Remember Spaces? Way back in 2006 Steve Jobs introduced the Spaces virtual desktop feature to OS X 10.5 Leopard.
Spaces was a way to create multiple virtual desktops to help Mac users with their work flow by creating a larger visual environment that went beyond the Mac’s screen. Spaces didn’t exactly set the Mac world on fire. Today it’s called Mission Control and still gathers digital dust with most Mac users. If you liked Spaces and miss using Spaces, you’ll love this.
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With TotalSpaces on your Mac, you can relive the glory days of yesteryear with a whole grid of virtual desktops. Instead of limiting your Mac’s screen to a single screen, TotalSpaces does Spaces and Mission Control the way God truly intended; many screens on a single screen, easy easily accessible.
Put the apps you want on the screen you want and jump from one to the other as you would switch from one app to another.
Each space in TotalSpaces is part of a grid of screen desktops; drop different apps and utilities onto each Desktop, visually separate the screens and apps from the others, but each merely a click or swipe away.
Think of your Mac as having a screen six times as large with a window that lets you view only 1/6th of the screen at a time but with easy navigation between each window.
Each virtual Desktop can have whatever apps you want and moving between each is little more than the aforementioned click or trackpad swipe.
What’s the advantage of all those extra Desktops?
Workflow and organization. A single Mac screen can become overly busy, visually cluttered, and that results in lower productivity. Organizing virtual Desktops among projects, utilities, apps, or whatever, makes it easier to switch from one to another without being distracted.
TotalSpaces even has options to change the visual transitions from one screen to another.
Apple’s Mission Control doesn’t get much usage because Spaces is an acquired taste. Once you’ve used it awhile you’ll see the value. TotalSpaces comes with simple keyboard navigation, too, and visual transitions between Desktops. There’s also an option to view all the Desktops at once in Overview Grid (think of a bird’s eye view).
Now, will Spaces change your workflow? Yes. Will it make you more productive, efficient, and focused? Probably not. If you’re running a dozen apps in fullscreen mode in OS X it’s easy to switch between them without using Spaces, but Spaces is more visual and that might make it a worthwhile utility on your Mac.