A new virtual desktop manager for OS X - Jay Maynard

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Monday, 12 June 2006

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2042 - A new virtual desktop manager for OS X

I'd been using Codetek Virtual Desktop for a while until getting a MacBook Pro. Since it doesn't work on Intel Macs, and didn't appear to be getting an update anytime soon, I had to switch. The other contender was Desktop Manager, which at least runs, but isn't in active development and has some annoying bugs.

While reading updates on Parallels Desktop, I saw a mention of another desktop package called VirtueDesktops. I sucked it down and installed it, and lo and behold, it almost fails to suck.

VirtueDesktops is built on top of Desktop Manager, and fixes all of the bugs that had been irritating me. In particular, it doesn't leave a click hanging in the menu bar after switching screens, it doesn't do a screen swap animation when no screen switch is actually occurring, and it shows the notification bezel on the screen being switched to after the animation.

There's an even bigger advantage, though. There is no pager on the screen at all times (though one can be brought up by keystroke). It's not needed. Switching to another application in the Dock will swap screens to that application, if needed. To me, this is the Right Answer.

It's in active development, and some features aren't implemented yet, but it's a winner even now. Recommended.

current mood: [mood icon] pleased
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Wow... KDE has been doing this for.. what.. three years?


Glad you found a solution for your Mac, though..

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