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The last version of WorkStrip was the first to run in OS X. The latest version has some added features, but still offers the same handy file management as before.
If you're not familiar with WorkStrip, it's a sort of OS X Dock on steroids. If you are very old-school you may remember an application called Boomerang, which also made file management and navigation easier by using hierarchical menus. The WorkStrip way of working gives you access to every file and program on your machine or any connected system with a single mouse click.
New features include the ability to use multiple Workspaces. Workspaces are virtual areas where you can gather together project files. Having multiple Workspaces can help you keep track of multiple projects.
Another new feature is the ability to go to a particular window in an application. For example, if you're in Safari and you want to go to a Word document, but you have a dozen Word docs open (as I often have), WorkSpace lets you go directly to the right document via hierarchical menus.
Similarly, you can now use WorkStrip to open new documents such as emails with the recipient already selected.
The hierarchical menu lets you select directly from the Address Book, and opens whichever email application you use. Also new is the ability to Force Quit from WorkStrip. You can get to this by holding down the option key.
There are improvements over WorkStrip X, in both performance and added features, though nothing earth shattering. There are still a few issues that would be good to resolve, such as the inability to ditch the Dock entirely. There's no need to run both, as WorkStrip is the Dock and more.
Another issue is speed. Although switching between applications is faster, the animation of the magnification of items on the strip is clunky, especially compared to the silky smooth action of the Dock.
Fans of WorkStrip will enjoy the new features, but new users will take a while to work in a different way - just like they did with the Dock. If you are keen on speeding your working environment WorkStrip will help you. But be prepared to spend time getting used to it. The best approach would be to try the demo on out on our cover CD to see if working the WorkStrip way appeals to you.