TLA Systems has updated DragThing, their dock application for Mac OS 8.6 through Mac OS X — to version 4.0.1, which has both general and Mac OS X specific changes.
Aside from support for Mac OS X and Carbon, DragThing 4 features a completely rewritten Aqua-ready user interface with new Preferences and Options windows. It sports multiple levels of undo for many actions; support for true 128×128 icons (even on OS 9); and support for tool tips to show the dock item names. DragThing 4 also has a new feature to repair all missing dock items in one go. Plus, there are many new Dock appearance options, including greater font and style control. According to James Thomson of TLA Systems, the Mac OS X changes in version 4.0.1 are: Support has been added support for scroll wheels to switch between dock layers. DragThing docks are no longer repositioned by the Dock. Items on UFS/NFS disks are opened correctly. Certain Mac OS X applications don’t act as folders. Tool tips no longer appear in other applications. A problem with files moving instead of copying when dragged to folders in docks has been fixed, as have a “future problem” with floating windows and cosmetic bugs relating to Aqua. Dock names now appear correctly in the Mac OS X Dock window menu.
Changes pertaining to Mac OS 9 and earlier include: Option clicking an item in the process dock hides all other applications again. Repeating hot keys no longer type into the current application. DragThing doesn’t crash if the Contextual Menu Extension is missing. Problems with Keychain dialogs. The update works around a problem with floating window appearance on CarbonLib 1.3. Certain operations are faster with CarbonLib 1.3.
And general changes include: Icons for dock items on unmounted disks are drawn correctly. DragThing is better at locating missing dock items. The update displays an anchor point indicator when dragging dock windows. You can now option-click items to drag docks set to button mode. You can drag URL clippings to the Trash in DragThing. Scripts in the Startup Items folder work correctly again. Window Minimize buttons work on docks again. Tool tips don’t appear for minimized windows. Problems have been fixed that caused the process dock to move at startup with tabs showing and with the help files. There’s smarter tool tip placement.
DragThing 4.0.1 is a free upgrade for existing registered users of 4.0, US$10 for registered users of previous versions, and $25 for new users. You can grab it at the product Web site (http://www.dragthing.com).
DragThing 4.x is a Carbon application that runs natively on Mac OS X, and on Mac OS 8.6 and 9 with CarbonLib 1.1 or later.