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A New Dock for 68k Macs?

I think this would be a real dream come true: to have a lite version of A-Dock for 68k Macs: it's way nicer than other launchers and the most OS X-like, too! All I'd love to see is for it to add, click and open dock items; drag-and-drop and auto-hide would be nice too, but not essential!

I've never been a true programmer so I haven't the vaguest clue if I'm asking for too much here! I imagine not having the source code is the real problem due to needing to compile for 68k Macs from source code, so that may make it too hard to re-program.

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I discovered recently in a catalogue a program from CE Software called "Tiles" that places icons on the desktop that can be double-clicked to launch them. Sort of a cross between Square One and the Launcher. It is for System 6 or later. Sadly, I can't seem to find the program itself, although I didn't dig for it too much.

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I don't think it's the same program, but there is something perhaps similar called TileSwitcher. It's not here on MacintoshGarden, but it is on VintageAppleMac.com.

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There is DragThing 2.9 that runs on 68k Macs. Not as full featured as A-Dock but it may still be useful in a dock-like sense.

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Sounds like a tempting coding project that a single person can actually achieve in reasonable time. Smile

I will admit though that I don't feel Mac OS lacking something in this regard, so that's nothing for me.

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Thanks for the feedback, everyone Smile

As a big GUI fan, I loved the simplicity of OS X's dock and it's stayed consistent in the Apple desktop, so when A-Dock brought it to Mac OS 8.5-9.2.2 twenty years ago, it saddened me that 68k Macs got left out of the picture because they were already considered obsolete by then.

I've used DragStrip as a consolation because it has the A-Dock look (when configured minimally), but fails to feel like OS X's Dock.

As a side note, my very first launcher was Finder Palette, a System 7 freeware utility that was reborn as shareware: Square One. Sadly the icons glitch badly when a Mac displays thousands or millions of colors and I've never located a copy to upload to the Garden. I loved how simple and functional it was way back then!

I never came across Tiles Lilliputian, but it's impressive it came out in '91 and ran on System 6.0.4 and up!

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Just got in a beautiful boxed copy of DiskTop 4 the other day, and in it is a CE Software catalogue which contains Tiles. Here's a photo:

http://images.macintosh.garden/2020/09/17/Tiles-CE-Software.jpg

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Now that I'm looking at them, I'll take it back, Lilliputian Shock I might have tested CE Tiles after all!

I believe I might have used Tiles or an almost identical share/or freeware utility that 'floats' tiles on the desktop just like the ones from their catalog! That look can be very nice in that it's minimal and functional. I'm not familiar with its palette windows, so that might have been a feature I chose not to use or it's a different utility from the one I tried out, but otherwise those tiles look identical!

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It certainly seems promising! Short of making a trip to the Computer History Museum though, we can only hope a copy turns up I think!