Softpedia Editor's Review for Circle Dock
Launch your programs from a circular dock
Written by Bogdan Popa on October 22nd, 2012
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If you're still looking for an app launcher and you're not quite into Mac OS X-like docks, you may want to give Circle Dock a try.
This application has been developed as an innovative way to launch programs on the go, without inspiration from the famous start menus or classic dock utilities.
Circle Dock can be safely placed on the desktop with as many applications as you want. It will only create a circular dock with multiple rings, and it's only up to you how many items you wish to place on each ring.
Although Circle Dock doesn't quite excel when it comes to interface, it's just impressive to see how many options it provides.
You can configure basically every single thing about it, including the shape, the separation between rings, the minimum radius, the center button actions, the dock items, animation, folder stacks, visibility, language and many other elements.
The application also comes with support for hotkeys, so you can 'call' it at any moment, but there are also a few settings to control visibility with your mouse buttons.
Circle Dock doesn't take too much of your CPU and RAM, nonetheless, we noticed during our test some slowdowns in performance, especially when browsing from one folder to another. The app sometimes freezes for a second when doing that, while loading the settings menu takes a few seconds.
Overall, Circle Dock doesn't impress much, but it still offers a nice way to launch applications on the go. However, the host of customizations it comes with can make it a favorite for users who like to fully control the program launcher.
Circle Dock description
Here are some key features of "Circle Dock":
· Launch your programs from a circular dock.
· Drag and drop your files, folders, and shortcuts onto a circular dock that you can resize.
· Rotate the dock with either your mouse wheel or the keyboard arrow keys.
· Change the image shown for the icons and change the skins (compatible with icons and skins for Rocket Dock, Object Dock, etc.)
· The dock appears where your mouse is by pressing a hotkey (default is F1) or your middle mouse button.
· Automatically works on all Windows Vista computers and most Windows XP computers.
· A new settings panel that allows you to customize many options. It updates your dock as you make changes. See it change in real time! No need to press an OK button.
· Multi-language capable. Just translate the English.ini file to the language of your choice.
· Change the image used for the dock icons with the easiest method out there: Just set the program to "Icon Replacement Mode" in the right-click menu of the centre icon and you can change all the icon images by just dragging and dropping new PNG images onto them! Huge time saver when you are customizing your dock!
· Rotate the dock with your mouse wheel or arrow keys (customizable).
· Click sensitivity adjustment for tablet users.
· Reorder the dock items by draging and dropping them over each other.
· Organize the dock items using dock folders.
· By default, clicking on the centre button does not open the start menu. You can enable this in the settings panel.
· Uses the default high resolution icons in Windows Vista.
· New easy method of upgrading from older versions.
· Net Framework 2.0 or higher
What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· Added an option to prevent the mouse-click that toggles the Dock's visibility from being passed-on to other applications. This prevents ugly side-effects.
· The Toggle Button can display the mouse's status and the name of the application under the mouse pointer.
· Added options to the actions for a left-click on the top level Centre Button.
· Repaired the bug that failed to load the "About" text correctly for languages other than English. (For English there was no problem).
· Change the "Loading Settings" graphic to one provided by "Archon of Fate" - for which, many thanks!.
· New object delete animation included ("Laser").
· Added a new German translation by Eric Hoffman: "German (Hoffman)" - for which, many thanks!
· Added alternative translations for Hungarian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Romanian, Slovak, Slovenian and Turkish.
· Fixed a problem with language detection.
· Tuned the "ellipse" routines to make it easier to configure. I've also added a new routine to calculate dock item ...