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Use virtual desktops in OS X
Authored by: ewelch on Apr 25, '03 10:54:14PM

I have used CodeTek's Virtual desktop for a couple months and
love it. I use it at work to keep all my applcation windows up
and available.

I have web browsers in one window, Outlook (yes, classic) in
another, Finder windows in another, Virtual PC running Extnesis
Portoflio in another, the OS X version of Portfolio in another (it
can't do file paths right, so I use the Windows version to upate
file paths), Photoshop in a Window, InDesign, Word, Excel,
Applescript Editor, iChat, ProCite all in their own windows. I
have hot keys set up to go from one to the other.

This way I have all these programs running at once, and none of
them gets in the way of any other's screen real estate. I rarely
minimize programs any more. Switching is fast. You can have it
switch to a desktop whenever a new windows is created there.
So when I run an Applescript that automates Photoshop, I can
start the script and it automatically switches to the Photoshop
desktop when the first window comes up.

I can drag the script editor over to the Photoshop window
and run my tests, if I need to hit the run button over and over,
and then drag the editor back to the editing desktop when I'm
done. You drag windows between desktops using the preview
pane. But most of the time I make the preview pane (where you
see all the desktops) go away so it doesn't take up any desktop
space.

Of couse, automatically swtiching can get annoying if some
program is generating error dialogs. So you can shut it down for
that desktop.

The guys who program Virtual Desktop respond to support
emails, and they seem to update the program pretty often.

I wouldn't be without it now. It's worth every penny of $30.

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Eric

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