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Use virtual desktops in OS X
Authored by: Lysol on Apr 26, '03 06:49:01PM

I'm a HUGE, HUGE fan of multiple desktops. I first cut my teeth on WindowMaker back in oh, '97 and it's been my fav window manager. I'm a Java programmer and the more screen real estate I have the better. I got really used to hot-key desktop switching.

I've since (about a year and a half ago) moved from developing on Linux to strictly OS X. One huge barrier for me was no multiple desktops. Last year I came across Virtual Desktop and never looked back. I've pretty much pushed Linux strictly to my servers but I do miss WindowMaker. However, OS X has, really, all the apps, so that's a major plus.

I consider desktop 2 my main work area. This is where I usually test web pages and such and have some terms open (now, however, one term with multiple tabs thanks to iTerm! :) usually to restart servers and things like that. On desktop 1 is always Emacs and some terms for compiling and such. Desktop 3 is pretty much always Mail and Virtual PC. Desktop 4 is photoshop and other various apps.

I also use a 17" lcd and my Mac display so not only am I on multiple desktops, but also multiple monitors. It all works really well for me. My screen doesn't feel very cluttered and it makes it much easier for me to work. If I'm just using my Tibook, then I usually try to keep, max, 2 apps on one desktop. So some get kicked over to another desktop. I usually never have more than 6 tho..
I love OS X and Virtual Desktop. Now if I could only get follow mouse focus without actually bringing the focused window to the foreground I'd be set. But I'm sure that's a no-no in Apple's eyes.



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Use virtual desktops in OS X
Authored by: sjk on Apr 27, '03 06:33:58PM

[Lysol: I could only get follow mouse focus without actually
bringing the focused window to the foreground I'd be set.]

Yep, that would be cool.

There are times when click-to-type focus is annoyingly tedious,
but so is having active windows jump to the foreground. And
focus-follows-mouse doesn't play too nicely with the single, top-
of-the-display menubar.



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Use virtual desktops in OS X
Authored by: macmath on Nov 26, '03 09:08:06AM

Write to the developer and perhaps they'll include that in the next version. They are <b>extremely</b> responsive.



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