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Vista/XP Virtual Desktop Manager

Posted by dariosantarelli on January 19, 2008

Vista provides developers with the new DWM based aero interface. A new set of thumbnail API’s can be used to access some of this new technology. On codeplex we can find a virtual desktop program takes advantage of this new API and uses some tricks of its own to provide a powerful virtual desktop manager with a full screen thumbnail based preview. You can have as many desktops as you want and can seamlessly switch between them.
IMPORTANT: Vista/XP Virtual Desktops provides support for XP as well, although window previews are not live since XP doesn’t have DWM.
Here some cool features:

  • Full screen desktop/window manager/preview with full drag and drop managing
  • Desktop switch indicator
  • An infinite number of desktops
  • Watch the windows move in real time as you drag them around in the window manager
  • Multiple monitor support
  • Window menus
  • Tray icons for each desktop
  • Per-desktop backgrounds
  • Configurable colors, fade speeds, hotkeys, etc.
  • Uses Vista’s live thumbnails
  • XP support
  • And much more!

    Here the codeplex project!

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