You Control: Desktops
You Control: Desktops
1.3.1b1

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You Control: Desktops1.3.1b1

10 December 2008

Create many virtual desktops for different work tasks.

Overview

You Control: Desktops allows you to create virtual desktops that allow you to extend the functionality of Mac OS X. You can create a desktop for various workspaces that you define to help you organize your personal workflow. Create a desktop for your email. Create another for your image editing and organization. Create yet another for web-browsing.

What's new in You Control: Desktops

Version 1.3.1b1:
  • Fixed bug that could cause problems with locked files when using the Individual Desktop Items option
  • Improved support for Firefox 3
  • Changed the desktop label overlay to match system bezels
  • Hot keys can now use the Option key on its own as the modifier
  • Other minor bug fixes

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How would you rate You Control: Desktops app?

27 Reviews of You Control: Desktops

Mactoe
29 July 2008
Version: 1.3b5

Most helpful

Shame on you AKROBAT... you do NOT write 2 star reviews (thus lowering the overall rating) for a product just because you could not assign the middle mousebutton... and you don't run around to all the other virtual desktop applications and do the same, as you have. Try developing some software and learn what it takes before you do such a disservice to developers. I have tried them all... Desktop Manager, Virtual Desktops, Spaces... and by FAR You Control Desktops is worth every penny. For my money... SPACES is pure junk and not thought out well at all. This is particularly discouraging when it is Apple and when there were so many good software models for SPACES to choose from. You can't even assign an F key to switch to specific space... while you can specify an application to show up in all windows you cannot specify it to show up in ANY window... a subtle but significant difference... such as being able to open a second window of the same app in another space... and leave it there when switching. YCD is elegant and miles above SPACES... for example... you can use the pull down menu to select any currently running application and choose which behavior you want. You can simply click on the pull down menu to display each open desktop and drag windows from one to the other. I was a senior software engineer at Apple when the first mac came out and it never ceases to amaze me they bring out a new operating system and do things like SPACES so miserably... or like going to all kinds of trouble to put 4 rounded corners on menus (which I think looks refined) and yet remove the trademark rounded corners from the menubar and make it transparent... which is worse than windows! If you enjoy working with SPACES then you will LOVE working with You Control Desktops. As a developer I could not live without virtual desktops and YCD makes it easy and intuitive.
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Jeff-Nailen
27 March 2010
Version: 1.3.1b1
is this still being developed or is it dead?
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Robotank
20 October 2009
Version: 1.3.1b1
When I first bought this app, I was pleased for the most part with its functionality. It offered several tangible advantages over Spaces. However, I reported an issue that the support team said they aware of and working on, but it never got fixed. In fact, the only update that came out at all for this app in, I think, the last two years, was this beta release. Now, the developer's website basically states that Desktops will never be compatible with Snow Leopard. What did I pay for exactly? I think You Software treats their customers very badly, and I would never send them another penny.
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Iscreen
07 October 2009
Version: 1.3.1b1
10.6 Compatibility NOT Compatible There are significant changes in Snow Leopard that seriously impact You Control: Desktops. A number of features of the application are not functional. At this time, we are unable to commit to supporting You Control: Desktops on Snow Leopard. We will continue to support existing users on earlier versions of the Mac OS. source: h**p://www.yousoftware.com/desktops/desktops.php
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Jorgeg4
02 September 2009
Version: 1.3.1b1
Excellent software. No more updates for Snow Leopard ?
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sjk
11 December 2008
Version: 1.3.1b1
CodeTek VDP is abandonware.
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Strob
13 November 2008
Version: 1.3
Desktops is a good virtual desktop program. The features it has works well. If it were not for Codetek's similar program this would be my top choice. But the program is missing two very important features: 1) to assign applications to a particular destop and most important to allow a program to appear on selected, multiple desktops. Codetek Virtualdesktops, therefore, is much more configurable. The only thing that this has over Codetek is the fancy desktop transitions, which I love. You Control also needs polishing in one particular area. The pager is not at all polished. The desktop names in it look awful. The window pictures appear to be black and white and are difficult to distinguish from one another. This is important when you want to move a window from one desktop to another. Codetek does this slightly better but not perfect. It relies on displaying the applications icon on each window. I prefer this method, at least I can tell which program it is. Also Codetek lets you configure the pager multiple ways, not being locked to the menu bar, whereas You Control only allows a non-configurable vertical column. A long column makes dragging a window more work. Rating: 3.5 stars
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5
St00pid-M0nk3y
04 September 2008
Version: 1.3b6
This is what Spaces SHOULD HAVE been. Excellent program. :)
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5
Mactoe
29 July 2008
Version: 1.3b5
Sorry... I forgot to assign the stars.
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Mactoe
29 July 2008
Version: 1.3b5
Shame on you AKROBAT... you do NOT write 2 star reviews (thus lowering the overall rating) for a product just because you could not assign the middle mousebutton... and you don't run around to all the other virtual desktop applications and do the same, as you have. Try developing some software and learn what it takes before you do such a disservice to developers. I have tried them all... Desktop Manager, Virtual Desktops, Spaces... and by FAR You Control Desktops is worth every penny. For my money... SPACES is pure junk and not thought out well at all. This is particularly discouraging when it is Apple and when there were so many good software models for SPACES to choose from. You can't even assign an F key to switch to specific space... while you can specify an application to show up in all windows you cannot specify it to show up in ANY window... a subtle but significant difference... such as being able to open a second window of the same app in another space... and leave it there when switching. YCD is elegant and miles above SPACES... for example... you can use the pull down menu to select any currently running application and choose which behavior you want. You can simply click on the pull down menu to display each open desktop and drag windows from one to the other. I was a senior software engineer at Apple when the first mac came out and it never ceases to amaze me they bring out a new operating system and do things like SPACES so miserably... or like going to all kinds of trouble to put 4 rounded corners on menus (which I think looks refined) and yet remove the trademark rounded corners from the menubar and make it transparent... which is worse than windows! If you enjoy working with SPACES then you will LOVE working with You Control Desktops. As a developer I could not live without virtual desktops and YCD makes it easy and intuitive.
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Akrobat
06 May 2008
Version: 1.3b5
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! I've tried all of the Virtual Desktop application on MacUpdate and not one of them offers the simple choice of bringing up the main menu (desktops) with a mouse button... not one! They insist on hotkeys... This is why I stick to Spaces.
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Dana-Sutton
20 November 2007
Version: 1.3b4
Let's revisit this app. and compare it with Leopard's Spaces. In two ways, I think YCD is still better. 1.) Although it is not entirely stable, as I have already noted, it DOES let you place different windows created by the same application on different desktops, which can be very useful if you have several projects going at the same time which require the same applications. 2.) It lets you put different desktop backgrounds on different virtual desktops, which is a very effective visual cue to help keep you oriented about where you are (by contrast, in Spaces it's very easy to get disoriented). Also, of course, the different Keynote-like transition effects have an undeniable cool factor.
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Dana-Sutton
21 August 2007
Version: 1.3b2
I've tried some other multi-screen apps., including some freeware ones. I. m. h. o. this is the best and most stable. And yet it continues to lack a feature I really like, the ability to open windows created by a single given application in various desktops and to accurately remember and maintain the position of those windows on the desktop where the user wants them. That would be a more accurate and more useful virtualization of the experience of having multiple monitors. Unless some undocumented improvements have been made (like all other such virtualization apps.) really isn't entirely good or entirely stable about remembering this kind of window placement.
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Edanrogo
21 August 2007
Version: 1.3b2
I would've given You Control: Desktops a 5 stars review if it weren't for the lack of control that an user has to decide if he/she wants to switch from one desktop to another once he/she closes an application. I emailed the developers about this situation, but they've ignored my suggestion in every update so far. So, even though I've been an user of this application for over two years now, it annoys me that they would continue developing such an useful app without including such a simple option: switch or not switch to the next desktop after all the apps have been closed in the current desktop.
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5
Paul-Burney
07 August 2007
Version: 1.3b1
I am a former CodeTek virtual desktops user who recently switched to this application when I got a MacBook Pro. My Virtual Desktop needs are pretty simple - just have a set of applications that are always displayed on a particular desktop.This app works great and is very stable for that purpose. I haven't tried all the extra features. The demo worked for me without any problems. The app has a nice menu to switch between your desktops and you can customize the icon to your liking which is nice. I typically just use keyboard shortcuts for this, though. The arrangement of desktops is a simple list that cycles which is how I'm most productive. I've tried 2D sets / grids of desktops in other programs and always found it to take too much thought. The current beta has a bit more polish than the previous release and I've found it to be stable on my MacBook Pro and on my G5 Tower. YouControl Desktops also doesn't exhibit the annoying "unfocused dialog box" issue with Adobe Creative Suite CS 3 of which other similar applications suffer. The only feature I miss from CodeTek is the ability to have an external monitor not do switching. A workaround is to set those applications on the second monitor (e.g., EyeTV) to "display on any desktop" then turn off the desktop transitions. All said, the software is well worth the money for me.
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Jonedwards
23 February 2007
Version: 1.3b1
This is the only virtual desktop application that works properly on Intel 10.4.8. It's missing some of the features of a few of the others, but it also doesn't have nearly as many bugs. NOTE: there seems to be a better version of this application on their website.
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Amcan12
16 December 2006
Version: 1.2
Same as previous reports - cannot get past selecting demo mode. Lack of reply from developer for so many months says it all... YouSoftware sucks.
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Westheman
21 June 2006
Version: 1.2b1
I've never been able to try this software... I can't get past the window that asks if you want to try the demo, buy or register. If I hit the demo button another window appears saying that there was an error with my license (which i don't have of course) because it expired. Next time I launch it, there's no demo button.
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Bella-Photo
30 May 2006
Version: 1.2b1
As a professional photographer, I need all the desktop space I can get. This product helped me be more productive.
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5
Ciro
25 May 2006
Version: 1.2b1
Great app! I can't work without it. The latest version works great. Desktops transition smoothly and I can allocate specific files to a specific Desktop - really reduces the clutter.
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Anonymous
18 July 2005
Version: 1.1
Sparky, try version v1.1.1 on TIGER, it works!
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3.25
Anonymous
01 May 2005
Version: 1.0
I got it for TIGER because the other multiple desktop program I normally use wasn't compatible with TIGER. You Control Desktop is unstable in TIGER in the sense that the wibdows in one desktop have a habit of jumping over to another desktop. Annoying!
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3.25
Anonymous
20 April 2005
Version: 1.0
wow! really anoying app.. i have installed "Little Snitch" in my system like a tool to try to isolate spyware or web-contact applications... and You Control Desktop try to contact some server almost for 5 times! ...c'mon dev dudes, you only make stay away from your software!
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4.5
Anonymous
19 April 2005
Version: 1.0
Interesting alternative to dashboard ;-)
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Anonymous
19 April 2005
Version: 1.0
Phones home.
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Anonymous
19 April 2005
Version: 1.0
Virtue Desktop Manager offers everything this offers for free! So, unfortunately I see no reason to try this as great as product it might be. I can't live and work without virtual desktops!
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Anonymous
05 December 2004
Version: 1.0b1
I agree with Anonymous. It may very well be a great product but with open source alternatives it's hard to justify the cost.
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4.5
Anonymous
02 December 2004
Version: 1.0b1
niiice, i love this! If it would use a different Dock for every configuration that would be the clincher.
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