We can argue until the cows come home about the best way to navigate through apps, folders, and files on a Mac, but the Dock in OS X is both familiar and simple to use for nearly every experience level.
Other than some eye candy and improved icons Apple hasn’t done much to enhance the Dock’s capabilities to make it even more useful. Instead, Apple left the blanks for Mac app developers to fill in, and that brings me to HyperDock.
This useful utility is misnamed. It’s not the Dock on steroids, or performance enhancing digital pharmaceuticals. But it does add a few features to the Dock that are overdue by Apple and a welcome relief to Mac users.
For example, on the default Dock, moving the screen pointer over a Dock icon simply reveals the name of the app or folder or file. Do a right-click and some apps display a few more functions.
With HyperDock, move the screen pointer over an app to see which windows on the selected app are open.
That gives you one-click access to any app’s open window without having to navigate through a screen full of apps and windows.
HyperDock has a few other tricks, too, including iTunes song details and controls. Again, just move the screen pointer over the iTunes icon in the Dock.
Similar functionality is available when moving the screen pointer over the Calendar (formerly iCal) icon in the Dock. It gives a sneak peak of upcoming events.
There’s more. You can move and resize app windows by holding down a key and moving the pointer. There’s even a windows snapping function that automatically resizes windows when they’re dragged to the screen edges.
These are the handy functions you’d almost expect Apple to incorporate into OS X Yosemite but the company is too busy working on the next insanely great thing to bother with such minor improvements to OS X.