Mac OS X (Leopard) only: Virtual desktop enhancement utility SpaceSuit assigns separate wallpaper images for each Spaces virtual desktop so you can distinguish between desktops at a glance. Once installed, using the application is as simple as switching to a virtual desktop and dragging a wallpaper image onto the SpaceSuit icon in the dock, repeating again for each virtual desktop. The application doesn't replace your current wallpaper, but adds a new layer over top—meaning that SpaceSuit needs to be running and added to your startup items if you want multiple wallpapers. SpaceSuit is a free download for OS X Leopard users only. Hit the link for the download or take a look at the Switching to Mac tutorial for the full walkthrough.
Tagged With spaces
Mac OS X only: Hyperspaces adds several simple but useful customisation features to OS X Leopard's built-in virtual desktop tool, Spaces. With Hyperspaces, you can set different wallpapers to different desktops, name you desktops, create a handful of keyboard shortcuts (including shortcuts to jump directly to a specific space), and much more. If you're already a fan of Spaces, Hyperspaces is a must-have addition. The program is developed by the same guy who created previously mentioned VirtueDesktops—an incredible virtual desktop app that pre-dated Spaces—so you can bet this one will continue to add great features. Hyperspaces is currently a free download (you'll need to pony up $US13 if you want to customise more than two spaces), requires Mac OS X 10.5.3 or higher. Hyperspaces [via Switching To Mac
Leopard's virtual desktop tool Spaces is great, but sometimes the app breaks, leaving you with windows on desktops you just can't get to. Luckily there's an easy solution: Open Terminal and enter killall Dock. When your Dock restarts, Spaces will be back in operation.
In case it went under your radar, Leopard's Spaces feature has improved in the 10.5.3 release by making the workspace switch more intuitive. The upshot: You can now create and switch between workspaces based on tasks rather than apps.
It's easy to know where to put cups, socks, and books you find around the house—not so much with all the stuff that you only occasionally touch and don't have a real home for. To cut down on these hard-to-get-rid-of clutter culprits, the Zen Habits blog suggests creating a "Maybe" box, stashing non-dire items in there, and ...Then store the box somewhere hidden, out of the way. Put a note on your calendar six months from now to look in the box. Then pull it out, six months later, and see if it's anything you really needed. Usually, you can just dump the whole box, because you never needed that stuff.
Mac OS X only: Freeware application Warp adds a preference pane to your System Preference that enhances Leopard's virtual desktop tool, Spaces, so that you can switch between spaces using just your mouse. After you've installed and enabled Warp, move your mouse to the edge of the screen to switch to the adjacent space. If you've enabled the "Click screen edge to Warp" option, Warp even provides a preview of the space you're about to switch to. Click the preview and you're there. Warp is freeware, Mac OS X only. Warp
The Wall Street Journal reports on a recent study that asked whether more screen real estate gave workers the ability to do things faster and better. Workers were given either an 18-inch or 24-inch monitor, and the researchers found that:People using the 24-inch screen completed the tasks 52% faster than people who used the 18-inch monitor; people who used the two 20-inch monitors were 44% faster than those with the 18-inch ones. There is an upper limit, however: Productivity dropped off again when people used a 26-inch screen.Interesting findings (albeit funded by a monitor manufacturer), but I have to ask our space-savvy readers: How would you use extra screen space to make your desktop more effective, if you had the chance? What can you get done with a bigger monitor than with, say, a multi-desktop app like OS X Leopard's Spaces (or its Windows and Linux equivalents)? Tell us what you think, and share your own story of making the most of what you've got, whether it's laptop-sized or home theatre proportions. Bigger Computer Monitors = More Productivity
Virtual desktops have been popular amongst geeks for years, but they're just starting to catch on with the consumer desktop crowd; in Leopard, Spaces be thy name. Previously Mac users had an incredible virtual desktop application called Virtue Desktops as their desktop management option, but with the announcement of Spaces, development on Virtue Desktops was dropped. I'm a huge fan of Virtue Desktops, so in my eyes, Spaces has some pretty big shoes to fill. So how does Spaces stand up?