DragonDrop X
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Adds some of the OS9 tabbed windows functionality.   Free
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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. Drag an open window to the bottom of the screen, and a title-tab peeks up, readily displaying its contents at a click or a drag, and collapses to insignificance at the slightest thought of dismissal.
What's New
Version 1.3:
  • Windows remember being closed
  • Various file-operation re-loads work more smoothly
  • The application is a Universal Binary, for full-throttle tabbiness on Intel Macs.
  • Russian localization updated by Michael Krekin.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later



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DragonDrop X User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Psychosynthesis commented on 30 Aug 2011
Is anyone still developing this, or did it die like sticky windows?
[Version 1.3]

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Negritude replied on 06 Oct 2011
There was an update back in 2009 that is not linked to here:

http://cs.oberlin.edu/~dadamson/DragonDrop/DragonDrop.zip
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Psychosynthesis replied on 06 Oct 2011
thanks for that, and it still kind of works in Lion, but needs more development. I contacted the developer who was pleased to hear of interest, perhaps if more got in contact with him it might mean this utility would get some more work, its a shame for it to go to waste.
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md828 commented on 10 Feb 2007
Beautiful attitude towards bringing this great functionality back however:

•Spring-loading leaves folders open; they should collapse like in the Finder.
•Double-clicking on folders/files does nothing?! May be a bug, I'm on 10.4.8 and using DD 1.3. Make it do something! At least make it an option.
•Tabs miss clicks: When a tab is at the edge of the screen, when clicking on the edge sometimes the tab won't open, I think this is because the resize behavior conflicts with the open behavior. It'd be nice to lock the resizing so that it doesn't miss the open click.
•List view is handicapped: limited sorting/metadata options, labels don't show. Please bring them back to full glory!
•Please bring an icon view, it's very missed.
•When choosing "Small tabs" there's a bug that makes the whole content of a tab diminute.
•Editing filenames: it'd be nice being able to edt filenames by the click-and-wait-on-text behavior, like in the Finder.
•Moving tabs: when "Tabs at bottom" is chosen, and I move a tab, what's the point of being able to vertically move the tab anywhere on the screen if it'll go back down when it collapses?
•Dragging files to trash does nothing. Move them to trash!
•Refreshing: is there a better way to handle this? Changes made from the Finder won't reflect on tabs unless the refresh command is used :-/ can you make it more sync'd?
•There's a bug where, when copying to ghost folder in a tab (ghost because it was deleted in the Finder and the tab wasn't refreshed) it'll copy the file to the parent folder. I think it should warn that the folder no longer exists.
•When "Tabs at bottom", why the bottom resize widget? I don't think it works well at all, and I think there are too many ways to resize the tab.
•Collapsing inconsistent? When dragging a file into a tab's child folders it collapses, however when dragging to the tab's current directory, aka white space, it stays open. I'd like it to collapse on both scenarios.

There are a few more things but hopefully, as development progresses, these and other quirks and bits will get ironed. There's a lot of work to do, I hope this app doesn't go into passive mode like Drop Drawers. There's lots of potential for this type of app.

Somewhere, sometime, someone will make collapsing tabs a vital tool, again. The quest continues.
[Version 1.3]


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DLWormwood commented on 13 Jul 2006
How does this compare with Drop Drawers by Sig Software? I've been using it for a few years, but DD has a couple quirks of its UI due to it being a little too ambitious with its functionality.
[Version 1.3]


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Anonymous reviewed on 31 Jul 2005
"Drag an open window to the bottom of the screen, and a title-tab peeks up, readily displaying its contents at a click or a drag, and collapses to insignificance at the slightest thought of dismissal."

I follow this and I have no tabbed windows at all...
[Version 1.2.1]

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Anonymous commented on 31 Jul 2005
Same here. Doesn't seem to do anything at all :(

OSX 10.3.9
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Anonymous commented on 05 Aug 2005
because you have to drag the folder over the dragondrop icon, its slightly different than OS 9...because OS 9 is DEAD
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Joe D. commented on 13 Jul 2006
You're right -- it wasn't a very helpful comment. As for OS 9 being 'dead': it doesn't mean OS 9 didn't have features which OS X lacks/sorely needs.

Here's how you get this nice little app working:

•Simply drag the folders/directories you wish to have displayed in a tab directly onto the DragonDrop application. Once you've done this, DragonDrop will list the folder/directory as a tab.
•Once you've gotten the folders/directories you want set up, then you can proceed to interact with them in similar fashion as the tabs in OS 9.

Long live tabs! ; )
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Anonymous reviewed on 30 Jul 2005
Great application! Works amazingly well, the way tabs can be anyway, even floating, like a window shade, in the middle of the desktop. Some bugs with icon sizing but otherwise, awesome!
[Version 1.2.1]


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Anonymous reviewed on 30 Jul 2005
Praise!
[Version 1.2.1]


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Anonymous reviewed on 30 Jul 2005
Amazing -- I stopped by his website and, lo and behold: He's already fixed the tab-saving feature!

I have to agree with an earlier poster with regard to this app having a great future.

The only problem I'm now encountering is when trying to switch from medium icon size to small: everything disappears.
[Version 1.2]

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Anonymous commented on 30 Jul 2005
Correction -- the problem occurs when switching to small tab size.
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Anonymous commented on 30 Jul 2005
Disappearing tabs problem now fixed! Someone must have a case of Mountain Dew or Jolt Cola with them this weekend. ; )
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Anonymous reviewed on 14 Mar 2005
David-love this new toy of yours!

Thanks pal ;-)
[Version 1.1]


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Psychosynthesis reviewed on 19 Nov 2004
started using this recently from an old copy I had, but note that the website link is gone.

Only recently realised the beauty of this product
[Version 1.0]


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Anonymous reviewed on 08 Jul 2004
Elegant implementation of the OS9 popup windows we've been lacking since making the move to OSX. How can this be improved? Tough thing to do as it's already wonderful. Maybe a few more configuration options about what does (and does not) appear in the window (like maybe -only- the icon and name). That would give it a "100" whereas now it's only a "99".

eMail the author with encouragement; great work deserves accolades.
[Version 1.0]


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Downloads:9,545
Version Downloads:3,206
Type:Utilities : Desktop
License:Free
Date:13 Jul 2006
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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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. Drag an open window to the bottom of the screen, and a title-tab peeks up, readily displaying its contents at a click or a drag, and collapses to insignificance at the slightest thought of dismissal.


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