When will we get Beryl/Compiz fuion type space switching in OS X?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by rsm5068, Feb 1, 2008.

  1. rsm5068 macrumors regular

    Jan 21, 2008
    So if you guys haven't seen it yet here is a video of Ubuntu Linux using the Compiz Fusion user space switching:


    Now when will we get something like that is OS X? We already have spaces which is the core of what they are doing with Compiz. Just wndering if I was alone in my desire for this feature...
  2. TBi macrumors 68030


    Jul 26, 2005
    Too much eye candy, not enough gain in usability. I don't think apple would ever do it. Someone might write an app to do it though.
  3. MBX macrumors 68000

    Sep 14, 2006
    i don't think all is just eye-candy. i mean why can't apple implement these nice visual details.

    if you look at spaces. it's just very crude squares. why can't they polish that up a bit more and make it graphically appear nicer. a bit more like stacks field with a subtle gradient and maybe even a little reflection.
    there are thousands of ways to make it a bit nicer than what it is now.
  4. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    Its more about the usefulness of space, rather than eye candy of compiz, put eye candy aside, 3D spaces switching in compiz is more flexible and easier than space.

    when its easier, it will get used more.
  5. davidwarren macrumors 6502a

    Aug 28, 2007
    I miss the wobbliness of the windows in ubunto
  6. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    lol, thats always the first I turned off in any distro. lol
  7. psonice macrumors 6502a

    Jul 22, 2005
    Apple are good at putting in eye candy that actually does something helpful, instead of just wasting resources and looking pretty. Everything on that video could have been done with OSX some years back, but there's very little point as I see it.

    Take the spaces vs. the cube thing. With apple's method, you zoom out and it's instantly obvious what's going on and how it works. With the cube, it's a lot less obvious, not as fast or easy, and you can't even see all your desktops at once. The cube looks prettier but it's actually worse. And what happens if you want more desktops? Do you get dodecahedrons? Are you forced to work on a triangular desktop? =)

    The window wobble too.. it's cute, but all it does is waste resources, and a lot of people don't like it anyway. Transparent windows is a bit more useful, but only in a very few cases. I bet most people will never touch it, or will have a play with it and then never touch it.
  8. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    lol, I smell sore grapes, :p not to mention, compiz has more to offer than cubes. desktop expose, and desktop wall is just what space does, with better accessibility.

    I would advise you at least to try for yourself. Making judgment by watching a video, IMHO, isn't good enough.

    Could have been done? would have been done? lol, Is this type of reasoning change any facts that apple is behind on this topic?
  9. rsm5068 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 21, 2008
    That particular cip may not have been the best. There are other features that behave exactly like spaces in compiz. In fact I believe that is where Apple took the idea from. And the cube doesn't have to stay a cube you can have up to 16 desktops I believe and the 3D environment changes accordingly.
  10. psonice macrumors 6502a

    Jul 22, 2005
    Lol, no sour grapes. I use osx, windows, and linux. Linux mostly on servers, where compiz isn't used, but sometimes on the desktop too. They all have their good and bad points - I'd say linux was best on the server, osx for getting things done reliably and quickly, and windows for having a big range of tools and flexibility.

    I know about the expose + spaces features too, but weren't they made after apple did them? (i.e. they copied apple - I might be wrong, but that's the impression I had). Apart from the apple copies (if that's what they are), I've not seen anything really innovative or useful in it.
  11. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    well, again, try it.

    Also, Eye candy is part of OSX's attraction from the beginning. a system that just work but looks ugly won't sell. Look around and see how man apple fans here despise some apps just because they are "ugly!, not looking mac-ish", no matter how powerful they are.

    PS. I strongly advise people stop using the world "copy", no matter who comes up the design first.

    I have strong sense that apple will adopt many stuff from compiz-fusion in 10.6, Im sure SJ will never call himself a photocopier.

    The false idea of some people that apple invented everything is sad and dishonest, its getting to the limit of pushing people away. This narrow minded culture created by apple is harmful and further takes some mac users away from the reality.
  12. BlakTornado Guest


    Apr 24, 2007
    Washington, OH
    Yeah but it attracts the consumers :) And EVERYONE loves a bit of eye candy - and if the option to turn it off is there, scrooges can turn it off :)

    lol I am sure that Apple would come up with something more innovative than that. Maybe they would make the cube thing taller to fit more in? Or just show your 4, 5 or 6 (depending on whether or not they allow another space on top and bottom) most active spaces? Plus if you could use both normal spaces view and the cube view then it would please everyone.

    Yes, the Window wobble is a bit pointless but at the same time, if you can turn it off then everyone is happy. You've got to remember that OS X needs to appeal to consumers AND pros. You can't cut some things out because pros and scrooges don't want them. I wouldn't use the Window Wobble but it would be useful for showing off OS X to friends, encouraging them to switch over... especially if you could activate it just by holding a key (like holding shift to slow down animations).
    And, I could imagine just about anyone who needs to use a web tutorial using the transparent window feature.
  13. pjrobertson macrumors 6502a

    Nov 14, 2007
    I'm perfectly happy with spaces. As mentioned, there's not too much eye candy (meaning functionality is not lost).

    compiz looks good, but swithcing can be annoying if you're going backwards and forwards. What would you do if you wanted 16 virtual screens!.
  14. Eluzion macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2007
    Compiz does everything Spaces can do x10, so functionality is a bad argument. It was also out long before Spaces so they've had a lot of time to develop. And let's not even start arguing about useless animation. *cough* Time Machine ;)

    Overall, I'm pretty satisfied with OS X Leopard though. I hope Apple will finish their transition from the old Aqua interface to the new one in Leopard. There's still some inconsistency in icons and scroll bars (which can easily be fixed, but should be an official update).
  15. rsm5068 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 21, 2008
    Talking 10.6 already? What will they call it? I like Minx myself.
  16. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    10.6 I would imagine we'd get some of these type of features.

    It has to do with the power of the machine. I tried loading Ubuntu and Beryl on a laptop and I couldn't get any effects to work. I guess the video card was too whimpy.

    Ubuntu, which the new version seems more graphics intensive, is also a bit sluggish on it (a Thinkpad P4 with discreet ATI Radeon graphics).

    I would imagine 10.6 because I believe that Apple would require a minimum of Core Duo and 1Gigs RAM and the GMA 950 chipset. Recommended C2D, X3100, and 2Gigs RAM for all the eye-candy.

    Sort of like Vista with all the eye-candy - needs more power!
  17. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    I thought about it, there are so many cats already, and name is running out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pantherinae apple might want to switch to bird, such as Morphnus

    I sincerely doubt thats the case. My Evo 610C with 512MB Memory and ATi Mobile 7500 32MB vRAM runs compiz-fusion very smoothly. Ubuntu might need better graphic card and/or more memory, but definitely not for the reason of compiz-fusion.

    PS. you can try different distroes such as pclinuxos or mandriva, they seems to do much better with old machines.
  18. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    To be honest, you've been able to rotate between workspaces with the cube (or several other transitions) on a Mac for at least five years now using Desktop Manager. I used it briefly in 2003-2004 after I got my iBook and then deleted it. So whenever I see people salivate over the cube in Compiz (which they do for some reason), it seems so five years ago to me...

    I do use wobbly windows, a very light version of the burn animation (mystical), and the ring switcher, though. I'm still playing around with it to see what I do and don't like. If I can figure it out, perhaps I'll make a Youtube video of my current settings. That's the thing about compiz though. It can do a lot, but it takes a ridiculous amount of fiddling. Very few of the presets in it were at all considered in the context of ergonomics.
  19. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    except you can't control the cube. compiz-fusion is more "game-ish" on this, which is much more fun.:)
  20. psonice macrumors 6502a

    Jul 22, 2005
    Apple and eye candy

    My point about apple not using much eye candy was just that they put it in only where it's helpful (well, with the exception of the menu bar + dock in leopard, and look at the criticism they got there!).

    The minimise anim, expose, spaces, user switching - they're all eye candy, but they're also useful, and actually quite minimalist. It's possible to do far more with osx (like somebody said, desktop manager does more, there's also another one I used to use on 10.3 that had a lot of very fancy effects).

    I think that's where apple succeeds so well - it's all minimal, but very functional.
  21. rsm5068 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 21, 2008
    Hard for anyone to disagree with that statement.
  22. smilinmonki666 macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2008
    I love Ubuntu on my Laptop, it runs smoothly & the eye candy looks pretty cool, especially when showing off to friends who are windows users.

    I'm on the fence on this debate though. I mean, it would be nice to have more eye candy on OS X, but then, I'm more into effiency on the hardware.

    But then, lwhat if like Linux, a simple .app in System Preferences was available to turn it off. Nothing to hard is it? I mean, at least; & no offence to the people that put there hard work into Linux OS, it would be more stable as the software could be written for the hardware that Apple use as its just a small amount of different hardware.

    Like I said it would be nice, but its like Vista, looks nice & can be usable but until dual/quad core processors are used more effiently plus other hardware, theres no point. I mean, Vista needs 1Gb Ram just to run the desktop. I know Linux is alot better? but the new processors have a lot of time to mature before they intergrate eye candy features. Unless they use a switch in Sys Pref's then I can see people wanting it.

    Imagine rendering a film, or compiling something in OS X & you need it done that day but you want to run iTunes, surf the web, write a document/ spreadsheet & email people whilst doing so, or even ripping/converting DVD's or alike, moving between screens and the eye candy showing would slow down the system.

    It just depends on what your pref's are. Apple have done well so far. The only time I will ever get a new Windows PC once I get my iMac will be when Windows 7 comes available. If its what they say its going to be??? & then that will only be used for work.

    Eye candy is not always the be all & end all. If I could use terminal to convert files, I would. But the GUI is always the way it goes now. I like eye candy, but it doesn't help me do my work better.

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