Active Virtual Desktop 2.01 released

Ever wished you had several screens on your computer? Active Virtual Desktop is a virtual desktop manager which will create up to 9 virtual desktops allowing you to have different programs running on each of them. This virtual desktop manager resides in system tray area (near the clock) adds virtual desktops buttons here. That allows you to switch from one virtual desktop to another with a single mouse click. You can easily minimize, maximize, close, move from one virtual desktop to another and even drop windows to the system tray using the windows manager window.

Customizable hotkeys helps you conviently operate with your virtual desktops and move applications from one virtual desktop to another. Active Virtual Desktop allows you to have own wallpaper for each virtual desktop.

Download: Active Virtual Desktop 2.01 | Size: 1260Kb (Shareware $19.95)
News source: Active Virtual Desktop Homepage
Screenshot: Active Virtual Desktop 2.01 on Windows Vista
Screenshot: Active Virtual Desktop 2.01 on Windows XP

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i like desktop plus better....

...and vdm's are very useful. i now wonder how i used to survive with just one desktop!

A decent solution I suppose, might check it out.

It'll be hard to live up to Linux's multi-desktop coupled with the XGL cube...mmmmm

...but yes, vdm's really help out productivity.

Maybe the fact that I've been a heavy multiple-monitor setup user has something to do with it (somehow--I'm not entirely sure there's a correlation), but I've tried very hard to get used to various virtual desktop apps, and I always end up uninstalling them. I just can't get used to the idea of switching from one desktop to another in a useful manner. Is this something that is more valuable to single-monitor users?

Different beast to UltraMon.

I use UM with two monitors, and tried AVD (glad they never just called it Virtual Desktop). A few bells and whistles, but the wallpaper management doesn't fit with UMs extended desktop and its own wallpaper management. I agree Desktop Plus has more features but it does have some annoyances as well.

Microsft also has a freebie VDM at but it's been a few years since I used that.

Windows VDMs just don't feel as slick as Unix VDMs, probably due to the screen redraw lag. Perhaps it will be better on an 8800GTX.

Perhaps Vistas new use of full blown graphics card processing power may make an equivalent of the XGL cube a possibility.

Quote - Croquant said @ #6
I never saw the need for fancy desktop eye candy. The first thing I do on a new XP instalation is to adjust everything so it's looks and behaves like Win2K. I learned on Windows 95, and I'll be dammed if I'm going to use the XP start menu. You can imagine what I think of the Vista UI.

I feel you. I can't get away from the classic start menu either.

Vista is breaking me in though.

Isn't there a Microsoft power toy that already does this and is free...?
I had it at one point. Why would I want to spend $20 on this program
when I can get it for free.

Quote - sathenzar said @ #8
Isn't there a Microsoft power toy that already does this and is free...?
I had it at one point. Why would I want to spend $20 on this program
when I can get it for free.

What about nView that comes with all Nvidia drivers?

The problem with all these VDMs is that they never support Windows's inherent Active Desktop feature, which allows HTML files as desktop wallpaper. I'd love to use a VDM, but I don't want to sacrifice my Active Desktop.

*sigh* :ponder:

Why can't someone just make a tool that extends the size of your desktop? Pushing against the edge would make the desktop move. These VDMs never have a convenient way of switching between them.


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