Desktopple Pro
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Menubar item hides desktop clutter for screenshots.   Demo ($17.00)
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Desktopple is for you if you've ever needed to take a screenshot and had to clean all of those icons from your Desktop before you could. Or maybe you needed to make a presentation and had to tidy up before hooking into the projector for the whole audience to see. Perhaps you just want to hide those messy Desktop icons so you can concentrate better on whatever task is at hand. Or, if you're like us, maybe you just like a squeaky clean work environment.

With Desktopple, you can quickly and easily hide all of your Desktop clutter. A quick trip to your menu bar is all it takes, and
What's New
Version 1.3.2 includes several fixes and performance enhancements.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 or later



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Fotodivr reviewed on 02 May 2010
Tried it - glad there was at least a 1 day trial.
Would not "hide" both monitors... as promised.
No way in the "preferences" to alleviate that issue.

Would not but it if it was $.99 (ninety-nine cents).

Prefer Camouflage...
Had a small problem. Wrote the developer - answered within 30 minutes!
Problem solved.

If I were to give Desktopple a rating, it would be no stars.
Very unimpressed - most especially for that price.
[Version 1.3.2]


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crucial commented on 12 Feb 2008
I tried 1.3.1 and found it offered many useful features. I didn't buy it because it was buggy.

Emailed the developer and never heard back.

1.3.2 is now out, and I can not test it to see if it works as the developer gives you a one time 15 day trial period. I wont buy buggy software, and I wont buy software I can't test.

I would suggest the developer re-thinks his 15 day trial period, or makes it version dependent.
[Version 1.3.2]

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Foggynoggin Software (developer) replied on 13 Feb 2008
Crucial: I respond to every single email I get. I'm not sure what bugs you saw in 1.3.1, but no one else has reported anything.

Contact me (http://foggynoggin.com/contact). I'm sure we can get things straightened out.

Thanks

August
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mountainbiker tipped on 09 Feb 2008
If you add "Quit" to the Finder (http://lifehacker.com/software/mac-os-x-tip/add-quit-to-the-finder-menu-333819.php), then you just need to quit Finder (which hides everything), snap screen shot, and click on Finder icon on the dock.
[Version 1.3.2]


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frostbyte commented on 05 Feb 2008
I've been happy with Think, and it's free.

http://freeverse.com/apps/app/?id=7013
[Version 1.3.2]


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iSub reviewed on 30 Jan 2008
Tell you what, this has been one of my fave apps for OS X. Stacks are helping me keep my desktop clear but I still collected the odd thing so this app is still great!

Has Leopard support now (still needs a few things tweaked though)
[Version 1.3.1]

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Foggynoggin Software (developer) replied on 05 Feb 2008
Thanks for the kind words, Brainfragment! I'm curious, though, about what you mean by "needs a few things tweaked."

Feel free to contact me (http://FoggyNoggin.com/contact) with suggestions and bug reports, and I'll get right on it.
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D-Mac reviewed on 08 Jan 2008
Really buggy...

My system has 2 monitors and Desktopple Pro just doesn't work well, at all.

After trying to re-install (and having deleted the preference file), NS* (navigation services) errors go to the Console (exceptions raised but not handled) and the preference pane shows a blank.

Developer is defensive about any feedback. One of the other utilities of this sort is the way to go, for now...
[Version 1.2]


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Thec13 commented on 24 Dec 2007
Anyone know if this will ever be Leopard compatible?
[Version 1.2]


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pinnochio commented on 05 Apr 2007
I use the DesktopSweeper for a long time and I like it. It's very easy to use and it's FREE.
"DesktopSweeper is a freeware APE Module (the equivalent of Unsanity's Haxies) that provides ways to control whether or not Desktop icons are displayed. This can be done with a configurable hockey, or automatically, when the Finder comes to the front and/or leaves it."
[Version 1.2]

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RickMacMerc replied on 05 Apr 2007
Re: Pinocchio's comment. Haxies and Application Enhancer are well known for causing all kind of havoc on your system. They are voodoo--beware.
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macsterdam reviewed on 05 Mar 2007
Not only is this fantastic software, but the developer is very, very responsive as well. This alone is a serious plus in my book.

As for the software, it work great, nice features and (for me) well worth the price. Yes, there are alternatives, but none with the feature-set of desktopple pro.
[Version 1.2]


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IanWeir commented on 16 Feb 2007
A free alternative to this program (for those interested) is Camouflage. http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/23118
[Version 1.1]

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RickMacMerc replied on 05 Apr 2007
Camouflage only serves as an alternative for one of Desktopple Pro's many features. And if you just want to hide your desktop, you can use Desktopple Basic which is still totally free.
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alas! had trouble on 17 Apr 2011
Tried the Pro version and found that the hide/show function didn't work. Also the menu bar icon disappeared.
Even if it worked as intended I do think that $17 is rather excessive.
$8-$10 seems about right for this little puppy.
The free Desktopple version works fine so far.
[Version 1.3.2]



Malte rated on 02 May 2011

[Version 1.3.2]


Downloads:5,182
Version Downloads:2,291
Type:Business : Applications
License:Demo
Date:05 Feb 2008
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $17.00
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Desktopple is for you if you've ever needed to take a screenshot and had to clean all of those icons from your Desktop before you could. Or maybe you needed to make a presentation and had to tidy up before hooking into the projector for the whole audience to see. Perhaps you just want to hide those messy Desktop icons so you can concentrate better on whatever task is at hand. Or, if you're like us, maybe you just like a squeaky clean work environment.

With Desktopple, you can quickly and easily hide all of your Desktop clutter. A quick trip to your menu bar is all it takes, and those icons simply vanish from view.

Desktopple is a Menu Bar item. Launch it, and it will hang out in your menu bar waiting to do its job. Click it to hide or show your Desktop, or to get a list of all of your options. If you want Desktopple to launch when you login, simply add it to your Login Items in the System Preferences.

Desktopple Pro Features:
  • Preference Pane Application - All of the Desktopple preferences are conveniently located in the System Preferences. And if your menu bar is crowded, you can easily remove the Desktopple icon and control it with a hot key or Automator Action.
  • Cover Sets - With Cover Sets, you can easily define several "covers" for your Desktop environment. One for screenshots, say, and another for presentations. Then, you can easily switch from one set to another using the handy menu bar item.
  • Window Cleaning - It's great that your Mac lets you run multiple applications, but sometimes all those extra windows can be quite distracting. Desktopple can watch you work, and if you haven't used an application in a specified amount of time, it will hide those apps for you automatically.
  • Backgound Choices - Make your workspace your own. Choose to hide your Desktop with your regular Desktop image, a different image, a smooth gradient, or a solid color. The choice is yours!
  • AutoHide - Add applications to the Desktopple AutoHide list, and when you launch those applications, Desktopple will automatically hide your Desktop. And when you're done with those applications, Desktopple can automatically show the Desktop again!
  • Menu Dimming - Need to focus on the task at hand? Dim the Menu Bar when you hide the Desktop for a distraction-free workspace. Choose a solid color, or have the menu bar blend in with the background. Great for Getting Things Done!
  • Desktop Files - When your Desktop is hidden, it's hard to get to files that you store there. A quick trip to your Desktopple menu will list all the items on your Desktop. Click to open, and keep working.
  • Multiple Screens - Got more than one Desktop you need to hide? Not only does Desktopple support multiple screens, but you can configure each screen separately.
  • Ignore Exposé - Set Desktopple to ignore Exposé and you'll still keep your Desktop covered, even when Exposé-ing.
  • HotKey Support - Set up a HotKey, and giving yourself a shiny, squeaky-clean Desktop is only a keystroke away.
  • Automator Support - With the handy, built-in Desktopple Automator action, you can integrate Desktop-hiding right into your workflow.


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