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Chapter 14. Add-Ons Worth Adding > Program Launchers and Switchers

14.2. Program Launchers and Switchers

The Dock is Mac OS X's combined program launcher and switcher. It's also a spot for storing often-used documents and folders, as well as minimized windows (Chapter 3). But that's a lot of tasks for one lonely program. Luckily, a number of highly effective third-party launchers and switchers can take some of the strain off your Dock.

Many competent launcher programs exist, including DragThing (Section 13.3), LaunchBar ( Section 14.2.1), PocketDock (http://www.pocketsw.com/PocketSoftware/pocket_dock.php), Butler ( Section 14.2.2), QuickSilver (http://blacktree.com/apps/quicksilver/), and DropDrawers ( Section 14.2.3). Most of these programs are "try before you buy" shareware, so experiment and find one you really like before emptying your pockets.


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