DockView
DockView 2.1.6
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  • DockView has been discontinued
  • Developer
    Bogdan Popescu
DockView extends OS X’s Dock and shows window previews whenever you hover your mouse over an application or while using Cmd+Tab. It helps you visualise the windows you currently have open and easily find the window you are looking for.

Features:
  • Activate windows. Click anywhere on a preview to activate the window.
  • Close windows. You can use DockView to easily close windows.
  • Live previews. The previews refresh constantly so you can keep an eye on windows without
What's New
Version 2.1.6:
  • Fixed a bug which sometimes caused DockView to become unresponsive.
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.8 or later


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Vksvicky reviewed on 27 Mar 2014
Its quite unfortunate that such a wonderful app has been abandoned by the developer. DockView has been discontinued due to low demand!
[Version 2.1.6]


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lamontDakota commented on 08 Jan 2014
What is up with people who use stars in negative *comments* instead of only in reviews? "The app works like a charm and I would give it five stars, but the developer has pissed me off and hurt my feelings. So, I'm only going to give his app a half-star to punish him!"
Reviews and stars are meant to be about the apps. If you have some pet peeve or personal bitch with the dev, then put that mess into a *comment*. You know. Like what I'm doing here. That's why MU has set its pages up the way that it has. It's really easy to make the distinction.
[Version 2.1.6]


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Quantumpanda commented on 21 Dec 2013
I'm having difficulty finding out just what exactly is the difference between the free and paid versions. Yes, I know I could download it to find out, but I don't like doing that with App Store apps because of the way the App Store works.

So, is the free version a demo (time or usage-limited)? Or is it feature-limited compared to the full version? If so, what features are in the free version, and which ones do you have to pay for? If it is a demo, MU should change this listing to reflect that.
[Version 2.1.5]

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Negritude replied on 21 Dec 2013
Please read the reviews on the Mac App Store. They are very insightful and will give you a perspective on this developer that you do not see here. A large majority of the people who have been using the app since 1.x feel ripped off, because they were upgraded to version 2.x without being fully warned about reduced functionality.

According to them, the "free" version is essentially a demo that introduces a delay in the time it takes for the windows to pop up when you hover over an icon. It's long enough to essentially make the "free" version useless.
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Quantumpanda replied on 21 Dec 2013
I tried reading the reviews on the App Store, but it's really tedious trying to wade through the detailless rants to find someone who actually states what's different other than "they crippled it!"

Thanks for the info. Could someone at MacUpdate please revise this listing to reflect that it's crippleware rather than being actually free?
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iTruth reviewed on 20 Dec 2013
Thanks for fixing the Mavericks issues. I had to stop using this for a while. I was using HyperDock but I find it inferior to DockView.
[Version 2.1.4]


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Rochade reviewed on 04 Nov 2013
I too loved DockView 1 and so I purchased V2 to support the developer only to find out it doesn't work with Bartender installed. After I paid for the app and installed it, I just got a notification that it simply doesn't work when running Bartender and I have to quit it.
Would be great if I would have found this info BEFORE I purchased and installed the app!
So, I have quitted Bartender and guess what: even then DockView hangs. Seems I have just purchased an app that simply doesn't work. I know, the dev already knows about the problem and is working on it but this is not the point here.
If the app will be fixed in a short time I will of course adjust my rating as this rating is not about the app itself - as I can't run it - but the above lack of communication.
[Version 2.1.3]

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Kapeli (developer) replied on 16 Dec 2013
DockView is free to download on the Mac App Store (you purchase later on using an In-App Purchase). As far as I can tell, you just downloaded DockView for free and DockView alerted you about Bartender.
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Raro replied on 20 Dec 2013
Dock view works flawlessly with Bartender; at least this is my experience with version 2.1.3.
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Kapeli (developer) replied on 20 Dec 2013
@Raro the latest Bartender update seems to have fixed the issues. I removed the compatibility alert in the latest version of DockView.
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Anon-Bud reviewed on 26 Oct 2013
Yet another app gone the way of the Mac App Store!

Long time user of DockView, but now no more. Version 1.x does not work with Mavericks, so the only way to go if I still want this functionality is to purchase Version 2 through the MAS, something I refuse to do!

So long. Too bad, as it is a good app otherwise. Five stars altogether, minus 4 for their sales policy vis a vis loyal customers.
[Version 2.1.3]


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Noivad reviewed on 18 Oct 2013
I am still trying the demo of DockView, and I will probably purchase it based on my limited experience with this GUI enhancement. The main reason is that I use command-tab all the time, but in stock OS X, if a window is minimized it does not come up when I switch to the app, even if there is only one window. I can understand the programmer’s logical behind this: you might not always want a window that is minimized to pop-up, but in practical use, an option to switch to a window would be nice. With DockView, I can hit command-1 (or cmd-2, cmd-3, etc.) and open/undock the first window or any other window minimized. This means it is just a fraction faster than the stock OS, and for those of you familiar with me, I strive to maximize efficiency: every click counts. DockView accomplishes this and rids me of the regular irritation of switching to an app via keyboard shortcut and then realizing it is minimized and then having to click on the dock icon. I realize there are gestures but this fits my workflow that much better, and for that it reason alone it is worth the $8.
Bottom Line:
Recommended. (Try out the demo first to see if it increases your efficiency.)
[Version 2.1.3]

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Noivad replied on 27 Oct 2013
Well that was fast. Mavericks came out, and now DockView 1 will not run. So, now that you can’t try a working version, I can’t recommend that you try it.
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sambear1965 reviewed on 03 Oct 2013
The pictures on MacUpdate need to be updated as the latest version doesn't look the same, the window spacing is huge by comparison and the window label is now above the dock icon.
[Version 2.1.3]


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iTruth reviewed on 22 Aug 2013
This new version of DockView is outstanding. The previous version was nowhere near as good. I just replaced HyperDock with this. I find DockView's previews more visually pleasing but that is subjective. Your milage may vary. So far this is running great, no complaints. Will... maybe there is just one... This needs to be labeled trialware and not "Free" so as not to appear to mislead people.
[Version 2.1.3]


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Neal reviewed on 21 Aug 2013
When it first launches it states it is not a free app and you have to purchase.
[Version 2.1.3]


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Neo979 had trouble on 26 Oct 2013
Is anyone else not able to get DockView working on Mavericks? It just crashes on launch. Yes, I went into System Preferences->Accessibility and granted access to DockView.
[Version 2.1.3]


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Cowicide had trouble on 09 Dec 2011
Found an issue with Snapz Pro 2.3.2 and DockView 1.5.5. When I have a window in another Space and move over the application that harbors the window in the Dock in another space and then highlight the window with the preview image generated by Dockview, (which makes the window preview screenshot show up in my current space) Console repeatedly says "12/8/11 11:20:37 PM [0x0-0x10010].com.ambrosiasw.snapz[236] Thu Dec 8 23:20:37 MacBook-Pro-4.local Snapz Pro X[236] : kCGErrorInvalidOperation: _CGSFindSharedWindow: WID 2319"

It's says this over and over again until I stop hovering over the window and the preview image is gone from my current space.

Snapz also seems to interfere with DockView in other ways but I'm still investigating that.
[Version 1.55]

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Cowicide replied on 09 Dec 2011
I've investigated this further and it doesn't require the image being in another space to get this these errors. You can actually make console fill up with those same Snapz errors by just hovering over anything in the Dock with a window and moving your mouse.

And then hundreds of these error will fill the the console:

[0x0-0x11011].com.ambrosiasw.snapz[237] Fri Dec 9 03:25:14 MacBook-Pro-4.local Snapz Pro X[237] : kCGErrorInvalidOperation: _CGSFindSharedWindow: WID 28
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smallpoxxx had trouble on 28 Nov 2011
Hmmmmm..... where do i have to put in the reg.code ? I have bought this apps, but i simply can`t figure out to getting it registered, and now the nice little icon is jumping telling me "you are using a trial version"....!
Well NO I`m NOT, so be kind telling me where to fill in the reg ???
[Version 1.55]

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smallpoxxx replied on 28 Nov 2011
Uuuups.... found the way. Ok, Mac is quite new to me ;)
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Cliffell56 had trouble on 18 Oct 2010
One problem I've encountered that made me shut it down. If you are running FruitMenu you will not be able to access the hierarchical menus in FruitMenu. The content is revealed on each menu item, but it is faded out and not accessible.

That's a deal breaker for me, didn't buy it, though it sure looks promising.
[Version 1.51]

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Kapeli (developer) replied on 19 Oct 2010
Thanks for reporting this, I will look into it as soon as I have some free time.
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Augustmoon replied on 19 Oct 2010
DockView and FruitMenu do work well together. The only time I encounter the FM submenu fading is when I have DockView's Preference and About windows open. And other programs can have that effect on FruitMenu too.
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Kapeli (developer) replied on 19 Oct 2010
Thanks for clearing that out.
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Cliffell56 commented on 19 Oct 2010
Sorry- but it does not work for me no matter the situation.
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Augustmoon replied on 19 Oct 2010
You often have to switch to another program to get rid of the FruitMenu fading. I can't help further than that. Since it's a common FruitMenu behaviour I'm sure DockView isn't at fault here.
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Bushwhack had trouble on 17 Oct 2010
I wrote the developer this weekend and I am hoping to get a reply soon, I was just wondering if anyone else was having these issues too.

First with Finder I cannot get DockView to preview Finder's windows with TotalFinder installed. I know an update was released, but I still can't get the windows to show. If I am copying a file, the copy dialog is the only thing that previews in the dock with TotalFinder.

Also Adium does not show in the preview for DockView either. No contact list, no chat windows, nothing. HyperDock also shows these windows so I wasn't sure if it was a DockView bug or not.

HyperDock handles both of these applications really well and I was just wondering if I was the only person to have this issue and if there were plans to fix this in the future or not.

I like DockView but these two bugs are show stoppers for me right now but I really want to buy this app and can't until it works right.
[Version 1.50]

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Robotank commented on 17 Oct 2010
Strange--Adium previews are working fine for me (on 10.6.4). Have you tried tweaking the filter level for Adium? I don't have TotalFinder installed at the moment, but I did demo it a couple of weeks ago. I seem to recall that tweaking the filter level for Finder windows had some effect on the DockView previews, though this was with an earlier version.
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Bushwhack commented on 18 Oct 2010
Thanks for the quick reply man. I tried toying with the filters and had no success. Adium was set for all levels of filters and none of them gave me a preview. I'm running the 1.4b19 version which shows fine on HyperDock.

Finder filters did not work either. I noticed that Finder filters did have a "TotalFinder" setting in them, but selecting that only gave me a Finder window with nothing inside it. Basically a gray square. That doesn't do me any good either.
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Kapeli (developer) replied on 18 Oct 2010
I answered your email, you must have not received it. Please email me and let me know what settings you are using for TotalFinder/Adium. Thanks!
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Bushwhack commented on 18 Oct 2010
My sincerest apologies, Gmail flagged your support email as spam and never delivered your response to my Apple Mail program. I have marked you as "Not Spam" so hopefully that does not happen again.

That being said, Thank you for the quick response!!

I can shoot you an email and hopefully we can go further from there and get this figured out!
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Wanderer had trouble on 27 Sep 2010
How can I get that prefs window back?

There is no dock icon nor a menu for the application.
[Version 1.37]

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Augustmoon replied on 27 Sep 2010
As it says when one clicks the "Hide the menu icon" checkbox:

"You won't be able to easily access the Preferences and About window with the menu icon hidden. If you want to reach either of them, run DockView from within Finder."

Which is obviously very easy, if maybe a bit counterintuitive.
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allan.nyholm had trouble on 17 Sep 2010
Dear developer. Can you please get rid of the license window AFTER the registration is already complete? I know that I registered. It just adds to one extra window that needs to be closed, because it opens each time the preferences window opens. You could include it inside the main preferences windows just like with Switché!? Just a suggestion. You can take it or leave it.

You might have gotten the same message through your support page. I never got an answer on that one so I'm trying here.

Thank you for an otherwise great application.
[Version 1.28]

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Kapeli (developer) replied on 17 Sep 2010
I've replied by email as well, you must have not received it. The About window shows up with the Preferences window when you have the menu icon set to hide. When you open DockView from the Finder and you have it set to hide the menu icon, DockView has no way of knowing which window you want to reach (Preferences or About), so it displays both.
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allan.nyholm replied on 17 Sep 2010
I see. I guess I'll have to live with this then. I prefer not to have DockView in the Menubar same as with Switché.

And you are right. I never got the email reply. I appreciate you replying here :)
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Fishscale had trouble on 05 Sep 2010
Finder windows when running TotalFinder don't show up properly... every other app seems to work great. Nice app overall !
[Version 1.14]

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Kapeli (developer) replied on 05 Sep 2010
I'm afraid there's nothing I can do about this. From what I can tell, TotalFinder creates a window which contains the tab-bar and overlay windows which contain the content of the tabs. All I could do was to get DockView to show previews only for actual windows, and not individual tabs.
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Kapeli (developer) replied on 05 Sep 2010
I've added a Finder-specific filter called "TotalFinder". Please add this filter and let me know if everything is alright. There is an annoyance which I can't do anything about though: the close button closes individual tabs and not the entire window.
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Fishscale replied on 13 Sep 2010
No problem, working great! Thanks for the fast fix. Now I just have to wait for hotkeys and I am buying this bugger!
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Fishscale replied on 15 Sep 2010
Thank you for adding Hotkey support! Extremely fast as usual. Many thanks.
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Julsa1 had trouble on 31 Aug 2010
Look like a nice app, worth buying. Only problem is it doesn't do anything for me. After installing and even restarting my mac nothing happens when I hoover my mouse over an icon in the dock. Only when I have the window of a program open it works. After closing the window of the opened program, Dockview stops working. It only gives me a white empty screen when I hoover over iTunes icon. Same for the cmd ->| command.
Tried also version 1.05. Same result !
Any suggestions ?? Is it maybe the use of magic mouse that gives trouble ????
[Version 1.06]

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Kapeli (developer) replied on 31 Aug 2010
DockView shows preview windows only if you have windows open.

The iTunes window shows regardless so that you can use the Play, Pause and skip buttons.

MIT2M rated on 24 Feb 2014

[Version 2.1.6]



Wanner Bros. rated on 09 Jan 2014

[Version 2.1.6]



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Raro rated on 20 Dec 2013

[Version 2.1.4]



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umyi rated on 15 Aug 2013

[Version 2.1.2]



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Cookie08 rated on 22 Jun 2013

[Version 2.1.1]



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Redswill rated on 17 Jun 2013

[Version 2.1.1]



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kaviaz rated on 17 Jun 2013

[Version 2.1.1]



Wanner Bros. rated on 15 Jun 2013

[Version 2.1.0]



ErgoPrxy rated on 15 Jun 2013

[Version 2.1.0]



Nenz rated on 15 Jun 2013

[Version 2.1.0]


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DockView extends OS X’s Dock and shows window previews whenever you hover your mouse over an application or while using Cmd+Tab. It helps you visualise the windows you currently have open and easily find the window you are looking for.

Features:
  • Activate windows. Click anywhere on a preview to activate the window.
  • Close windows. You can use DockView to easily close windows.
  • Live previews. The previews refresh constantly so you can keep an eye on windows without activating them.
  • Dock Badges. DockView can show dock badges with the number of windows open.
  • Customizable. The previews can be any size you want.
  • No hacks. DockView doesn't modify the Dock or any system file.


DockView is free to download and try, but the full application is available using an in-app purchase.


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