Circle Dock takes all the expected features of a worthwhile
program launcher and presents them in a distinct circular format
capable of organizing a large number of items.
To add new shortcuts and folders to Circle Dock, you can simply
drag and drop items to the dock. Or choose a manual add option,
which allows for choosing particulars such as a different icon or a
specific working directory. Either way, the shortcut icons appear
in a ring around a central button.
When that first ring fills up, additional shortcuts
automatically begin to fill in a new ring outside the first. Dock
items can consist of links to programs or files, a dock folder
containing other shortcuts, or special folder stacks that can
display the contents of a regular folder in a vertical stacked list
without opening an explorer window.
You can set Circle Dock to automatically hide when you’re not
using it, and then have it come back up in response to your choice
of hotkeys or mouse button presses. You can also opt to have it
appear when you move your mouse to a selected edge of the screen.
Unless you choose to lock the dock’s location to a particular
place, it will pop up centered on your mouse pointer, which might
push some of the icons off the screen.
The utility allows for plenty of customizations regarding its
look and feel, such as the distance between rings, number of items
per ring, button size, etc. Since the program starts out on top of
everything without any enabled auto-hide options, you’ll need to
spend a little time enabling some of those customizations before
using the dock.
While Circle Dock covers all the bases, its main draw is its
Saturn-like looks. Choose it if you want to try its circular
presentation. For other worthwhile launchers, try Berokyo‘s
well-organized cabinets, or Enso
Launcher’s human-speech controls.
Note: This software comes in 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
This is the 32-bit version. If your 64-bit PC is running a 64-bit
OS, please download the 64-bit version
instead. For support, see the Circle
Dock forums This program is donationware. It is free, but the
authors accept and encourage donations towards further