Macbook application switching

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by elec999, Apr 10, 2007.

  1. elec999 macrumors regular

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    Could someone confirm this, if its fake or real. I saw videos that mac book can switch in between by touching the sides of the lcd.
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  2. rogersmj macrumors 68020

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    It is possible. There are a number of implementations for switching virtual desktops. The later builds of Virtue Desktops have it built right in. However, it's not very reliable and it's not a great idea to be constantly smacking the side of your laptop. I don't use that feature on my MacBook; a simple keyboard shortcut is more effective and less harmful to the computer.
     
  3. nagromme macrumors G5

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    It's true. Mac laptops have very sensitive and precise motion detectors built in, able to detect a tap from the side and other movements.

    They only reason Macs have this is so they can tell the hard disk to go into the fetal position during a fall or impact, reducing the chances of data loss.

    But users have added their OWN uses for the technology, including the tap-switching and some games that respond to tilting the MacBook.

    So you'll have to download install the tap-switching--it's not a built-in function. And it's more of a toy than anything :)

    Google "sudden motion sensor" to find more.

    http://wpram.com/log/2006/05/26/apple_sudden_mo/

    http://blog.medallia.com/2006/05/smacbook_pro.html
     
  4. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    Find VirtueDesktops at versiontracker.com and you'll get the program that does the switching right out of the box.

    Its pretty cool, but yeah it isn't the most efficient method. I don't think you can hurt you Mac by slapping the side of it (use common sense). Overall give it a shot!

    DesktopManager is another great Virtual desktop program, better than the first program stated.
     
  5. rogersmj macrumors 68020

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    I'd say Virtue Desktops is better. First of all, DesktopManager has been dead for years. Virtue Desktops actually grew out of DesktopManager once it stopped being maintained. As such, VD has a lot more features. It's not perfect, but it will get me by until Spaces comes along.
     
  6. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    Really? Hmm, shows what I know about these things. Ultimately go get your SmackBook on!
     

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