If your computer Start menu is as cluttered as mine, you are probably tired of looking for the apps that you use most frequently. The quick start menu can help a little but it can quickly get cluttered too.
Recently, I said that’s it and started looking for an application launcher and came across RocketDock. There were a few others mentioned by my friends in the blog world but I decided to give this a try. You’ll quickly see why I was sold in a few days of using it. Actually, I have been using it for over a month now but just sat down to write about it.
RocketDock is a free application launcher available for Windows 2000/XP/Vista but the 64 bit versions of XP & Vista are not supported.
First, lets look at what RocketDock has to offer:
- Drag and Drop your frequently used apps/links/shortcuts to the dock
- Supports alpha-blended png and ico icons that give that cool glassy look
- Dock auto-hides and popup on mouse over.
- Fully customizable and completely portable
- System resource friendly
- Minimize windows to the dock
- Running application indicators
- In Vista, you get real time Window previews
- Multi-monitor support if you have dual monitors
- Positioning and layering options
- Unicode compliant and supports many languages
- Support for add-ons created by users. Check out the huge list of add-ons available
- Also skinnable – supports skins created for MobyDock, ObjectDock, RK Launcher, and Y’z Dock
I love the fact that I could drag and drop my frequently used apps and use the separators to categorize my apps. I also use it with auto hide so I don’t lose any screen real estate and just mouse over to get the dock to show up. It took me a couple of days to get my apps in the dock and categorize them. But, once I had done that I was starting to use more of my favorite utilities that were almost lost in the Start Menu.
Support for docklet means, other users can totally expand it’s usability by writing docklets and making it available for others to use. Some of the docklets I like: Stacks Docklet, ExMenu, Session Docklets, etc.
I use Humanised Enso Launcher (my Enso review at Techie Buzz) in conjunction with it and almost never have to navigate through my Start Menu mess. Enso Launcher lets me get to my apps, links, folders quickly without ever touching my mouse/touch pad when I am on a laptop. Launchy is also a great alternative for those who prefer the keyboard way of getting to apps.
These utilities are aimed at making the desktop experience pleasant. Your time at the computer should be used at doing something productive or even for fun but not spend minutes trying to find the application you want or a folder you need.
Do you still use the Start Menu and do you feel that it is cumbersome too?