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SpaceSuit... Customize Spaces with a different desktop picture for each Space.

With SpaceSuit, you can set your background images via a simple drag-and-drop. And changing the display settings is as easy. SpaceSuit's minimalist interface is contained in its dock icon: all its options can be accessed from the icon menu.

SpaceSuit also uses Leopard's Core Animation. Everytime you change an image, resize it or modify your display settings, SpaceSuit adjusts your desktop with a smooth animation.

What's New

Version 1.1:
  • Assign a name to each Space
  • Change Space from SpaceSuit Dock menu using the Space name
  • New menu option lets you change the current space name and background color for images that don't cover the full screen
  • Growl notifications on Space changes
  • Sparkle support
  • Fixed French translation
  • Images now default to Fit to Screen


Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard

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SW_tester Member IconComment+59

it would be nice if you could add pictures another way.
I have the one space with all finder windows.
so I have no way to add pictures to the other spaces and I don't want to change the way I have spaces setup.

maybe a preference like Hyperspaces to add the images, but without all the Hyperspace junk.

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Version 1.1
iMacMike Member IconComment+4

I thought this was the best thing to happen to Spaces in that I could set each space with its own back ground and title. After setting it up and it working just fine for about a week then my system started going off the deep end. Time machine would fail, finder would freeze, other programs would freeze, and eventually the who system would freeze up and the only way to unlock everything was to do a hard boot (unplug the machine). I finally traced it down to Spacesuit and got it off of the log on list.
Everything is back to normal. I will try it again when an update comes out. Other than near bricking my imac it works great. The concept is good but it still needs help.

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Version 1.1
Dockland Software (Developer)

That's very strange. That's the first report we have about this kind of issues.
We know that one of our users had issues with the last OS X security update but we didn't get more details to identify the cause.
Would you by any chance have some crash logs that could help us identify the problem and fix it.


SpaceSuit under 10.6 seems to work well with not problems. It has had no problems in the past year, so far so good.

paulrudy Member IconComment+23

I'm very pleased to see this app and I agree this functionality should have been included within Spaces.

I also agree that the following would be welcome additions/changes:

-SpaceSuit as preference pane
-menu bar updates to match background of whatever space

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Version 1.1
JetFireDX Member IconReview+34

Very nice. Took me a bit to figure out why I couldn't see the images I was adding. Turns out that it doesn't work with PathFinder's replacement desktop. Not a surprise really and not SpaceSuit's fault.

YouControlDesktop seems to be a bit lighter on the resources. With both Spaces + SpaceSuit and YouControl Desktops configured for 4 desktops in a single row using the same images, SpaceSuit is using 4 threads and about 38megs of real memory while YouControl Desktops is running 3 with about 8megs of real memory in use. (YCD may increase with time, I just restarted it after testing SpaceSuit for a while...I haven't watched it closely for any memory leaks.)

With SpaceSuit I am seeing none of the graphic glitches/artifacts that are present with YouControl Desktops after switching around. This is a nice and pleasant bonus since areas of the screen not redrawing properly makes me wonder about what YCD may be doing to achieve its effects.

So far a great tool and like the other comments, I agree that this functionality should have been part of Spaces to begin with. Thank you for releasing this. It is a great (and FREE) alternative to YouControl Desktops and HyperSpaces for multiple background functionality.

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Version 1.0
Dockland Software (Developer)

SpaceSuit uses distinct images for each space. If you set the same image for all your 4 spaces, it will create 4 copies of the image, hence the higher memory consumption.
A check could be added for similar images but I think most people will use SpaceSuit to set different images on each Space.


Sorry I guess I wasn't completely clear there. I meant that both YCD and SpaceSuit were configured to have the same set of four distinct images during my testing / comparing. No matter though really. . .with a couple gigabytes of ram available I am not too concerned about memory consumption. (Some people might be though.) It was just one thing I looked at since I had Activity Monitor up at the time.

Dockland Software (Developer)

Oops, I missed the 's' at the end of imageS :)

Just to give some technical details for those interested in the memory consumption. A 1280x800 image takes 4MB. So 4 images is 16MB. SpaceSuit uses Core Animation that creates an internal rendering tree where -I think- the images get duplicated.
That's 32MB and can be more if the images are larger than 1280x800.
Since YCD is using only 8MB for 4 images, I guess it might be loading the images on-the-fly.

If many people are concerned by memory usage, I'll add an option in a future release to disable Core Animation rendering.

Jeffrey-Harris Member IconReview+22

THIS type of capability should be part of Spaces, which I don't use often because it's impossible to visually differentiate between which active space you're in. Perhaps being able to assign a different tint to the Menu Bar and Menus would work, too?

I'd prefer to see SpaceSuit as a Preference Pane, to keep the Dock free of one more icon. It's a bit awkward to change desktop pictures they way it works now.

Also, it would be nice to be able to randomly change desktop pictures for each space, with the ability to assign a different Picture folder for each Space. I'd like to assign a different style desktop picture depending on how I use each Space.

For those who care about such things, the icon is excellent!

Very nice for a 1.0 release.

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Version 1.0
Dana Sutton Member IconReview+667
Dana Sutton

Originally I didn't like Spaces because you could only organize desktops on a program by program basis. Then Apple improved it: now you can put different windows from any one program on different desktops, and this allows you to organize yourself on a project-by-project basis, much nicer. But it still has one problem, that all desktops have the same background, so that in the absence of a distinctive visual cue for each desktop it is too easy for the user to become disoriented. Space Suit addresses this problem, for which I am very grateful. Nevertheless I have two problems with it. First I wish that it were not implemented so that it uses a Dock icon. Especially on a small screen -- think of a 13" laptop -- Dock space is too valuable to be chewed up by background utilities. Second, unlike You Control Desktops, it doesn't work in tandem with the nifty background utility Camouflage, which I have been using to keep my desktop nice and neat. If the author would address these two issues, I'd be very willing to pay money for a future version (hint, hint).

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Version 1.0
Dana Sutton

Shortly after writing this review I stumbled across a great gadget utility called Dock Dodger (free), which modifies a program so it doesn't display a Dock icon. Once you have used Space Suit to get your desktops the way you want, just use Dodger to eliminate the Dock icon (you can bring it back when you want to change your backgrounds).

Dockland Software (Developer)

I looked at the issue with Camouflage and it seems that Camouflage is creating its own window above the desktop icons. SpaceSuit is creating its window below the icons and hence is hidden by Camouflage.
I don't know which mechanism Camouflage uses to detect wallpaper updates but you should try to contact the developer to see if he wants to make his software compatible with SpaceSuit (I can provide the technical information required for that).

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