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Paradocks is basically the reincarnation of the Classic application launcher found on OS 9, but is also integrated with the OS X Dock.

Paradocks creates a floating window containing the icons of all currently running applications, and allows you to easily switch between applications by clickingthe icons.

Paradocks also allows you to control the items displayed in the Dock. You can group related applications, files and folders into sets. Sets of items can then be added or removed from the Dock quickly and easily. Normally you would create sets for different projects you
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Version 4.2:
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Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 or later



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easer commented on 05 Mar 2009
I might well be missing something here, but Version 4 seems to only put the icons in my menubar, whereas Version 2 gave me the option of a floating strip. With Version 2, I click the green button on the strip, and it converts to one big square. I click that, and all apps pop up. That's been my favorite use of the program. Version 4 definitely has better color coordination with the Leopard menu bar, but as noted, it seems to be lacking my favorite feature. (If it's there and I somehow missed it, my apologies to the developer. That's why I didn't rate it at this time. Certainly with Version 2, this merits a 5-star rating.)
[Version 4.0]


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WalterS reviewed on 27 Sep 2008
InstalledParaDocks 2.0 and messed with it for a few minutes. This is very close to what I am looking for. I am a switcher from Windows and all I want is the task bar style of managing running apps like Windows. Over all I like the Mac, but I hate the way the Dock handles the running apps. I need to dig through the 10 or so Safari icons to find the one I need and then the Mac moves them around every time I minimize a window. I like Windows much better in this one area.

If ParaDocks just showed the various instances of an app when I clicked or right clicked the button, this would be what I am looking for. Unfortunately clicking an app's button does not let you select the instance you want so this app is of little value to me.

Guess I keep looking for some way to manage my running apps on the Mac.
[Version 2.0]

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Lee123 replied on 05 Mar 2009
I assume you have tried programs like "witch" and others like it? Witch is pretty sweet but there is no visible "bar" until you hit a hot key.
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chas_m replied on 05 Mar 2009
If you have "10 Safari icons" then as the lolcats say "yer doin' it wrong."

Safari has tabs. You use tabs to have as many windows as you like without taking up any additional screen space.

But if for some strange reason you really want to clutter up the screen with multiple Safari windows -- use Expose to manage them rather than minimising. You'll like it better, I promise!

(Finder -> Help Menu -> Expose if you need more information)
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Lee123 commented on 05 Mar 2009
Yes, I completely agree with chas_m but...

If you need such a thing you may be looking for this app

http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/28378/fantasktik
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WalterS replied on 05 Mar 2009
If you have "10 Safari icons" then as the lolcats say "yer doin' it wrong." Safari has tabs.

Yes, I use tabs often. I open up a window to manage my servers, using tabs for the different sites, I open a window for my e-mail, again using tabs, and organize my work this way. If that is doing it wrong, I guess I don't understand computers after all.
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Wanderer commented on 05 Aug 2009
Ummm, have you tried Command-Tab?
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WalterS replied on 13 Sep 2009
Just installed Snow Leopard and it has resolved this issue for me. The new version of Exposé is a big improvement, and while not exactly the same as what I was used to in in Windows, it works just as well.

Thanks for the support a Windows convert got in these messages. NOT.
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easer reviewed on 08 Feb 2008
Here we are with Leopard and a fancy-looking dock, and I still find this to be the most user-friendly, configurable program switcher available. (Works fine in Leopard.) I set it to have one big invisible square in the upper right corner. When I want to switch, I can quickly find the program to go to. Then it's entirely invisible and out of the way. I always thought this was a brilliant program and still do. Check it out.
[Version 2.0]


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zyakobu reviewed on 03 Jan 2007
Great, with one small issue only applicable to when it is in the menubar.

When you have many applications open, and/or the menubar has many menus in it, such that there is not enough roomo for all the menus or all the apps, ParaDocks goes on top of the menus, so that they are all but inaccessible. though this happens only with an ungodly amount of apps open, or a pitifully small screen, it is still an issue. ---though, I must add that Apple itself neglects this: if a developer designs an app with gajillions of menus, so that they don't all fit, the last menus are covered up by the icons in the upper right portion of the menubar, and are absolutely inaccessible (can anyone say "contextual menu for things that don't fit"?).

Great app other than that (and mebbe that's just apples fault anyhow).
[Version 2.0]


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Anonymous reviewed on 17 Jun 2005
Although it is redundant with the dock, so are many other programs, such as ASM. (I like ASM, by the way.) Pre-OS X systems required a person to go the upper right corner to switch between programs, unless they had other kinds of shareware to do it. I think a lot of people want to have that feature in OS X. I know that I like to keep my dock very small and out of the way; searching through it for the proper icon can be time-consuming (at least for me).

I like ParaDocks because I can put a real big icon in the upper right corner, and I can make it invisible. When I want to switch programs, I just zip my cursor to the upper right, and the big icon appears, and I can click anywhere on it. It gives me my list of programs, and it works fast.

This way, I don't have to use quite such fine-tuned hand-eye coordination simply to switch between programs. To me, ParaDocks is simply another option. And it's free. If anything, I wish they would add a launcher capability to it.
[Version 2.0]


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Anonymous reviewed on 10 Feb 2005
Very nicely written program but I may be missing something, as it seems redundant to me to have this plus a dock.

I can just look down to my system dock and see what's opened. Also, although it seemed to open the apps quicker than system dock, sometimes it didn't.

However, a beautifully wriiten app...I wish it did a little more though....
[Version 2.0]


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Anonymous reviewed on 22 Nov 2004
Very cool program!
Maybe a spin-off of this exact setup could be made in the future to take place as another simultaneous (floating) dock!...?
I've seen so many people wanting more out of their docks - and wanting to see multiple, simultaneous docks, as opposed to switchable docks. Seems like what you've got going would be that perfect solution...dunno how that would be done, heh - I'm not a programmer - just an idiot. :P
but the program is very nice looking and simple... and the purpose it serves now is still very great ;)
keep up the excellent work!!!
[Version 2.0]


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Anonymous reviewed on 07 Oct 2004
I love this program..

In special for my second monitor. So: for my powerbook display I use the normal dock and for the flat screen the paradock!
[Version 2.0]


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Anonymous reviewed on 29 Jul 2004
A reliable launcher utility. Works well with my work habits, mainly point-n-click.
[Version 2.0]


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Anonymous reviewed on 23 Mar 2003
This program works wonder for small monitors. With this version, you can enable its features into the menu bar, thus eliminating screen use. In addition, you can't beat the admission price-free.
[Version 2.0]


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Type:Utilities : Desktop
License:Free
Date:05 Aug 2009
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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Paradocks is basically the reincarnation of the Classic application launcher found on OS 9, but is also integrated with the OS X Dock.

Paradocks creates a floating window containing the icons of all currently running applications, and allows you to easily switch between applications by clickingthe icons.

Paradocks also allows you to control the items displayed in the Dock. You can group related applications, files and folders into sets. Sets of items can then be added or removed from the Dock quickly and easily. Normally you would create sets for different projects you are working on.


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