Every human being has a threshold for pain; a point whereby an annoyance turns into a grievance. Take the Mac App Store as an example. Too many apps do not have a free trial version but do have a price tag beyond my pain threshold.
Sometimes I find an app I like, usually a one-trick pony– an app that does one thing and nothing else. Because I test and review such apps I don’t mind spending a few bucks without a free trial version. Here’s one that works well, gives you change from a buck, could use a few more features, and comes with a caveat.
Goodbye, Mac Screen
This app is called Desktop and what it does is simple. Click the app and it automatically hides all the app windows on your Mac’s screen, which then reveals whatever Desktop wallpaper you have behind.
What do you see above?
Nothing. And that’s the idea. If your Mac’s screen is cluttered with a dozen open app windows, Desktop makes them all go away with a single click. Click again, and all the app windows come back into view, right where you left them.
Not bad, right?
Here’s the problem. There are many such apps available for Mac users so for a new one to succeed it will need to have more and better features at the same price, or similar features at a lower price.
Desktop has neither. Yet. But if all you want is for your Mac’s app windows to disappear while you view the Desktop wallpaper, the app is perfect and priced about right.
What does Desktop need?
First, an option to display folders and files on the Desktop instead of just making all app windows disappear so you can view the Desktop wallpaper. Otherwise, what’s the point? I want to see what’s on the Desktop which I why I might want to make app windows disappear for a moment.
Second, Desktop’s developer has a couple of other apps, so when you click the link to see Desktop, you’ll get the other apps instead. No Desktop to be found. It’s only on the Mac App Store. Too many developers rely on Apple as their point of contact, or use Facebook or Twitter for support. Sorry, Mac360 will no longer review such apps.
Third, support should be an option. The email address on the app developer’s website bounces back as undelivered. Bad form.