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With iCollections you can sort your icons into organized groups on your desktop. iCollections is an intuitive application and very easy to use. iCollections allows you to create shaded areas on your desktop. The shaded area is called a Collection and it acts like a folder - you can drag and drop files and folders into it. Items stay inside the Collection all time, even after you quit the iCollections. These items (files and folders) are phisically stored in your Documents folder. You can use a context menu (right click) on a file or folder to reveal it in the Finder window and thereby get to its phisical location.
Items in a Collection can be launched (double click), renamed (click on a label), removed (Cmd+Backspace) and viewed (Space key). You just use the same shortcuts and commands as in the Finder.
The main application menu is accessible by clicking on the system toolbar icon:
iCollections requires Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
It is fully compatible with macOS Mojave.
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Creates a new Collection on the desktop. Then you can drag and drop files and folders into it. Each Collection has a menu accessible by clicking a button at the top-right corner of a Collection. A black frame is displayed when a Collection is dragged. When dragging items to it, a blue frame is shown indicating the drop is accepted. When copying a big file to the Collection, a progress indicator is displayed, and the Collection is locked until the copy process is finished.
Folder access questions (App Store version only)
Asking for an access to folders is imposed by the App Store. After you allow the access, iCollections receives permission to access the selected folder and all its subfolders. The granted permission is stored so you need to allow access only once. To avoid future questions about permissions select the parent disk of the folder from the upper combo box and click "Allow". This will grant permission to the whole disk and all its items (folders and subfolders) and you will not be asked again for any item on this disk.
Each Collection can have a different style and appearance. Users can change window and title bar color and transparency. Also a Collection frame can be defined. To change these settings click the button in the top-right corner of a Collection.
Use for Create, Rename, Move or Remove a tab inside the Collection.
Opens a Wizard window. The Wizard allows you to select a group of files on the desktop which will be imported (moved) into the Collection.
Submenu with various sort options. The meaning is exactly the same as the "Sort by" option in the Finder.
Allows you to change a Collection style. The description of Appearance Settings window is given below.
Quickly set a Collection's window color (background). The color also applies a predefined opacity.
You can change the Collection items size. Four predefinied sizes are available: Regular, Medium, Small and Mini. The Medium size can be with a label on the right side or with a label at the bottom of an icon.
This option permanently removes the Collection from the desktop. You will be asked what to do with the files and folders (if there are any in the Collection). You can choose either to delete items or move them to the desktop. This option cannot be undone. To create a Collection, choose "New Collection" from the main menu (see the Introduction).
Define how Collections should looks like. Set scroll bar and tab bar location, windows shadow and frame, etc.
Define how Collection windows should behave and react. Set how auto-shrinked windows will work. Set timeouts for mouse events and what methods should be used for tab movement.
Define slide show parameters.
Define Web View initial size and its parameters.
The Drop Well is a place on the desktop when you can drag and drop temporary files (eg, Chrome or Safari downloads, Mail attachments or other files and folders. Items in a Drop Well disappear when new files or folders are dropped. So you will always see the most recently dropped items (can be altered to see last 2 or 3 drops).
How to switch between copy, move or link creation when dragging items onto a Collection?
Press Command, Alt or both keys before dropping dragged items.
Clicking the top-left icon on a Collection enlarges it to show more items. You can set how large the Collection will appear when maximized and how the Collection transparency will change.
The Photo Frame will display pictures from a selected folder inside a Collection. Users can turn on a pictures slide show and set how long a single picture will be displayed. The Photo Frame title can be set as dynamic and show a picture name, date and/or GPS location.
Photo Frame's menu
For a Photo Frame, you can set the same display options as for Collections. Additionally, you can change the slide show details and choose a pictures folder.
Change Photo Folder
Set a new folder with pictures to display. When a single picture is selected, the Picture Frame will display only the selected photo as a static picture.
Show in Finder
Reveals the current pictures folder in the Finder.
When checked, pictures will change after a selected period of time. The order of displaying pictures can't be changed.
Set Aspect Ratio
Choose the option to set a predefinied Picture Frame size proportion. When the aspect ratio is set, resizing the Photo Frame will keep the size in proportion.
When selected, a Collection is automatically minimized when mouse cursor is outside the Collection. To restore the Collection move the mouse cursor over the Collection title bar.
The Disk Panel displays all disk connected to your Mac. You can filter what kind of disks should be displayed.
Style and Color
Define every part of Collections' windows. Set color, transparency, font, corner radius, tab indicator style, etc.
Define Collection's item size and label. Specify X and Y spacing between icons, labels size and position, thumbnail icon preview style, etc.
The Web View is a mobile web browser pinned to your Desktop. Can be used as an alternative to your mobile phone, displaying your favorite social sites, chats, news, etc. You can switch between mobile and computer view and freely enlarge the Web View window. After restarting iCollections, Web View will shows recently visited website allowing to quickly continue your web experiences.
Show your the most frequently used folder on the Desktop. The Folder View is an equivalent of the Finder window and it presents items of the selected folder.
Show in Finder
Reveals the Collection in the Finder window to quickly locate the Collection's folder.
Allows you to quickly adjust transparency of the Collection by choosing one of the predefined values.
When a Collections is locked, moving and resizing its window is not possible. This prevents unintentional changing the Collections set.
Hides a Collection. To display it back, go to Collections on Screen -> Collections List and unselect "hide" checkbox. Alternatively you can choose "Hide Collections" from the main menu which displays/hides all the Collections.
iCollections Storage submenu:
iCollections Storage is the main folder where all Collections items are kept. By default its located in your Documents or Home folder (depends of what have you chosen at the Wizard during the very first launch).
This submenu allows to locate, move or switch the Storage folder.
Moving the Storage means moving all the Collections with their items to the new location.
Switching the Storage means stop using the current Storage and start using a new one. This allows you to manage several different Collections sets.
iCollections on Screen submenu:
Pin to Desktop
When you reveal your desktop by performing the Show Desktop command (default key shortcut F11), all application windows disappear to display the Desktop with its icons. If the Pin to Desktop is on, iCollections don't disappear as all other windows but stay on the desktop even when "Showing Desktop".
Display iCollections on All Spaces
Set this switch if you want your Collections display on each Mac Space (virtual desktop).
Auto rearrange Collections
This option allows you to move all your Collections to the main screen and arrange them as close as possible starting from the top-left corner of the screen.
Fix Aut-of-screen Collections
Use this option if any of your Collections appear outside of the screen. When you add or switch a monitor or change the display resolution, some Collections can be displayed out of the screen because of the screen resolution change. Use this option to move all Collections back to your main screen.
Allows you to manage all your created Collections. On the list you can set Collections location manually and hide/unhide Collections.
A Collection containing currently running processes (applications). By right click on a selected process, user can switch to, force quit or investigate the process.
Questions, Feedback and Contact
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