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Kent Sutherland, author of Chax, has come up with another gem. Warp is a System Preferences panel that offers some new features that make working with Spaces simpler. First, you can switch spaces simply via mouse drag -- you don't have to be dragging a window; just drag the mouse to the edge of the screen, and after a user-settable delay, you'll switch to the adjacent space. (You can optionally add a required modifier key to the mouse-drag, if you like.)

You can also have the cursor warp into the new space, which changes its position in the new space -- it's hard to explain but easy to understand when you see it in action. A wrap-around setting lets you move from, for instance, the leftmost space to the rightmost space by dragging to the left edge of the screen.

Finally, and perhaps most usefully, if you enable the "Click screen edge to Warp" feature, you'll get a preview of the destination space before you activate it -- click in the small preview window to then switch to that space. This feature, though, didn't quite work right on my dual-monitor setup. The preview window would only show windows that were on the primary screen of the space being previewed.

If you use Spaces a lot, you may find Warp a valuable addition to your toolkit.
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10.5: Warp - Add more features to Spaces
Authored by: leninwtigger on Jun 30, '08 11:19:52AM

I love it, the added functonality is useful particularly in portables where the "Fs" keys are taken up by other functions. My only problem is some random apperances of the warp window over my dock.



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10.5: Warp - Add more features to Spaces
Authored by: Graeme_Smith on Jun 30, '08 11:57:28AM

Agreed - Warp is great. It works so well I forgot I had installed it! If you haven`t yet check it out. Best of all its free!



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10.5: Warp - Add more features to Spaces
Authored by: simonm on Jun 30, '08 01:38:04PM

OMG This actually makes Spaces useful!!!! I love it!



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10.5: Warp - Add more features to Spaces
Authored by: robogobo on Jul 01, '08 09:13:56PM

I know this isn't such a helpful comment, but spaces sucks.



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10.5: Warp - Add more features to Spaces
Authored by: audiophil on Jul 02, '08 12:21:49AM

tried spaces for a month. 31 days later I decided that I hated it's implimentation. I use virtual window managers in linux all the time. OSX doesn't really need it with the way the finder is designed. Tried out Warp. . . .Didn't make the experience any better.



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10.5: Warp - Add more features to Spaces
Authored by: catodysseus on Jul 02, '08 02:27:11PM

I don't like spaces very much either!

It fails to remember redistribute application windows to different spaces when programs restart.

As of now I use two spaces with iTunes running in number 2.

Think i will use Fluid to make some site specific apps for cover art hunting to run alongside iTunes, since all Safari windows always end up in number one and putting them were they belong is such a drag.



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