Desktop organizer as seem in Apple Store

In the Apple store near me, the computers all had a cool icon menu set in the mac desktops. A sales person assumed it was created using apple script. To describe this, they had 4 icons that were setin the middle of the desktop. They chose things like “Genuis Bar”, “Class Schedule”. I though this was pretty cool, and would be great to use for my own work needs (i.e. Intranet button, Company Calander, etc.). If anyone knows what I am referring to, let me know if this indeed is an Apple Script created thing and if it is currently available. Thanks.

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I know exactly what you’re talking about. It’s not an ‘applescript’ thing, but rather probably an applescript studio thing. It’s actually a pretty simple little app, which would require little in terms of creating it. It’s been the subject of many internet forum threads, but no one seems to have created one just like it. There are many ‘launcher’ apps out there which provide similar features, but I agree that it would be nice to have a fully configurable copy of that little app to use at home. I worked on one a while back but lost interest. If I get back into the project, I’ll make it available, but it seems to me that this would be a good learning project for many budding studio developers.

By the way… don’t always trust what the guys at the apple store tell you. Just 'cause they work for the company that makes the best computers on the planet, don’t assume that THEY had anything to do with that. :stuck_out_tongue:


Although I haven’t seen this particular APP, it seems like the kind of thing tha DragThing ( would be perfect for. I highly recommend checking it out if you’re not familiar with the application.

Check out this from a while back…

Thanks to you link, I was able to find the script! You can download it from:

Now… since I’m not a scripter, I have not a clue how to edit the script. Hoping one of you can show me the way! Thanks.

fischler, don’t even bother with hacking the original apple carbon version of the app. I am working on a custom rebuild of it, which will eliminate any need to mess with hex editors, resource files, etc. Yuck! :o It’s built in applescript studio, and is fully customizable. So far it handles apps, folders, files, and urls, with the ability to (attempt to) send files and urls to helper apps. I’m adding the customization interface right now, and should have most of the details hammered out my tomorrow. My download server is down for the next month or so while I move, but I’d be happy to send you a copy via email. Use the forum email feature to send me a message with your email address and expect a copy in the next day or two. Anyone else who’s interested in using or beta testing the app please do the same.


You da man! Thanks… that is awesome. :cool:

With incredibly generous support and contributions from jobu, I have developed Docktop, an application similar to DesktopButtons with more functionality and easy customization.