Backdrop Folders
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Finder addition uses Expose for folder views.   Shareware ($18.95)
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Backdrop Folders is an addition to the Finder, that was designed to take advantage of Mac OS X 10.3 "Expose" feature.

You probably noticed, for a given kind of work, that you had to go to the same places with the Finder again and again. With Backdrop Folders you can open "views" of your folders at the desktop level and interact with them. These views remain visible when you reveal the desktop with Exposé, which allows you to pick a file or to do a drag and drop operation in no time, without the hassle of having to switch to the Finder and navigate through your disk hierarchy.

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What's New
Version 1.3.4:
  • New button to go up a level.
  • Changed the close button to a disc.
Requirements
PPC, Mac OS X 10.3 or later (10.3.4 recommended).



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Anonymous reviewed on 03 Mar 2005
no way to scroll down with the mouse roll button :-/

no way to change the size of a menu

no way to set backdrop menu hide when you are on the desktop and just call it when i do exposé.

after that it will be a goood program :)
[Version 1.3.4]

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Anonymous commented on 03 Mar 2005
no way to change the size of a menu ?????
You should look harder !!! There is manual AND automatic resizing.

As for showing the view only when Exposé is active, it won't be possible as long as Apple doesn't not make some Exposé API public...
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Anonymous reviewed on 03 Mar 2005
Something strange about this developers website, If Littlesnitch is operational on your system and you press 'deny'
you can't enter their website ? Wha'ts going on here ?
[Version 1.3.4]

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Anonymous commented on 03 Mar 2005
And instead of doing the right thing (an email to the developer to ask her/him about this), you post here, thereby spreading FUD for the tinfoil hat brigade.
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Anonymous commented on 03 Mar 2005
The server is running on port 81 because I have two instances of Apache side-by-side. The old one with php4, the new one with php5.
It's pretty common to have a web server on port 81 in order to migrate from one config to another without breaking things.
If you deny Safari the right to connect to port 81 with Little Snitch, this no surprise that you can't access the site...
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Anonymous reviewed on 21 Oct 2004
There are two problems with this app that prevent me from buying/using it. It does not play well with dual monitors! If a backdrop folder is open on the second monitor, it insists on moving subfolders to the other monitor desktop instead of to the right as you would expect. Also, the right mouse button does not work as a Control-click, as with all other Mac apps.

If these problems were corrected, this would be a winner. In the meantime, it is a no go.
[Version 1.3.2]

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Anonymous commented on 21 Oct 2004
You're probably right about the second monitor, I need to get one :-)
As for the ctrl-click/right-click this is a strange limitation of OS X due to the background nature of Backdrop Folders.
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Anonymous commented on 21 Oct 2004
Actually, if you're using a Logitech mouse, you can configure the right click as an advanced click : ctrl + click and it will work.
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Anonymous reviewed on 05 Oct 2004
Strange, I can get the contextual menu by cntrl-click, but not by Right-click on my two button mouse. This works in every other application. Also: Shouldn't need to cntrl-click to close a folder. And it should be possible to adjust the width of a window - especially since you can adjust the font.
[Version 1.2.1]

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Anonymous commented on 06 Oct 2004
As for the right-click, this is unfortunately a limitation/weirdness of the AppKit for this kind of faceless background application.
As for resizing the view, closing the window without contextual menu, resizing the font... you should take a look at the documentation a little bit closer ! ;-) (Help menu of the application).
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Anonymous reviewed on 14 Sep 2004
I've been using this app for a few weeks and can honestly say "it rocks" - I echo what 'Neil' says below. Definately give this a try.
[Version 1.2.1]


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Anonymous reviewed on 16 Jul 2004
i like this idea but think it would be much better to have these windows hidden until your expose to the desktop and then they appear.
thats what i thought this did but they stay on the dt all the time which is quite a bit of clutter.
[Version 1.1.1]


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Abhi Beckert reviewed on 13 Jul 2004
Way cool. I'm not to sure how often I'll use this, or buy it. But this is definately a cool app.
[Version 1.1.1]


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Anonymous reviewed on 13 Jul 2004
I am pretty sure that Apple already has this planned for Tiger OS X 10.4 . But, until then, WAY COOL!
[Version 1.1.1]


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Anonymous reviewed on 09 Jul 2004
I won't review until I can use it. How is it I can't download it and their website ("lachose") is down? Is it normal practice to announce a product which can't even be tried?
[Version 1.1]


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Anonymous reviewed on 09 Jul 2004
I can't believe noone's done this before.. What an awesome idea! But there needs to be a key command to double-click and show a file in the findow (or if it's a directory, open it in the finder)... that would pwn. I love this app!
[Version 1.1]

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Anonymous commented on 09 Jul 2004
How did you get to download it? The link from Macupdate and their own webpage aren't working…
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Downloads:7,852
Version Downloads:2,567
Type:Utilities : Desktop
License:Shareware
Date:03 Mar 2005
Platform:PPC 32 / OS X
Price: $18.95
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Backdrop Folders is an addition to the Finder, that was designed to take advantage of Mac OS X 10.3 "Expose" feature.

You probably noticed, for a given kind of work, that you had to go to the same places with the Finder again and again. With Backdrop Folders you can open "views" of your folders at the desktop level and interact with them. These views remain visible when you reveal the desktop with Exposé, which allows you to pick a file or to do a drag and drop operation in no time, without the hassle of having to switch to the Finder and navigate through your disk hierarchy.

Main features:
  • workspaces
  • drag & drop
  • auto-resizing
  • fully customizable views:
    • display/hide hidden files
    • transparency, colors
    • icon size, text size
    • auto-resize
  • supports Panther's "kernel event notification mechanism": the views are directly notified by the kernel when a file is created/moved/renamed/deleted. In other words, if you create a file from the Terminal, the view will be in sync immediately.


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