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Use virtual desktops in OS X
Authored by: Welles Goodrich on Apr 25, '03 02:22:38PM

I'm an enthusiastic supporter of CodeTek's Virtual Desktop. In
my circumstances, as an artist, I use an Apple Cinema Display
primary monitor and a LaCie Blue II as a secondary extended
desktop for palettes and so forth. CodeTek has a couple of
specific advantages over app hiders. You can assign specific
desktops to applications so any window opening from that
application has it's own desktop. Secondarily you can use the
Pager to drag any window from any desktop to any other.

In my case I have windows assigned to the Finder, e-mail
clients, browsers, iChat, iTunes and Toast, DVD player,
Photoshop, Illustrator, Bryce, Strata 3-D, Microsoft Office/
AppleWorks, and a couple of general ones for Classic apps and
less frequently opened ones. Say I open a Portfolio Catalog in
Classic and select an EPS. I'll drag it to the Illustrator icon in the
dock and it opens on the IL desktop. I'll work on it and want to
import into Photoshop, so I'll hit my Photoshop hot key to bring
up that desktop and drag the Illustrator window to the PS
desktop where I can just drag the EPS for placement on a new
layer. It takes seconds to accomplish, much faster than any
other technique I know and keeps my desktops from getting
cluttered.

One thing's for certain, we each develop individualized
techniques for using our computers. The possible variations seem
virtually unlimited so all anyone can really say is, "It works for
me!"



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