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10.4: Prevent VirtualDesktop Pro from crashing on startup Apps
Tiger only hintUnfortuately, Codetek's VirtualDesktop Pro seems to crash on startup under Tiger.

I have traced the problem down to the SquaresDesktopLocation property of the plist file. To fix this, do the following:
  1. Open Terminal.app

  2. Navigate to the "CodeTek VirtualDesktop Pro.app" folder

  3. Navigate to Contents -> MacOS: cd Contents/MacOS

  4. Move the existing executable: mv "CodeTek VirtualDesktop Pro" "CodeTek VirtualDesktop Pro patch"

  5. Edit the new executable: pico "CodeTek VirtualDesktop Pro"

  6. Input the following into the file:
    
    #!/bin/bash
    
    defaults delete com.codetek.virtualdesktop3 SquaresDesktopLocation
    "$0 patch"
    
  7. Finally, set the new file as executable:
  8. chmod +x "CodeTek VirtualDesktop Pro"
[robg adds: I haven't tested this one, as I don't have the product...]
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10.4: Prevent VirtualDesktop Pro from crashing on startup
Authored by: Black on May 25, '05 10:19:36AM

Interesting, I'll have to try that. Conventional wisdom from other sites (including Codetek) has been to disable automatic startup on login and remove the preferences file before starting.

Of course, Codetek is promising a compatible version in a few days...



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10.4: Prevent VirtualDesktop Pro from crashing on startup
Authored by: deggy on May 25, '05 11:41:44AM
I wrote an automator object to launch CTVD which copied over a valid file into preferences before launch, as the preferences file doesnt seem to quit correctly when the machine shuts down and got corrupted.

I will try this tip though to see if it will work without the need for the prefs to be coped every time.

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Desktop Manager better than VirtualDesktop Pro, doesn't crash in Tiger
Authored by: rs on May 25, '05 11:12:18AM

Desktop Managerworks fine in Tiger, and doesn't crash, although it has a few quirks of its own.

http://desktopmanager.berlios.de



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Desktop Manager better than VirtualDesktop Pro, doesn't crash in Tiger
Authored by: dbs on May 25, '05 11:44:36AM

As far as I know only VirtualDeskop supports multiple displays correctly. (I.e., you can choose which monitors have their windows paged and which don't.) I also haven't figured out how to get Desktop Manger to have different desktop backgrounds for each desktop. Those two features will keep me a happy VirtualDesktop user until something else supports them as well.



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10.4: Prevent VirtualDesktop Pro from crashing on startup
Authored by: gpan on May 25, '05 01:47:10PM
Just tried it with CodeTek VirtualDesktop Lite. Seems to work just fine. What exactly does the 'SquaresDesktopLocation' optiin do?

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10.4: Prevent VirtualDesktop Pro from crashing on startup
Authored by: neuroball on May 25, '05 10:38:45PM

It saves the size and position of open windows.



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10.4: Prevent VirtualDesktop Pro from crashing on startup
Authored by: Mark Barton on May 25, '05 01:56:32PM

It worked for me on Pro v 3.1. Thanks.



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10.4: Prevent VirtualDesktop Pro from crashing on startup
Authored by: signal15 on May 25, '05 06:19:14PM

CTVD was supposed to have Tiger support before Tiger came out. They hired some guy a couple of months back that agreed to do the work for them, and basically he kept promising it would be done but he never finished it. Then he quit.

They have someone who is supposedly quite good working on it now, so hopefully we'll see something soon. I know a lot of people are upset it doesn't work properly yet, but please don't email them any nastygrams. The president of the company is a great guy, he just got screwed by a deadbeat developer.

BTW, DesktopManager doesn't even come close to the functionality of CTVD. You can only arrange your desktops in a straight line, not a grid. This is the most annoying aspect of DM. There are other little quirks too. I tried it when my CTVD stopped working, and I'd rather do without because it annoyed me so badly.



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10.4: Prevent VirtualDesktop Pro from crashing on startup
Authored by: VirtualWolf on May 26, '05 03:03:51AM

Ah, interesting. Good to know what's going on there. :)



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10.4: Prevent VirtualDesktop Pro from crashing on startup
Authored by: wgscott on May 25, '05 11:52:37PM

This is better than what I was doing, which was to delete the corrupted plist file, set up everything again, and then lock the plist file. (That also works, BTW).

The one remaining irritation is that the dock doesn't work as an application switcher (with either work-around).



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10.4: Prevent VirtualDesktop Pro from crashing on startup
Authored by: VirtualWolf on May 26, '05 03:10:22AM

Oh my god I love you. :D

I've been missing my virtual desktops since Tiger came out. :(



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10.4: Prevent VirtualDesktop Pro from crashing on startup
Authored by: VirtualWolf on May 26, '05 05:31:47AM

Actually, on second thoughts, I think I'll wait until the Tiger-compatible one comes out... I didn't realise how annoying it is not to be able to have it switch desktops when you either click on a Dock icon or (for example) hit a link in Mail and have the Safari window not come to the front. :\



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