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Desktop Manager is a free virtual desktop manager that places an unobtrusive desktop pager in the menubar and allows fast switching of desktops either with hotkeys or by clicking in the pager. It is designed to be fast, lightweight, and Just Works. It is released under the GNU General Public License.

What's New

Version 0.5.4r1:
  • Fixed Old CoreGraphic Implementations

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.3 or later

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juliecooly Member IconReview+0
juliecooly
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I was just wondering if anything has been resolved here about DM...I just foolishly (I guess) upgraded from OS 10.4.11 to Snow Leopard and on to Mountain Lion....now I have DM but my active Desktop is the only one available besides a screen called dashboard. I can get to my active screen but, only have a grey screen on any of the other Desk tops. I totally miss DM...does anyone have an answer for moi?

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Version 0.5.4r1
juliecooly
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Almostr forgot...I'm using an IMAC mid 2007 and it has been great!

Jpwgibson Member IconReview+56
Jpwgibson
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Fantastic stuff! Only recently gotten into using Spaces on my newer machines, so was delighted to find something which is compatible with my old PowerBook G4. And what's more, it's actually more impressive than some of the options for newer machines. Loaded with features and options. A brilliant piece of work.

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Version 0.5.4r1
Negritude Member IconComment+1082
Negritude
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An unofficial update that works with Snow Leopard (but not Lion):

http://lymes.altervista.org/blog/?p=47

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Version 0.5.4r1
Jpwgibson
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Thanks for posting this; unfortunately, the link doesn't seem to be correct - any chance of a revision?

rsgleason Member IconReview+16
rsgleason
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CORRECTION - I think** the creator of Desktop Manager needs to seriously consider dusting off Desktop Manager and make it compatiable for OS 10.7 Lion (Lion needs help). I've always considered Desktop Manager as being superior to Apple's Spaces anyway. In its day it was an excellant program, now is the time to bring it out of retirement and update it for 10.7 Lion.

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Version 0.5.4r1
rsgleason Member IconReview+16
rsgleason
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I the creator of Desktop Manager needs to seriously consider dusting off Desktop Manager and make it compatiable for OS 10.7 Lion (Lion needs help). I've always considered Desktop Manager as being superior to Apple's Spaces anyway. In its day it was an excellant program, now is the time to bring it out of retirement and update it for 10.7 Lion.

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Version 0.5.4r1
Sikosis
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Please consider doing a Lion (Intel x64) version of your Desktop Manager. I am missing Spaces and you're saying it's better than Space, even better for all of us.

Nicolasd
+1

agreed. i'm missing Spaces-like functionality in Lion.

BizKing
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I absolutely agree, I am lost without the on-screen indication of where I am. As for using remote machine well, if you are using Spaces, forget it! I need to change spaces remotely and a simple mouse controlled interface is perfect for me.
I am also trying to recover from a stroke, so need to manage my fatigue very carefully!
I miss the Desktop Manager that I have on my old G5s quite badly!

Rick Morales Member IconReview-1
Rick Morales
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I downloaded the program and tried opening it. I did this several times and I could never get it to open. I did this several times with no luck! I have a brand new 27' iMac OS X (3months old)...why isn't it working? Any suggestions? Once fixed I will increase my rating, but I can't really rate it without it working first, Thanks!

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Version 0.5.4r1
Gex2501
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Probably because the program hasn't been updated to work beyond 10.4 Apple created Spaces that does things fairly similar in 10.5 - 10.6. The new Lion 10.7 messed up Spaces in my opinion, I'm hoping this program can be updated to work in 10.7

star_antares Member IconComment+0
star_antares
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I have been using Desktop Manager (for PPC-- 0.5.3) successfully (I LOVE IT!) with Tiger for many months. However, I recently updated the Mac Software (to Java release 8, Security-update-2009-001, Safari 3.2.1, and Quicktime 7.6) and suddenly I am having the same problems that others have reported: pager and window name only showing in Desktop where DM was launched and not being able to move applications to other windows. It seems like the bugs in DM 0.5.4 have been mimicked by these "upgrades". Any ideas? Might this help debug these problems?

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Version 0.5.4r1
akrobat Member IconReview+90
akrobat
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I've a Macbook and an eMac. I use Spaces on my Macbook and was looking for a similar app for my eMac.

All I need is the option to allocate the main menu to the middle mouse button (like Spaces).
Click the middle button, choose a desktop and that's it!

Same problem here as in VirtueDesktops.
Doesn't exist in this app either.

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Version 0.5.4r1
subar Member IconReview+1
subar
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This is a terrible program for Leopard. It works so well with Tiger, but in Leopard, you can't switch applications between windows. A total failure.

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Version 0.5.4r1
akrobat
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Perhaps it was never made for Leopard... after all Leopard has Spaces.

CurranB79 Member IconComment+0
CurranB79
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I used Desktop Manager on OS 10.4 (for PPC) and LOVED it. When I upgraded to Leopard I was very disappointed with "Spaces" (it was hard to stay on the desktop you wanted to be on--apps kept trying to return to the desktop they'd been opened on, if you toggled between apps on your desktop you were suddenly back on another desktop, etc.) so I disabled it and installed Desktop Manager--but found that it had adopted the same functions as Spaces. I believe I was using 0.5.3 (I'm stuck on a PPC) so I don't know if 0.5.4r1 has overcome whatever it is that makes Spaces so unhelpful.

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Date 27 Mar 2007
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