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by John F. Braun

Eliminate OS X Dock Clutter With Snard
July 23rd, 2001

Snard 0.5 ($10 Shareware)
Gideon Softworks

Users of OS X are blessed (or cursed, depending on your feelings) with a new user interface option called the Dock. The dock can show running applications, and also allow you to place shortcuts to commonly used applications and documents. But if you use a lot of applications, the Dock can get awfully crowded awfully fast. Or, it can get so small that you have trouble making out the icons. Snard offers another way...

Snard is a dockling, so you should probably place it in your Dock Extras folder. You can then drag the icon to your Dock, to make it available. When you first click on the icon, you won't see much, but that will change once you start adding your own documents to the menu. To do this, select the Configure option.

Add Your Favorite Stuff with Snard Config
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You can add individual items to the menu, but then you run into the same problem that the Dock has. To reduce clutter, you can define Groups and Worksets. A Group will allow you to organize items in a folder-style hierarchy. You can sort and access your documents by any categories that you choose. A Workset will help consolidate a set of applications and/or documents into a single action. When you select a Workset, all items in the set will be loaded or launched.

The Snard Dockling in Action
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Now you can quickly select an application or document, without cluttering the Dock. Snard also offers access to individual System Preferences, and can also activate the Sherlock search feature of the Mac OS.

Make sure to maximize your Mac OS X navigation experience, and try Snard today.

Have any other Mac Gadgets that help you use Mac OS X? Let John know via e-mail, and he'll check it out.

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John is a software engineer who works in the corporate R&D group of a Fortune 500 company, focusing on all aspects of communications technology. He has several degrees that claim he knows what he's doing when it comes to computers. After watching co-workers reinstall Windows, search for device drivers, and experience other horrors during the day, he's glad that he comes home to a Mac (compatible) computer. Have any comments, suggestions, or favorite Gadgets? Drop John a line at

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