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Type of Program: Virtual Desktop Manager
Supported Platforms: Windows 95/NT
Company Name: Triplus Technologies
Version: 2.0
Price: $49.95
Installed Size: 1.97 MB


Winspace is a virtual desktop manager. Virtual desktop programs are quite handy if you run several programs at once. The program creates "virtual" desktops off-screen and you can place different programs on different screens, switching screens to switch programs. There are several advantages to virtual desktop programs -- they clear away clutter from having too many programs overlapping one another and they make switching programs much faster.

Winspace is a pretty good desktop manager. Installation and set-up are a snap with the InstallShield program. The configuration options are many, everything from selecting the number of virtual desktops, selecting programs to be always on screen, user-defined hot-keys, etc. There are a variety of ways to change screens -- clicking on the desktop map (which tells you what programs are on which desktop), using an alt+tab command or -- one of the nicest features -- scrolling from screen to screen. There is more than adequate support for the program, both in the off-line help file and at the company's website.

Alas, Winspace is not the best virtual desktop manager around, for a few reasons. I found the desktop map a bit bulky and I didn't like the fact that it used written titles of the programs rather than small icons -- the descriptions take up a lot more space so that the map takes up a fair amount of screen space when activated. (Of course, you can hide the map, but I generally like to keep it on top so that I can switch programs/desktops quickly). Additionally, Winspace it takes up a fair amount of hard-drive space . . . almost 2 MB. Other similar programs take up much less space. Finally, Winspace is a bit overpriced at $49.95. Again, you can get a similar program for less than half of that.

The downloaded version is good for a 30 day test; after that, it is time to pay up. Even during the trial period, a "buy me" screen pops up every time you activate the program, which is annoying but only slightly so.

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Reviewed by Shoshana Schiller

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