We’ve long promoted DragThing as a fantastic Finder enhancement that gives users a way to organize their desktops via floating “docks” full of icons that represent programs, documents, and even URLs. So we’re happy to report that with version 4.5.2, DragThing is still our favorite shareware file launcher.
This new version is even more OS X savvy than its predecessors, with a slick trick for minimizing its own individual docks à la OS X’s default Dock: when the Show Dock As Drawer preference is selected, only the tabs of your DragThing dock will appear along the edge of your screen. When you slide your cursor over them, the dock slides out to reveal the icons within. The tab you move over with your mouse is even automatically selected for you, making it easy to get to important items without using much screen space. In another time-saver, you can also now set hot keys to control individual docks. Other new features include the ability to navigate more than five levels deep when you control-click on folders in a dock, support for custom DragThing sounds, and OS X support for labels. For users who find their desktops littered with aliases, and for those whose Docks are full to bursting, DragThing can be a great space saver.