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Camouflage is a quick and effective way to hide Desktop clutter. Do you have way too many items on your desktop? Do you hate cleaning up that mess? Camouflage is the right utility for you. It hides all the icons and leaves nothing but the pure wallpaper

Key Features:
  • perfect system-integration: change your wallpaper and Camouflage will show the change instantly.
  • works with multiple monitors: attach new monitors and the icons will instantly be hidden.
  • drag & drop: drag files on the desktop and they will be copied onto your real desktop.
  • finder integration: click the desktop and more...

What's New

Version 3.1:
  • Fixed the black wallpaper bug on multiple screen setups
  • Fixed the hiding icons problem after space switch
  • Fixed several crashes

Requirements

  • OS X 10.8.4 or later

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AmberE2864 Member IconReview+0
AmberE2864
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Is there a way to use this app and still be able to view my desktops in spaces?

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Version 3.0.2
Robert Poland Member IconReview+7
Robert Poland
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After using this app for years, today I am shutting it off. In Mavericks (OS 9) with Mission Control the desk icons are continually disappearing.

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Version 3.0.2
AshBP Member IconReview+3
AshBP
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Ah. This just makes me feel good. Like a breath of fresh air. I wish the house clutter cleaned up this easily!! Thanks, developer, for keeping this little utility going... :-)

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Version 2.2.1
OrOs Member IconComment+1
OrOs
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Earthdesk does not work with Camouflage? Is there any plan to fix this?

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Version 2.1.1
Briksoftware (Developer)
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yeah, i've already contacted the earth desk developer but it's not as easy as it seemed on first look.

Mr. Leo Member IconReview+12
Mr. Leo
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The test of the developer of this software is indeed negligent. On the last version 2.1, Shortcut key cannot be defined.

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Version 2.1
Briksoftware (Developer)
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here it is working properly, maybe you could explain in detail, what you tried to do and what happened?

Mr. Leo
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I do not understand what you say at all. You should clearly explain the method of defining the shortcut key.

Briksoftware (Developer)
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in order to use a hotkey in Camouflage to show and hide the icons, you need to go to the Camouflage preferences by clicking in the Camouflage menu item, then select preferences.
In the preferences window there's a button that you can press to change the hotkey, then you enter the key-combination that you like. They key-combination that you entered will be shown in the text field next to the button. When the text has a blue background, you're changing the hotkey and when it doesn't have a blue background anymore, the hotkey is set and you can instantly use it to show and hide your icons.
Here's also a youtube video that was done for Camouflage 1 some years ago. It will explain how to go to the preferences: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELd4kBV_2ds&feature=player_embedded

Mr. Leo
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I wish to express my gratitude for your detailed explanation. However, "Change" button doesn't work as you say (Camouflage 2.1.1).
My OS is Mac OSX 10.6.8

Briksoftware (Developer)
+1

So what happens, when you press the "change" button? also, could you please open /Applications/Utilities/Console.app and see if there's anything logged about Camouflage, especially when you press the change button?
also, maybe we should continue this troubleshooting via email, as it just fills up this review section with stuff probably totally uninteresting to other users.

Mr. Leo
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Information on Camouflage was not recorded in Console log at all though it operated as you said. I do not want to waste time for Camouflage any further. I define the shortcut key by using QuicKeys instead of using the function of Camouflage. All of the other functions of Camouflage are very fine. Thanks,

Mousee Member IconComment+67
Mousee
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Version 2.1 has improved from the previous release (FinderPop now works fine when selecting the "Ignore mouse events..." option) but I still can't use another Wallpaper picture than the original grey one. You can choose another picture in preferences, but the Hide Icons command still shows the grey screen.

Removing v2.1 and everything added by it, then going back to v 1.25 solved that problem. Mac OS X 10.7.1 here.

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Version 2.1
Briksoftware (Developer)
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in version 2.1 the way the current wallpaper is selected was improved a lot and should always show the correct wallpaper image. Could you tell me what settings you have for your wallpaper and what settings you have in Camouflage? What exactly is the "original gray wallpaper" you are referring to?

Mousee
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Thanks for your reply. I should have been more clear, sorry. When you hide the icons with Camouflage, all you see is the desktop color you chose in System Preferences: here it is a neutral grey. With v1.25, I can go into Camouflage preferences/Custom Wallpaper and chose another color. When I hide icons with Camouflage, the icons are hidden with the color selected in Camouflage preferences/Custom Wallpaper, and the entire desktop is using that color instead of the grey. That does not work in v2.1: hiding the icons still uses the original choice from Sys. Prefs. for the desktop image (grey) instead of the one selected in Camouflage prefs/Custom Wallpaper.

Briksoftware (Developer)
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thanks for the bugreport. I see what you mean and i'll fix it in the future.

Mousee
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The Dev responded to my bug report 6 months ago. Since then, no update, no news, no sign of life. Is this application abandoned?

Briksoftware (Developer)
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i've not abandoned it, but i didn't have time yet to release a new version, yet.

Mousee
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Thanks for the news, hope something comes out soon ;)

exilederek Member IconComment+5
exilederek
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The current update of Camouflage isn't working. After downloading the update from the Mac App Store and trying to launch it, it fails with the following error:

“Camouflage.app” is damaged and can’t be opened. Delete “Camouflage.app” and download it again from the App Store.

I've tried deleting and re-downloading the update, but I still get the same error.

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Version 2.1
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I'm having the exact same problem. Have re-downloaded three times now with no luck so far.

exilederek
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Just as a follow up, I deleted the Camouflage folder in ~/Library/Application Support and also the preferences file "com.briksoftware.Camouflage.plist" in ~/Library/Preferences and after doing this Camouflage now launches successfully.

Zincker Member IconComment+53
Zincker
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Version 2.0.1 flashes shortly to blue here when switching. V 1.25 doesn't. And please don't forget the alt-click for hiding single apps. Thanks.

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Version 2.0.1
Briksoftware (Developer)
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the problem with the blue flashes will be fixed in version 2.1, which is currently in review and will hopefully be released soon.

alt-click for hiding single apps does not work as i can only hide all other applications or hide the active application (which is Camouflage). So only cmd-alt-click will work for hiding applications, sorry for that.

Karsten

Mr. Leo Member IconReview+12
Mr. Leo
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"ignore mouse events....." doesn't behave as explained.

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Version 2.0.1
Briksoftware (Developer)
+2

thanks for the bug report, i'll fix it in the next version.

Zephyris Member IconReview+189
Zephyris
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This is a great app, simple, easy and effective. Thanks to the developer for the awesome price: free!

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Version 1.25
Lvdoc
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I wonder if I'll need to buy the updated version in order for this to work in Lion. If so, I will happily buy it. I've used Camouflage for years and have found it to be my favorite. Certainly worth the small price being asked. My favorite feature is being able to double-click the desktop and open a Finder window. Very handy.

Zephyris
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I find it interesting that many apps that were free are no longer free after moving to the mac app store.

Lvdoc
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I've noticed that as well. Maybe the App Store doesn't allow free stuff, at least not on a permanent basis; I really don't know their terms. Then again, it's a tough economy. I never begrudge developers who had a program that was free for some time and then opt to charge for it. It is their prerogative, and circumstances change in a person's life.

Zephyris
+1

To answer your question it is working on Lion for now.

Briksoftware (Developer)
+2

One word to Lion Comatibility first: 1.25 works, but Mission Control is useless when it runs. With version 2.0.1 Mission Control works.

One word to the pricing: When i wrote Camouflage, i was a student and had plenty of time. Version 1 was in fact written in one weekend. Over time i've spend literally loads of time to improve Camouflage, adding features, fixing bugs.
I'm now working full-time as a software developer, have a family and don't have nearly as much time as back then. The App Store of cause allows for freeware applications, but on the other hand also makes it extremely easy to provide applications at a very low price and still get some money back. I guess these two reasons are why Camouflage is not free anymore. But $2 is also not expansive at all.

Zephyris
+1

Thanks for the update Briksoftware.

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Details

Downloads 54,578
Version Downloads 727
License Commercial
Date 25 Dec 2013
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $5.99