Dock Gone
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Hides Dock entirely until specifically requested.   Shareware ($14.95)
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Dock Gone keeps the Mac OS X Dock out of your way so that it doesn't interrupt your work.

While you can always hide the Dock without Dock Gone, it will reappear whenever you mouse over the edge of the screen, blocking whatever is below the cursor. And you can be sure it will happen at the worst possible time. Dock Gone prevents this by moving the Dock completely out of your way, effectively turning it off until you ask for it back.

More than one way to turn off a Dock: Dock Gone gives you several ways to turn the Dock off.
  • within the Dock Gone
What's New
Version 1.4:
  • Bouncing Icons will no longer appear in a Dock that's been turned off
  • In Snow Leopard, the Dock was reappearing in Exposé. This has been fixed
  • In Snow Leopard 10.6.5, the Dock would sometimes reappear after a switch between spaces. This has been fixed.
  • Numerous under-the-hood improvements
Requirements
Intel/PPC, OS X 10.5.5 or later

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F451 commented on 30 Apr 2013
No longer supported or available.
[Version 1.4]

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Clakes replied on 09 Nov 2013
Which is extremely *sad*...
There's no other helper which can hide the Dock, and just ask yourself: how many times you went " *urgh* what with this thing popping out just when I needed to quickly reach the bottom (right, left, whatever) of the screen?!?"

Please come back to me... I don't want you to be Gone
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accountclosed reviewed on 30 Jan 2012
Broken under Lion, flashes screen white when activating or deactivating Dock Gone. No response from developer in two weeks after repeated attempts. Avoid until developer responds here with a fix for Lion users.
[Version 1.4]


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Musubana reviewed on 10 Mar 2010
Well…

If you rely a lot on widgets, you'd better stay away from Dock Gone.
(Widgets are a part of my workflow.)

DG restarts the dashboard every time the dock status is changed.
This really annoys me.
Furthermore, sometimes the dock isn't realy gone - point to the bottom middle of the screen, and you'll see a tiny micro-dock so small that the individual icons can't be discerned. But nonetheless - it's there.

I sent a refund request to Kagi, but have got no reply (or money!) so far.
[Version 1.0.3]

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Easer replied on 12 Mar 2010
I can't speak to the Widget issue, although I would write to the developer and not to Kagi. (They just process purchases.) The developer has always been very responsive to me. As for still seeing a teeny-tiny dock, yes, that's pretty much about the only solution one is likely to have. I remember, even before Leopard, that there was a post on the internet about how to hack the dock preferences to accomplish the really tiny dock trick. I had tried it, and it worked, but it also wreaked havoc with my system overall. DockGone seems to have found a way to accomplish this without the havoc, and adds a number of additional features. I don't use Widgets, so this is not an issue for me. As I suggest, write directly to the developer and see if solutions cannot be found for your concern.
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Musubana replied on 12 Mar 2010
Thanks for the advice. Yes, I'd better contact the developer instead whining about Kagi! :-)
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Dameian reviewed on 19 Jan 2010
I am LOVING this little utility. Thank you for finally coming up with a way to rid us of the dock in a way that is both safe and effective. I've been using it now for about a week and can say I've had no problems at all with it. I only wish it would automatically disable the dock at start up, but I've now gotten used to the Control + Option + Command + D shortcut.

I've combined Dock Gone with LaunchBar to create a very minimalist and unobtrusive version of OS X that stays out of my way until I need it. Dock Gone keeps the dock out of my work space and LaunchBar makes everything on my Mac (and the Internet for that matter) just a couple of keystrokes away.

Cheers!
[Version 1.0.3]


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F451 reviewed on 25 May 2009
One of those little apps that you never thought you really needed until you try it. Positively a feature Apple should have incorporated in its OS in the first place. I purchased a license as the developer is responsive and has also remedied a slight issue with other apps that hide along the screen's edge.
[Version 1.0b7]


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robotank commented on 22 May 2009
Very good overall. I think DockGone may be a little expensive for a simple app, but I've been wanting something that will get the Apple dock out of my face for a long time. There are far better alternatives to the dock out there (DragThing, A-Dock, Application Wizard, etc.), and being able to make the dock actually disappear is very handy.
[Version 1.0b6]


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tofic reviewed on 10 May 2009
VERY SMALL APPLICATION; HUGE RELIEF FROM ANNOYING DOCK, THAT POPS HER HEAD OUT, WHEN I DON'T WANT IT
[Version 1.0b4]


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Noriker reviewed on 06 May 2009
This is exactly what I always needed (and as Apple should have built the Dock). This comes in very handy when drawing or using the entire screen in graphic design applications, where you don't want panels to be trapped behind the Dock. No more sizing the Dock down. No more Pull Down Menus behind the Dock. No more "I hope I don't get too close to the edge of the screen". Here's why it's great:

1. I can still call/hide the Dock just as used to, nothing new to learn. Only this time it stays away, as it should.

2. I can replace the standard shortcut or add an additional one, so the old mode (auto activating Dock) is still available at the same time.

3. Some older applications (DockBlock etc.) were built for Tiger and don't work anymore. This works under Leopard.

4. Other methods of getting rid of the Dock also kill functions like the Application Switcher. No such problems with Dock Gone.

5. By triple clicking the item in the menu bar, the Dock shows/hides. By single clicking the item, you get a menu.
[Version 1.0b3.1]

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croupier49 replied on 09 May 2009
Maybe I'm crazy, but how is this any different than simply typing Command + Option +D? Whenever I type this, the dock completely disappears and doesn't return until I type the command again.
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Noriker replied on 10 May 2009
No you're not crazy but you probably won't need this app. Whenever you get close to the bottom of the screen (or wherever you have placed your Dock) it will pop back up. This can become extemely annoying when drawing or when using auto scrolling in an application. Worst case would be a slow computer that is stopped processing by the Dock because it suddenly has to reveal it and blend in the name of the app that is below the cursor.
It might also pop up when you open a drop down window, such as your list of bookmaks in a browser, as soon as you get close enough to the edge. In this case it will pop up BEHIND the window, completely useless. And who needs the Dock to show up below the cursor while drawing a selection in Photoshop? Most people never use their entire screen and leave some space for the Dock. Given how huge the standard Leopard Dock is, that's a lot of space. This tool allows you to use the entire screen and hardly ever use the Dock. I use Quicksilver to launch apps, so I don't have much need for it.
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rich k. commented on 04 May 2009
With respect to the Devs effort:

i've been using Dock Block http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/13261/dockblock for years to get rid of the dock although its performance in leopard is a bit flakey so i searched and found http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/27841/dock-spaces which is more user configurable and free!
[Version 1.0b2]


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Dana Sutton reviewed on 04 May 2009
Yes, Dock Gone works as advertised, and yes, it performs a valuable function, so I'll almost certainly purchase it. But it's not the solution I want. The problem is the Dock's "hair trigger" responsiveness: if your cursor grazes the edge of your screen for even a millisecond while you have the Dock hidden, up it comes, I deal with this nuisance a dozen times a day. But I think there's a potentially a better solution than Dock Gone. Back in the OS9 days I used A-Dock, which has a feature where the cursor has to stay in touch for a user-defined period (say, a half a second) before its dock would pop up. Rather than being forced to remember yet more hot-key command and have one more icon in my dock (with Dock Gone running I currently have 17), I'd rather have a Preference panel which made Apple's Dock behave like A-Dock in this respect.
[Version 1.0b2]


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Clakes had trouble on 06 Apr 2010
I truly love Dock Gone.
It really keeps me from swearing at times when I'm nervously tweaking fullscreen applications on stage such as Ableton Live and Modul8. Those are the times when you really don't want the Dock to pop-up, believe me!

I'm experiencing a weird issue though.
The background process (DockGoneBG) only appears to start as soon as I enter Dock Gone's Preference Pane, but fails to automatically start at login.
Can't say whether this appeared in the last Mac OS X update, but I think I had the same problem with 10.6.2...

MBP5,2 running Mac OS X.6.3... and... Quite a lot of login items? (this shouldn't be a cause for DG not to launch tough).
[Version 1.0.3]

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Fishscale replied on 28 Nov 2010
Try putting dockgonebg, the background process, in your startup items. I had a similar problem with Lazymouse by the same dev and this fixed it so it would start when I booted up as it should have with the start on login but for some reason does not. Try it, it works until the issue is addressed by the dev.

It doesn't slow it down or anything, just gets it started... you could right an applescript to launch it and just run that manually or put it in the login items but that's the same amount of work as going into the preferences pane so that solution is useless. Hope that helps.

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Tlance rated on 20 Sep 2011

[Version 1.4]


Downloads:5,846
Version Downloads:2,664
Type:Utilities : System
License:Shareware
Date:28 Nov 2010
Platform:PPC 64 / PPC 32 / Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $14.95
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Dock Gone keeps the Mac OS X Dock out of your way so that it doesn't interrupt your work.

While you can always hide the Dock without Dock Gone, it will reappear whenever you mouse over the edge of the screen, blocking whatever is below the cursor. And you can be sure it will happen at the worst possible time. Dock Gone prevents this by moving the Dock completely out of your way, effectively turning it off until you ask for it back.

More than one way to turn off a Dock: Dock Gone gives you several ways to turn the Dock off.
  • within the Dock Gone Preference Pane in System Preferences
  • in a menu in the menu bar
  • using a global keyboard shortcut that you define
Why turn off the Dock instead of just hide it? Since Mac OS X first appeared, users have had a love-hate relationship with the Dock and its auto-hide feature. While it's beautiful and useful, there are times when it just gets in the way. Scrolling long documents, navigating long menus in Web browsers, and dragging documents around the screen can all inadvertently trigger the Dock to appear exactly at the wrong time. If you move just a little too close to the edge of the screen, the Dock insists on reasserting itself whether it's wanted or not. This gets old fast. Especially for users who like to get the most out of their screen real-estate, it happens way too often.

Dock Gone is the Leopard-compatible way to keep the Dock out of your way until you specifically ask for it. Press its hot key, and the Dock will disappear. Try all you want, you cannot get the Dock to appear when Dock Gone is active. Press the hot key again, and the Dock reappears in exactly the same place and with the same settings as you had before.

No more Terminal commands. No more Dock appearing when you're scrolling through a long document. No more losing your old Dock settings.

Dock Gone will become your constant companion, and you'll come to expect the Dock to always behave as it does when you have Dock Gone installed, no matter what Mac you're using.


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