Scott Hanselman

TopDesk 1.4.1 released with Windows Vista flipping on Windows XP

February 5, '06 Comments [3] Posted in Reviews
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Video_fliptilingVideo_tilingThe TopDesk 1.4.1 task switching software I alluded to last week is now out and available for download. 

You can get a free 30 day trial, and it's only $9.95 if you want to buy it. There's also discounts for 2 or 3 licenses. The company is just one guy in his spare time and what he's accomplished is pretty sweet.

If you've already bought it, you just got a massive free upgrade.

I've been chatting with James of Otaku Software on and off over the last year, and I (greatly) pressured him to try out the "Aero" Vista style of Flip3D task switching. He told me he was totally too busy to make it happen, but chatted me days later with a prototype...a true programmer to the last, he couldn't sleep until he'd tried it.

It's not only fantastic eye candy, but it does allow one to switch REALLY fast if you you have a video card worth it's salt.

NOTE: It DOES have a fairly large working set as it's dealing with screenshots and such, so don't immediately write it off just because it looks fat in the Task Manager. There is four options like "use less memory, more CPU" that you'll see during the very nice installer and also available in the options. For me, the memory usage is not as bad as Outlook and I use that all the time! ;) Also, if you're already running an alternative ALT-TAB like TaskSwitchXP and you choose to bind TopDesk to ALT-TAB, there can be only one, so be warned.

Note that the sample video/animation at the right is on Windows XP, NOT Windows Vista. The videos are really impressive. I'm looking forward to Vista.

You can still use TopDesk's "Expose" OSX-style tiling as well. There's a lot of screenshots, videos, and customizabilty here.

Go get it!

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Monday, February 06, 2006 12:18:13 AM UTC
What a great find. I love this thing. Our designers at the office all have Mac 30" screens, and I see them do this "spatial" application switch all the time, and I've been very jealous of it.

Well worth the $10.
Monday, February 06, 2006 1:53:17 AM UTC
Sweet. I've been waiting for the feature to get completed (although the previous version was worth $10). It's now part of my collection as I wait for Vista to crawl along the release timeline. It's also going to look killer when I use this at a conference.
Monday, February 06, 2006 5:01:30 PM UTC
Very nice upgrade! Just a note that it looks like some of the default settings map to the F9, F10, and F11 keys which interferes with VS.NET debugging :) Of course this can easily be changed. Great app!
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