VirtualDesktop Pro
VirtualDesktop Pro
4.0b1

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VirtualDesktop Pro4.0b1

10 June 2008

Increase monitor space with many virtual desktops.

Overview

VirtualDesktop Pro... Imagine if instead of having one monitor attached to your computer, you had 100 monitors attached to your computer. Then imagine that each of those monitors could display different windows and applications that you were running so that you could dedicate a monitor to different parts of how you will use your computer to accomplish your work. Then imagine that any time you want you could bring one of those monitors right in front of you so that you could easily access the different windows and applications on each monitor.

CodeTek VirtualDesktop provides you with the capability to switch between desktops on your monitor as though you had separate monitors. CodeTek Virtual Desktop provides a GUI interface that contains your desktops arranged in a grid. Each desktop on the pager is a unique environment where you can accomplish your work. Windows can be moved between desktops simply by dragging them between desktops on the pager.

The unregistered version of CodeTek VirtualDesktop limits you to only 2 fully functional desktops.

What's new in VirtualDesktop Pro

Version4.0b1:
  • Full support for X11
  • Full support for Expose
  • Focus Follows Mouse can focus a window without raising the window
  • Automatic locking of pager to edge of screen
  • Autohide feature for pager
  • Remote control of VirtualDesktop through AppleScript and Cocoa
  • Contextual menus in pager to control windows
  • Feature to have VirtualDesktop only use the main monitor. All windows on other monitors are "sticky"
  • New HotKey that displays window list at mouse pointer location
  • The ability to turn off individual HotKeys
  • Tooltips display information in pager
  • Configure type of tooltip information displayed
  • Configure font of tooltips
  • Feature to automatically launch VirtualDesktop at login

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86 Reviews of VirtualDesktop Pro

sjk
11 July 2008
Version: 4.0b1

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4.0b1 registration key expired on July 8th and CodeTek has gone silent again.
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sjk
28 November 2009
Version: 4.0b1
I'm surprised this is still listed here since info on the CodeTek Studios site (and temporary registration key) has been out-of-date for over a year and a half, with no visible sign of a future for the product/company.
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sjk
11 July 2008
Version: 4.0b1
4.0b1 registration key expired on July 8th and CodeTek has gone silent again.
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Shock-J
10 June 2008
Version: 4.0b1
PowerPC and Tiger? If you're going to come back from the dead and update your software, why waste your time with a version that only a fraction of the people can use? Do they think anyone other than already existing customers (who haven't upgraded to Leopard) is going to even bother with this? What a waste.
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Steve-Hodgson
10 June 2008
Version: 4.0b1
I may be forced to eat my words. As far as I can see this version is PowerPC and Tiger only so I won't try it on my MacIntel yet.
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Steve-Hodgson
15 November 2007
Version: 3.2
I thought I would make this a review rather than a comment to start to move the rating down. Something that must be due now that this fine application appears to be abandoned. CTVD was without doubt the finest virtual desktop application for OS X. The fact that it broke with each major update to the OS could have been forgiven had they been able to support the application and update accordingly. Now that it seems to be beyond recovery it looks like the end of the line. Codetek (Bill?) are still promising a new version it would appear but this looks increasingly like a fantasy.
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Fgs
14 August 2007
Version: 3.2
Oh man... it's like a famous game quote: "They set us up the bomb"... Farewell Codetek & VirtualDesktop Pro... Cheers, F.
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Fgs
26 April 2007
Version: 3.2
Argh... I just tried to write an email to "Dear Mr. Goldstein" (looks like he is the only Dude there working, because "support@codetek.com" is the same email address in the end as his...) and I almost loughed loud when I instantly after sending the mail got an error reply from his postmaster.... the email account is not anymore active! Great news! For all of you waiting... like me... keep waiting as now I am almost certain that this product is dead (and 40 $ lost). Also, people which are still using PPC, watch out with Adobe CS3 products cause the bindings are not working correctly with VirtueDesktop Pro 3.2. Version 4 looks to be "Vaporware". Really a sad story, such a great prodcut now depreciated.
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Psychos
26 January 2007
Version: 3.2
I love CTVD; it's the best workspace manager I've used under any OS. Unfortunately, it does not run on my MacBook Pro. The web page still says a fix is coming soon. Emails a couple months ago and a few days ago have gone unanswered. Does this company still exist? Is CTVD ever going to be updated? I'd sure like to use this product that I paid for until Leopard is out with Spaces.
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sjk
19 December 2006
Version: 3.2
Soon, eh? Nearly five months later and *still* no sign of V4.
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nowheredense
24 July 2006
Version: 3.2
Version 4 will be released soon and it will be a Universal Binary. I have received a reply to my email from Bill Goldstein to the effect.
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sjk
01 April 2006
Version: 3.2
Has anyone heard any news at all from CodeTek about an Intel-compatible version of VirtualDesktop? There's nothing about it mentioned on their web site. Maybe it's time to starting thinking about migrating to Virtue ...
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Gefilte
09 March 2006
Version: 3.2
I've been using this for years, and despite a few quirks, this has been one of my most productivity-enhancing apps. Unfortunately, it appears not to work with my shiny new MacBook Pro. :-( Hopefully they will update for intel soon...
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Anonymous
22 November 2005
Version: 3.2
$40 LOL It is not stable and there are better freeware around.
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Anonymous
22 July 2005
Version: 3.2
please backup your claims with reasons has anyone gotten any responses from customer support on any issues that they actually came through on? i read the reviews, and it doesn't look real good ...
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Anonymous
11 July 2005
Version: 3.2
after all this time, countless bug reports, and written assurances from the CEO, this P.O.S. *still* hasn't fixed the bug with BBEdit's document panes ... into the Trash Can for good!
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garbage
09 July 2005
Version: 3.2
Ok it's not bad & yes it its more convenient to leave apps maximised & switch desktops. Only trouble is i just found Desktop Manager v 0.5.3, it's free & it works fine so no sale here sorry...
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garbage
09 July 2005
Version: 3.2
Ok I'm downloading this to try it out because many people are recommending it. I have a nagging question in the back of my mind : !. how is this different to leaving all apps running full screen & clicking on the relevant dock icon to switch between them? 2. how is this different to leaving all apps running full screen & pressing F9 then clicking on the relevant app to switch between them?? No rating until i try it.
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Heath1
08 July 2005
Version: 3.2
This is by far, the one piece of software I can not live without on OSX! $40 is such a small price tag when I realize how much I absolutely rely on it. I can barely function on a Mac without it (and LaunchBar). It can be a bit involved setting it up, but man, once you do, it's pretty seamless. And there are more than enough options to customize it to your exact liking/use. Want the pager nice and small? Want it to autohide? Do you want to switch desktops by mousing to the screen edge? Want to only switch if holding a key? No problem at all. Want notification, or how about a menu item? Little pager icons, or no icons? Want a different look, make or download a skin. I have mine set to 15 desktops, with particular apps assigned to the various desktops. For example, I can keep Safari, iCal and Mail open all the time, each in their own desktops, full screen, and never once have to hide or minimize any of the windows. I have eight Terminal windows open, with four windows in one desktop, and four more in another desktop... I ssh to a lot of machines. This is done by duplicating Terminal.app, and setting up a startup script that opens the four windows when Terminal is launched. I pretty much never have to deal with moving windows around or minimizing windows to the dock to get to the one I want, because they're all there on their own desktops! Some of my desktops don't have anything in particular assigned to them and I use those for working in the Finder or other apps that I occasionally open... like scratch space. Got a bunch of windows open on your current desktop and need a fresh one? No need to minimize or hide all, just move to an open desktop! When you use the dock or apple+tab to switch between apps, your desktop changes accordingly, so you don't even need to use the mouse to switch anywhere. When you launch an app via LB, QS, or POF (plain 'ol Finder), if that app is assigned to a desktop, that's where it will always be whenever launched, every time. Got multiple monitors? No problem! You can even remove the monitor while it's running and it just resizes and keeps on going like a good little app should. Not only does it do just about anything you want it to do, it does it FAST and efficiently. I'm on a 2000 Pismo, 500Mhz, which is no speed demon, and have no problems at all -- switching is extremely fast with no lag. The only time switching may be a little odd, is when an app is not responding or really really busy doing something. CPU usage is also very minimal, which on the Pismo is always a concern of mine. I really can't say enough about this product. There are a few other virtual desktop apps out there, but none are as full featured or rock solid as Codetek Virtual Desktop. Seriously. -Heath ps. and no, they didn't pay me to write any of this
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Anonymous
08 July 2005
Version: 3.2
40 huge $'s for something i use freely within linux and CDE !!! DANG!
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Anonymous
23 June 2005
Version: 3.1
um so did i patience is a virtue, grasshopper
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Anonymous
01 June 2005
Version: 3.1
from their website: "CTVD 3.2 is being built now, and should be ready in a few days" ... and that was posted when, a few weeks ago?
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Anonymous
26 May 2005
Version: 3.1
The following link will give you another workaround which also works with 10.4.1. http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20050515231220647
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Anonymous
19 May 2005
Version: 3.1
I've used CTVDP for a few years now and was sorely missing it after I upgraded to Tiger. No other desktop manager had the features and even the "faster" ones had enough usability issues that I just couldn't tolerate them. The hint below about locking the preference file seems to work perfectly. 3 restarts now and I'm happily sailing along. If you have Tiger, don't be afraid, it works beautifully. Just make sure you lock your preference file.
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Anonymous
18 May 2005
Version: 3.1
Actually I've been using CTVD Pro 3.1 decently in 10.4 for awhile now. This is what I did (and hope it is only a temporary fix until an upgrade is provided). 1) Delete the com.codetek.virtualdesktop3.plist file in the Preference folder. 2) Launch CTVD and configure to your hearts content. 3) Go back to the Preference folder and lock the newly created com.codetek.virtualdesktop3.plist by selecting the file and going to the menu bar File -> Get Info. 4) To make any changes you need to go back and unlock the plist file and then re-lock it after you close the CTVD preference window. If you don't it becomes corrupt after the next launch. Works like a champ for me after every restart and automatic launch at login. Only thing it does not do is switch to desktop of top most window when application becomes active. Everything else is normal ( I can live with that for now)
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Anonymous
17 May 2005
Version: 3.1
After installing Mac OS X 10.4, Codetek VirtualDesktop crashes upon launch. An easy way to fix this issue is to delete the com.codetek.virtualdesktop3.plist file in your ~/Library/Preferences directory. Unfortunately, this means that you have to reconfigure the app each time you restart. Instead of removing the file entirely, try opening a terminal window and running the following command: defaults delete com.codetek.virtualdesktop3 SquaresDesktopLocation Now launch VirtualDesktop, it should retain your preferences (except for which desktop each window was on) and not crash.
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Anonymous
11 May 2005
Version: 3.1
I've had a personal explanation from the developer. They've had a setback (my wording, theirs was more specific) and it will be 2 more weeks. My tendency is to work on behalf of the company that I want to succeed. I'll tell my wife my secret concerns about CodeTek rather than air them and start a frenzy that might hurt the company.
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Anonymous
10 May 2005
Version: 3.1
I share similar sentiments with Koutsos and Richard about the ongoing lack of development and virtually (hmm) non-existent customer support. There's *still* no mention of Tiger support on CodeTek's web site. Why aren't they openly providing that important news about an important and relatively expensive(!) product? It's hard not to interpret all this as a sign of a company that's in trouble. If they can't get their act together soon I'll regrettably be looking for a Tiger-compatible CTVD replacement.
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Anonymous
02 May 2005
Version: 3.1
This is a very good program with very poor support and almost no development going on ... or at least, development that paying customers can see and benefit from. I sent an email requesting some info regarding Firefox support, to get a reply after 30 days saying we're looking into it. That was early January, nothing has been fixed till today for an issue that exists since late Firefox betas !! Tiger support was supposed to be here the day Tiger was released, now it will be in a week ... in my opinion it may be in a year or never. I really wish I had not paid for this program and had asked for a refund when I still could. There are some great alternatives out there, that at least do not take their customers for complete idiots.
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Anonymous
14 April 2005
Version: 3.1
From an eMail from the developer: 3.1 is not currently compatible with Tiger, but will be made so with an update, ideally by the 29th of April (Tiger release date).
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Anonymous
18 March 2005
Version: 3.1
Comments from 'another app' that apply perfectly here: "There are MANY Mac developers these days, and many products. Some developers have come up with clever solutions, good apps, then suddenly just dropped development. The end user is left with virtually useless software." I've used this app since the earliest days of its existence; and served as an active beta-tester for the v2/v3 apps as well. I've reported rather irksome bugs/problems repeatedly, and for over a year. The only response "Our developers will get to it asap ...". In my book, "asap" is, typically, not 1+ years ... Eventually, I stopped getting ANY response from support. E-Mails directly to the CEO were ignored. A phone call to him resulted in an effective response of "we were having email problems ... they're now resolved". From the discussion I had with him abt long-unresolved 'issues' and just plain poor support, his response, dated Jan 13 this year: "The answer is "yes" we will fix the problem, and I will push to have it done in an upcoming release that should fix the Firefox problems, this BBEdit problem and two minor issues Apple has advised us to fix. I am hoping we will have the new update ready in 4 weeks or less, because according to the Apple Engineer I spoke to on Monday, we need to release a tested version with these changes before the end of February." Well, end of Feb has come & gone ... so I followed up with email 'pings' *again*. We're back to being completely ignored -- no response. I've been a paying customer since day 1. BTW, not just for VD, but for their other products as well. I've attempted to cooperatively, politely communicate with CodeTek's support and CEO directly, rather than 'airing laundry' here. From my perspective, I've given them every opportunity to cure the problem ... VD's a great/useful app. But this treatment/lack of support is dreadful. Based on the 'evidence', my choices seem to be to assume they're either (a) a dead/dying company, (b) incompetent, or (c) just plain rude. NONE of which are acceptable options for my money. What a shame ...
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Anonymous
08 March 2005
Version: 3.1
I resisted using this program for two years, but now I find it utterly indispensible. I uninstalled it for a week to give Desktop Manager a good trial, but it was a relief to come back to this - it is SO elegant, & highly customisable - probably my choice if I were only allowed one piece of shareware. No disrespect to Desktop Manager, though - it just doesn't suit the way I work. Virtue is promising too, but needs some more development (it's really only a kind of stable Alpha at present). If you haven't tried Virtual Desktop (& it takes some getting used to...) give it a week of your time. It could change your Mac experience.
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Anonymous
17 February 2005
Version: 3.1
Using Desktop Manager is a bit like walking on stilts...it works, but not gracefully. Using CodeTek Virtual Desktop is as graceful as ballet.
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2.5
Anonymous
13 January 2005
Version: 3.1
Damn expensive and not better than the free Desktop Manager. Unimpressive.
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Anonymous
05 January 2005
Version: 3.1
I used to have VD but now I have virtue. I am MUCH happier now.
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Anonymous
16 November 2004
Version: 3.1
I hope and believe that a lot of these 'Anonymous' fellows are incorrect. I rather wish that they'd find another way rather than post to deal with their anxieties...overeat, drink, smoke... All these negative posts might hurt the product which they claim to love. Your comments would do less harm and more good if made directly to (and only to) the developers. I have found CodeTek to be very responsive. But, you know, they've got to eat. This means they have to work on other products to bring in enough money so that they can stay in business. If they don't, then there won't be any more Virtual Desktop. Feature requests are going to have to wait until the next update, or if they are very big, the next version. Only very big companies can be constantly tinkering with every product. Americans (and I am one) have become too pampered so that if a company does not call or write them begging to help them NOW, then they feel offended. [Some of these 'Anonymous' might not be Americans, but I find that most non-Americans are more realistic in their expectations.]
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Anonymous
24 October 2004
Version: 3.1
This is a great utility - esay to use, stable, and many features fulfililng the promise. I have tried many shareware/freeware in different categories in this forum during last 3 months when I switched from PC to Mac. VirtualDesktop is a real 5 stars!
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Anonymous
08 September 2004
Version: 3.1
still a must-have app. that said, CodeTek have become increasingly UNRESPONSIVE to any sort of request ... simple things like the ability to ORGANIZE apps in the prefs--> apps tab. their typical reponse? "Our developers are busy on more important things, but when their time frees-up, they'll get right on it ..." must be a busy year ... they've apparently had no time yet. its one thing to pay the $$$ upgrade and get great support, but its another thing entirely to be ignored for the price!!! i think its time 4 me to start keeping an eye on DesktopManager!
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Anonymous
04 August 2004
Version: 3.1
Looks like a pretty good app, but I'll never know. I had a problem with the demo key and ended up with only 3 days out of the allotted 2 weeks for trying it out. I emailed the support address twice asking for help and never got a reply. Seems like they're in a big rush to collect a lot of money for their software but not giving much in return.
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Anonymous
05 July 2004
Version: 3.1
this app really needs the wonderful transitions like desktop manager... and it's for free! maybe when they add this feature i would think of buying it if it was much cheaper(?)
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Anonymous
25 February 2004
Version: 3.0.1
Well, before I installed Mac OS 10.3 I used to use this app a LOT.......but Expose (in my opinion) works much better as a way of organizing your windows, it looks brilliant, and it's not eating up any extra CPU cycles, or memory (because it's already loaded with the Dock). As for the price increase, that's pretty attrocious. I wouldn't pay $40 (the equivalent for about £23) for this program, it just doesn't do enough to make it worth that much. You can only pay via a Credit Card, which I frankly find quite appaling too - in a time where not everyone can afford to have a credit card (me included) is it really too much to ask for payment via PayPal? I mean, come on, it's not like they're not getting enough money for it! Desktop Manager is great though, and it has the aforementioned benefit of being free and seems to be very closely supported. If you want virtual desktops, I would suggest Desktop Manager - it puts the desktops in your menubar too! Codetek Virtual Desktop doesn't do that (well, not the same as DM anyways)!
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Anonymous
25 February 2004
Version: 3.0.1
I am really sorry that I supported this company. I understand that often it is necessary to charge for version upgrades (I've paid for 3 versions of OS X) but to require an uproar from customers to adjust the price for upgrades and then to threaten the customer base by raising (????!!!!) the price indicates a company that is focused too heavily on the bottom the line. When making recommendations about a company for investors we usually pay very close attention to the flucuation in the product line's price. Codetek's activity indicates a company that may not be around to support future releases. Either they are greedy (probably not) or the financial status of the company is in jeopardy. These guys/girls need to get their act together in the near future because CTVD is only slightly better than Desktop Manager and with DM's rapid development and pricepoint (free) it is going to prove to be a killer app in the near future. C'mon Codetek, you have a good product, quit trying to float the company on the customer's backs!
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bob_weiner
31 January 2004
Version: 3.0
CodeTek has made an excellent program even better, with 3.0 bringing several new useful features and refinements to the table -- all without changing its legenedary ease of use and excellent customizability. The new upgrade price ($15) for owners of versions 2.x is reasonable. Expose now functions properly within each of the virtual desktops. You can now autolaunch CTVD when logging in. I cannot live without this app!
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Anonymous
22 January 2004
Version: 3.0b5
Why spend $30.00 on this over-priced app? Desktop Manager 0.5 was released today with a lot of great features and is FREE. I'll spend my money elsewhere thanks!
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Dana-Sutton
14 January 2004
Version: 3.0b4
I have a comment posted here a while back squawking about the price of the upgrade. Well, here's the rare case of a software developer who actually listens to his customer base and respects their opinions. This is in very way a great app. and is getting better all the time, I find I use it more and more.
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Anonymous
08 January 2004
Version: 3.0b3
I thought about this upgrade pricing ordeal long and hard. In fact, I was one the original to complain about the high upgrade price. I started thinking about the reality that a business cannot stay around forever by giving away software. This is especially true after a major new release of OSX was released that practically made the old version of Virtual Desktop unusable. The change to $15.00 is more than fair with all considered. The rumor mill is that Apple is going to start charging for updates via "Software Update". Everyone better start getting used to paying for upgrades because it seems to be coming in all directions, including MS.
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Anonymous
04 January 2004
Version: 3.0b3
Kudos to Joel for his responsiveness. It is always a jolt to hear of a price increase, particularly with something one thinks of as shareware. However, the border between shareware and commercialware is blurring these days. Moreover, many shareware titles are asking for more money with upgrades, Graphic Converter and DragThing to name just two. There are a number of valuable new features in version 3 (I am beta-testing) which make it worth the original upgrade price to me (although, of course, I'd rather have it for free): 1) Full support of X11. 2) Focus follows mouse can now focus a window without raising a window (except with carbon applications). 3) AppleScript support. 4) Better contextual menus support. 5) AppleScript triggers when entering and leaving desktops. I saved one of my favorites until last; here are 3 applications of number (5) which I have so far: (a) Number 5 (along with DragThing or a similar AppleScript aware application) gives you the functionality and concept of 'WorkSpaces". Let's say you do web-development and have a desktop or two devoted to web-development (where windows from applications you use with web-development reside). When switching to these desktops, you can have an AppleScript automatically tell DragThing to make available a particular Dock or layer whose contents are applications, folders, and urls associated with web-development as well. When leaving these desktops, another AppleScript can tell DragThing to switch back to the generic dock or layer. (b) I have one desktop set to view all files (including invisible ones). That is, when entering this desktop, an AppleScript changes the Finder settings to view invisble files, and relaunches the Finder. When I leave this desktop, another AppleScript does the reverse so that the Finder views files as in the default. (c) With one common job of mine, I always need access to a particular folder. So I have one desktop devoted to this job and as I switch to that desktop, an AppleScript opens this folder; as I leave this desktop another AppleScript closes this folder. The possibilities with number (5) above are endless. Anyway, if the new features are not significant to you, you can still upgrade to the new 'Lite' version for free. Moreover, the pricing structure has been relaxed (just one more way in which the developer is responsive to user comments). I reward real ingenuity and software writing skill by paying shareware fees. This is one of those cases.
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Anonymous
31 December 2003
Version: 3.0b3
As a registered user of the original product, I find it laughable that this new so called "Pro" product is going to require me to pay an upgrade fee. As of the last update it was crashing my Mac, but it's beta software so that's fine. I will not be upgrading this product, which is loaded with useless features that seem to distract the developer from optimizing the most basic features of the product. Certainly not after just paying for the full version, and now being asked to pay for an upgrade that fixes incompatibilities with 10.3 and adds little else of any significance.
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Anonymous
31 December 2003
Version: 3.0b3
I hate to say it, but Expose pretty much covers my needs for now. If the upgrade were cheaper then I might buy it, but paying almost full price for the upgrade when Expose already does such a good job means that I will simply live with Expose. I did make good use of this software under Jaguar, and perhaps in the future I will see a need for this program, so hopefully something will work out.
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Anonymous
30 December 2003
Version: 3.0b3
i've used this beta period to reexamine whether i really need this software. i've been jumping from 2.3.14, to the latest beta, to Exposé, and just seeing what works for me. keeping in mind that i was a huge fan of CVD in 10.2, in the end it has become very apparent that i would rather use Exposé than CVD 2.3.14, and I would much rather keep my money than ever use 3.0. thanks for the new pricing scheme codetek, you've made me happier and more productive, and done it for less money! i just wish all companies could do the same.
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Anonymous
18 December 2003
Version: 3.0b2
LOL! 25% off, Year-End Sale! Year-End Sale Price: $22.50 So how much was the update? *SCRN*
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Anonymous
15 December 2003
Version: 3.0b1
A great shareware product that I did not mind paying $30 for initially. However, when the price is raised to $55 (30+25) if you include the cost of the upgrade they have priced themselves out of the game. Expose is free and although I like virtual desktop a little better I will not pay for the upgrade. A lot of good software has gone away because people would not pay the asking price. I suspect this will happen to this software.
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Anonymous
13 December 2003
Version: 3.0b1
I agree with everyone, there is no way I will pay $25.00 for an upgrade after purchasing this product for the first time only 2 months ago. I really hope CodeTek addresses these complaints and realizes the true threat of Expose'. I have already begun my transition.
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Anonymous
12 December 2003
Version: 3.0b1
i agree with the previous reviews -- the pricing strategy needs to be re-thought, as it stands a chance of alienating those of us that have supported this program. I don't mind paying for an upgrade, but I don't want to get ripped off, either.
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Anonymous
12 December 2003
Version: 3.0b1
$30 for completely new users, but $25 for users who have already shown support for the product! Hey, CodeTek, I'd hate to see how you treat your enemies, because you sure treat your friends like dirt. -former CodeTek customer
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Anonymous
12 December 2003
Version: 3.0b1
Nice product, and $30 is a reasonable price for new users, but $25 for an upgrade is a slap in the face of registered users. No upgrade for me, as judicious use of Expose offers similar organizational functionality -- and looks cooler anyway.
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Anonymous
12 December 2003
Version: 3.0b1
Silly we are all paying for an upgraded beta. As far as Im concerned most of the time I had version 2 I went thru a beta process. Im willing to continue this, but not at a $25 upgrade fee for previous users. Whomever suggested this was a $100 application, I have a bridge Id like to sell you.
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Anonymous
12 December 2003
Version: 3.0b1
3.0b1 on my powerbook g4 seems pretty stable so far. i like the new organization of the preferences, it seems cleaner. this is a $100 app to me, so the fact that they want another $25 after two years is still way below what its worth to me.
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Anonymous
12 December 2003
Version: 3.0b1
NIce app, sure it works well. Just deleted it. I registered 2.? this summer. I love the funtionality that I get CVD, but I will not be raked like this and won't use their software anymore. I know that development is a hard task, and running a business is even harder, but kissing off your customer base is a poor business model. I wish CodeTek all the best, and hope that they have continued success but you can count me out as a current and future customer.
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Anonymous
11 December 2003
Version: 3.0b1
this program is excellent and has many useful features which I use everyday, but the newest upgrade to the 'pro' version will cost $25 for registered users, which seems very steep. Aside from a few tweaks and fixes to make this work with Exposé, it isn't clear to me what makes this 'pro' and why I'll have to pay extra for software that should be updated to work with the features of panther anyway. If this were a major overhaul with significant new features, I'd definitely feel differently about this. I like CodeTek's products a great deal, but for me, this seems like a cheap ploy to squeeze another $25 out of me for updates that should be covered under my original license.
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Anonymous
28 November 2003
Version: 2.3.14
You pay for it cause it's better....I still think this should have been written into the OS like it is with linux..this one u can drag app icons from one desktop to the other...and it does everything else I expect it to. I even found (so far) it's speed to be not that much of an issue..
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3.5
Anonymous
10 October 2003
Version: 2.3.12
I was enthusiastic when i got it. But after using it for a while, i find that no combination of settings gives me behavior that completely makes sense. However i combine global settings with app settings, i still seem to wind up with windows in the wrong places at the wrong times. Actual switching, especially with different desktops, is too slow if you're not on a screaming machine. Forgets where some windows were if you have to restart the finder. Beyond that, it does seem exceptionally stable and seldom disturbs, or is disturbed by other software.
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5
bob_weiner
07 October 2003
Version: 2.3.12
Works as advertised, and incredible support from CodeTek on their fantastic product. I can't imagine using a Mac without this wonderful program. It does what it says it will, and does it well. It's a must-have for keeping my work-flow organized. Highly recommended.
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Peter da Silva
16 September 2003
Version: 2.3.11
I disagree with Anonymous: for me, this eliminates the need for Expose. I personally use Desktops Manager (which doesn't, despite the other Anonymous colleague's comment, do quite as much) because it does *enough* and I prefer the pager, but neither of these tools is quite the same thing as Expose.
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Power200
16 September 2003
Version: 2.3.11
http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/12682 Desktop Manager is Free and dose the same thing!!!! why pay for it????
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4.25
Anonymous
20 August 2003
Version: 2.3.8
"fast user switching doesn't eliminate the need for this, but expose sure does." I'm sure it doesn't. Expose can't do what VirtualDestop can with one click or hotkey!
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5
Anonymous
19 August 2003
Version: 2.3.8
in response to the last comment by anonymous... exposure is good, no question. but virtualdesktop lets me do a command-tab that clears my screen of everything related to photoshop, give me a safari window, and all the while keep my aim conversation within view. F9-11 can get close to the same result with a lot of clicking around. i test but don't keep a lot of shareware, but even on a 20" monitor i found it worthwhile to pay for this one. and it just keeps getting better with constant updates.
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Anonymous
19 August 2003
Version: 2.3.8
fast user switching doesn't eliminate the need for this, but expose sure does.
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5
Bob114
09 August 2003
Version: 2.3.7
If you're a linux user who recently switched to Mac, this is the utility that will give you the virtul desktop functionality that you're probably missing in Mac OS X. Couple this utility with Launchbar for ultra fast and organized workspaces. If you're just a regular old mac-head, give this a shot for a more ogranized workflow - it helps me keep my multitasking work style straight. For me, this program is easily worth the money. The app itself is stable and fast, and he developer is responsive and frequently updates. I recommend this app highly.
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4.25
Anonymous
05 August 2003
Version: 2.3.7
I too fail to see how fast user switching will be any kind of replacement for VirtualDesktop. I'm not trying to get to another user. I need real estate. Even 1600 x 1200 just doesn't provide enough. Lots cheaper than another monitor, but i still have a bit of a problem with $30 for this.
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4.5
Anonymous
30 July 2003
Version: 2.3.7
Fast user switching is not a replacement for virtual desktops. For me VirtualDesktop works fine: good performance, stable usage and nice configuration options. I anticipate to use it with panther ;)
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Anonymous
30 July 2003
Version: 2.3.7
Panther has "Fast User Switching" so this application is no longer needed. If you're purchasing Panther then save your hard earned dollars.
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4.75
bob_weiner
23 July 2003
Version: 2.3.6
The 2.3.6 update adds even more subtle refinements to an already superb program.
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5
BernieC
20 July 2003
Version: 2.3.5
Great app. Completely worth the $30 if you're using to having multiple desktops. One suggestion I have is to use a delay instead of a mouse speed threshold for switching desktops with the mouse. Let's say that if the mouse sits at the bottom of the screen for 500ms, then switch to that desktop. Still, great job - it's exactly what an OS X app should be.
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5
Anonymous
11 June 2003
Version: 2.3.4
Perfect Program, Great Support, Great Response to Bugs/Features!
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4.75
Anonymous
11 June 2003
Version: 2.3.4
Nice bug-fixes. Everything purrs properly on my Pismo.
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Anonymous
10 June 2003
Version: 2.3.4
The 'phone home' was removed several updates ago, so get up to date. I don't know what was being phoned home, but I sympathize with software authors who write outstanding software such as this, and then have it pirated by people too cheap and dishonest to support the authors.
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Anonymous
07 June 2003
Version: 2.3.3
PHONE HOME = PIECE OF JUNK
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4.25
Jp7
21 May 2003
Version: 2.3.2
Must have if you really "use" your Mac. This, Synergy, Keyboard Majestro, DefaultFolderX, CopyPasteX, iGetter, Biorhythms9, and LiSA. Can't (won't) do without. Virtual Desktop has an initial steep learning curve, but once you've got it, it frees you up. That's because they've included so many types of features for customization. Initially I felt it was kind of expensive, but once I got all the features down, and just the quality of the support has increased my value rating. I have not had one stability problem. The only problem I encountered was my inadvertently making a wrong setting. When I wrote in, they came back quickly with suggestions. Later that day I wrote about problems with Synergy and they were already addressing it in their latest upgrade. (this one.) Virtual Desktop support is excellent, responsive, fast, thorough! Good follow-up. Thank you Jeff! I have 32 virtual desktops set up (OK seldom use more than 8-10 at any time). No clutter. I can launch an app or whatever with Majestro and have Virtual Desktop set up to have it open on a specified desktop, and then can jump between different desktops by using hotkeys within Virtual desktop. Meanwhile Synergy is controlling iTunes4 which is playing my mp4a through my home stereo with the album cover/info in a floater that follows me from desktop to desktop. LiSA tells me verballyl when I have e-mail through my spamcop.net account and whether it's from family, friend, colleague, enemy.
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4.75
Anonymous
20 May 2003
Version: 2.3.2
An essential utility for anyone who needs to work with different groups of windows under any given app; for others, still quite cool and helpful. What I really want to praise is the developers and support staff: this is obviously not a trivial util to write, and the release history shows they have worked super-diligently to fix bugs and improve performance month after month. My E-mail to them re a small bug was answered within hours, and followed-up very conscientiously. Virtual Desktop inspires not just admiration for the imagination and technical skill of the creators, but genuine trust in them. They've earned a place at the pinnacle of the third-party OS X utils list alongside GraphicConverter, DragThing, and the Unsanity widgets.
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5
Dnorman1
20 May 2003
Version: 2.3.2
Absolutely can't use my Powerbook without this. An amazing piece of software. I've got 12 virtual desktops set up, with applications set to display on specific desktops, so my work-related tasks are all together. Way more efficient than managing tons of open apps and windows on a single desktop.
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5
Anonymous
21 February 2003
Version: 2.1.5
Tried it. Bought it. NEED it. This is one of those must have apps for anyone that does more than use Word.
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5
Anonymous
24 January 2003
Version: 2.1.2
This is the Jaguar Kitty's MEOW! This is just like the pager in KDE(Linux) and Workspaces in CDE(HP-UX) ONLY BETTER! You can tell it to keep certain apps and spawned children in a particular desktop! Hot Keys to switch between desktops too! Cut the clutter! With many separate desktops, I can do much more on my iBook. It improves my workflow! I tried it for a few hours then HAD to buy it!
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4.75
Anonymous
19 December 2002
Version: 2.0.1
You MUST get this app! Being a Linux user coming to Macs, the two biggest things that just anoyed me to no end was having only one desktop (like windoze), and having to click on a window instead of having focus-follows-mouse. Then I found this application, which does so much more. My favorite feature so far is the "ramming speed" (minimum mouse velocity) setting to change desktops. Imagine if OSX came standard with these features. Wow.
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4.25
Anonymous
14 November 2002
Version: 2.0b10
Codetek is quite responsive and kept version 1 evolving even as it stomped out the bugs. VirtualDesktop is the ONLY true virtual desktop program for OS X -- Space.app only hides and shows apps, which is a limiting hack and doesn't really help to manage tasks.
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5
Anonymous
02 November 2002
Version: 2.0b8
I tried if for 1 minute and then bought it ! Great program.
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Anonymous
07 August 2002
Version: 1.3.2
try "Space" freeware http://space.sourceforge.net
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