has updated their DragThing dock application to version 5.0, which adds support for Mac OS X 10.3 (“Panther”).
The latest version of “the original dock designed to tidy up your Macintosh desktop” will include some Panther-only features, including a new “Window Dock” that can display a list of all open windows, “minimized” windows, or the windows of the frontmost application. The update also sports improved Quartz based visuals, including optional “Metal” docks and several new anti-aliased tab styles.
With DragThing 5.0, you can specify which application opens a particular document or URL item, so that, for instance, one URL can open in Safari and another in Internet Explorer. You can display previews of image files in the folder and contextual menus.
DragThing 5.0 has rewritten hotspot support with multiple hotspots and actions such as bringing DragThing to the front, hiding, showing and minimizing docks. You can set layers to be arranged automatically when you add or remove items, and you can keep them arranged by the items you use most often. There are optional sounds effects for actions like inserting and ejecting disks, emptying the Trash and more.
What’s more, DragThing is now a single-icon drag install. And it now includes a Quick Start Guide to introduce new users to the utility.
DragThing 5 requires Mac OS X 10.2 or later. It won’t run on Mac OS 9 or earlier versions of Mac OS X. Version 5 is a free upgrade for anybody who has purchased DragThing 4 or upgraded to version 4 since Sept. 1. Otherwise, it costs US$12 to upgrade to DragThing 5 for registered users and $29 to register for new users. Special upgrade pricing is also available for those with five and 10 packs or site licenses.