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RocketDock - A shortcut and application docking program

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Kevin Porter
Developer
(Homepage) - October 19, 2007 - 4:44pm

I saw this great app while looking through the Vista-style apps for XP (and Win2K). It is called RocketDock. It is an app that will allow you to both dock your apps there instead of the taskbar, and make shortcuts. Here is some information:

Homepage: http://www.rocketdock.com/

Liscense: Freeware

How to make portable:

  1. Download RocketDock here: http://files.punklabs.com/RocketDock/RocketDock-v1.3.5.exe
  2. Install to the system, or your flash drive (Universal Extractor will not work)
  3. If you installed to the system, copy the RocketDock directory to the PortableApps directory on your flash drive.
  4. Run rocketdock.exe
  5. Click the "Settings" button on RocketDock
  6. Under "General," choose "Save settings in a portable INI (single user)."
  7. Customize to your liking, and RocketDock is portable!

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it need the proper file

it need the proper file structure format. with the Data, App etc.

Please search before posting. ~Thanks

Well,

I am not an NSIS programmer, and in order to do that it would require a launcher. I'm just telling users about the app, and if someone wants to, they can make a launcher.

"Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning." - Rick Cook

Does it handle relative

Does it handle relative paths?

I'm looking in to it.

But from what I see, no. What you could do, which is what I do, is have SmithTech's Portable Startup Utility run the -all argument to create a portable variable.

"Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning." - Rick Cook

yes it does

i use rocket dock all the time and yes it does support relative paths

right click on any icon and in icon settings where it says
TARGET::->type in the relative path from the rocket dock executable

for eg for clam win i used
..\ClamWinPortable\ClamWinPortable.exe

breakup::
the first ".." brings the location to the portable apps main directory
and then the ClamWinPortable\ClamWinPortable.exe runs the application

my directory structure is as below

root
-autorun.Inf
-StartPortableApps.exe
-Documents
-PortableApps
--RocketDock
---RocketDock.exe
--ClamWinPortable
---ClamWinPortable.exe

cool

cool

Great!

Never knew that! Thanks.

"Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning." - Rick Cook

thanks

seek and ye shall find

Cool!

I would install it to my drive now, but alas, aadmin rights are required and im at school... until 6pm. :'(

OliverK> you don't live on a cow
IRC: It brings out the best in all of us...Especially when tired.

Autostart it and other paths

thanks for this one...
I have some questions though:

1. I love it too much that I wanted to have it autostarted whenever I mount my disk. how can I do this? I think using SmithRep PAM clone could do this but Im still waiting for the Officials...

2. I have a Mobile HardDrive which I divided into two partiotions... The first one is for PAM and the next is the rest of my files... wherein my documents and other folders reside... how can i make a shortcut to it that is still relative... meaning i can jump from one pc to another without worrying relative paths...?

thanks a million!!!

actually to autostart it you

actually to autostart it you could either use the PAM mod r30 which allows you to start specific apps alongwith the menu.
for your second question the only way i find out is using smithtech's drive variable application.
(can be found here http://usb.smithtech.us/)
altogeather theres one application on smithtech's site which allows you to get a fixed drive letter so wherever you go you get a constant drive letter so::
say you use x: for the second partition
then in rocket dock straigtaway use x:\.

For relitive shortcuts...

right click the link on the dock, click icon settings..., and change the drive letter (x:\) to ..\

It works for me!

OliverK> you don't live on a cow
IRC: It brings out the best in all of us...Especially when tired.

Okay,

You can use SmithTech's Portable Startup Utility to autorun both PAM and RocketDock, or just use the Mod to autorun. I would also recommend that you have your drive autorun using the method used on this thread: http://portableapps.com/node/9241.

"Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning." - Rick Cook

On Vista

Im not that sure though but as i tested this dock last night at home with my vista pc, relative paths doesnt work...

only in XP (here in my office)...
hope somebody else could post and confirm this one...

EDIT: Well i figured it out now... I did not need to place ..\ anymore for my icon settings...

Very happy now.. but the only thing missing is the drive letter... I can't seem to download the Drive Var at SmithTech's site.... maybe somethings' blocking here in our office...

will try it at home though...

EDIT2: Wasn't able to wait until I got home... Searched and Read through threads and found the procedure in using PSU... Thanks... never thought it was that simple... ^_^

Geek Menu

Now the only problem remaining is how to change the path of my documents and others in the geek menu... can't seem to find the specific file I need to edit...

Wasn't supported before

but with the latest experimental release you can edit the locale file, adding lines similar to these to the FORM_MAIN section

LOCATION_DOCUMENTS=$TRUECRYPTDRIVE$:\work
LOCATION_MUSIC=$TRUECRYPTDRIVE$:\work\Music
LOCATION_PICTURES=$TRUECRYPTDRIVE$:\work\Pictures
LOCATION_VIDEOS=$TRUECRYPTDRIVE$:\work\Videos

pics

I can not get the image file go stay from computer to computer

Please search before posting. ~Thanks

Change to relative path

Right click on icon => icon settings => on the "target" line, change the path to a relative path from the exe. Another option is to put the icon inside RocketDock's "icons" directory.

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i tried that but it still

i tried that but it still did not work
it has a relative path as well it is an icon in the folder
will locking the dock make it work?

Please search before posting. ~Thanks

Try this, it's simpler

RocketDock, pre-modified for portability, plus launcher. Also includes a convenient app to close the dock, and another to install paf apps.

http://gladiator-antivirus.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=61072&mode=thre...

It wouldn't let me customize

It wouldn't let me customize my apps, plus there is no source code anywhere to be found.

MC

There's also a launcher, if you prefer.

You get functionality more similar (identical, actually) to the original RocketDock. Unfortunately, the site and the app are entirely in French, so there's a bit of guesswork involved. It works, though. Just make sure RocketDock is set to keep its settings in a portable .ini file, and then add a \ to the start of each line in the .ini labeled "command".

http://clef.usb.googlepages.com/portablerocketdock

Weirdest thing happened...

That launcher, I have it, or rather had it. It kind of randomly dissapeared from my flashdrive the other day. Thanks to your link, I got it back. ^ _ ^ weird eh?

rawr

Sometimes the start in

paramater will need to be changed to the start of the drive (ex. om mine it's in the portableapps folder so the start in is ..\..\ )

OliverK> you don't live on a cow
IRC: It brings out the best in all of us...Especially when tired.

License

Sorry to ressurect this old topic but I just found rocketdock and I did a search.

You stated the lisence is 'freeware' but actually it's Creative Commons Public License. (Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported)

You are free:

* to Share — to copy, distribute and transmit the work
* to Remix — to adapt the work

Under the following conditions:

* Attribution. You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
* Noncommercial. You may not use this work for commercial purposes.
* Share Alike. If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same or similar license to this one.

* For any reuse or distribution, you must make clear to others the license terms of this work. The best way to do this is with a link to this web page.
* Any of the above conditions can be waived if you get permission from the copyright holder.
* Nothing in this license impairs or restricts the author's moral rights.

In essence it's a kind of open source license Smiling

Nope

None of the creative commons licenses (except public domain) are considered open source licenses. And they're not compatible with true OSI licenses. CC licenses are designed for content and should not be used for software.

And I don't really think a 3 month old topic needed reviving for that minor clarification, honestly.

Sometimes, the impossible can become possible, if you're awesome!

Well you may change,

Well you may change, redistribute, give away, and so on the application. Okay it's not OSI approved but I feel that's nitpicking. What 'restrictions' does this license have over OSI approved license then. It's certainly not just 'freeware'.

I was about to post a new topic about rocketdock, not a clarification but then I thought; I better do a search on it before posting, so I did. Sorry for the inconvenience.

PS: "Opensource.org site content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License."

Content

That's the kicker. CC is for content. OSI is for code. So Opensource.org site content is under a CC license. The FSF and even Creative Commons themselves have stated that CC licenses should NOT be used for software. Also, CC licensed software code is not accepted by SourceForge, Google Code, etc. Plus, RocketDock has the 'non-commercial' requirement, which violates one of the basic rules of open source.

So, no, RocketDock can't be considered open source.

Sometimes, the impossible can become possible, if you're awesome!

I Agree

Not only that, but there is no source code available, so, definitely not open source.

It will be done when it's done.

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