I like the Dock in Mac OS X, but there’s room for improvement. WorkStrip X offers plenty of features that the Dock doesn’t – but should – have. The bulk of the application is the strip itself. Taking the place of the Dock it can launch applications in the same way. The good bit is you can launch applications by going directly to recent documents, which appear in hierarchical menus. It sounds complicated, but it becomes second nature. This is definitely a feature that the dock should have had.
Navigation in OS X can be a bit of a pain, but this works really well. It even gives previews of documents, whether graphics or word-processor documents. I thought this would make the whole thing a bit sluggish, but it’s lightning quick – much faster than the OS X finder.
WorkSpace X is full of other little gems, one of them being the return of the Trash on the desktop. Simply tick the checkbox in the preferences and it’s there. You can even change the icon if you want to customize the desktop.
WorkStrip is a pretty straightforward application, but it will make a big difference to the way you work. There is a little setting-up to do, and it will take a while to get familiar with it. But once you get into the habit of using it, you will almost certainly want to keep it.
WorkStrip X costs £27, which is a sensible price and good value for such a useful tool. If you want to try before you buy, you can get the demo from our cover CD. This will work for 30 days, which should be enough to get you hooked. I think it would be quite difficult to go back after you’ve used WorkStrip X. But then I don’t intend to.