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Desktop Icon Manager 4.0:

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***NEW*** Desktop Icon Manager (DIM) is upgraded to add the following three features: quickly Hide/Unhide Desktop icons (great for privacy or during presentations), memorize/restore icon positions in Finder windows and set up automatic memorization at selected time intervals or at quit.

Desktop Icon Manager (DIM) is a simple application which saves and restores the icon positions on the Desktop or in a Finder window. There are applications and other scripts that do the same thing, so why is this one different?

First, DIM allows you to save multiple icon arrangements. While you may only use one icon arrangement, there are others who prefer to use more than one for a variety of reasons. DIM allows you to have an infinite number of saved icon arrangements.

Next, DIM doesn't get confused when you store the icon positions at one screen resolution and then restore them at a different screen resolution. In other words, if an icon is at the bottom right corner of the display when the icon positions are stored then that icon will always be placed at the bottom right corner regardless of the screen resolution. There's only one application that I know of which does that, but they want money to do it. Other applications/scripts allow you to save multiple icon positions at different screen resolutions. That's fine if you want to adjust your icon positions for each screen resolution you use. My question is why? You got a Mac sitting in front of you, let her do it.

***NEWEST*** Desktop Icon Manager 4.0 adds three features: Hide/Unhide Desktop icons, memorize/restore icons in Finder windows and automatically memorize icon arrangements at selected time intervals or at quit (see help).
DOWNLOAD DesktopIconManager4.0.zip (4,946,923 bytes).

Desktop Icon Manager 3.0 is a complete rewrite using a Swift-to-AppleScriptObjC bridge.
DOWNLOAD DesktopIconManager3.0.zip (5,022,841 bytes).

Desktop Icon Manager 2.1.0 can now store one, two, ..., infinite number of Desktop icon arrangements.
DOWNLOAD DesktopIconManager2.1.0.zip (434,898 bytes).

Desktop Icon Manager 2.0.2 will now not reset the Desktop's "Arrange by:" option to "None" unless it must (e.g. screen resolution changed). The icon is now correctly done according to Apple. Minor tweaks to documentation.
DOWNLOAD DesktopIconManager2.0.2.zip (303,174 bytes).

Desktop Icon Manager 2.0.1 is identical to 2.0 but now in Universal goodness (intel and ppc).
DOWNLOAD DesktopIconManager2.0.1.zip (238,634 bytes).

Desktop Icon Manager 2.0 only works for Mac OS 10.4 and later. For MacOS 7.x through 9.x, one can use Desktop Icon Manager 1.3.1 (see below). There is no version of Desktop Icon Manager that works for Mac OS 10.0 through 10.3.9! Why, you ask? Don't know, ask Apple...
DOWNLOAD DesktopIconManager2.0.zip (218,228 bytes).

Version 1.3.1 is mainly for MacOS 9 users. Due to changes in the Finder, sometimes DIM v1.3 failed to restore the icon positions. This version fixes that problem. There is no new functionality in the script. MacOS 8.6 and earlier users can use either this or DIM v1.3.
DOWNLOAD DesktopIconManager1.3.1.sit (26,532 bytes).

Version 1.3 does exactly the same thing as v1.1, but now you can tell DIM not to prompt you when its executed. Instead it will simply restore the icon positions on the desktop and quit. This is great for putting DIM in the Startup Items folder to insure all your icons are precisely where you want them when you turn on your Mac!
DOWNLOAD DesktopIconManager1.3.sit (23,234 bytes).

Version 1.2 was never released to the general public.

Version 1.1 does exactly the same thing as the original v1.0, except considerably faster! (thanks to Stùphane Madrau)

 

 

 

Last modified: November 2019
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