DesktopTidy
DesktopTidy
2.5.2

4.5

DesktopTidy free download for Mac

DesktopTidy

2.5.2
07 December 2014

Organize and clean your Desktop instantly.

Overview

Why you need DesktopTidy:

Take a look at your desktop right now and think: how many of those files do you actually need?

You could probably remove most of them. But from time to time, there is some useful file on your desktop, which you want to keep.

DesktopTidy moves all your files to folder you specify and organizes them by month. So you get a clean desktop every day, but your files are never lost, and you can get back to them anytime you want!

Features:

  • Intelligent indicator to tell you if cleaning your Desktop is recommended
  • Option to run in the menu bar
  • Exceptions for files that you don't want DesktopTidy to clean
  • Hot-keys

Restore all the files to your Desktop with a single click! Easy to use and setup, get up and running in less that one minute! Clean Desktop in seconds with a single click!

What's new in DesktopTidy

Version 2.5.2:
  • Application is now a freeware/donationware again
  • Added button to locate the DesktopTidy Folder

13 DesktopTidy Reviews

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Soneé
30 November 2014

Most helpful

Hello users, The application is now shareware (You get a 1 day fully featured trial) For users who have donated this does not apply to you, thanks for your support! Thanks, Soneé John
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Version 2.5.0
cubanpete
09 April 2017
I still use this regularly on Sierra as of April 2017 and it works great. I don't want to spend valuable time fiddling with Apple scripts, so this is perfect. Does the job! Thanks for this.
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Version 2.5.2
Wts
07 December 2014
I have a very bad habit of leaving Folders and Files scattered about on my Desktop for the various projects i am working on. And in no time the desktop is a mess plus i notice that the startup time seems to take longer when there are more files/folders on the desktop. DesktopTidy can move files and folders off the desktop to one folder i specify. Now i have a clean desktop every day but the files are never lost. I can get them back anytime and also decide which to keep and which to trashed. I also complement the developer for his prompt immediate attention to any problems or difficulties i had with his programme. I certainly highly recommend this programme.
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Version 2.5.2
Wts
03 December 2014
AlphaSoft Dec 03, 2014, Yes i received your email and i replied with a request to provide further help have you had a chance to respond?
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Version 2.5.1
1 answer(s)
Soneé
Soneé
03 December 2014
Hello, I am not seeing it. Please send me another one (email: sonee@alphasoftware.co)
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Wts
03 December 2014
Thanks to MacUpdate i realized version 2.5.1 was available. Going to the apple menu drop down menu for previous installed version (2.5.0) you realize that you can't really tell what version is installed and so updating is huge hassle because for some reason it does not self check. Perhaps the developer can fix that soooon!
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Version 2.5.1
1 answer(s)
Soneé
Soneé
03 December 2014
Hello, I have just sent you an email regarding this matter.
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applehelpwriter
02 December 2014
This is basically a wrapper for a simple AppleScript: set date_string to date string of (current date) set folder_name to ("DaDesktop " & date_string) tell application "Finder" set target_folder to make new folder at home with properties {name:folder_name} move every file of desktop to target_folder end tell That said, it does what it says on the tin.
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Version 2.5.1
8 answer(s)
Soneé
Soneé
02 December 2014
Hello softwater :-)

I am very glad that you decided to share your opinion about DesktopTidy and I really appreciate it. Just for the record I do realize that you can do the cleaning 'feature' to some extent with AppleScript but, think of it ,how many average Mac users actually use AppleScript? Also with that script you are moving every file on the Desktop to another folder but, in some cases you don't want certain files to be moved, in DesktopTidy you have the ability to do this. Also, DesktopTidy has the option to use shortcut keys to clean the Desktop (plus the ability to run in the menu bar, and the option to automatically clean the Desktop after a certain number e.g. once the Desktop has more than 20 files on it) I know some people like the ability to use AppleScript which is good but this tool is intended for the masses. Finally, do you have any feature requests? I would be more than happy to consider them and try to implement them to the best of my abilities.

P.S: DesktopTidy was written in 100% Objective-C finally, what price point do you suggest for the app?

Thanks,
Sonee John
16 year old Developer & found of AlphaSoft
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Wts
Wts
03 December 2014
Well softwater that's sounds easy except how many Mac users do applescript and to me it's as mind numbing as using terminal.

Besides the price was right for a ready to go programme.
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applehelpwriter
applehelpwriter
03 December 2014
I've no idea why you pointed out that you're (apparently) 16 years old. What has that got to do with anything?

As for the price point, I suggest you charge whatever people will pay. I'm astounded that people are already paying you $3.99 to save them the bother of simply selecting files in the Finder and dragging them to a new location, but good for you if they are.

I pointed out the AppleScript because it's a simple matter to do this (the script could easily handle folder and/or excluding certain files with a bit of modification) and that's why I wouldn't buy your app.

Also, that AppleScript code is about 30kb. Your app is 5MB. Half of that is the FastSpring frameworks which allow you track whether people have bought it or not, and the other half are your icons (nice images; you're a talented 16yr old artist as well?). Your actual code is 450kb, which is still expensive for what your app does. But the wider point is that's a heavy payload where half of it is for your benefit rather than the users.

IMO, an app that does nothing other than replicate a simple function in the Finder doesn't need a whole load of licensing, updates and icons bloating it out.

But that's just me. If others want to pay for a 3rd party app to move files around their desktop that's their business. I'm not trying to persuade them otherwise, I'm just giving my opinion on your app. That is the purpose of these threads after all.

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Wts
Wts
03 December 2014
@ Applehelpwriter Dec 03, 2014,

you are correct. Also in today's Facebook/Twitter world who knows who the person posting really is or the age for that matter.

Also it is funny that the developper was not aware of Desktop Tidy 2.0 [MAS] Released 04-Jan-2014 by Light Pillar ( http://www.lightpillar.com/macos/desktoptidy/ ).

And so it is what it is as Jerry Seinfield says.

Perhaps you could offer your ready made script for free or even charge a pay what you want here at MacUpdate.

You could call it desktop tidyup.
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Soneé
Soneé
03 December 2014
@Wts are you doubting that I was not aware of the similarly named app called, "Desktop Tidy"? If you look at the the previous discussions you will realize that I was willing to change the name of the application but, that would have users unable to update and the downloads link would have to changes. Also, have you seen the email that I have sent you earlier?
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Soneé
Soneé
03 December 2014
@Applehelpwriter or @softwater, apparently it's the same person. I appreciate your opinions and I am considering making the app a donationware again. Finally, I am considering your other concerns and opinions, if you would like to have any further discussions please feel free to send me an email at: sonee@alphasoftware.co.

P:S: Before I forget, the Frameworks in the app are not FastSpring frameworks they were made by DevMate (http://devmate.com) You seem to be a person that makes applications maybe you will find what they offer very useful.
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applehelpwriter
applehelpwriter
04 December 2014
@wts

It's been done a million times. Like here for example:

http://www.macosxtips.co.uk/index_files/automatically-remove-clutter-from-the-desktop.php

You don't need to learn any applescript to use it. Just google "applescript" and whatever you want to do, and you'll find someone's already made a script for you. There's literally thousands of free scripts around, and if you bother to learn a bit how to make your own on the way, you'll likely never need to buy another app again.

@developer
Yeah, I never know which name MacUpdate is going to post when I make comments. It's linked my user name and my developer name together...but yes, same person.

Now don't take the negative too hard. I did give you a couple fo stars. You've put together a polished little utility and if some people want to pay money for that, then well done.

I'd much rather see you bring the same standard of finished product to something that's offers users something that they can't already do with the functionality already built-in to OS X. That's the challenge! :)
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Soneé
Soneé
04 December 2014
@Applehelpwriter I don't think your comment was negative in anyway. I really appreciate your constructive criticism and because of your comment I think I understand what I should do now :-) I am going to make DesktopTidy a freeware. All the users you have purchased the application while it was a shareware can get a refund, all you have to do is send me an email to: sonee@alphasoftware.co and I will issue you your refund. The freeware should take effect when I update it over the weekend I was hoping to do it this afternoon but, I have exams tomorrow. Also, I plan on adding a auto organize feature that automatically places different files into a folder within the 'master' folder. For example; png, jpeg, and other files that are images will be placed in a folder named Images. I don't have an ETA on when that feature will be available though. Once again thank you so much for your opinions. Btw, I checked on your blog and it's really impressive do have any content on Objective-C? I saw a video and allowed you to wrap code quickly when a shortcut button which, I think is very impressive and will save me a lot of time.
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Wts
30 November 2014
Opening up the Desktop Tidy "folder" is a cumbersome. Why can't there be a drop down item from the Apple Menu icon for Desktop Tidy to take me directly to the folder for those times i want to see what's there and don't want to restore my desktop.. My work around has been to place an alias on the desktop which seems to defeat the reason for having this app.
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Version 2.5.0
1 answer(s)
Soneé
Soneé
02 December 2014
Hello, thank you for your concern I am planning to implement this feature in a future major revision of DesktopTidy.
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Soneé
30 November 2014
Hello users, The application is now shareware (You get a 1 day fully featured trial) For users who have donated this does not apply to you, thanks for your support! Thanks, Soneé John
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Version 2.5.0
2 answer(s)
Wts
Wts
30 November 2014
Thank you for the "trial" and also for moving it out of the Apple Store because now i purchased it.
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Soneé
Soneé
02 December 2014
I am sorry I am a bit confused here. DesktopTidy was never on the MAS. You might be confusing this application with Desktop Tidy (http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/40859/desktop-tidy) When naming the application I was unaware that there was a tool with a similar name.
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Forn
05 September 2014
Excellent! One wish: smaler Icon on Menu Bar :o)
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Version 2.4.1
Willy-Software-Addict
21 January 2014
Very useful and intuitive app.
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Version 2.3.0
Loehman
11 December 2013
I'm confused. I have an application that I love called Desktop Tidy, from Light Pillar Apps. Version 1.0. This application, DeskTopTidy seems to do the same thing, but behaves differently and is from AlphaSoft. They will run concurrently. Are they the same application? I much prefer the older one, since it runs as a menubar item instead of a dock item. And it has more preferences. Please clarify.
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Version 2.0
6 answer(s)
Soneé
Soneé
12 December 2013
@Loehman DesktopTidy and Desktop Tidy are two different apps, maybe I should change the name so it won't cause feature confession.
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Loehman
Loehman
12 December 2013
Yes, you should rename it. I thought Desktop Tidy had gone into version 2.0.
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Dana-Sutton
Dana-Sutton
16 December 2013
You should REALLY change the name of this app, not just change "Desktop" to "DestTop". That just doesn't cut it.
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Soneé
Soneé
16 December 2013
@Dana Sutton, I am working on a new name any suggestions :)?
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Dana-Sutton
Dana-Sutton
16 December 2013
How about Clean Desk? The MU site doesn't list anything with that name.
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Soneé
Soneé
21 January 2014
@Dana Sutton it looks like changing the name won't be an option :( Because a lot of our users won't be able to update the app, and a lot of the download links would be broken.
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Free

4.5

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.8.0 or later
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