Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Virtual Desktops on Windows

I've been working in Windows more than usual recently as I push to complete my next book Extrusion Detection. I realized I really missed having multiple virtual desktops, like I do using Fluxbox or generally any UNIX windowing environment.

Enter Virtual Dimension. This is an open source virtual desktop system for Windows. It works flawlessly on my Windows 2000 Professional laptop. At the right you can see the small desktop that appears when you click on a tray icon. I like being able to see small icons representing the applications active on each desktop. For example, desktop 0 is running Firefox, 1 has Adobe Reader, 2 has Putty and Wish (for Sguil), and 3 has Windows Media Player. I don't know how I coped with a single Windows desktop before using this program.

6 comments:

Scott said...

I've bene looking for an app like this for a while, thanks!

Anonymous said...

Microsoft has a Virtual Desktop Manager, a similar utillity on the XP PowerToys page at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloads/powertoys/xppowertoys.mspx

Axel Eble said...

Unfortunately, Virtual Desktop doesn't work together with Lotus Notes. The Notes Client (6.5.1) just hangs and does not update its GUI any more.

Apart from Virtual Desktops there's also JS Pager which I used in the past - no idea if the Notes client has issues with it, too.

Scott said...

People still use Lotus Notes? :)

uv@caughq.org said...

Awesome, I found a simular app a while back called, deskwin (http://www.yipton.net/). However it's not been updated since 2002, and still had a few issues with making the start
bar sticky on all vdesktops. I'll be switching to this on all my win32 boxen.

Axel said...

@Scott: Let's just... not go there. Please. Pretty please?