Apps we can't live without: DragThing
Posted 22 January 2013 - 05:02 AM
Back in those days, I used a combination of the Launcher, as well as the old trick of putting the Applications folder in the Apple Menu.
Today I have frequent items in the dock, everything else in the launchpad. More often than not I find myself simply opening the document from the Finder and letting the appropriate app open. Otherwise, I use Spotlight as a launcher, since keyboard is much faster than trackpad.
This looks like a nice utility, but it also looks like there's just too much going on at once. I prefer to keep things simple.
Posted 22 January 2013 - 11:17 AM
I now have it set up as a significantly advanced version of the LaunchPad.
I used BetterTouchTool to customize my trackpad. Now a 4-finger tap triggers the "bring DragThing to front" hotkey.
Then I made my primary DragThing dock very large, so it takes up 1/2 my screen. I set DragThing to Hide after launching an item.
Tap 4 fingers and DragThing covers the screen - click an app, document or server, and that item opens and DragThing fades to the background. I've found this to be a very useful workflow.
Posted 22 January 2013 - 03:00 PM
Posted 22 January 2013 - 05:57 PM
Actually, one of the main reasons I like it is because of a little preference that you can check that "Brings all windows to the front when switching". This is how OS 9 worked and how OS X does not. I hate when I click on the desktop and my Finder windows don't come forward. Or when I click on a Photoshop window and only that window comes forward. A ridiculous way of working and I don't know why Apple doesn't fix it. In my opinion, OS X is broken because of that lack of usability. At what point when I click on an app would I NOT want all of its windows to come forward?
Posted 22 January 2013 - 06:19 PM
Not necessarily. OS X's behavior is handy when, for example, I want to leave one of a few TextEdit window open next to one of my Safari windows. In that case I don't want all Safari windows to come front to obscure my TextEdit window which might happen to be on the same spot as one of the Safari windows.
If I want all windows to come to front, I simply click that app in the Dock. This brings all open windows to front.
One's preference over another doesn't mean something should be considered broken.
Posted 22 January 2013 - 06:49 PM
In my experiences, DragThing has always required a lot of configuration effort to make it truly useful, and it required me to maintain it as I add/remove things on my Mac. Furthermore, it's just one more thing I needed to deal with whenever the OS gets updated. DragThing was pretty good with OS transitions when I used it but there were still glitches here and there that caught more of my attentions than it deserved. And not to mention you are at the mercy of a single developer for prompt updates in order to maintain your DragThing workflow. All this for just having more docks and even more keyboard shortcuts that I have to memorize…? To me, the ROI wasn't good at all at the end.
I'm not a novice user, I do many advanced stuff and use more than a few apps all day long on my Mac and yet Finder, Dock, Launchpad and Spotlight has been sufficient for quickly launching apps and accessing documents.
Posted 23 January 2013 - 07:24 AM
AMEN! and like you said, the functionality exists to handle both preferences. instead of clicking the dock (I honestly cannot tell you the last time I used the dock except for trying to force quit a microsoft app that takes over a minute to launch when I meant to drag the doc to textedit's mini icon in my toolbar of every finder window). I use command-tab to invoke the app switcher when I want all windows from an app.
and while I personally do not use it, I believe an app called "witch" also allows the functionality of both preferences in an app switcher replacement that shows apps, open windows, and thumbnails in case that window name isn't descriptive enough...
and I also second the use of an app launcher. I prefer quicksilver, but friends use spotlight, alfred, and the rest. everyone has their preference. understanding how things get used helps to explain that things might not be "broken" but rather intended functionality with the ability to serve everyone who uses it.
Posted 23 January 2013 - 05:03 PM
But it is broken. There is no key command to bring the Finder to the front with all its windows. You have to command+tab through ALL of your open apps. This is tedious if you always have a lot of apps open. It is also tedious if I am on my huge 27" iMac and have to move my mouse way down to the bottom of the screen every single time I want the Finder to come to the front. With DragThing, I move the mouse a couple pixels away from the window I'm working in and click on the desktop. Boom, there's all my Finder windows (or whatever other app window I click on).