Deskovery
Deskovery 1.5.3
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Deskovery makes it easy to find the window you want out of all your open windows, just move your mouse to see the full list of all open windows, select one and move it to front in a single click.

Stop wasting time aligning windows, with Deskovery your windows are magnetic. Windows snap neatly to screen edges. Deskovery also lets you resize windows with one click. Click on the zoom button, drag to the preferred size and position, release mouse button, that's all!

Features:
  • Windowshading (minimize to titlebar)
  • Space switcher directly
What's New
Version 1.5.3:
  • Fully compatible with OS X 10.7.3
  • Windows shading is now compatible with more applications.
  • Right side windows list bug is fixed
Requirements
Intel, Mac OS X 10.6 or later



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Deskovery User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 1.x:
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burypromote

+7

CHLOEDOG reviewed on 06 Apr 2013
If you just want windowshading and don't need the wobbly windows, there is another alternative called WindowMizer. Windows actually activate and deactivate as Mac windows should. Plus you get two activations per license,so it is less than half the price.
[Version 1.5.3]


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+1

+1

highstepper reviewed on 28 Nov 2012
I recently installed Deskovery on my intel iMac running OSX 10.7. I was initially so glad to be able to windowshade again (the only reason I bought the program), but now I have realized that I should have read reviews at MacUpdate ;(

The reason I need windowshade is that I typically run around 6-8 programs at a time with an average of 3-6 windows open for each. In their decision to get rid of windowshading, I think Apple only considered users with few windows open, not those like myself who use multiple programs all day long for my work.

Anyway, I soon found out that another key feature that I use for selecting a particular window is now disabled (does not work). I can no longer bring a window to the front by selecting it under the 'Window' menu in applications. Given that I don't windowshade all my windows, windowshaded windows hide behind open windows and I have to move or windowshade windows I want open in order to find windowshaded windows I want to open! I hope this is not too confusing. As another reviewer put it, windowshaded windows go into the Deskovery world, where they can't be accessed in normal ways anymore. This is a serious flaw in this program and greatly reduces its utility.
[Version 1.5.3]


burypromote

+15
Philosopherdog commented on 28 Nov 2012
The current version only partially works with ML. The pinning feature doesn't work, and neither does the spaces feature. I could live without the spaces feature, but pinning I want. Looks like such a cool app, but alas it only half works in ML. Too bad. With some hope maybe it will be updated.
[Version 1.5.3]


burypromote

+8
Ry.ma commented on 18 Sep 2012
the function "transparency window" does not work for me. OSX 10.7.4.
[Version 1.5.3]


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bretzl liquide reviewed on 09 May 2012
Hi

What is the limitation in the trial version ?

For me (trial version, macpro OS 16.6.8), after a few utilization of Deskovey, I have continuously the beach ball, and the only solution I have is to the restart...

Is there a limitation due to the trial version or a bug ?
[Version 1.5.3]


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+1

+398

Donperreault reviewed on 29 Apr 2012
If you have been waiting for Unsanity WindowShade to be updated for Lion, wait no more, Deskovery puts WindowShade to shame with all it's cool features.

I am so happy to be able to finally minimize my windows to the titlebar in Lion. Deskovery also takes the place of Moom and all those new window size manipulation app's with its Zoom Window drop down window sizing window. Deskovery also allows the user to make windows transparent, magnetic windows, has a window list and has some cool eye candy called Woobly windows that make the window shake as you move them.

Give Deskovery a try, you won't be disappointed.
[Version 1.5.3]


burypromote

+11
Dualie commented on 24 Apr 2012
Man, I love this thing! I just bought a rather expensive license for it. The more I use it the more I like it. The zoom button features alone are worth the price of admission. Too bad the dock switcher icon gizmo doesn't work in Lion - that is freakin' AWESOME for those of us who hate Spaces animations.
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+11

Dualie reviewed on 19 Apr 2012
Wow, I like this a LOT. It's even better than Windowshade IMHO, even though it has its own idiosyncrasies. I disabled some features that were giving me minor troubles, but overall this is a great effort that will only get better.
Finally a reason to upgrade to Lion at the office.
[Version 1.5.3]


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+3

+378
Lvdoc commented on 27 Feb 2012
I have no hope for Unsanity. In the past, they often took several months to get updates out for new systems; but they should have had something for Lion by this time. Instead, they're busy soliciting donations so that maybe, just possibly, they'll consider upgrading. (But only if everyone re-buys all of their software first!)

So, if you want to windowshade, Deskovery is your only option. But it's not an option if you want to windowshade the way all of us have always understood that to work. As best as I can tell, Deskovery attempts to pull it all off by moving windows to their own little Deskovery world, and the magic takes place there. The problem, as many have noted, is that windowshaded windows are no longer readily accessible unless you click directly on the window.

This approach is pointless, particularly if you're using a keyboard. For instance, if I have two windows open, and I windowshade one and then switch to the other, I cannot use a keyboard shortcut to switch back to the shaded window and unshade it. The shaded window is no longer part of the program I'm working in; it's now a part of the Deskovery world.

I think the developers are trying this approach in order to avoid injecting some kind of system-wide program, in order to avoid accusations of having something like APE (for which Unsanity is always taking a beating). I applaud the logic but not the result. Frankly, APE never gave me any problems over the years.

At any rate, the best alternatives I've found to windowshading are either SizeUp (because it allows a nice bounce-back feature) or simply to minimize windows to the dock and then use various programs such as Hyperdock to relocate them.

Alas, everyone's presumably repeated pleas to Apple to reinstate windowshading have gone unheaded. They want to get pi$$y because people use APE; but they don't want to provide their own windowshading solution. Even Microsoft has windowshading programs available. Sigh.
[Version 1.5.2]

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burypromote

-11
jeffmil replied on 10 Mar 2012
Correct! Windowshading with the mouse does not work at all for me. A dclick on any title bar minimizes the window to the dock, period. Ctrl-Shift-S does minimize to the titlebar, but not the dclick. And that is the ONLY reason I bought this product.

The wobbly windows make the screen flash and that is very annoying. I had to disable it. The window finder at the left edge of the screen pops up when I even get close and is also annoying.

System: latest Mac Mini with Lion 10.7.3.
burypromote
+2
Neomobili (developer) replied on 13 Apr 2012
Jeffmil, you've probably check the option to minimize to the Dock in your System Preferences.
burypromote

-11
jeffmil replied on 16 Apr 2012
Yes indeed! Thank you Neomobili! Windowshading works fine now.

In System preferences I had System Preferences > General > "Double click a window's title bar to minimize" checked. This was competing with Deskovery. I turned that off and Deskovergy receives the double click and does the window shading properly! That makes all the difference. And that was the one feature that made me buy the product. Now it works, and perfectly! IF I could I wrould bump my review up a few stars. Thank you!
burypromote

+3

Billearl reviewed on 23 Feb 2012
Poorly designed, poorly written, poorly documented alphaware! I'll be dumping this if Unsanity ever updates WindowShade for Lion, or if I run into more problems with it, whichever occurs first.

It does an okay job of windowshading, if you have unchecked "Double-click a window's title bar to minimize" in the General pane of System Preferences (that's not in the "documentation").
[Version 1.5.2]

1 Reply

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Neomobili (developer) replied on 13 Apr 2012
Hi,
Thanks for your feedback.
Could you describe "poorly designed, poorly written" ?
Thanks
burypromote
bretzl liquide had trouble on 09 May 2012
Hi

What is the limitation in the trial version ?

For me (trial version, macpro OS 16.6.8), after a few utilization of Deskovey, I have continuously the beach ball, and the only solution I have is to the restart...

Is there a limitation due to the trial version or a bug ?
[Version 1.5.3]


burypromote

+60
Qb had trouble on 19 Apr 2012
Thanks for the recent update. However I still have the previously reported and documented problem of double-clicking an email in Mail App and having it open and window shade when I just want it to open.
[Version 1.5.3]


burypromote

+46
Psychosynthesis had trouble on 09 Jan 2012
it seems to have some problems with the app optimal layout, I can't get it to window shade
[Version 1.5.1]


burypromote
+1

+83
Macmaria had trouble on 06 Dec 2010
For some reason, it crashes on me all the time. I tried to find the email of the developer to send the crash reports, but there's none available on the official website. Also left a comment on the blog asking for a way to send the log and no response. I think I'll give up on Deskovery.
[Version 0.9]

3 Replies

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Neomobili (developer) replied on 07 Dec 2010
Thanks you for your feedback. Sorry I didn't see you comment. could you please send your log on contact **at** neomobili.com ?
Are you using a 32 bits version of Snow Leopard?
burypromote

+83
Macmaria replied on 07 Dec 2010
I'll send the log to you and details on my system. Thanks for replying.
burypromote
Neomobili (developer) replied on 15 Dec 2010
Issue fixed in version 1.0

thx653 rated on 31 May 2012

[Version 1.5.3]



-11

jeffmil rated on 16 Apr 2012

[Version 1.5.3]



Ray Meng rated on 10 Apr 2012

[Version 1.5.2]



-11

jeffmil rated on 10 Mar 2012

[Version 1.5.2]



Explorer716 rated on 05 Mar 2012

[Version 1.5.2]



Logan5 rated on 29 Feb 2012

[Version 1.5.2]



Contarius rated on 13 Feb 2012

[Version 1.5.2]



Nuno J Dias rated on 10 Feb 2012

[Version 1.5.2]



tactbe rated on 09 Feb 2012

[Version 1.5.2]



+4

MacUpdate-Mark rated on 30 Jan 2012

[Version 1.5.1]


Downloads:12,645
Version Downloads:3,508
Type:Utilities : Desktop
License:Shareware
Date:13 Apr 2012
Platform:Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $24.99
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Deskovery makes it easy to find the window you want out of all your open windows, just move your mouse to see the full list of all open windows, select one and move it to front in a single click.

Stop wasting time aligning windows, with Deskovery your windows are magnetic. Windows snap neatly to screen edges. Deskovery also lets you resize windows with one click. Click on the zoom button, drag to the preferred size and position, release mouse button, that's all!

Features:
  • Windowshading (minimize to titlebar)
  • Space switcher directly in the Dock
  • Customizable Spaces transition (3D Cube, 3D Flip) on 10.6
  • Compiz-like wobbly windows
  • Transparent windows
  • Size and align windows
  • Magnetic windows with screen edges


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