VirtueDesktops – Virtual Desktops with Style

Nov 27, 2006 - 7 Comments

If you’re anything like the rest of us Mac geeks, we’re dying for the Mac OS X Leopard 10.5 release and its snazzy new features. Thankfully, we can have the technology of Spaces right now, one of Leopards coolest features, with a program called VirtueDesktops. VirtueDesktops is a virtual desktop manager that has some great features and a very attractive interface, featuring cool transitions and simple keystrokes to activate.

Installing VirtueDesktops is super simple, and a little icon pops up in your menubar with preferences, spaces, and some functions in it:

I personally like to use the keystrokes (shift-control-arrowkeys and shift-tab) to activate the desktop switching, but you can do it through the menu if you’d prefer. Hitting shift-tab brings up this menu to switch around in desktops easily:

Switching around between desktops is a cool flipping animation, rotating by the center of your desktop to reveal the next virtual desktop. This program is great! You’ll soon be wondering how you ever lived without it.

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  1. workerbees says:

    Hi there, :-) NICE website. You really had useful stuffs.

  2. anonymous says:

    Well it’s official. No more virtual desktops at all for me. It was a nice novelty for the last week or so but probably more difficult to use than necessary. What’s so hard about dragging windows and mouse edge transitions, exactly? There has to be a reason no one’s done it right yet.

  3. james says:

    I use Dsktop Manager, essentially VirtueDesktop lite, and have had few issues. It does not change desktop when I click on an application, but otherwise it has been fairly bug free.

  4. bryanl says:

    I’m just going to wait for spaces. Virtue Desktops isn’t very complete.

  5. anonymous says:

    There are definitely some inconsistencies of this program I don’t like, but if you nurse its behavior a bit you can get it to do what you want to do. A lot of hiding and showing applications in new spaces goes on. It’s the pesky small windows that often get lost, say font dialogs in Keynote, etc.

    I find Virtue to be much better than CodeTek’s Virtual Desktops software, which I think took a very simple concept and overcomplicated it.

    I also think Virtue just might be better than the upcoming Spaces, but that remains to be seen.

    Either way, what I want is an exact copy of Linux style dragging between windows, plus focus follows mouse (ps. another great article to be written about why people like focus follows mouse)

    Your site is great – and your responsiveness is greatly appreciated.

  6. Bas says:

    All this app this was wet my appetite for Leopard. The application binding doesn’t work properly which makes you kinda hunt for the right screen sometimes.

  7. Mitchell says:

    Although, I thought this program was awesome, it did not function very well. Applications would open on one window and then I would switch screens and they would move to the new screen, even after setting up the program’s preferred window.

    For me the program was a novelty program for a week or two, then it just became frustrating. Can’t wait for 10.5!!

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