Legacy version for existing customers who ran into the WWDR certificate issue.
Do not buy or download here. Click on the Purchases tab and re-download the app from there.
The folder that contains the files in your groups is now called "All Your Desktop Groups Files" instead of just "Desktop Groups" so that it shows up at the top in Finder for easier access.
Ratings and Reviews
Great unless you use the command line
Works fine, but in order to group your files, it moves them into subfolders which are a pain to navigate with the command line. The whole point of my desktop (the way I use it at least) is to hold all (and only) the files I'm working on at a given time. That way I have everything at a glance, and can pull up any relevant data very quickly. It does get messy, and when I'm juggling 3 or 4 projects at once for work, groups seemed like an ideal solution: one group per project and everything's easier to see. Unfortunately, it moves your files into subfolders to track the groups, rather than using its own internal database to do so. This is fine for most users, but when half the files I'm working on are scripts and I have to cd into subdirectories to run them all the time, it's not worth it. Great concept, would buy the full version in a heartbeat if the groupings were visual only, and not reflected in the file system. An option to pick which method is used would be even better.
This App Made My Files Disappear
Forgive the reference to magicians, but that is actually what happened. I installed the lite version, create a few groups, and added the files from my desktop. Many of these files were relatively important and maybe that is my mistake for experimenting with them. When I noticed that the app was running in the dock, I closed the app to see if the groups would remain. When the app closes, so do the groups. But when I relaunched the app, there were no groups. And what is worse, when I checked the "desktop groups" folder that was created by the app, the files were no longer stored there. I checked the trash and even searched the entire hard drive by keywords from the names of the missing files, but they were nowhere to be found. Very disappointed in this experience. At least I can redownload a few of the lots files, although most are lost forever in the desktop group abyss…be careful with this one, or just avoid altogether.
Just a view of files in folders
I'm constantly moving files onto my desktop for use in other applications, then deleting them after use. So, I was excited to use this app to manage my groups of files quickly without them becoming mixed up. However, there are some basic usability issues:
- You cannot rename files in the widgets without opening the folder in finder or moving them back to the desktop
- You cannot multi-select files. This means you have to move items one by one if moving them between groups or deleting them
- You cannot delete a file from the widget, doing so just moves it to the desktop
- It is difficult to grab the edge to resize, especially when auto-collapse is set. Having a visible grip would help a lot here.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.