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VirtueDesktops is a virtual desktop manager for Apple's Mac OS. It offers features, eye candy, and configurable options that no other desktop manager on the Mac has added yet, and is under active development.

What's New

Version 0.54 Beta 5:
  • Fixes to localisation. Miscellaneous fixes for stability.
  • Always remember to back-up your VirtueDesktops preferences before running any beta version.
  • All work done in this beta was done by Florent Bruneau.

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.4.5 or later

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Cuneyt Member IconComment+55
Cuneyt
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The Dock of my system crashes when starting Virtue Desktops up (iBook G3 700 MHz 10.4.11 PPC) after the latest Security update from Apple (Apple Security Update 2008-008 ), maybe the developer can look at it and fix it somehow, besides that it works great..

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Version 0.54b5
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.

Found this. Lots of options. Loads of user configurable tid-bits... and yet.

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!

But despite all the options and preferences... this simple feature does not exist in VirtueDesktops. Like Quicksilver it seems to be made for people who rather use the keyboard.
Pity, it's got so much to offer and yet can't do the simple things.

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Version 0.54b5
globetrotterdk Member IconComment+0
globetrotterdk
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I get a warning from Little Snitch that VirtueDesktops is trying to inject code into the Dock:

"Application "VirtueDesktops" (453) attempts to inject and execute foreign program code in "Dock" (105). This is a security risk as it may allow "VirtueDesktops" to circumvent Little Snitch."

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Version 0.54b5
Zo219
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It's that GUI scripting, and you can turn off the warning in the preferences, I believe.

Cuneyt
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ZO219, can you tell me exactly how, I cant find it anywhere in the preferences of VirtueDesktops..

cottinghamk Member IconReview+101
cottinghamk
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Great functionality to add to Tiger (and probably Leopard; I've never used Spaces)! I'm just learning the ropes and I'm beginning to customize more and more, but I've run into a few problems. Switching desktops while Quicktime is in fullscreen mode drags the window into the new desktop. Also, in the Customize Desktops window, none of my desktops show up to be edited/removed. Also, some of the items in the menu just flat out stop working after a while. While typing this, I tried to access the "About," screen, but clicking on the choice in the menu did absolutely nothing. All in all, good but buggy. Please keep up development! I would love to donate, even.

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Version 0.54b5
MacUpdate-Lon
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From the 'What's New' section of the MacUpdate product page for VirtueDesktops:

"I am not picking up development of VirtueDesktops again, but there were a couple of really good patches submitted that address serious crashes. If you have any issues with this release, please understand it is wholly unsupported."

Reading between the lines, it seems apparent the developer has no plans to continue development nor support of this software. Of course, people do change their minds, and perhaps if enough people show support by contacting the developer via comments posted to his site, he might resume development. Who knows.

cottinghamk
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"Reading between the lines..."
Hmm, I sense sarcasm!

From the website:
"I am not picking up development of VirtueDesktops again, but there were a couple of really good patches submitted that address serious crashes."

Even if he isn't picking up the development, clearly there is enough demand and enthusiasm out there that someone decided to pick up the slack. My post was kind of an open wish to whoever submitted the patches.

MacUpdate-Lon
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I was being sincere, and trying to be informative/helpful. No more nor less.

cottinghamk
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I know, and I appreciate that. I'm just one more VirtueDesktops fan who doesn't want development to cease.

felix-fi Member IconComment+0
felix-fi
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But does this version work under Leopard... so I can toss away Spaces?

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Version 0.54b5
JetFireDX
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Doesn't work here. Starts up and needs authentication just like the first run on Tiger. Perhaps the 10.4.5 and above should be changed to 10.4.5 - 10.4.1x. That is if the dev is really not picking up development again? Somebody else care to take over development? Spaces needs to go and YouControl is too expensive for what is provided.

Twistermc Member IconComment+7
Twistermc
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Glad to see it back. Hopefully it stops my random crashes on 10.4. :)

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Version 0.54b5
Mfabache Member IconComment+27
Mfabache
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I prefer VD over Spaces. Would be wiling to support Shareware. Spaces is 'ok', not great in comparision to VD

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Version 0.54b2
dobes Member IconComment+4
dobes
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I agree with the previous poster - VirtueDesktops is far superior to Spaces. PLEASE let us use it with Leopard!

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Version 0.54b2
JetFireDX Member IconComment+34
JetFireDX
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Now that Leopard is out and I see how very limited Spaces is I sincerely hope the developer will restart work on this. Spaces is woefully short on options and features and I would be happy to support future developments for VirtueDesktops with a donation.

Please work on a 10.5 compatible version!

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Version 0.54b2
jonedwards Member IconReview+1
jonedwards
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This application has great potential. The feature set is excellent and the interface flow is intuitive and pretty. As of v0.54b2, however, it's too buggy to use. Setting the number of rows and columns, for example, is impossibly inconsistent. I initially had one row, but now somehow have two, and it won't let me go back to one. Increasing the number of columns sometimes increases the number of rows, too, but sometimes doesn't. Clicking the up arrow for rows sometimes increases the number, sometimes decreases it, etc.

But one day it'll be great, to be sure!

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Version 0.54b2
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Date 17 Dec 2007
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