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snark
16th April 2008, 02:48 PM
As the topic suggests, how do you use 'Spaces'? Do you arrange them in a row? a column? or a grid?

I've found it convenient to run four spaces: VMware Fusion (fullscreen) in one space, Citrix client (to connect to work) in another, Canon Scangear in a third (because it insists on floating the progress bar on top of every other window), and everything else in another.

tcn33
16th April 2008, 02:51 PM
4, with dual monitors. Mail/Address Book in 1, Coda/iTunes in 2, Safari/NNW in 3 and Transmission/Adium/Forklift/whatever in 4.

zillatron
16th April 2008, 02:55 PM
1- Safari
2- Mail/iCal
3- iTunes/Xtorrent
4- Whatever else I'm using at the time.
Works great!

Z

andrew.wilson
16th April 2008, 02:56 PM
6...on a 13" MacBook :o I hate clutter...

1. All my full screen stuff, Mail, Safari, iTunes, NNW etc.
2. iChat - 4 Windows though, MSN, AIM, Bonjour and the chat window
3. Pages
4. Text Edit - multiple little text edit windows each with different notes and things in them
5. Spare most of the time
6. iCal

lazydesi
16th April 2008, 02:56 PM
happy with 4

1 - browsing

2 - apple tv. itunes, visualhub

3- chat clients

4- movies only (porn +semi pron)

cowzy
16th April 2008, 03:02 PM
four's good for me!!
1 - itunes/adium
2 - browsing
3 - ical/email
4 - messenger and whatever else

Domenic
16th April 2008, 03:04 PM
4
1 - Web, messenger, mail
2 - Photoshop and Illustrator
3 - Dreamweaver and Safari (for testing the websites)
4 - Everything else.

bljpoad
16th April 2008, 03:29 PM
I only use 2 of the 4 I have enabled, but I have a dual monitor setup anyways...
- Bez

mechcon
16th April 2008, 03:34 PM
at work Dual screen..
1 - Email/Safari, RSS, iChat, Pownce, itunes
2 - ical/meetingmaker
3 - office
4 - Fusion full screen, and Terminal
5 - citrix apps
6 - remote desktop/microsoft

At home dual screen:
1 - same as work
2 - Logic/Live/audio apps
3 - Fusion full screen or terminal
4 - Azureus/Soulseex :P

Galumay
16th April 2008, 03:44 PM
9 active at the moment,


mail, address book
safari, skitch
iChat, skype
eye tv
iTunes, screen sharing
iPhoto, CS3, iWeb
macPAR, MTR, Toast, Transmission, Unison, Visual Hub,
pages, numbers
parallels


All Spaces - Finder, System Prefs

HDK
16th April 2008, 03:45 PM
dual screens running four spaces.
1 is kept for happy apps like ichat skype mail safari itunes & irc.
2 for Final Cut Pro
3 for DVD Studio Pro
4 for Motion and/or Compressor

When not working I just move things around as I see fit.

semaja2
16th April 2008, 03:49 PM
Wheres the "F*CK YOU SPACES AND YOUR SHITTY IMPLEMENTATION" option :D anyone from the IRC channel would know i hate spaces with a vengeance :P

scottgrot
16th April 2008, 03:54 PM
None. Cmd+H when an app is not in use. Cmd+tab when app is needed, or one of the hotkeys for an app set up via quicksiliver. ctrl+option+s for safari, ctrl+option+m for mail, etc.

I find that spaces would be much more useful if there was a little floating window that could be kept next to the dock showing all the spaces.

A simple mouse click and you could switch to a different desktop, or drag windows from one desktop to another desktop. Like twm in the old Xwindows days. (Was it twm? It might have been mwm...)

As well, having different desktops in each "space" would be beneficial, in my opinion. And being able to move to a space by moving the mouse to the edge of the current space. I know that there is an app that does this, but still...

I find with exposť, as well as quicksilver and application hiding, spaces is seemingly unnecessary.

mechcon
16th April 2008, 04:26 PM
oh yeah semaja2, I know who yer on about... .5 seconds means a lot for him and productivity :P

Cybix
16th April 2008, 04:26 PM
1: web browsers
2: email
3: aperture/iphoto/gimp
4: all IM apps (msn, skype, iChat)
5: web dev apps (coda, etc)
6: terminal windows, iTunes, Finder windows

I freakin love spaces!

bolle
16th April 2008, 04:33 PM
i said only 1, but after looking at what everyone else uses it for, i can actually see a use for it. Come to think of it, i really could use it more often

dev_enter
16th April 2008, 06:28 PM
Wheres the "F*CK YOU SPACES AND YOUR SHITTY IMPLEMENTATION" option :D anyone from the IRC channel would know i hate spaces with a vengeance :P
That's funny, Spaces is the first Virtual Desktops implementation I have actually liked. :p

Gerbils
16th April 2008, 06:34 PM
I don't use Spaces. Exposť alone suits me fine.

adamd
16th April 2008, 06:40 PM
I only really use 3, and only at work.

1: All my "personal internet apps" (MSN, Safari)
2: Mail.app
3: Citrix

That be all.

Thunderstruck
16th April 2008, 07:02 PM
1. Camino, Safari, Twitteriffic
2. Mail, iCal, Address Book, iChat, Adium, NetNewsWire
3. iWork, Preview
4. iLife
5. Photoshop/Illustrator

Finder opens everywhere. Everything else opens anywhere

snark
16th April 2008, 07:06 PM
...I find that spaces would be much more useful if...
I agree, there could be some improvements in the way it is implemented, such as moving windows to different spaces, and whether your desktop icons should stick to one space or all. But it's still very useable, IMO...

GimliNZ
16th April 2008, 07:35 PM
1: Camino (need it to get past our Novell Border Manager) & iCal & Stickies
2: Mail
3: Safari
4: Usually Workgroup Manager/Server Admin
5: Remote Desktop
6: Anything else I need to open temporarily

I like to use the Ctrl+Arrow keys to navigate or Ctrl+ number

Have been able to do away with my extra (crappy old Sony CRT) monitor.

sox11
16th April 2008, 08:24 PM
i use spaces mainly at uni when i have one for email, powerpoint, firefox and whatever else. but sometimes i find it quite annoying like windows jumping over the place

waynie
16th April 2008, 08:27 PM
I only use spaces with Parallels. (so, not all the time...)

1. Mac OS 10.5.2
2. Windows (full screen)
3. Ubuntu (full screen)

gumby08
16th April 2008, 08:32 PM
Only 2 so far - but I'm still getting the hang of this whole mac thing, so will check out what others are using for some tips :)

1. Mail
2. Safari / everything else

Ed01
16th April 2008, 08:34 PM
I used to use spaces until I setup my powerbook on my desk with a 24" display

mrcooms
16th April 2008, 08:41 PM
Run 4 normally:

1. Web browsing, finder
2. iTunes
3. Vmware
4. Various apps

All spaces. Mail, Adium, system preferences.

Only just worked out after reading a few replys that i could actually have apps appear in all windows, was really annoying me not being able to do it, especially running dual monitors you can afford things to appear in all spaces.

If only i had spaces at work on my windows machine i'd be a happy camper, the amount of crap i need to have open is ridiculous on a single 19" screen.

benb
16th April 2008, 11:05 PM
1. Mail, Safari, Finder
2. iTunes
3. REALbasic and other dev work
4. Spare...


I find that spaces would be much more useful if there was a little floating window that could be kept next to the dock showing all the spaces.

A simple mouse click and you could switch to a different desktop, or drag windows from one desktop to another desktop. Like twm in the old Xwindows days. (Was it twm? It might have been mwm...)

As well, having different desktops in each "space" would be beneficial, in my opinion.

I know it is not the same as a floating window but you can set a single keypress (or mouse button) to bring up an overview of all the spaces. From here you can drag windows between spaces. Totally agree on the need for different desktops between spaces though...


If only i had spaces at work on my windows machine i'd be a happy camper, the amount of crap i need to have open is ridiculous on a single 19" screen.
I have a virtual desktop manager on my dual screen windows box at work called Virtual Dimension (http://virt-dimension.sourceforge.net/). I have been using this for a couple of years and it works ok. Unfortunately, it hasn't been updated in ages and in my search for the url for Virtual dimension I found VirtuaWin (http://virtuawin.sourceforge.net/) which looks worth a try...

NeoRicen
17th April 2008, 11:36 AM
I use 4. 1 for web browser and finder, 2 for calender, mail, IM that sorta thing, 3 is for media like iTunes, Quicktime player, Preview, VLC etc. and 4 is for apps like iphoto, photoshop and flash. I couldn't live without spaces, It's my favourite new feature in leopard.

3dward_Shaddow
17th April 2008, 01:56 PM
Just two here.

1. iTunes - fills most of screen to make use of coverflow and album art :)
2. Everything else

Every now and then when I'm writing I'll put an extra one on for my current document. I just ctrl+arrow to switch. Love it.

mechcon
17th April 2008, 02:09 PM
I gotta ask, does anyone here use 16 spaces? if so, please show us using them in a snapshot :D

snark
20th April 2008, 01:50 PM
I find that spaces would be much more useful if ... you could ... drag windows from one desktop to another desktop. Like twm in the old Xwindows days. (Was it twm? It might have been mwm...)

Everyone else probably already knew this, but I've just discovered that you CAN drag a window from one space to another. You just drag it to the edge of the screen (top, side, bottom depending on how you've arranged your spaces), and wait for about 3/10 of a second as the GUI decides that you really want to do this, and presto! :thumbup:

[edit: shows how pathetically behind the times I am - this tip is documented in the Leopard tips & trick thread (http://forums.mactalk.com.au/13/38997-tips-tricks-leopard.html#post384501) ]