the path setting has to be the full path. that is to set the screenshots in reference to your home directory such as: /Users/John/Desktop/clips/.
defaults write com.apple.screencapture location_path
here’s the command line incantation to completely hide all the Desktop icons:
turn them off:
defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop -bool false
turn them on:
defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop -bool true
the freeware app called “camouflage” will give you more options compared the command line versions.
Path Finder, which is Craig’s pick for Finder Enhancement that he can’t do without, has a “hide desktop icons” check box.
Hazel is a tool that will automatically file files using a rules based system. set it to load music into iTunes, put photos into iPhoto. and writing into a journal folder.
St Claire software make a tool called Default Folder which offers pretty much all the functionality that we wished for in the talk. it has a 30 day demo to get you hooked on it. we’ll give it another spin and decide if it’s $35 well spent.