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By Vojto Rinik

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Clean your desktop with one click or clean automatically every day.

Why you need Clean:

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.

Clean 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!


* Clean desktop manually
* Start agent and just enjoy nice, cleaned desktop
* Group files into folders by month, or by day
* Setup how often you want your desktop cleaned (every day or every week)

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What's New in Version 1.0.2

Option to skip items with color labels
Setup window is now divided into sections
Optimized agent to take less memory
Fixed an issue that might cause cleaning at inappropriate times


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Customer Reviews

It's good for one thing, but be careful not to complicate matters

"Clean" comes with minimal instructions, so the unsuspecting user may be shocked and even panicky to click on "clean" and immediately see 40 or more folders instantly vanish, replaced by an immaculate, uncluttered, empty desktop.

Not to worry. Your desktop folders have merely been whisked away into a subfolder in your documents folder where they're easily accessible.

"Clean" is useful for those times when you temporarily require a pristine desktop surface--perhaps for watching a movie or touching up some photos. But most users are likely to want their "prime-time" desk-top folders back--and as soon as possible. So be careful about expecting too much of this program--it won't identify and remove all of the duplicates and excess clutter. Rather than "clean" your computer, Clean rearranges it, hiding the beer cans and Playboy pin-ups in the closet or under the bed, safely out of sight until your parents have ended their visit. And if you make use of its automation features, you could be complicating matters, especially if you're already running Time Machine. (If I needed to salvage some items from my desktop of 3 months ago, I would want to see them where I left them--on my desktop.)

Here's how to make it even better

Here's the procedure you want to follow in order to create an alias on your desktop which takes you to the cleaned up content.

Here's what you want to do:

1) Install the app (Clean)
2) Within the app, click on "Settings"
3) enable the checkbox "Skip items with labels"
4) Click on the "Status" button
5) Click on "Clean now"
6) In Finder, navigate to your ~/Documents folder
7) Ctrl-click the "Desktop" subfolder, and select "Make Alias"
8) Drag the new item called "Desktop alias" to your desktop
9) Ctrl-click the "Desktop alias" object which is now on your desktop, and select "Get Info"
10) Under "Label", choose one of the various colors

That's it.

Since we've configured the app to ignore any items on our desktop which have been configured to use a label, our desktop alias item will remain on the desktop indefinitely.

Not quite there

I downloaded Clean with the intent of cleaning my desktop. However, once installed, I started getting error messages on boot up. Supposedly, despite my having administrator level access, some folders had permission issues and would not transfer. I would have to acknowledge two dialogue boxes before boot up. I reset the permissions to no avail. Unfortunately, there is no help file attached to the app and the developer's website has no information on their three apps, other than how to get them.

When I decided to give up and uninstall the app, lo and behold, there are no instructions on how to do this. Simply dragging Clean from the Applications folder to the Trash Can did not work.

For anyone in a similar situation, I had to put Clean on the desktop and then drag ot to the Trash Can.

I think the software has potential, but it's just not a complete enough package to be worthy of App Store status.

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  • Free
  • Category: Utilities
  • Updated: Apr 21, 2011
  • Version: 1.0.2
  • Size: 0.5 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Vojtech Rinik

Compatibility: OS X 10.5 or later

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