Apple puts a lot of engineering talent into Mac OS X, and with Mountain Lion we see plenty of shine and polish, even in long familiar apps.
But where there’s a will, there’s a way. Necessity is the mother of invention and clever Mac app developers often come up with clever ways to make using a Mac even more pleasant.
Take the Dock. Please. Love it or hate. Use it or ignore it. The Dock is a drop dead simple way to launch apps. How can you improve on the Dock?
This remarkably elegant little utility displays window previews whenever you hover the mouse pointer over an app. That way you can easily see the app window you want.
By itself, that function would be worthy of admission. But DockView has a few other tricks.
Not only do you get the live preview image of an app’s open window, the preview can be customized to any size. And, there are multiple styles you can choose.
I like the Dock Icon Badge which displays the number of windows that each app has open.
To activate a window in DockView, simply click anywhere on the preview, and that app window moves to the front.
And, you can use DockView to control certain apps or view other data. For example, in iTunes, DockView will display the controls. In Calendar, DockView displays upcoming events for the day.
Elegant, simple, and inexpensive, DockView doesn’t even have a learning curve. You’re already using the mouse pointer to point at Dock icons. DockView simply gives you more information.