DesktopShelves
DesktopShelves
2.1.4

4.0

DesktopShelves free download for Mac

DesktopShelves2.1.4

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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How would you rate DesktopShelves app?

24 Reviews of DesktopShelves

Tessi
29 June 2011
Version: 1.0

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Try BumpTop for free. It looks great!
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PieroLuigi
29 October 2017
Version: 2.1.4
No more update to this great app?
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Thombar
15 December 2013
Version: 2.1.4
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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JohnsonFam
18 September 2012
Version: 2.1.3
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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protagonistic
18 September 2012
Version: 2.1.3
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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Jerry0923
23 August 2012
Version: 2.1.3
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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5
Mextex
07 August 2012
Version: 2.1.3
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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hmfwic47
05 August 2012
Version: 2.1.3
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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NotUsed
11 July 2012
Version: 2.1.3
$15 bucks?.. hahahaha.. seriously?
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jibjab
18 March 2012
Version: 2.0.2
Frequent crashes and changes assigned folder-shelf
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Tryme
16 March 2012
Version: 2.0.2
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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Sgginc
23 January 2012
Version: 2.0
5 stars now that spacing is adjustable. If you like to be organized this is for you. Developer is highly responsive. Thanks ... Ken
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Sgginc
03 September 2011
Version: 1.3.1
This would be a 5 star utility if the spacing of the items on the shelf could be adjusted. They’re just too close for me. Otherwise a great utility. Very easy to clean up your desktop.
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Hhtall
22 August 2011
Version: 1.3
Great App to easy clean up your desktop and even to organize your work.
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Tessi
17 August 2011
Version: 1.3
Get BumpTop for free at: http://mac.softpedia.com/dyn-postdownload.php?p=70460&t=4&i=1 This free tool is that great that google bought it. You can get it at link above. Enjoy it !!!
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dbaps2
17 August 2011
Version: 1.3
How does licensing work? Is it five for $15 in the Mac store and one copy for this offer? Or is it unlimited? Please explain. Thanks,. Paul
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Blueillusion
17 August 2011
Version: 1.3
Tried the app for a bit as i was considering purchasing. But it seemed a little slow as i had to wait too long with the mouse hovering above icons before it reacted, and if you put actual folders on the shelf its not as simple as click to open them. Also the design is not a refined and smooth as i would like, edges of icons seem pixelated and could decide whether it looks more 2D or 3D. But it really is a good idea, so i will keep my eye on this app and if it improves ill give in another chance.
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JoDun
16 August 2011
Version: 1.3
The idea was appealing since I have 4 or 5 projects on the go and I envisioned a shelf with each of those folders sitting neatly at the bottom of my screen. But each folder will need its own shelf so that is not a space saver. But my main problem is that I can't get the shelf to go into the background. I've tried Control + minus. Nothing. I went into Preferences & at Activate/Deactivate I typed in a code (Control+S) but this does nothing. There it is right in front of everything I do on the screen. I can go up to the toolbar at the top of the screen and open Desktopshelves and Quit. But then to use it again I have to go into DownLoads and reload it. What am I doing wrong?! It looked so simple.
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Preset
16 August 2011
Version: 1.3
Hello! Just purchased DesktopShelves and can´t download it as the download-link doesn´t work. Any help? Thanks
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Mada
16 August 2011
Version: 1.3
Any experienced user would tell you the desktop is not the place where you want to have folders, files, etc., since refreshing the icons will slow down your computer. The strategy most often used is to put all the files on your desktop à in one unique folder that you can open and consult (usually as the first step in processing or filing them). If you use a tag system then it really does not matter anyway where you put your files. You simply should not leave them on the desktop! Now, I understand some users might enjoy looking at hundreds of files on their desktop while working on something else (not very productive, but in life not all is about productivity). To them I would suggest they at least test the app for CPU use and effect on speed. I cannot put a rating since I did not try it and don't see the need for it but I question such interface when you have other similar apps (shelves-like) that you can call up to the front with one key. This app is like a box you would buy so you could add up more stuff to fill it up. It is _not_ going to make your desktop and your life more uncluttered. Think in terms of comparison with a real desktop!
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Drking
03 July 2011
Version: 1.0
This is a convenient application I use often daily. The developer is fantastic and responds to emails promptly. Since I've been using it, it just keeps getting better and better.
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Mac007
01 July 2011
Version: 1.0
A very promising app but they need to add the ability to show it as a dock item and not just a menu bar app. There is only so much room up there and mine is becoming crowded to the point that if I'm not in the right app I can't access this one because it is hidden. Until someone comes up with an app to remedy this situation or Apple provides a fix this will be a big problem for users like me.
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Tessi
29 June 2011
Version: 1.0
Try BumpTop for free. It looks great!
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anonymous-thrush-1121
08 May 2011
Version: 0.6.3beta
Nice GUI Idea! But more better experience at Shelp management GUI. Context menu as like CUI and Windows. One More hope, memory use reduce. Because I use MacBook Air(Mid 2009), 2GB memory only ;)
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agas
08 May 2011
Version: 0.6.3beta
wow!, is there any better ideal. Give ++
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