Camouflage
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Hides clutter on your Desktop.   Commercial ($5.99)
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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
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
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.8.4 or later





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Camouflage User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 3.x:
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AmberE2864 reviewed on 08 Dec 2013
Is there a way to use this app and still be able to view my desktops in spaces?
[Version 3.0.2]


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Robert Poland reviewed on 28 Nov 2013
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.
[Version 3.0.2]


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AshBP reviewed on 22 Sep 2012
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... :-)
[Version 2.2.1]


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OrOs commented on 12 Oct 2011
Earthdesk does not work with Camouflage? Is there any plan to fix this?
[Version 2.1.1]

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Briksoftware (developer) replied on 29 May 2012
yeah, i've already contacted the earth desk developer but it's not as easy as it seemed on first look.
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Mr. Leo reviewed on 25 Aug 2011
The test of the developer of this software is indeed negligent. On the last version 2.1, Shortcut key cannot be defined.
[Version 2.1]

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Briksoftware (developer) replied on 25 Aug 2011
here it is working properly, maybe you could explain in detail, what you tried to do and what happened?
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Mr. Leo replied on 25 Aug 2011
I do not understand what you say at all. You should clearly explain the method of defining the shortcut key.
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Briksoftware (developer) replied on 26 Aug 2011
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
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Mr. Leo replied on 26 Aug 2011
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
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Briksoftware (developer) replied on 27 Aug 2011
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.
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Mr. Leo replied on 29 Aug 2011
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,
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Mousee commented on 24 Aug 2011
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.
[Version 2.1]

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Briksoftware (developer) replied on 25 Aug 2011
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?
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Mousee replied on 25 Aug 2011
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.
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Briksoftware (developer) replied on 25 Aug 2011
thanks for the bugreport. I see what you mean and i'll fix it in the future.
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Mousee replied on 18 Feb 2012
The Dev responded to my bug report 6 months ago. Since then, no update, no news, no sign of life. Is this application abandoned?
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Briksoftware (developer) replied on 18 Feb 2012
i've not abandoned it, but i didn't have time yet to release a new version, yet.
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Mousee replied on 18 Feb 2012
Thanks for the news, hope something comes out soon ;)
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exilederek commented on 18 Aug 2011
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.
[Version 2.1]

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replied on 18 Aug 2011
I'm having the exact same problem. Have re-downloaded three times now with no luck so far.
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exilederek replied on 19 Aug 2011
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.
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Mr. Leo reviewed on 10 Jul 2011
"ignore mouse events....." doesn't behave as explained.
[Version 2.0.1]

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Briksoftware (developer) replied on 11 Jul 2011
thanks for the bug report, i'll fix it in the next version.
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Zephyris reviewed on 08 Jun 2011
This is a great app, simple, easy and effective. Thanks to the developer for the awesome price: free!
[Version 1.25]

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Lvdoc replied on 09 Jul 2011
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.
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Zephyris replied on 09 Jul 2011
I find it interesting that many apps that were free are no longer free after moving to the mac app store.
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Lvdoc replied on 09 Jul 2011
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.
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Zephyris replied on 10 Jul 2011
To answer your question it is working on Lion for now.
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Briksoftware (developer) replied on 11 Jul 2011
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.
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Zephyris replied on 11 Jul 2011
Thanks for the update Briksoftware.
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0legus reviewed on 12 Apr 2011
Best!
[Version 1.25]


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Zincker had trouble on 13 Jul 2011
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.
[Version 2.0.1]

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Briksoftware (developer) replied on 12 Aug 2011
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
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Giray had trouble on 09 Dec 2010
Problem with the second monitor using EarthDesk. Earthdesk disappears and is replaced by another desktop (not even the one selected in the systems preference for that monitor).
[Version 1.25]


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Strych9 had trouble on 18 Oct 2009
Great App !

FYI, the version number in the Finder Get info is still 1.22.

I always get this errors in the console... why?

18/10/09 09:04:44 Camouflage[251] Error loading /Applications/Camouflage.app/Contents/Resources/AttachedWindow.bundle/Contents/MacOS/AttachedWindow: dlopen(/Applications/Camouflage.app/Contents/Resources/AttachedWindow.bundle/Contents/MacOS/AttachedWindow, 265): no suitable image found. Did find:
/Applications/Camouflage.app/Contents/Resources/AttachedWindow.bundle/Contents/MacOS/AttachedWindow: mach-o, but wrong architecture
18/10/09 09:04:44 Camouflage[251] couldn't load attached window
18/10/09 09:04:45 Camouflage[251] Error loading /Applications/Camouflage.app/Contents/Resources/PathFinderRemote.framework/PathFinderRemote: dlopen(/Applications/Camouflage.app/Contents/Resources/PathFinderRemote.framework/PathFinderRemote, 265): no suitable image found. Did find:
/Applications/Camouflage.app/Contents/Resources/PathFinderRemote.framework/PathFinderRemote: mach-o, but wrong architecture
[Version 1.25]


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mitch_de had trouble on 09 Nov 2008
"Camouflage opens a Finder window whenever you double-click on the Desktop"

Did not work for me, OSX 10.5.5, Intel. Nothing happens if i DC on the desktop!
[Version 1.22]

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Briksoftware (developer) replied on 09 Nov 2008
this only works when you hide the icons, so make sure you have the icons hidden.
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Jedik had trouble on 26 Dec 2006
Hmmm, click through does not work, I will keep using 1.6...
[Version 1.8]

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Briksoftware (developer) replied on 07 Jan 2007
fixed in 1.10, sorry for the delay, but i don't look here often enough :-)

why didn't you simply send a mail to me about the bug?
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IanWeir had trouble on 04 Dec 2006
While a lovely application, it appears to have some rather significant RAM leaks.
Every time that I hide the icons on my desktop, the ram usage increases - it doesn't take long to get its ram usage up to 240 MB - if I had more ram, (or less other programs open) I could get it harder.

If not for the rather insane ram usage, this program would be on my list of must-haves.

Needless to say, this is an issue that should probably get taken care of.
[Version 1.4]

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Briksoftware (developer) replied on 04 Dec 2006
this is a bug in cocoa, the memory for an image somehow is not freed....i'll try to find a solution for that.
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Briksoftware (developer) replied on 10 Dec 2006
fixed that bug as of version 1.5

Jjs rated on 04 Aug 2011

[Version 2.0.1]



Sebastian-K rated on 28 Jun 2011

[Version 2.0]


Downloads:54,327
Version Downloads:476
Type:Utilities : Desktop
License:Commercial
Date:25 Dec 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
Price: $5.99
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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 Finder will be activated and opens or selects a separate desktop window. (You can disable this with the Popup Desktop option of the menu. To still open a window, press the option-key while clicking the desktop)
  • ability to show and hide the icons (available in status item menu)
  • works with desktop managers
  • ability to 'click through' Camouflage to get the normal Desktop-Context menu (Use with caution, you may select a file and don't notice it. You may only want to use that feature if you are using FinderPop)


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