DesktopShelves
DesktopShelves
2.1.4

4.0

DesktopShelves free download for Mac

DesktopShelves

2.1.4
13 August 2019

Display folders as desktop shelves.

Overview

DesktopShelves takes a refreshing approach to organizing files. It focuses on saving space on your screen while allowing you to always quickly access your files (via hotkey).

Everything is drag and drop. You can even drop text selections on a shelf and a new file is created automatically. Right-click and drag a file away from a shelf to insert its contents into another application such as Mail (great for keeping a "shelf" with frequently used mail templates, for example).

Features
  • Finder integration: Open any folder as a shelf on the desktop right from the Finder context menu (requires a restart to activate the first time).
  • Choose from different shelf designs or create your own: The designs make your desktop unique and help you to tell your shelves apart. Design your own or download additional designs from the web.
  • Drop a text selection on a shelf and get a new file: Found something on the web that you'd like to remember? Select it, drag and drop it on a shelf, done.
  • Works great with text snippets: Right-click and drag a file away from a shelf to paste its text contents into other applications such as Mail, TextEdit, etc. (works for plain and rich text files).
  • Access your shelves with a hotkey: Bring your shelves on top of all other windows to quickly access your files.
  • Drag & drop everywhere: Drop files from the desktop or Finder onto shelves or the other way around from your shelves into other applications.

What's new in DesktopShelves

Version 2.4.0 (2.1.4):

Note: The downloadable demo is version 2.1.4; the version available for purchase on the Mac App Store is version 2.4.0.

  • 64-bit support

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24 DesktopShelves Reviews

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Tessi
29 June 2011

Most helpful

Try BumpTop for free. It looks great!
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Version 1.0
PieroLuigi
29 October 2017
No more update to this great app?
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Version 2.1.4
1 answer(s)
zlazkow
zlazkow
28 December 2017
it is now 2.2, but in App Store. Updated in September 2017.
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Thombar
15 December 2013
I couldn't get this product to work at all the way the promotional ad said it would. Not worth having in my opinion.
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Version 2.1.4
JohnsonFam
18 September 2012
I think I may be having issues, but I don't see how this is working correctly. I have a shelf on my desktop with all my folders, but I still see all the folders also on my desktop. So basically, I have the folders on a shelf on my desktop and on my desktop, actually adding to the clutter. How do I fix that?
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Version 2.1.3
1 answer(s)
Kitestack Software
Kitestack Software
18 September 2012
The shelf folders do not have to be on the desktop. You can move them to anywhere on your Mac, for example your "Documents" folder. This way they won't show up as icons on the desktop, but you can still access the files via the shelves. Each shelf will update itself with the new location automatically (same for renaming it). If you have more questions, feel free to send me an email to kitestack.com. -Rico
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protagonistic
18 September 2012
Quite frankly I prefer utilities that do not try to take an everything and the kitchen sink approach. This program does the one thing it does extremely well. I hate desktop clutter and it is hard to maintain a desktop with less than a dozen icons. I can now organize all my daily reading into several lists that are easy to see and maintain. This program is well worth the money.
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Version 2.1.3
2 answer(s)
Gslusher
Gslusher
15 November 2012
Interesting. My desktop has exactly 3 icons--just the three hard drives. Everything else is in a folder.
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protagonistic
protagonistic
16 November 2012
@Gslusher I don't even keep my HD icons on the desktop. If I did I would be most of the way to that dozen icons already. :-) Most of the clutter on my desktop comes from my early morning activities. I usually skim through things and just drag links to a shelf. That way I can take my time later on. This program fits in nicely with the way I work. Right now I have one shelf, two folders and two links on my desktop.
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Jerry0923
23 August 2012
I actually love this product. I don't use it for all my files, but it sure helps me to visually organize those pesky little files that are easy to forget. Tech support is A++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Buy this product with certainty!
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Version 2.1.3
Mextex
07 August 2012
Yes, it's a one trick pony and some might think it's too expensive. But I don't agree with that. This app fits into my workflow perfectly and so I have no problem to pay the asked price. Also the developer is very responive, friendly and gives good support. Check the trial version and if it fits your workflow you'll come to the conclusion that it is worth the money. A full 5 star rating from me :)
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Version 2.1.3
hmfwic47
05 August 2012
This app and the lite version are both in the Apple App store. I rated it as 5 for all areas. I couldn't go lower than 5 because I haven't yet tried it out and it wouldn't be fair to the author.
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Version 2.1.3
2 answer(s)
mcnite
mcnite
18 September 2012
this review sounds insane
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lutlei
lutlei
18 September 2012
Just like mcnite said, - but really funny
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NotUsed
11 July 2012
$15 bucks?.. hahahaha.. seriously?
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Version 2.1.3
1 answer(s)
Jerry0923
Jerry0923
23 August 2012
A bargain!
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jibjab
18 March 2012
Frequent crashes and changes assigned folder-shelf
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Version 2.0.2
Tryme
16 March 2012
I'm sure this utility serves a purpose for those people that follow that very 'Windows user trait' of storing hundreds of things on your desktop, perhaps you should do a little web searching and learn about the exponential impact each and every one of those items on your desktop is having on the performance of your system. With so many options for quick access on the Mac, there is no excuse for hundred of folders and files cluttering up the desktop and draining system resources, then in an attempt to organise that chaos, using a utility that further depletes system resources. This is not an attack on this particular product, simply a comment on the bad practices that necessitate it - when it comes to system performance - using this to clean desktop clutter is akin to trying to put out a fire with petrol.
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Version 2.0.2
3 answer(s)
Simon-Dobbs
Simon-Dobbs
15 April 2012
I think you've rather missed the point here; *folders* stored anywhere on a disk are *represented* as shelves on the desktop. It seems to be another way of burying down the folder hierarchy quickly and therefore might be a very good idea.
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Dana-Sutton
Dana-Sutton
15 April 2012
Mr. Dobbs is probably right: presumably, like many such programs, this one really creates and manipulates aliases, right?
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Lvdoc
Lvdoc
13 December 2016
You are correct that too many items on the desktop causes problems and should be avoided. However, this program does not put any items on the desktop per se. As is pointed out elsewhere in this thread, DS uses aliases and does not actually put any files on the desktop itself.

As for bad practices, I have only two folders that are actually on my desktop, which I use for occasionally dropping files into (such as email attachments). As for DS, I use it as a launcher. I have a hot corner set to reveal the desktop. I can then either go to those folders, or I can go to shelves I created with DS to launch particular apps that I set up for those shelves. It's been quite handy.
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