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10.5: Spaces activation made simpler
Authored by: meikokun on Oct 30, '07 12:15:52PM
"Instead, Spaces makes me have to mentally associate each screen with a number, and then press the appropriate arrow that would get me to a particular screen in the "right" direction"

yes and no. yes it makes you associate a screen with a number. if remembering which space is associated with which activity is a problem for you, maybe either spaces isn't for you, or you scroll through the screens anyway. (if it really IS a problem for you really, then you have bigger concerns in life than Spaces me old mate!)

"and it may not be possible for a single combination to get me to the screen I want without getting to another screen first"

yes it is

"I'd rather simply say: "I don't care WHERE I am, I just want to get to WHERE I want to be!""

but you can, dear boy, you can!

"Using Spaces, if I'm in my browsing screen, and I want to get to my Mail screen, I have to remember (Web is screen 1, Mail is screen 2, so I hit Ctrl+Down Arrow). If I'm in my iTunes screen, getting to Mail requires a DIFFERENT combination, and I may have to temporarily switch to a different screen on my way there. How is that useful???"

you are right, that wouldn't be so useful. But Spaces IS useful! there's a super-secret way of getting directly from space 1 to space 7. Im not sure I should tell you, as it is an easter egg hidden in the preference panes.
when I say 'secret', I mean it's right there under the section I mentioned to the other ranting bakka. you need to squint real hard at the lower part of the Spaces pref pane, and like one of those 3d images of a ball that appears on a page of noise, it will come to you. it says (and I'm squinting now...) 'To switch directly to a space:' and there, squint even harder and you'll see a drop down menu.

"Also, VirtueDesktops had really neat screen-changing effects, which I would have sworn that Apple's glitzy UI programmers would have had a field day with...!"

Finally, we are singing from the same hymn sheet, brutha!

"Hopefully, I'll get what I used to have, but I'm a bit disappointed that I've lost some functionality in the meantime."

ok, back to rant-before-you-think mode I see. how about you explore the app fully, have a nice cup of tea, and compose your thoughts. then, see if the deficiencies you are experiencing REALLY exist, and REALLY cause you a problem, and *then* post.

Or, you could always make sure that you dont use spaces, and simply use the version of VirtueDesktops that was released earlier this year by our brilliant developer friend (who, by the way thinks spaces is very cool - http://www.virtuedesktops.info/ ).

cheers!







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