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How To Run Dual-Switchable Desktops on Your MacBook

written by: Nicholas•edited by: Michael Dougherty•updated: 1/8/2009

Have you ever seen the animations on Linux Ubuntu; where the desktop rotates like it's on a cube? This is the next best thing if you own a MacBook. If you are into visual effects and desktop tricks, you'll love this.

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    Did you know that your MacBook is capable of running multiple desktops? With a simple application, you will be able to run different applications on multiple desktops; and switch between them with the tap of your finger. This trick has a pretty cool visual effect also.

    The first step is to download the Desktop Manager. You can find it here.

    Next, you will want to download the SmackBook zip filer here.

    One more download to go.. it's worth it. You need to download the Armstracker which you can get here.

    Now you will want to launch the desktop manager. Once you have done that, you will see a small window in the bottom left corner of your screen; inside this window you will see four smaller panes. Also, you will see the four panes appear on the apple toolbar. Simply by clicking each one of these panes allows for you to switch desktops!

    To bring this a step further, we are going to add a touch sensitive toggle switch that will be used to switch screens. Remember that Amstracker file that you just downloaded? You are going to want to drag that into the Smacbook folder you downloaded.

    Next you need to open the terminal. You can do this by navigating finder>applications>utilites>terminal. Now you will see the "name of your computer" followed by a $. The gray area immediately after the $ is where you are going to want to input your text. Type the following text: cd /Users/username/Desktop/smackbook ...Note: Make sure you use your actual username instead of the word username.

    Now press enter. You should see “AMS hardware present and initialized”

    Your finally done. Now just tap the lower right portion of your screen and you will see it change screens.

    If you don't like the animation it shows when changing screens, you can easily change these settings. All you have to do is click the desktop manager icon in the Apple toolbar; than select preferences.

    This is a helpful tool when running numerous applications. If you don't have enough room on your desktop, why not just add 3 more desktops.