Belkadan Software

Dockyard Widget 1.0


To upgrade from the menu extra version of Dockyard, simply hold command and drag its icon away from the menu bar before running Dockyard Manager. You MUST do this for any version of the Dockyard menu extra prior to 1.6, or the menu extra will not synchronize with Dockyard Manager. If you wish to keep the menu extra in addition to Dockyard Manager, make sure you upgrade to Dockyard 1.6 or later before running the Dockyard Manager.


Dockyard is a very handy program that lets you switch your Dock into different configurations at will. Dockyard Manager is an extension of that, a program that lets you inspect and modify all of the different docks at once, without switching between them. It will also work as a standalone program for those who would rather not have a menu extra or widget version of Dockyard. Simply double-click on Dockyard Manager to launch the application.

If you have not used Dockyard before, you will start with a single dock named "Default," which contains the current contents of your Dock. To add another dock, choose New Dock… from the Docks menu. Choose the name of your dock and the items in it, then press OK. Now you should have two seperate dock configurations! To switch between them, double-click the empty space to the left of the dock you want. You can also select it and choose the "Switch To dock name" option from the Docks menu, or choose the dock you want from the "Switch To" submenu of the Manager's dock menu (click and hold or control-click on the Dockyard Manager icon in the Dock).

Rearranging docks is trivially easy — just click and drag the dock to its new position in the list. To delete a dock, select it, then either choose Delete Dock from the Docks menu or press the Delete key. You can always undo if you change your mind — Dockyard Manager allows you to undo almost anything. Renaming is even easier: simply double-click on the name of the dock you want to change, just like in the Finder.

The most powerful feature of Dockyard Manager is the ability to modify docks you are not currently using. This avoids much of the hassle of setting up a new dock. These commands are all found in the Items menu. The first, Add Item… will bring up an Open window that allows you to select items to add. The next item, Reveal in Finder, functions exactly like iTunes' Show Song File — it will open a new Finder window and select the item you chose. Note that if you select multiple items in the same folder, only one will be selected. The Open item is self-evident — it launches the selected items. A special case appears in with Dashboard items, however. If you open a widget from the current dock, it will only launch the Dashboard because that widget is already open. However, if you open a widget from another dock, it will actually add itself to the current dock's Dashboard, due to the behavior of the Dashboard itself. Lastly, you can remove the selected items with the Remove command. Remember that this and most other commands can be undone.

Copying and pasting can also be very useful in Dockyard Manager. All dock items can be copied from one dock to another with the Copy command, which also copies the names of the items for textual use. You can also copy the paths of the items instead of the names, which can be very helpful. Similar to the copy/paste capabilities, you can also drag and drop items in from the Finder, or drag them within Dockyard Manager to change the order.

Dockyard Manager is fully compatible with the Dockyard widget and version 1.6 of the Dockyard menu extra. This means that any changes made in any of the three programs will be reflected in each of the others.

Finally, Dockyard now includes the ability to switch Dashboards as well as Docks. This feature is disabled by default, but can be enabled in the Settings menu. You can also choose whether the menu extra's icon is color or black-and-white, a setting that only has meaning if you use the Dockyard menu extra.


Dockyard Manager will run on Mac OS X 10.3 or later, but Dashboard switching will automatically be disabled on pre-Tiger systems (for obvious reasons).

In Mac OS X Tiger, the Dashboard is run from the Dock. This means that switching docks will also cause the Dashboard to restart, regardless of whether or not you have Dashboard switching turned on. This is normal and unavoidable.