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Xeno Innovations' - Virtual Desktop Manager allows you to run 4 different desktops without filling up the taskbar and minimized GDI usage. (virtual window manager vdm vwm)
Screenshot - visual-help2.png

Introduction

This is a Linux-like multiple desktop engine (virtual desktop manager) for your Microsoft Windows OS that allows the user to take a hold of the desktop environment. Many of the other programmers who made a Virtual Window Manager (VWM) simply moved your windows off screen to create this effect had trouble losing windows or could not move all windows in a program. Litestep and SharpE fell into this problem but would fix it through extra coding. However the method used here; hiding windows has a greater advantage of freeing up your taskbar items, memory usage as well as not losing the position of your workspace.

Like any multi-desktop environment, there are some programs that do not work well with either being moved to another location far off the screen (usually in a negative (x, y) position) or with being forced to hide (really rare). This is an issue that is fixed by allowing you to force specified windows to stay "sticky" - a method that allows windows to not hide on switch of desktop workspace.

Screenshot - screen-shot.jpg

Features

  • Automatic self-update
  • Windows 2000/XP Alpha Transparency
  • Changeable VWM refresh rate (VWM - Virtual Window Manager)
  • Memorize Start-Up Position
  • Startup with Windows OS
  • Lock Toolbar Window
  • Gather All Desktops
  • VDM Window Z-Order position
    • VDM-Toolbar OnTop
    • VDM-Toolbar Apart of Desktop
    • VDM-Toolbar No Z-Order
  • Custom Backgrounds on each desktop
    • Stretch, Center or Tiled
    • Custom Background Color per Desktop
  • EZ Sticky Window Editor
  • Presets:
    • WINAMP
    • Shell_TrayWnd (Windows Taskbar)
    • "Windows Task Manager"

Scripting Behind Sticky Windows & Wallpaper

The program contains a scripting file (sys-vdm.dat) which may be modified by hand if needed, but is not recommended. This file is very self-explanatory.

Under the [sticky]...[/sticky] section the parameter, line delimited. Both parameters may be used together on the same line:

  • [cls]...[/cls] - Holds the Class Name of the sticky window
  • [txt]...[/txt] - Holds the Window Title of the sticky window

Under Wall Paper, there are three parameters per line.

  1. Desktop Window Index Number
  2. Wallpaper Style
  3. Path to Wallpaper
[sticky]
  [cls]Shell_TrayWnd[/cls]
  [cls]Winamp v1.x[/cls]
  [cls]Winamp PE[/cls]
  [cls]Winamp EQ[/cls]
  [cls]Winamp Gen[/cls]
  [txt]Windows Task Manager[/txt]
  [txt]Virtual Desktop Manager - [VDM] Setup[/txt]
[end]

; ndx | style | path
;   xCenter  = 0
;   xTile    = 1
;   xStretch = 2
[wallpaper]
  1|2|G:\prog\sys-vdm\_skin\a gift of moonlight - blue.jpg
  2|2|G:\prog\sys-vdm\_skin\dereliction_1280x1024.jpg
  3|0|G:\prog\sys-vdm\_skin\heacarol7.jpg
  4|1|G:\prog\sys-vdm\_skin\AtlantesPulse.jpg
[end]

Dependencies

These critical files are for the Program & Self-Updating system (not included).

  • MSVBM60.DLL
  • MSWINSCK.OCX (sp6)
  • MSCOMCTRL.OCX (sp6)

[Download] - VB6 Run-Time Redistro Service Pack 6

History

  • 0.9.122: [2006-12-26]
    • Various Upgrades.. (can't remember right now)
  • 0.9.113
    • Applied background image switch with background color change, which is useful on Windows' systems earlier than 2000/XP
  • 0.9.100: [2005]
    • Losing windows during rapid switching fixed by disabling sys-vdm momentarily until switch of desktops is completely finished
  • 0.9.94: [2005-02-15]
    • Losing windows fixed through careless index number
    • 'Sticky Windows' upgraded.
  • 0.5.51: [2004-11-30]
    • Initial release

- Damian J. Suess of Xeno Innovations, Inc. [2000-2007]

License

This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The GNU General Public License (GPLv3)

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Damian J. Suess
CEO Xeno Innovations, Inc.
United States United States
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