Dragthing Alternatives

    Dragthing is described as 'DragThing is the original dock designed to tidy up your Macintosh desktop' and is an app in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Dragthing for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD and iPad. The best alternative is Fences. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try RocketDock or Quicksilver. Other great apps like Dragthing are Winstep Nexus (Freemium), Spotlight (Free), Docky (Free, Open Source) and Cairo-Dock (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jun 13, 2021

      • Windows
      Fences is a one-of-a-kind program, allowing you to draw labeled shaded areas on your desktop, which become movable and resizable containers for your desktop icons.
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    1. RocketDock is a Mac OS X dock clone. It provides a nice clean interface to drop shortcuts on for easy access and organization. With each item completely customizable there is no end to what you can add and launch from the dock.

      Discontinued

      The program is no longer updated, but last version, 1.3.5, released in September 2008, can be still downloaded from the official website. "It is true, RocketDock has been discontinued. [...] The app remains available on https://rocketdock.com, but is unsupported."

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    2. Quicksilver is a fast and free Mac OS X productivity application that gives you the power to control your Mac quickly and elegantly. Quicksilver learns your habits, making your everyday chores simple and efficient.
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      Quicksilver vs Dragthing opinions
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      brucelgrubb In addition to a easy search function Quicksilver has a "shelf" which can function like one of DragThing's layer and unlike DragThing Quicksilver can directly search the internet
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

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    3. The Winstep Nexus Dock is a FREE professional dock for Windows. With Nexus, your most frequently used applications are only a mouse click away - and Nexus turns working with your computer into a fun and exciting experience.
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    4. Spotlight is the system-wide desktop search feature built into Apple's OS X operating system since version 10.4 (Tiger).
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    5. Docky is a full fledged dock application that makes opening common applications and managing windows easier and quicker. Docky is fully integrated into the GNOME Desktop and features a no non-sense approach to configuration and usage. It just works.

      Discontinued

      Last commit and last available version from 2015-09-02

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    6. Cairo-Dock is an animated application launch bar for the desktop, comparable to the dock in Mac OS X or Rocket Dock (for Windows).
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    7. ObjectDock is an animated dock for Windows that enables you to quickly access and launch your favorite applications, files and shortcuts. ObjectDock can also automatically hide itself when not in use and will reappear when you move your mouse to its position.

      Discontinued

      The program is no longer updated. Last version, 2.20, released in 2016, can be still bought from the official website

    8. Dropzone is a productivity app for the Mac that makes it faster and easier to move and copy files, launch applications, upload to many different services, and more.
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    9. Yoink simplifies drag and drop between windows, apps, spaces and fullscreen apps. When you start dragging a file in Finder or content from an application, Yoink fades in a tiny window at the edge of your screen so you can drag to it.
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