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Desktop Icon Manager (DIM) is an AppleScript which saves and restores the icon positions on the desktop. There are applications and other scripts that do the same thing, so why is this one different?

DIM doesn't get confused when you store the icon positions at one screen resolution and then restore them at a different screen resolution. In other words, if an icon is at the bottom right corner of the display when the icon positions are stored then that icon will always be placed at the bottom right corner regardless of the screen resolution. There's only one application that I know of which does that, but they want more...

What's New

Version 2.1.0:
  • Will now store multiple Desktop icon arrangements
  • The icon is now correctly done according to Apple. Minor tweaks to documentation
  • OS X 10.9 Mavericks compatible

Requirements

OS X 10.4 or later

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MushroomLandscape Member IconReview+0
MushroomLandscape
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YES, THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS FREE, AWESOME APP!

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Version 2.1.0
Upright Bassist Member IconReview+6
Upright Bassist
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The DIM is a real time saver, especially if you have a lot of those icons neatly (de?)arranged on your desktop. Plus its icon is cute, and it's reliable, never failed on me, is quick, and — did I mention it's reliable? Ah, and also it has a really cute icon! ;)

Seriously, just use it often, it's quick and easy! :)

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Version 2.1.0
Virtualruffy Member IconComment+211
Virtualruffy
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I have a portable hardrive that I move from mac to mac. Different operating systems change the icon positions. I'd like to keep it organized and appearing the same way but moving from 10.6 to 10.8 moves things all over the place and so on moving between 10.7 & 10.9 only 10.6 and lower retain the same positions. None of this occurred until 10.7 and its only gotten worse since. Will this program have an effect on external drive's volume root appearance? If not anyone know which will?

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Version 2.1.0
Parker9
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DIM stores the icon positions in ~/Library/Preferences/com.parker9.DIM_2.1.plist. so if your home directory is on the portable drive, it will work across all your systems. if it's not, each system will have it's own plist and so it should still work.

or just try it ;)

Dominique Member IconReview+13
Dominique
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Excellent product (OS X 10.6)

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Version 2.1.0
Tenjinandou
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I agree with you, Dominique, except that I label it a "gift." Since I first discovered DIM I have been delighted that my desktop always returns to the state I set it in spite of Apple version changes since it first came out (now on Maverick). It's a "gift" that "keeps giving and giving." Thank you for a free and faithful application that I can't live without.

Iturtle Member IconReview+62
Iturtle
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it never fails and still works with mavericks! don't know why this version showed up here now, since it is already 2? years old. recommended!

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Version 2.0.2
Baby Bloc Member IconReview+7
Baby Bloc
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When I restore icon positions, it seems to put my hard drive icons way out of place. Everything else seems fine. How do I get those drives to stick?

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Version 2.0.2
Parker9
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This is a bug Apple introduced in 10.6.x and above, it's not DIM's fault. The work around is to arrange the icons and then Fast User Switch to a different account, switch back and then tell DIM to Memorize. Otherwise wait for a bug fix from Apple or try SwitchResX.

Desktop Saver has the same problem, so, again, it's not DIM.

ruralvoice
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The App Store just released an application for only $0.99 called "Desktop Saver for Icon Positions" which stores your desktop and allows you to restore with one click. You can store several configurations of icons.

Joinerm Member IconReview+12
Joinerm
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Thank you so much!! I have been looking for a routine like this for years. Its just what I need on my Macbook Air right after I've run a powerpoint through a projector, then uncoupled and the screen goes back to hi res and all the icons on the desktop get moved about. One click on this icon in the dock, and everything jumps back to the way it was before giving the lecture. Just amazing. Just perfect.

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Version 2.0.2
Joinerm
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And more - I find that I can edit the pixel values in the preferences file, to make icons line up perfectly in the case that they were not originally put on the grid. And, I can keep different copies of the prefs file with different layouts. Wonderful!
I presume DIM also works in Lion as it uses Applescript? I read that "wandering icons" are an even worse problem in Lion.

Alexsa Member IconComment+194
Alexsa
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Seems , you guys do not try this tools.

But does the OS X do it by itself?
Saving the position of the icons of files and folders will be saved in the .DS files? Or do I am wrong?

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Version 2.0.2
Parker9
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Structure of .DS_Store is only known by Apple, it seems. According to a former Apple programmer (http://arno.org/arnotify/2006/10/on-the-origins-of-ds_store/) the icon position is stored only if it's manually moved. Even then, it appears, the Finder is not required to place the icon at that position. For example, google search "mac desktop icon move restart".

Jazzyguy Member IconComment+3699
Jazzyguy
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The best way of slowing down your Mac is to put icons on your desktop.Each and every item on your desktop slows your Mac down. Each item is considered a folder on your desktop and of course if you have enough of them your Mac will slow to a crawl. I keep nothing on my Desktop and all goes well in SnowLeopard.

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Version 2.0.2
Parker9
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i've heard the same. i'll tell my mac with her 150 Desktop icons to slow down...

seriously, though, here's a claim that says this is rubbish: http://www.compunoodle.com/mac-maintenance-guide-speed-up-your-slow-mac/

i agree each Desktop icon take some memory, but i have yet to see solid evidence that it actually slows down the mac. unless you are running low on memory (RAM).

if your mac is slow, make sure you don't have useless login startup items, have some free hard drive space and then get some more memory. the latter does wonders for the price.

B. Jefferson Le Blanc
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Icons on the desktop slow down the Finder, which is the application responsible for drawing and managing them. They may or may not affect performance in other applications, depending on a number of variables. I recently cut back on the number of icons on my desktop and noticed a significant improvement in how quickly Finder windows display their contents. If you use Finder windows a lot, as I do, this improvement is worth the effort of cleaning up my desktop.

That said, I've used Desktop Icon Manager and find it a useful tool.

Jazzyguy
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@parker9 He is wrong on that. He is essentially a PC expert. However,even on a PC desktop items slow a PC down. You see the desktop folder is actually a folder or as PC users say a Directory. Putting icons on the Desktop folder will slow the Finder down. If the Finder is slowed down the whole shebang is slowed down.The Finder is running all the time and the Desktop is the Finder. I can't be more clearer than that.

B. Jefferson Le Blanc
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@ Jazzyguy: poor grammar aside ("more clearer"), you are apparently no kind of expert, on PC or Mac. OS X handles applications much more efficiently than OS 9 and earlier. In OS X, applications, including the Finder, are given their own memory allocations that do not, as in OS 9, step on one another. OS X uses the CPU(s) more efficiently as well. So a slow Finder may not affect other applications, unless you are running out of resources like RAM and/or CPU headroom. If this happens often, then reducing the Finder's demands on the system can improve overall performance. But it is not always the case, as you seem to think. Anyway, it's easy enough to check to see what the Finder is doing in Activity Monitor.

Back on topic, for those who find using files in the Finder suits their workflow preferences, DIM can be a useful tool to keep those icons organized as you like them.

Jazzyguy
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@B.Jefferson LeBlanc Aside from your utter rudeness perhaps you will allow me to quote from OSXHints whom I DO consider an EXPERT to wit"A simple but effective Mac speed-up tip
Nov 23, '05 06:46:00AM • Contributed by: RandyMan
Here's a tip I was made aware of recently that I thought I'd share (though I'd like to take credit, I must give that to some Smart Friends of mine); it'll help speed up your Mac, and may reduce the appearance of the SPOD (the rainbow cursor). It's not a hack, and there are no modifications necessary to any of your software; there's nothing to download, and there's a fringe benefit (subjectively speaking, of course) of cleaning up your Desktop.

The tip: Reduce the number of icons on your Desktop!

That's it. Really. No, really, try it and see. If you only reduce it by a few, you probably won't notice much of a difference, but the more you remove, the snappier it will feel (dependent on your machine, of course).

Why? Well, every icon on your Desktop is a little window, and as such, has a corresponding backing store allocation in the window server. Lots of these little windows apparently can put a strain on the window server, especially when you've got lots of other (normal) windows open as well.

Don't believe me? Well, you can see for yourself, by running Quartz Debug found in /Developer -> Applications -> Performance Tools (assuming you have the Developer Tools installed -- you do have the Developer Tools installed, don't you?). Show the window list (Tools -> Show Window List), order by Application, and click on the various Finder entries to highlight each "window." You'll soon see that each desktop icon is treated as its very own window. See, I told you so.

No no, no applause necessary, cash donations will suffice...

[robg adds: I thought we had something similar in the archives, but I couldn't find it. Using Quartz Debug was somewhat enlightening for me; I don't have a ton of icons on my Desktop (about 10 or so), but each one clearly uses up a chunk of memory. I didn't notice any speed bump from reducing the number, given the small number I had to begin with. However, I suspect that if your desktop looks like the landing zone for 400 daily flights of icons and folders, then you would see a nice speed bump -- if you fall into this category, and try working with a clean desktop for a bit, please post your experiences." I hope this satisfies your miniscule mind. You don't need an expert to make a divination that if you fill your desktop with icons you will make your Mac work harder

Jazzyguy
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And BTW why put a strain on your Mac anyway? Just for the sake of having icons on your dektop when the could easily be placed inside a folder inside Findericon or Xmenu or even in your documents folder or if you will Directory lol

Jazzyguy
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That should be Finderpop not Findericon. Sorry for the typo

Big-Mac-XXL Member IconReview+263
Big-Mac-XXL
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Beautiful! Works as advertised. Very nice animation, when arranging all the icons to their correct place. Never be afraid anymore of restarting the Finder or OS.

My OS: 10.6.4

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Version 2.0.1
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