DragonDrop is intended to reintroduce some of the functionality lost with the death of tabbed windows. We all remember tabbed windows, who trod the classic paths. We could drag an open window to the bottom of the screen, and a title-tab peeked up, readily displaying its contents at a click or a drag, and collapsing to insignificance at the slightest thought of dismissal.
Some used the tabs for quick-launching their favoritest of applications and documents, others for drop boxes or to get things out of the way.
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12 July 2006 (Version One Point Three-ish)
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The file-icon in the title bar of a window in any application (including DragonDrop), can be dragged into DragonDrop just like any other file icon.
By default, DragonDrop's tab-windows minimize by collapsing to the bottom of the screen. By way of the Preferences window (command + semicolon), this behaviour can be changed to echo the WindowShades of yore (and of yonder shareware), or to suck to the dock in the mandated Mac OS X manner.
Only one DragonDrop window will be revealed at a time, the others collapsing upon losing focus. Bringing a window to the front, or clicking its title bar, makes it big and the others small.
Dragging anything over a collapsed DragonDrop window causes its revelation, and will re-collapse once the dragged thing has passed by.
And there's more, hopefully self-evident behaviour. Glance through the menus, poke at your preferences, experiment and play.
I don't know any other languages except Anglo-Saxon and enough Spanish to get myself embarrassed (or "embarazada", as they say). But DragonDrop can be localized by anyone who can use a text editor - no experience with programming is required, nor are any developer tools.
Volunteers are most heartily welcome.
And probably a few other things. Let me know what keeps you from enjoying my toy, and I'll try to fix it.
Drop a note to dadamson AT cs.oberlin.edu and say howdy.
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29 July 2005
While this update is superficially a Tiger-compatibility fix, many major under-hood reworkings have been implemented, paving the way for the much-awaited Icon View! Depending on the timing of my new teaching job, we'll either see a beta of Icon View functionality in the next two weeks or in late January.
an aside: The reason I had to release a Tiger bug-fix was that in Tiger, THINGS WORK CORRECTLY! In particular, I had been unwittingly exploiting a user-interface loophole to delegate the close-window message, which was cheating. The system also now correctly maps modifier keys while dragging files, so I don't have to hack and patch around incorrect default behavior (which you, dear user, should never have noticed. Nevertheless, I feel better that it works as expected). I have yet to dare to check to see if NSWorkspace can effectively trash files for me, for I do not wish my joy to be crushed.
14 March 2005
DragonDrop is now more forgiving of little mouse movements while clicking, and tabs-on-the bottom no longer break against a Dock that fully spans your screen (with a non-integer height).
Should you find "another Dock icon for another Desktop utility" distressing, DragonDrop now offers the option to not display a Dock icon (nor a menu bar). The menu bar's contents are duplicated in the control-click menus. You may still add folders to DragonDrop by dropping them onto its Finder icon, or by using the Drop Window. "Hot edges" for dropping are a feature under contemplation.
Relatedly, I've arranged for a system-wide contextual menu item to open DragonDrop windows, using the estimable On My Command contextual menu plugin. After installing OMC, you can import DragonDrop's menu item: DragonDropCM.plist.
I intend to offer a standalone contextual menu plugin, eventually. Volunteers are encouraged to beat me to the punch.
18 July 2004
Michael Krekin has added a Russian localization.
6 July 2004
DragonDrop has been updated, again!
These changes have been in the works since 2003's WorldWide Developers' Conference.