You Control: Desktops
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Create many virtual desktops for different work tasks.   Demo ($29.95)
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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
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
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or 10.5 Not compatible with 10.6.

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You Control: Deskt... User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Jeff-Nailen commented on 27 Mar 2010
is this still being developed or is it dead?
[Version 1.3.1b1]


Robotank commented on 20 Oct 2009
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.
[Version 1.3.1b1]


Iscreen commented on 07 Oct 2009
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.

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[Version 1.3.1b1]


JorgeG4 commented on 02 Sep 2009
Excellent software. No more updates for Snow Leopard ?
[Version 1.3.1b1]


sjk commented on 11 Dec 2008
CodeTek VDP is abandonware.
[Version 1.3.1b1]



STRob reviewed on 13 Nov 2008
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
[Version 1.3]



St00pid-M0nk3y reviewed on 04 Sep 2008
This is what Spaces SHOULD HAVE been. Excellent program. :)
[Version 1.3b6]



mactoe reviewed on 29 Jul 2008
Sorry... I forgot to assign the stars.
[Version 1.3b5]


mactoe commented on 29 Jul 2008
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.
[Version 1.3b5]

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SWO replied on 04 Sep 2008
You're way too hard on Spaces. I think it's definitely a different execution of the virtual desktop concept that You Control: Desktops, which I have had for a few years now.

Both approaches have their strengths and I think both are great and quite useful.


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!

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.
[Version 1.3b5]

westheman had trouble on 21 Jun 2006
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.
[Version 1.2b1]

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John F. replied on 06 Jul 2006
Same here. This sucks.
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Type:Utilities : Desktop
Date:10 Dec 2008
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
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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.

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