Feb 16 2007
I have really been enjoying the set up Merlin Mann recommended in MacBreak 33: The Distracted Mac. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, please follow the link and watch the video. The set up shows you how to free your Mac from visual clutter and does it rather well… sort of.
One particular piece of the uncluttered Mac puzzle–SpiritedAway (which automatically hides background Applications)–hasn’t been updated in ages and bogs down on Intel-based Macs. For that matter, the developer’s site has been displaying a Japanese 404 message for the last little while. So what’s a guy to do?
August Trometer of FoggyNoggin Software saw our desperation and has added this same feature (which he calls “Window Cleaning”) to the latest edition of Desktopple Pro.
Desktopple quickly and easily hides all of your Desktop clutter. A quick trip to your menu bar or the touch of a hotkey is all it takes, and those icons, windows and even the Menu Bar itself vanish from view.
Desktopple not only replaces SpiritedAway with Intel-friendly speed, but it one-ups its freeware sibling as well as another of Merlin Mann’s recommended System add-ons–Backdrop. By making Desktopple Pro a Preference Pane application, it frees your Dock of an extra icon and can even do the same for your Menu Bar without losing functionality.
Although it is not a new feature, Desktopple’s Menu Dimming does away with the need for another of The Distracted Mac’s recommended add-ons–MenuShade–saving you one more running app and an icon’s worth of Dock clutter.
For USD$17, Desktopple Pro serves up a screen free of distractions for us busy MacMercs. The update is free for registered users. FoggyNoggin offers a 15-day trial of Desktopple Pro as well as a freeware version with an appropriate feature set reduction.