High on my anticipation list is the Mac’s best app launcher and file finder. If you want an easier way to launch apps than the Dock, and a faster way to find files than the Finder, then this app is the reason the Mac icon is smiling.
Click To Launch Apps, Find Files
Since way back in the last century I’ve been a big fan of DragThing. It’s the Mac’s preeminent floating palette app launcher and navigator of the Mac’s file hierarchy.
DragThing stays completely out of site and doesn’t infringe on your precious screen real estate until you’re ready to use it.
Flick the screen pointer to a hot corner or use the hot keys and DragThing’s floating palette of app icons, files, and volumes pops up on screen.
Click an icon on the floating palette, and the app launches. Click a folder on the floating palette, and you can navigate the contents of the folder. Even add a Mac disk drive icon to the launcher, and navigate all the files with a click.
DragThing’s floating palettes can be fully customized. And I mean fully. Color, size, style, on screen location, and much more.
DragThing has three types of floating palettes, called Docks. There’s one which displays the icon of each open Mac app (or process). Another displays all attached disks (including disk images).
The Main dock is the one most used. Drag and drop app icons onto the floating palette, click the icon, and the app launches. You can even drag and drop folders, Mac disk volumes, documents, photos, or nearly anything else. One click will open each one.
That’s the simple explanation. DragThing is ready to go upon initial launch, but customization options will take your breath away.
Each DragThing dock has preferences beyond belief– everything from appearance and colors and textures to sounds and hotkeys.
The Main dock in DragThing can have multiple pages, too, and it’s easy to flip between one which displays app icons, and another which displays file or document icons.
On the negative side, the palette customization options are intimidating and may require plenty of time to configure. However, DragThing also comes with many preset designs and layouts which are ready to use immediately, and each one is fully customizable.
For Mac power users, hot keys can open anything on a floating palette dock, and DragThing acts as its own switcher, so you can move between apps and never leave the keyboard.
Many long time users of DragThing don’t even both using the Mac’s Finder. Any file can be found with a click on an icon in DragThing. It even puts a Trash bin on the Mac’s Desktop on on a floating palette dock.
I’ve tried every launcher imaginable on the Mac and keep coming back to DragThing. It may be more complex to setup initially, but it’s much easier to use.