.5.8. Reverted to 2.1.1 and notified developer.
Blocksoft
Blocksoft
Aug 28 2008
2.1
5.0
Aug 28 2008
5.0
Version: 2.1
Great little utility. I discovered it whilst waiting for Dockstar (free equivalent) to support 10.5. It has worked flawlessly for four months since I installed, and whilst I have no interest in the screensaver option, I can see it would be of use to some users.
Baby-Bloc
Baby-Bloc
Jan 3 2008
2.1
0.0
Jan 3 2008
0.0
Version: 2.1
I may have to get this now. The addition of a menu-item makes this program useful for me finally. I keep my dock hidden, so dock labels aren't very useful. All I want is the number of mails on the menu-bar, in the least space. Even the old programs that used to do that are growing incompatible (not sure if MailUnread will work with Leopard). And most of them had a useless icon on the menubar next to the number of mails. Like I'd forget what the number was? Happily deleting the icon file made it go to just a slim number. Whew. But now this flashy program, that doesn't cost too much, will do that for me, with maybe some other features too? I may have to take you up on it. Nice job.
Siddhartha
Siddhartha
Dec 26 2007
2.1
5.0
Dec 26 2007
5.0
Version: 2.1
Great program, and the developer is awesome, too-I have had NO problems with the software, the price is right, and it does what it says without any issues at all. The developer even emailed me to let me know that my copy had somehow been copied from my system to a file sharing network-I had my Mac open to try and access it from work-this helped alert me to the possibility of other software being compromised. A nice gesture, and appreciated I use the software everyday, and I am quite happy with it
Lart
Lart
Sep 21 2007
2.0.3
2.0
Sep 21 2007
2.0
Version: 2.0.3
Look at Mail Badger. it is Free, does the same, and has more functions. Just search within MacUpdate and compare. BTW: Why bloating every application with an "additional screensaver"... I personally have on one screen. JM2c.
Bill-Damon
Bill-Damon
Jul 10 2007
2.0.2
0.0
Jul 10 2007
0.0
Version: 2.0.2
Is there a problem with the Input Manager that Dockstar installs? Whenever I install Dockstar on my system I start having frequent crashes of both Firefox and Safari. When I remove the Ecamm folder from the Input Manager folder the crashes stop. Anyone else had this experience? thanks
Seventh-Enclave
Seventh-Enclave
Apr 15 2007
2.0
0.0
Apr 15 2007
0.0
Version: 2.0
Dont seem to be able to get the Screensaver to work properly, only badges 1 and 4 work and if i disable badge 4 the screensaver stays totally black. :(
Jobby
Jobby
Aug 14 2006
1.1
0.0
Aug 14 2006
0.0
Version: 1.1
Slight problem with the subfolders feature - I have an 'all unread' Smart Folder which has one of its rules as 'Folder is not Work Email'. However, 'Work Email' is the root of my work IMAP account. The Smart Folder correctly excludes everything in the account, including subfolders. but DockStar only excludes items in the root of the account, not the subfolders. As a result, the unread count is much larger than what actually appears in the Smart Folder. (Given the number of folders in the work account, adding them manually to the rule is a bit of a non-starter, too :)
Bobweiner
Bobweiner
Mar 5 2006
1.1
5.0
Mar 5 2006
5.0
Version: 1.1
found out about this program from a positive MacWorld review. After a few days of playing with it, I decided to register the program. In short, it does what it says it does and it does it well. Kudos to the developer.
Zoidberg
Zoidberg
Jan 24 2006
1.1
5.0
Jan 24 2006
5.0
Version: 1.1
Excellent little program. I have a few accounts that I check and wanted something transparent (as in how it works, not appearance) and elegant to distinguish what mailbox had what messages. This fits the bill quite perfectly. Great example of a "does what it does and does it great" app.
T7
T7
Dec 2 2005
1.0
5.0
Dec 2 2005
5.0
Version: 1.0
What a cute little thing. It's a one trick pony, but it's an amazing one trick pony. Just the thing you need when you're a mailjunkie like me. One view in my dock tells me what's up in the box (or rather, what's IN in the box) and where it's at. Very flexibele, very well done. Five stars (or whatever shapes you choose) :)
$19.95
3.8
0.0
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  • OS X 10.11.0 or later
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