Is there anyway to get the handcent widget to the dock bar?

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http://forum.xda-developers.com – I love the handcent app more than the default messaging app, but I hate how the default icon doesn't show the number of unread messages. However, the widget DOES show the number of unread messages. But the Optimus G doesn't allow you to put widgets on the dock. Is there any way I can get the handcent widget onto the dock? I've downloaded the Nova and APEX Launchers but I'm not a big fan of them yet. If using a launcher is the only way to do this then I'll just have to get use to it! (HowTos)