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Move Over Windows Vista, TopDesk 1.4.1 Is In Town


By David Ponce

A few days ago, we brought you news of TopDesk 1.4, a great piece of software that reproduced on Win XP the nifty “Expose” functionality found on OSX. For those of you who only rarely come out from under your rock, “Expose” is a feature that lets you dynamically tile all the windows you’re using so you can find the one you’re looking for more quickly. It looks great, and helps with productivity.

Well, the guys at Otaku Software just kicked it up a notch with the release of TopDesk 1.4.1 The main difference? It integrates “Flip 3D”, a feature to be found on the upcoming Windows Vista. Matter of fact, some say that along with some cosmetic changes, Flip 3D is just about one of the few good improvements over XP.

Anyway, the software works like this. Upon the press of a button, or a mouseover of a predefined region of the screen, all your windows will resize, line up in the middle of the screen, and tilt sideways (like on the picture). Then, you simply flip through them (hence the name) with your scrollwheel until you find the one you’re looking for.

The animations are smooth and look pretty freaking slick. I’ve been using it for half an hour, and I have to say, I’m excited to have this piece of software on my PC. If any of your windows are minimised, then these will be transparent when lined up, and this too looks very nice. All in all, it’s definitely worth a try. It’s not freeware, but at $10, it is cheapware. Or perhaps, a-lot-cheaper-than-Vista-ware.

A couple of small things before you install. If you’re using Firefox, there is a small issue with keyboard shortcuts unintentionally activating the “find” feature. But this can easily be fixed with a quick workaround. Go to “Tools -> Options -> Advanced”, and under the “Accessibility” section, disable “Begin finding when you begin typing”. For more on this, go here. Also, try to make sure you’re running Firefox 1.5.0.1.

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19 responses to “Move Over Windows Vista, TopDesk 1.4.1 Is In Town”

  1. baz says:

    Find as you type is one of the best feeatures of Firefox. I hate programs that claim fantastic new functionality but at the expense of something else.

    What the hell is wrong with Alt-Tab?

  2. dponce80 says:

    That feature will still work, only you have to press “Ctrl+f” to activate it. then it’ll find as you type.

  3. bigoode says:

    well that’s fun…
    need to improve my skills with alt tab, just a different view, a small inovation for not a fantastic “plus”

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  6. NoNeedForNames says:

    this is worth not switching to vista?
    it might be great but its not the best
    good post anyhoots just mislabeled i think

  7. bill says:

    ah, f10 for mac users

  8. Anonymous says:

    expos?’s show all apps, show app windows, revealing the desktop, and show dashboard, all in a super slick interface, os x still kicks xp/vista’s butt…i feel completely handicapped when i go back to windows machines! does anyone know if this prog let’s you replicate the other expos? features?

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  13. Ken says:

    Get the free “WinFlip” instead. Freeware ftw. And it doesn’t replace alt-tab, rather win-tab.

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