June 19, 2024

  • Enhanced the visibility of dock label highlights
  • Bug fix: Dock label shadows no longer appear if the label is no longer visible
  • Bug fix: Fixed layout issues with open app indicators
  • Known issue: Using right-to-left menus can cause flickering
  • Known issue: Tooltips, hiding dock bars, and small one-item docks may display a white background


June 15, 2024

  • New features make it possible to more efficiently launch any app, Web link, or Apple Shortcut using only the keyboard:
    • Docks can now be manually ordered – using the global shortcut cycles through docks in this order
    • Pressing command-left/right arrow selects the previous or next dock
    • Docks now have an “ignore shortcut key focus” option
  • Dock items can now be marked with the new “Highlight” actions submenu
  • Increased the maximum dock margin and border width
  • Selecting a dock via the settings dialog now brings it to the front
  • Open app indicator behavior is now more accurate for all apps, including iOS apps
  • Application hiding and quitting now works better for all apps as well as iOS apps
  • Docks now have resize handles
  • Added image preview support for .icns files
  • Reworked the dock settings and change icon dialog UI
  • Adjusted dock shadows to fit in better with modern systems
  • Bug fix: Hidable docks no longer hide while renaming items
  • Bug fix: The text shadow on dock items is no longer cut off
  • Known issue: Using right-to-left menus can cause flickering
  • Known issue: Tooltips, hiding dock bars, and small one-item docks may display a white background


May 28, 2024

  • Added icon preview support for HEIC, PSD, and PDF files
  • Selected dock items can be moved to the top by pressing the backquote (`) key
  • Pressing command-r on any selected dock or menu item reloads its icon
  • Keyboard navigation and preview shortcuts now work consistently across dock and menu items – refer to the updated help contents
  • Color pickers now open faster
  • Icon caching is more memory and CPU efficient


May 22, 2024

  • Bug fix: Fixed a number of menu-related styling and positioning issues
  • Bug fix: Fixed an issue where certain folders would not display their menus
  • Bug fix: Fixed an issue where certain dialogs launched from docks would not appear on the dock’s display


May 18, 2024

  • Selected menu items can now be favorited (promoted to the top) and unfavorited by pressing the backquote (`) key (below the escape key)
  • Menus can now be sorted by their last opened date
  • Color pickers now have an eyedropper tool so any color on the screen can be chosen
  • Dock items that refer to a deleted file now display a deleted indicator on their icon
  • Recently launched dock and menu items now appear in an “Open Recent” menu in the File menu as well as in the macOS Dock icon menu
  • Bug fix: Sorting menus by their creation and modifications dates is now more accurate and follows the macOS Finder’s sorting


March 5, 2024

  • Added email support and the Facebook page link to the help section


March 4, 2024

  • Dock background images now reflect the dock’s border radius


February 29, 2024

  • Forgot to notarize the installer! Dock Star should be installable now in macOS.
  • Fixed issues with the “Add Shortcuts…” dialog
  • Adjusted the default dock window location


February 27, 2024

  • Dock Star can now be used in a free 30-day trial mode
  • License codes can be purchased and used to unlock the application
  • Added a dock option to double-click items to launch them
  • The “Dock Settings…” menu item has been moved to the Docks menu
  • Added Help section menu items in the Help menu


February 22, 2024

  • Dock Star is officially out of beta!
  • Docks can be hidden as well as toggled, with multiple options
  • In the Dock Settings, added shortcut buttons for changing the column and cell sizes
  • Reorganized the Dock Settings and the app Preferences
  • Added tooltips for icon-only docks
  • Added open app indicators
  • Added dock snapping while moving
  • Added dock presets
  • Added dock backgrounds and presets
  • Added custom icon favorites
  • Added scenes


January 29, 2023

  • Added macOS Ventura compatibility
  • Fixed an issue where icons would not display properly
  • Docks to be deleted are now visibly marked


August 29, 2022

  • Fixed file errors on startup


August 24, 2022

  • Improved auto-updating


August 23, 2022

  • Added dock backgrounds
  • Added scenes
  • Major code refactoring and cleanup
  • The first public test version!


July 17, 2022

  • Dock Star is now self-updating, signed, and notarized
  • Drive dock items can now be ejected from menus
  • Added support for Apple Shortcuts


June 25, 2022

  • All dock icons can now be refreshed
  • Fixed trash syncing
  • Updated the UI for macOS Monterey
  • Added help content


April 29, 2021

  • Added support for macOS aliases
  • Added style presets


April 9, 2019

  • Added dock borders, grids, gradients, and shadows
  • Added the ability to preview items in menus
  • Added network volume support
  • Added dock-to-dock item transfer
  • First release to testers


March 7, 2019

  • Added dock tabs


February 17, 2019

  • Added dock trash items
  • Fixed menu autoscrolling
  • Added “Replace With…” functionality
  • Added multiple dock support


October 21, 2018

  • Initial beta version, made for personal use due to the frustration of no longer being able to use DragThing