DockStar
DockStar 2.1.17
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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.
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What's New
Version 2.1.17:
  • Adds compatibility with Mail 6.6 (OS X 10.8.5)
Requirements
Intel/PPC, OS X 10.4 or later



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Donebylee commented on 22 Jan 2014
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.
[Version 2.1.17]

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DavidB9000 replied on 29 Mar 2014
Any updates on this?

I just installed 10.9 today and Dockstar was the first thing I went to update. What a disappointment.
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Donebylee replied on 29 Mar 2014
Ok. so no update. Just sent them another email asking for developer ID and any updates. Might hear back and might not......
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Bdfu commented on 29 Oct 2013
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.)
[Version 2.1.17]


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Gabriel Radic reviewed on 28 Oct 2013
R.I.P. DockStar. You served me well, and will be missed.
[Version 2.1.17]


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Fabrice2 reviewed on 24 Oct 2013
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..
[Version 2.1.17]

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Fabrice2 replied on 24 Oct 2013
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!
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Scottishwildcat replied on 25 Oct 2013
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.
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Mcjf reviewed on 22 Oct 2013
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.
[Version 2.1.17]

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SteveH6047 replied on 23 Oct 2013
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.
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Scottishwildcat replied on 24 Oct 2013
@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.
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SteveH6047 replied on 25 Oct 2013
@Scottishwildcat I stand corrected. Thank you for providing a very informed and informative response.
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Scottishwildcat replied on 25 Oct 2013
@SteveH6047 No problem. I can assure you I'm as disappointed as anyone about DockStar, I've used it every day for years :/
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Gabriel Radic replied on 28 Oct 2013
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.
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Drdul commented on 17 Oct 2013
Heads up: I have been advised by Ecamm that they "will not be updating DockStar for compatibility with Mavericks." Bummer.
[Version 2.1.17]

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SteveH6047 replied on 23 Oct 2013
Well thanks for checking it out. But really poor from the developer.
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Sonnendeck commented on 13 Sep 2013
Does not work with 10.8.5! Needs a new version.
[Version 2.1.16]

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Sonnendeck replied on 13 Sep 2013
Thanks. Version 2.1.17 works again.
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MacUpdate-Nick replied on 13 Sep 2013
Updated to 2.1.17! Thanks.
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Mcjf reviewed on 06 Jun 2013
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...
[Version 2.1.16]

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Mcjf replied on 07 Jun 2013
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.
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barrythemacguy reviewed on 20 Sep 2012
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!
[Version 2.1.15]


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Scotty321 reviewed on 07 Sep 2012
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! :)
[Version 2.1.14]


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7h31ll3g4l had trouble on 15 Jun 2010
hi...
please do you fix for snowleopard 10.6.4? current version 2.1.5 don't working
[Version 2.1.5]


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robotank had trouble on 10 Sep 2009
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.
[Version 2.1.3]

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Phackh commented on 27 Feb 2010
a snow leopard update would be really great!
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tvalleau had trouble on 03 Sep 2009
I love DockStar, but 2.1.2 crashes my Mail hard on 10.5.8. Reverted to 2.1.1 and notified developer.
[Version 2.1.2]

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tvalleau replied on 03 Sep 2009
Great developer. 18 seconds after I posted, he fixed it in 2.1.3! :-)
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Bill Damon had trouble on 09 Jul 2007
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
[Version 2.0.2]

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Ecamm Network, Llc (developer) replied on 20 Sep 2007
Please contact Ecamm support with any problems instead of posting them here where we can't respond directly. We actively support our products with 1-on-1 customer service.
-Ken
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Seventh-Enclave had trouble on 15 Apr 2007
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.

:(
[Version 2.0]

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Ecamm Network, Llc (developer) replied on 20 Apr 2007
Please contact Ecamm support with any problems instead of posting them here. We'd like to help get it working properly!
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Jobby had trouble on 14 Aug 2006
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 :)
[Version 1.1]

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Jobby replied on 14 Aug 2006
Actually, scratch that - Mail's doing the same stupid thing as well. Completely the wrong behaviour, IMHO, but that's something to take up with Apple.

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kennethchung rated on 24 Jun 2013

[Version 2.1.16]



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Scotty321 rated on 07 Sep 2012

[Version 2.1.14]



Willard Cook rated on 14 Feb 2012

[Version 2.1.13]



Glauciolacerda rated on 22 Oct 2011

[Version 2.1.12]


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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 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!
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