The website now states the same thing. The thing is if you use Internet archive you get this little gem:
25th August 2009
“I want to say one quick thing about the 32-bit badges - just because an application is running as 32-bit doesn’t make it second cond-class in any way. This isn’t like Classic or Rosetta where applications were running slowly under an emulator - they still run the same speed they always used to run under Leopard. The main advantage of 64-bit is to allow access to very large amounts of memory - that’s important for some applications, but not so much for others. Indeed, this release of DragThing and the latest release of PCalc are both still 32-bit apps, and won’t be 64-bit for some time to come. Same goes for many third-party applications. People asked for the feature, and I’m adding it, but this isn’t a “badge of shame”, so please don’t treat it like one”
The handwriting was clearly on the wall back in 2009 or nine years ago so why wait to where you get to ‘be 64-bit or don’t work…at all’ stage?
Back to the OP original question: What other programs can replace Dragthing?
One can create a poor man’s Dragthing via the dock:
- Create a folder with Aliases of the programs you want in a “drawer”
- Put the aliases into a folder
- repeat as often as necessary
- put these folders into another folder
- After moving this folder to another folder (it cannot be on the desktop) put this folder into the documents side of the Dock.
- Configure the resulting icon to view content by list
- Click on the icon to open the “drawers”
Yes this is nowhere as clean or smooth as Dragthing but at least baring apple changing how the dock works it will work past Sept 2019.