RocketDock is absolutely free smoothly animated, alpha blended application launcher. It gives a nice clean interface to drop shortcuts on for very easy access and organization. There is no end to what you can add and launch from the dock with its completely customizable items.
Now with added Taskbar support your minimized windows can appear as icons on the dock. This allows for better productivity and accessibility.
Minimize windows to the dock
Real-time window previews in Vista
Running application indicators
Simple drag-n-drop interface
Supports alpha-blended PNG and ICO icons
Icons zoom and transition smoothly
Auto-hide and Popup on mouse over
Positioning and layering options
ObjectDock Docklet support
Compatible with MobyDock, ObjectDock, RK Launcher, and Y’z Dock skins
Runs great on slower computers
Supports many languages and can easily be translated
A friendly user base
And best of all… its FREE!!!