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Very personal workflow
Authored by: Shawn Parr on Jul 13, '06 08:24:41AM
I have developed a very complicated but personal workflow that makes me very efficient, but I would imagine would not work for most.

I use Virtue desktops, and keep my web browsers on one desktop (usually just Safari, but occasionally Firefox), mail apps on another (Usually just Mail, but also Entourage if I am on campus), and have 2 general purpose desktops for my other apps. I also have 2 desktops dedicated for Parallels virtual machines to run full screen.

When I am on a desktop with multiple apps running, I have used expose quite a lot to move between the windows. Virtual Desktops modifies the behavior of expose slightly so that if you hit F9 it will show all windows of all apps that are on that desktop only. Same with F10, if you have 3 mail windows open, but only 2 are on your current desktop F10 will only show those two. When you are used to it, that is very handy.

Since getting my Macbook I don't use my 5 button mouse as often, so expose is not always right under my fingers, so I tent to Cmd-Tab and Cmd-~ more often. Of course sometimes I will click on a dock icon if my mouse is near to it, which Virtue has the neat feature of automatically switching desktops when you select an app with no windows on your current desktop.

So I pretty much use every method the OS gives me, along with Virtue. When people watch me working they think I am crazy, but it makes me very efficient when I have to move from item to item.

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Very personal workflow
Authored by: Deut3221 on Jul 13, '06 10:04:08AM

what in the world are 'virtue desktops'?



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