Spaces - Quick Question - New to Macs

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by LERsince1991, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. LERsince1991 macrumors 65816

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    Just a quick question... Just got my first mac (2.4 alu macbook)

    Spaces seems to be very handy to me, but how many space to you people have it set to? I have mine at 9 at the moment.
     
  2. terriyaki macrumors 6502a

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    I use four on both my MacBook and my 20" iMac (which is connected to a 20" Dell external). I love Spaces. Although I'm not a fan of what bird's eye view looks like when you have multiple displays.
     
  3. deej999 macrumors regular

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    wow. 9 spaces is too many for me :)

    I use 4 as well. What does bird eye view look like on dual monitors? Can you post a picture?
     
  4. terriyaki macrumors 6502a

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    This is a screenshot from my main display. My secondary display is blank. Total waste of space.
     

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  5. LERsince1991 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Ya I use 9 and it seems to be ok, I tried more but it got a bit confusing.

    What do people have in each space then?
    1. Finder and system preferences etc..
    2. Firefox
    3. iTunes
    4. Office 08 and iWork 09
    5. MSN, iPhoto and transmission
    6. Mail (opens on login)
    7. Photoshop CS4
    8. Illustrator CS4, Garageband
    9. InDesign CS4

    I tend to multi-task a lot and spaces is really good for this.
    iTunes, mail and firefox are often open whenever the mac's on.
     
  6. AdeFowler macrumors 68020

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    I also use 9. Seems just about right for me.
     
  7. nerdish macrumors regular

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    I have 2 x 22" screens and 9 space, lots of real estate.
     
  8. GoKyu macrumors 65816

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    I recently moved to 9 spaces, up from 6. I was just filling up my spaces too quickly.

    My spaces generally hold:

    1. Firefox and Adium
    2. eyeTV
    3. Photoshop CS4
    4. iTunes / Phoneview
    5. open (for one-off programs I may need to run now and then)
    6. Lightroom
    7. Acquisition
    8. Terminal
    9. open

    #1,2,3,4 and 6 generally never change...the others change from time to time, depending on what apps I need to run regularly.

    I'm so glad OS X came with spaces - this is my first time using OS X (I've had my system now for just over a year), and I couldn't live without virtual desktops at this point :)
     
  9. ergdegdeg Moderator emeritus

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    4 - and I only use 2 of them regularly. 1 is for IM and EyeTV and general work, 2 is for browsing and Mail, 3 is for Parallels, 4 is open.
     
  10. nadyne macrumors 6502a

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    When I'm in my office, I have two monitors (my laptop screen and an external 24-inch monitor). I use four Spaces.

    My first Space is given over entirely to Entourage, since my mail and calendar is what I use the most in any given work day. My second Space is my workspace, which has whatever app that I'm working in that day (today: PowerPoint, with a side of Excel). My third Space is Safari, and my fourth is iTunes.

    Regards,
    Nadyne.
     
  11. LtRammstein macrumors 6502a

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    I use a max of 4 spaces.

    Upper-Left: Main Internet Desktop (IM, Safari, IRC, etc).
    Upper-Right: Documents (Office 2008, iWork 09, Terminal, etc).
    Lower-Left: Multimedia (iLife 09, Flash, HTML, etc.)
    Lower-Right: Miscellaneous
     
  12. mongrol macrumors regular

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    I have 2 and only use 1 of them. Switching is too slow for me to adequately multitask effectively.
     
  13. Melrose macrumors 604

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    2x2. Four in toto. More than enough for me.. I get weirded out when certain apps are not opened in their 'correct' Space. Most, though, I have configured to open in certain Spaces.
     
  14. Topher15 macrumors 6502a

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    I use 6.

    1. Safari
    2. Uni work stuff (Adobe apps/3D apps)
    3. iTunes
    4. IM/Text Edit
    5. NetNewsWire/Random stuff
    6. Video
     
  15. nadyne macrumors 6502a

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    Spaces is awesome when your manager walks in and you don't want her to know how much time you've spent on MacRumors today. ;)
     
  16. vansouza macrumors 68000

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    What is the cost of spaces of let's say 1 vs. 9? Memory and resources... just wondering...
     
  17. Topher15 macrumors 6502a

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    As far as I'm aware I don't think there is any memory increase, after all, what matters is the apps you have open. Whether they're open in one space, or across multiple space, it's all the same. I could be wrong though.
     

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