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Hyperdock: Make OSX act like Windows 7 for one reason only

You know the commercial. Jack’s getting ideas in the shower. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could easily arrange two windows on your PC desktop, he asks. Then BOOM! Windows 7 comes along and it was his idea.

Cheesy yes, but I’ve got to admit that the “snap” feature in Windows 7 is great if you are repeatedly switching between two applications, which I seem to do a lot. In fact, it’s the one Windows feature that’s missing in Mac OSX, probably because it’s the only one Microsoft didn’t copy. So I had this idea in the shower. Why not use Mac’s open architecture to create an app that does the same thing, and BOOM! Hyperdock was born!

I’m not going to stupidly claim Hyperdock was my idea. I wanted to make it my second freeware suggestion for journalists because I love it. I think German developer Christian Baumgart addressed the one glaring issue in Snow Leopard. Before installing Hyperdock, I had a hard time finding open windows, even when using Spaces. In fact, I think Spaces makes the problem worse sometimes.

Now, all I have to do is mouse over an application on my dock to see all windows associated with that application. I can scroll through them and click to find the one I want.

Hyperdock also gives you the ability to “snap” just like Windows 7. Drag one window all the way to left side of the screen and it will nicely take up half the screen. Drap another to the right, and voila! You’re able to work in two applications side by side. It’s great when I’m coding websites or creating spreadsheets. I can easily drag and drop from one to the other.

If you drag a window all the way to the top of the screen, you can also fill the screen. That’s much nicer than messing with the green “=” button on the top left of all Mac windows.

The best part of Hyperdock is that, for now, it’s free. Click on any of the above links to try it out. The developers keep threatening to charge for it when it’s out of beta, but I’ve been using it for months now, and I’ve had no problems with it.

PhotoCredit: All the photos above are my screencaptures. I’ve even embedded the Windows 7 commercial I reference above because, yes, the dude does look a bit like me. I think he’s better looking, and I wish my hair was still that curly.

One Response to “Hyperdock: Make OSX act like Windows 7 for one reason only”

  1. Thanks. I was looking for others that have tried it and had no problems. “HyperDock was my idea” – great line, LOL.

    December 22, 2010 at 8:31 pm

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