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Vista Virtual Desktop Manager
As an independent web developer, I never have enough screen real estate. Even with Vista's Flip-3D task switcher, I'm lost in the multitude of open windows. It's not that I don't close my windows fast enough, in fact I use Ctrl-W, Ctrl-F4 and Alt-F4 all the time and have launch shortcuts for about every application, but at times you just have too many windows.

These are some apps that I use on a very regularly basis: Outlook, many windows of Internet Explorer (each with a bunch of open tabs), same story for Firefox, Paint Shop Pro, Lightroom, Topstyle, OneNote, Mobile Device Center, Visual Studio, Outlook Express, Skype, MSN Messenger, UltraEdit, CSE Html Validator. That sure gives an overwhelming Flip 3D view!

So what can you do about the desktop clutter? I'm going to install Vista Virtual Desktop Manager. This way I can group together apps based on the activity (a desktop for development, one for graphics, one for email and rss, ...)

Even though there are plenty of virtual desktop managers out there, and I've tested a lot of them in the past, this one has a compelling advantage: native support for Windows Vista. By making use of the DWM based Aero interface, it gives you full screen thumbnail based preview.

Here's a list of features taken from the website:

  • Full screen desktop/window manager/preview with full drag and drop managing

  • Desktop switch indicator

  • An infinite number of desktops

  • Watch the windows move in real time as you drag them around in the window manager

  • Multiple monitor support

  • Window menus

  • Tray icons for each desktop

  • Configurable colors, fade speeds, hotkeys, etc.

  • And much more!

VVDM is currently a beta version 0.41, and can be freely downloaded:

Did you play with it already? Let us know your experience!

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  Posted by oVan on Tuesday, June 05, 2007 | PermaLink | 0 comments
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