A better version of spaces? Like linux's expo?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by equalsabracket, Dec 2, 2008.

  1. equalsabracket macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2008
    Is there a better version of spaces out there? I know spaces is really awkward and not very good at all, especially when compared with linux's expo which does everything right with it. Does anybody know if there's any apps which do spaces better?
  2. BobZune macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2007
    Spaces work just fine for me and probably for most users (esp if you have it activate using a hot corner). Is there a particular feature you are looking for? If so, someone may be able to help.
  3. equalsabracket thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2008
    I think if you used expo you'd understand why it's not very good.

    1. No dragging of a window from 1 screen to another.
    2. If a window goes off the right side of screen 1 then you go to screen 2 (to the right of screen 1), you would expect the portion of the program which is off the side of screen 1 to appear on screen 2 but it doesn't, it just dissapears.
    3. No dragging windows around on the view where you can see all desktops.
    4. The view where you can see all desktops can't be customised and looks boring, especially in comparison to the different things you can do with expo such as make the windows be in a semi-circle or at an angle and you get to choose the background and have it be a gradient which looks so good.
    5. No keyboard shortcut to show all windows.

    It just makes it seem really awkward and like a dis-advantaged version.

    Alternatively, is there a desktop cube app for macs which means each desktop is on a side of the cube and you can switch between them?
  4. BobZune macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2007
    I haven't used expo on linux, but from what you said, I have the following comments:

    1. You can do this - in the all spaces view, drag from one space to another.

    2. Agreed, but not a major drawback (see 1). If you use "Warp" You can just hold the window on the edge of a space (in a single space view) for a second or so and it will move to the next space. http://www.ksuther.com/warp/

    3. You can do this - just drag the window (see 1).

    4. Customization can be done by adjusting Rows and Columns (+ and -) in the Spaces preferences pane (perhaps expo has more, but the video I have seen only showed 1 row, 4 columns).

    5. Set up a keystroke in the pref. pane to show all spaces (if you want all "windows" in ONE space, you can use Expose, but that's not spaces issue).

    So check out the options for customization in the preferences - it might make it more usable. No production quality compiz/fusion like "cube" feature exists that I know of (see http://desktopmanager.berlios.de/ for some related development, or do a search).

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