Love it or hate it, the Desktop is one of the most used locations on a Mac. Desktop actually is a folder; the one where we place files and folders until we’re ready to use them or organize them into other Mac folders such as Documents, Pictures (which really should be named Photos), Music (which only contains iTunes, which is anything but music these days) and the like.
A number of apps attempt to do automatically what we do manually– clean up the Desktop when it gets cluttered. Some of those apps move files and folders around automatically, others simply give you single click option to hide everything on the Desktop, but here’s a unique Mac app which organizes everything on the Desktop, on the Desktop where it’s easily viewed and used.
It’s called iCollections and it lets you collect and organize files, folders, applications, and almost anything into categories or sections on the Desktop itself.
A collection on the Desktop would look like this.
iCollections collections of files, folders, and apps (actually aliases) are fully customizable and rearrangeable to suite your workflow. Two clicks and you have a new collection ready for use on the Desktop, and each collection can hold whatever you want, labeled how you want, even resized and highlighted the way you want.
For items within a collection on the Desktop, files can be opened with a right click, or double-click, and renamed, deleted, viewed, copied, and moved just like files in the Finder.
Settings are simple and straightforward if a bit obvious. The Title bar and Window of the collection can be customized with color, title, corner radius, frame color, size, and transparency.
What’s going on with iCollections is both useful and a bit quirky.
Everything stored in an iCollections collection is actually stored in a Documents folder, but made visible on the Desktop. Close iCollections and everything on the Desktop disappears (making it clean and neat, so I consider that a positive), but the files remain stored within the Documents folder.
When iCollections is open and running all the collections are displayed on the Mac’s Desktop again, right where you left them. That makes for a good workflow experience.
Mac users tend to be divided into two groups. Those that use the Desktop to navigate through files and folders, and those that use the Finder. I’m in the latter camp. My Mac’s Desktop is always covered up by a dozen open app windows.