Desktop Manager
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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
Intel, Mac OS X 10.3 or later








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juliecooly reviewed on 17 Jan 2013
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?
[Version 0.5.4r1]

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juliecooly replied on 17 Jan 2013
Almostr forgot...I'm using an IMAC mid 2007 and it has been great!
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Jpwgibson reviewed on 20 Aug 2012
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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Negritude commented on 27 Jun 2012
An unofficial update that works with Snow Leopard (but not Lion):

http://lymes.altervista.org/blog/?p=47
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Jpwgibson replied on 30 Oct 2012
Thanks for posting this; unfortunately, the link doesn't seem to be correct - any chance of a revision?
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rsgleason reviewed on 09 Aug 2011
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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rsgleason reviewed on 09 Aug 2011
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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Sikosis replied on 22 Aug 2011
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.
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Nicolasd replied on 27 Aug 2011
agreed. i'm missing Spaces-like functionality in Lion.
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BizKing replied on 08 Nov 2011
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!
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Rick Morales reviewed on 07 Apr 2011
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!
[Version 0.5.4r1]

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Gex2501 replied on 21 Jul 2011
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
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star_antares commented on 20 Apr 2009
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?
[Version 0.5.4r1]


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akrobat reviewed on 06 May 2008
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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subar reviewed on 10 Apr 2008
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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akrobat replied on 06 May 2008
Perhaps it was never made for Leopard... after all Leopard has Spaces.
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CurranB79 commented on 03 Apr 2008
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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armatey007 had trouble on 16 Aug 2007
I just downloaded version 0.5.4r1 onto my new macbookb pro and it works alright... but the desktop name only appears on the desktop which desktop manager was launched from AND I can't move a window from one desktop to another via a hotkey (i've changed the hotkey to a number of different combinations). Has anyone else had this problem?
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shaggy420 replied on 09 Sep 2007
I too have the same issue on my Macbook Pro. Label only appears on the desktop the program was started from and the "move window to desktop" doesn't work either.
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silasl replied on 14 Sep 2007
Excellent tool! -I couldn't manage without it.
One small bug when running on intel mac with two screens. The pager only shows up on the workspace that I launch DM from.

Interestingly the PPC version works just fine on intel mac. -However the above bug affects both PPC and intel version (when running on intel only)
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the party mushroom commented on 13 Dec 2007
yeah i can't move windows to other desktops with hotkeys either on an intel mac mini running 10.4.11.

using to work on my g4 emac with 10.3.
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tomberland replied on 27 Feb 2008
same pb with my MacBook 13" and OS 10.4.8...I can't move a window from a window to another
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carmenm had trouble on 29 Mar 2007
Seems to be most stable virtual desktops manager.
A little bug, i dont see the bezel when changing desktop, and the move to desktop feature doesnt work.
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jonesmac commented on 09 May 2007
I get the same issues.

10.4.9 and intel mac
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the party mushroom commented on 02 Jun 2007
yeah this sounds like the problem i've got. can't move windows to other desktops using hot keys. used to work on my g4 emac but since i got this intel mini it's not happening. i'm also running 10.4.9.

otherwise, awesome.
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pepperdanky had trouble on 28 Mar 2007
The display bezel shows up on the previous desktop when switching, not the one you are switching to. Also, the display desktop name only seems to work with the most recent desktop you activate the preference on.

Using a MacBook C2D with 10.4.9.
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Gbredbeck had trouble on 20 Sep 2005
One amusing problem arose as I fell in love with this stunning little beauty: the message that pops up to tell you the widget is done should say "disply widget?" or "open widget?" Now it says, "is widget open?", and I kept clicking "no," which was the correct answer. Considering I am an English professor it took an embarassingly long time for me to clue into what the problem was.

It was a great reminder to me of how dastardly English is for all but the minority of us who were born into it, even for a mind-nature as obvioously brilliant as the one behind this gem. This could be the only widget you'll ever need (or want). The angle rotation is a surpsingly useful feature and really above the call of duty to have developed.
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phillip 2 had trouble on 26 May 2005
I like the idea, I downloaded and tried it, but none of the transitions work at all, not even one of them. Is there a solution to this problem? My Mac is running on Panther system. Can anybody help?
[Version 0.5.3]


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Brett824 had trouble on 26 Sep 2004
the transitions don't work for me. Other than that this is a great app.
[Version 0.5.2-rc2]

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Anonymous commented on 09 Nov 2004
I think the app uses hardware accelerated graphics, you if you have an old mac, it probably won't do the cool transitions.
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Ericjiannelli had trouble on 05 Apr 2004
I've been having a problem with DM in which a memory leak (I assume) is eating up hundreds and hudreds of MBs of space.

I have just under 1GB free space on my 10GB iBook internal HD. While running DM 0.5.1, I start getting "Startup Disk Full" warnings (
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Frosty had trouble on 27 Jan 2004
Bug:
Running 10.3.2 with all the latest updates off software update.
Was running Stickies, Mail, Safari and iChat. Launched Desktop Manager 0.5, moved to the second window and by accident launched Mail again. Well, it didn't launch, but it drew a white box where the window would've been. I quit it. Quit DM 0.5 and asked it consolidate all the windows. After that, everything was hosed, Safari's google search was missing. Pieces of windows were left on the screen. I quickly restarted, check disk, and rebooted. Nothing wrong now. Kind of a serious bug though.

1. Either need to prevent multiple launches of same program, or...
2. Figure a way for them to be launched simultaneously. (obviously ; ) )

Great start though
[Version 0.5.0]

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Anonymous commented on 29 Jan 2004
On Mac OS X, it's not possible to launch an app more than one time just by clicking on it on the dock or double clicking it somewhere else. I assume you had another problem in that case (maybe or not because of the use of DesktopsManager, can't decide that).
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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.


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