DeskShade
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Desktop organizer.   Shareware ($12.95)
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    MacRabbit
DeskShade cures boring and cluttered desktops. Why bother with a desktop picture when it's covered by ugly icons? Are you happy with a static background? Download Now and get one step closer to desktop nirvana.

Tidy up your desktop without having to do any cleanup work

DeskLock catches sneaky family and co-workers red handed

Build a collection: drag pictures straight from a Web page to DeskShade

Easy desktop variations with the built-in color shifting

Enrich your experience with cinematic desktop transitions

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What's New
Version 2.1:
  • Improved Leopard compatibility
  • Improved built-in automatic updater (Sparkle based)
  • Stability fixes
  • Sleep behavior options
  • Various other fixes
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later

*Previously available here



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DeskShade User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 2.x:
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Cowicide commented on 20 Jan 2011
Just a head's up that Deskshade seem to continue to work with Snow Leopard all the way up to 10.6.6 -- I didn't see it directly addressed here or anywhere on the Dev's site, so I just thought I'd share the good news.
[Version 2.1]

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Wim-Waman replied on 10 Jun 2012
FYI: DeskShade is still working properly with Lion 10.7.4 on an iMac Early 2009.
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Cowicide replied on 10 Jun 2012
Thank you, Wim-Waman for the head's up!
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Cheboorushka reviewed on 17 Dec 2010
great app. especially expose integration
[Version 2.1]


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Defector commented on 01 Aug 2008
Using v2.1 with Leopard.4, I'm having a little trouble with the *Exposé: Covered desktop is immune* function.

When checked, the desktop still behaves as though the box is unchecked. The desktop cover moves away, along with the windows, revealing the icons on the desktop.

This does not happen with v2.1 and Tiger.11.

I've emailed macrabbit, but have had no response.
[Version 2.1]


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tfindlay commented on 27 Dec 2007
Oops! I meant to give DeskShade an overall rating of 5. Sorry!
[Version 2.1]


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tfindlay reviewed on 27 Dec 2007
I noticed that when I switched to another user and then back again using quick user switching DeskShade was no longer running. I emailed the developer and within one working day the problem was fixed. Great support for a great program.
[Version 2.1]


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Dylan.H reviewed on 27 Dec 2007
Thanks you so much for updating this great application!

I've been a long-time user of DeskShade, and am thrilled to see that it is now fully Leopard-compatible. This utility is absolutely invaluable to me.

Keep up the great work, MacRabbit!
[Version 2.1]


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le-macinfo commented on 05 Jun 2005
DeskShade is nice, though a little bit of bloatware also!

If you just need to quickly hide/show your desktop icons I recommend "DesktopSweeper", a little APE hack. It get's invoked just with a keyboard shortcut. So, no "mousing & clicking" needed!

While we are at it, "Window Dragon" is also a nice APE hack, which let's you drag your windows from anywhere you want, with just the press of a modifier key!

Sorry for being a little OT.
[Version 2.0.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 02 Jun 2005
Instant gratification at its best!
[Version 2.0.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 02 Jun 2005
Great app! I thought this app was stupid at first and didn't give it a decent try the first time around. However, the second time I actually used it and now I love it!

I find the clutter on my desktop to be a tad annoying if not distracting. This app is perfect for sweeping the dust under the rug.

Thanks!

p.s. The developer is a great and usually responds to emails very quickly.
[Version 2.0.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 01 May 2005
I have been using this little app since it's release (since when it was in 1.x in fact). I find it a well written and useful application that I would not be without.

The "Desktop Central" feature provides a faster and better organised way of changing my desktop picture, and I use it every day. The movie option attached to this is also cool and works well.

The "Cover Desktop" feature is a quick and useful way of hiding clutter that you don't want to see (or don't want others to see).

The "Lock Desktop" feature is my favourite, however. I use it whenever I am away from my mac for any amount of time. It is fast and reliable.

Contrary to what others have said, I find this app to be stable, uses practically 0 resources, and as for the previous guys problem, well I can only say it has never happened to me, and I have used this feature literally hundereds if not thousands of times.

The only problems I have with it are:

• Desktop Central does not refresh. If I add a picture to a folder that is linked to in desktop central, I have to quit Deskshade and relaunch it before that picture appears.

• There should be a way of automatically changing desktops every 5 seconds, 30 seconds, 1 minute, etc, as provided by Apple's own pref pane.

• The Lock Desktop feature is slightly broken under 10.4 Tiger. The lock icon does not appear, it instead displays the password box all the time, and after the first time you enter the password, every time you lock your desktop the password box displays with your password already in it (in bullets). You have to delete it yourself. I hope this will be fixed soon.
[Version 2.0.1]


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francola had trouble on 28 Dec 2007
Looks like a great app, but I seem to be having one problem with it. When I lock the screen the first couple of times after launching the program, it does fine. After locking the screen a few times the lock image stops appearing and I only get the blank wallpaper. I can still click on it and enter the password, but sometimes when I click on it the screen even goes completely black. Thanks.
[Version 2.1]

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francola commented on 28 Dec 2007
Also, when the lock does not appear, the dialog box that you enter the password in does not come up either. You just have to type in the password blindly.
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Disparity had trouble on 03 Oct 2007
Great product, but it always crashes when I disconnect from my second monitor!

I have emailed the developer about the bug several times, but have not gotten a response.
[Version 2.0.3]

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Emrys0821 replied on 06 Dec 2007
I have the same problem when I disconnect my external monitor.

I use a MacBook, connected to a 20.1" Wide-screen LCD.

Instead of using both screens, I utilize the hardware feature where I can close the lid and the main screen will be the attached monitor. I prefer this over having two screens.

I consider the way I'm using the app as "unconventional", so I've never bothered the developer about it crashing once I disconnect the external monitor.
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Downloads:23,984
Version Downloads:10,886
Type:Utilities : Desktop
License:Shareware
Date:27 Dec 2007
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $12.95
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DeskShade cures boring and cluttered desktops. Why bother with a desktop picture when it's covered by ugly icons? Are you happy with a static background? Download Now and get one step closer to desktop nirvana.

Tidy up your desktop without having to do any cleanup work

DeskLock catches sneaky family and co-workers red handed

Build a collection: drag pictures straight from a Web page to DeskShade

Easy desktop variations with the built-in color shifting

Enrich your experience with cinematic desktop transitions

Play full screen movies in DeskMovie for unobtrusive viewing


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