Disctop Pro
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Uniquely displays CD/DVD on your Mac desktop.   Free
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Disctop Pro... We made Disctop to bring a bit of fun in working with your brand new iMac G5, although it can be of use as well, and not only for owners of an iMac. Normally when you insert a CD in your Mac it disappears, but where does it go? They simply pop up on your desktop! After installing Disctop, your inserted CD or DVD slides in from the side and neatly fades back into your desktop picture. Now you always know if there's a disc inside, and what type it is. Of course there are plenty of things to tweak and make Disctop fit your Mac perfectly.
What's New
Version 2.6:
  • Leopard compatible
  • Added support for new mac models
  • Added Traditional Chinese language
  • Updated artwork
  • Consistent CD size throughout different Mac models
  • Fixed a numer of bugs
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later



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ver. 2.x:
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VGZ commented on 30 Aug 2009
Are you working on an update for snow Leopard? It seems to work, for the most part. The only major issue I've seen is that it doesn't register when a disk is ejected. Had to turn it off and on in the prefpane to get it to stop showing the install disk for 10.6. Also, having to relaunch System Preferences to load the 32-bit prefpane is annoying. ^_~
[Version 2.6]

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Damacguy replied on 29 Sep 2009
I think they've stopped developing this. :-(

http://mekentosj.com/goodies/disctop/

Their web site simply has a placeholder for DiscTop saying "More information coming soon..."

Oh well.
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macsolu commented on 11 Jan 2008
What happens when you insert a CD that contains multiple sessions?
[Version 2.6]


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vitaly commented on 12 Apr 2006
although the new version is 2.5.2, it still shows as 2.5 in about tab and tries to install a newer version when checking for updates
[Version 2.5.2]

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Alexander Griekspoor (developer) replied on 12 Apr 2006
Version 2.5.2 is a minor update of Disctop, therefore the version in the about panel still displays 2.5. Disctop now also no longer tells you there is a new version available after installing this latest update. Thanks for letting us know! Enjoy!
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Carl Sobolewski commented on 25 Jan 2006
Great idea, but it takes about 5 seconds to show the picture after inserting a disc, and does not remove the picture after ejecting, even if I choose Eject from the Disctop menu.

Using iMac G5 17" 1.8Ghz, 1.5Gig RAM.
[Version 2.5]


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Anonymous reviewed on 15 Apr 2005
a fun app. low cpu usage. stable.
[Version 2.2.1]


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Anonymous reviewed on 10 Mar 2005
Great program, does just what it says... the cd art has been accurate about 9/10 times, which is pretty good i suppose. Never really listened to cds on my mac before but i like knowing what in there, great program.

Question: is it taking up memory and cpu when there is no cd in the drive??
[Version 2.2.1]

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Mekentosj.com (developer) replied on 11 Mar 2005
"Question: is it taking up memory and cpu when there is no cd in the drive?"

Yes, and no. Right now there's a CD in my drive and top indicates that the Disctop_Daemon takes up 0.0% processor time. So processor time is only used during CD insert/eject and cover lookup. Of course Disctop takes up memory, but thanks to the wonderful memory management in MacOSX, this memory is written to disk if the application is not actively used (i.a.w. soon after you have inserted/ejected a CD). So even WITH a CD in your drive it doesn't take up active memory resources and can't have any negative effect on system performance...
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Anonymous reviewed on 22 Feb 2005
I purposely didn't read the instructions in order to test how intuitive Desktop Pro would be... it connected to Amazon and Eva Cassidy's 'Time After Time' sits on my desktop. Hmm, what's that little transport thingy? Sure enough, it launched iTunes and started playing the disc. Would I pay for this toy? Probably not. Is it useful? Can't say, but I know simple elegance and sheer fun when I see it.

Thanks, Mek, five stars.
[Version 2.1]


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Anonymous reviewed on 22 Feb 2005
For the Mac mini (and other 'headless' Macs), you really need to be able to put the image wherever your mini is relative to the screen. How about CMD-dragging the CD image to any side or corner?
[Version 2.1]


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Mekentosj.com (developer) commented on 07 Jan 2005
Note to (stupid, we agree) version numbering, it looks like there's a new version of Disctop Pro (2.0), while in fact Disctop Pro has been version 2.0 from the beginning. For those already having installed Disctop PRO, you have the latest version already.
[Version 2.0]


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Michael Brisk commented on 04 Jan 2005
Greatest Useless program ever!! Very Apple like idea!! I like it!!!
[Version 1.0]


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Type:Utilities : Desktop
License:Free
Date:11 Jan 2008
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
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Disctop Pro... We made Disctop to bring a bit of fun in working with your brand new iMac G5, although it can be of use as well, and not only for owners of an iMac. Normally when you insert a CD in your Mac it disappears, but where does it go? They simply pop up on your desktop! After installing Disctop, your inserted CD or DVD slides in from the side and neatly fades back into your desktop picture. Now you always know if there's a disc inside, and what type it is. Of course there are plenty of things to tweak and make Disctop fit your Mac perfectly.


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