Multibar – An Eyecatching & Multifunctional Application Dock [Windows]

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Multibar03   Multibar   An Eyecatching & Multifunctional Application Dock [Windows]Multibar is a stylish and smart application dock for Windows. It is designed to help you get to your files, folders, and tools faster. For instant access, Multibar supports hotkeys and quick launch commands. As an added bonus, it also helps with un-cluttering your desktop.

When Multibar first launches after its installation, it will proceed to index your files and folders. This step is necessary if you want to use the instant search feature. Unfortunately, Multibar presently can only index your C drive.

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Multibar opens at the touch of a button and that button is your [Windows] key. When you click this hotkey, your cursor will instantly jump to the instant search field (red arrow in screenshot below). In the window below you will see a selection of quick launch commands. Type in a program or folder you want to open or click your [Tab] key to move to the other items in the instant search window.

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When you hover over an application icon in your Multibar, it will show the recently used files, provided you didn’t disable this Windows feature. Hovering over a folder will show its content.

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You can manually open the Multibar with your mouse by clicking the little pull-down label on the side or top of your screen. It is also shown directly below.

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When the dock is open, click the tools icon in the top left corner to access Multibar’s settings.

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If you don’t like the fact that the Multibar opens when you hit the [Windows] key, you can disable this hotkey. Further hotkeys can be accessed and modified via the respective tab.

Through the settings you can customize the look and feel of your Multibar. Decide where on your screen it is located, how it behaves, change the size of the icons and the background, and set which icons are shown.

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Presently, you have the choice between 11 different skins for your Multibar, which are available via the Themes tab.

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Multibar comes with a small selection of added tools: games, a friend meter, and a weather forecast tool. More addons (some premium) can be found on the Ticno homepage. The smart folders feature advertised on the installation screen appears to be missing in the current build.

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The only default addon worth mentioning here is the weather forecast tool. It determines your present location based on your IP address and will show a five day forecast when you hover over the icon in your Multibar. The games and friendmeter addons didn’t work for me and I recommend to disable them via the addons tab in the settings.

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Taken together, Multibar is a very sleek, unobtrusive, and intuitive to use application dock for Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.

MakeUseOf has previously written about docks, please check out these articles:

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Zifster

Try a program called Fences…it is way smaller and you can position the stuff you need at the fringes of your screen….and it is FREE….

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Deadend

Hi.
Is the software trustworthy?

It says : 
11/08/2011hpHostsEngaged in the distribution of malware. [link]

Tina

Thank you for the heads-up, Deadend. 

The overall WOT rating for Ticno and Multibar is positive, although hpHosts has issued a warning.

I’ve had the tool on my computer for about a week and haven’t had any negative experiences. My virus and malware scanners didn’t pick up on it, either.

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wadhah

My antivirus caught a trojan as soon as I opend the program
So be aware guys

Tina

Thanks for the heads-up Wadhah.

As mentioned above, I receive no such warnings and have not had any issues with the tool. It has been running on my Windows 7 computer under the surveillance of Avira AntiVir for 2+ weeks. I did not run any other scans though.

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Alex Ticno

Hi everyone! I was glad to see a review of one our products here. 

Ticno Multibar is also free. It’s functionality is completely different from fences and it has many plugins and add-ons. We also have several paid products at http://ticno.com.
I guarantee that we don’t distribute any malware or adware. Wadhah, can you please tell what antivirus you have?

Tina

Thanks a lot for your input, Alex!

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Kenton Smith

Just downloaded it and gave it a try. Still a bit too buggy for me. Some of the menu items are in another language, removing icons doesn’t seem to work, it’s either huge or too small. I’m still not convinced that there is an app like this that can improve on the native Windows 7 UX. Maybe this would be better for XP or Vista.

Tina

Thank you for your feedback, Kenton.
For me the app worked smoothly, but I see what you mean with buggy. It’s little details that are not perfect.

I don’t see the remove option Alex mentions. However, as Alex writes, to remove an icon make sure that in > Settings > Icons the > Lock icons option is not checked. This is what Alex mentioned below. Close the settings menu and then you can simply drag icons out of the bar and they will go up in smoke. :)

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Kyle

what windows desktop theme is being used in the instructions graphics above?

Tina

Kyle,

as Alex mentions below, the desktop isn’t really shown in the screenshots above. Multibar has its own menu style.

But to answer your question anyhow, I presently don’t use a specific theme. It’s just Windows 7 with a white desktop.

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Alex Ticno

Kenton, thanks for the feedback! You can remove icons by right-clicking them and choosing “remove” or unselecting “lock icons” in settings – then you can remove by drag and drop. We’ll be releasing a new Multibar in December which will be way more smart, fast and bugs-free. It will have really cool new features so stay tuned for more! Try Ticno Photo or Ticno Viewer – great pieces of software for win7.
Kyle, desktop is not shown anywhere in the instructions. 

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