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  Desktop Every human has a threshold of pain; a point where an irritation turns into a complaint. Take the Mac App Store as an example. Too many apps do not have a free trial, but have a price tag outside of the pain limit.

Sometimes I find an app I like, usually a one-pick pony – an app that does a thing and nothing else. Because I test and evaluate such apps, I don't mind spending a few bucks without a free trial. Here is one that works well, gives you change from a book, can use some more features, and comes with a warning.

Goodbye, Mac Screen

This app is called Desktop and what it does is simple. Click on the app and it automatically hides all the app windows on your Mac screen, which then shows which wallpaper you have behind.

 Desktop

What do you see over?

Nothing. And that's the idea. If your Mac screen is messy with a dozen open app windows, the desktop makes them all go away with a single click. Click again and all app windows return to the view where you left them.

Not bad, right?

Here's the problem. There are many such programs available to Mac users, so a new one to succeed, needs more and better features at the same price or similar features at a lower price.

Desktop has none of these. Yet. But if all you want is that your Mac app windows should disappear while looking at the desktop wallpaper, the app is perfect and priced right.

What does Desktop need?

First, an option to view folders and files on the Desktop instead of just disappearing all app windows, allowing you to see the desktop background. Otherwise, what's the point? I want to see what's on the desk that I might want to do to get the app windows to disappear for a moment.

Second, Desktops has developed a couple of other programs, so when you click the link to see Desktop, you will get the other apps instead. No desk to be found. It's just on the Mac App Store. Too many developers rely on Apple as their point of contact, or use Facebook or Twitter for support. Sorry, the Mac360 will no longer consider such apps.

Third, support should be an alternative. The email address on the app developer's website bounces back as not delivered. Incorrect form.

Have I thrown 99 cents on the desk? Not yet. It works. Other apps do more for less (and more). Hide, for example, is free. So is Hiide. Screen curtain does more.


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