Exposé on Windows XP - very essential software. Grab 'em!

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  1. aryayush

    aryayush New Member

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    Hello!
    If you have ever used Mac OS X Tiger (or Jaguar), you have seen Exposé in action. It is the Mac method of managing multiple open windows and is far more superior to the Windows method in all respects.
    To understand this better, see these screenshots:

    1. A typical desktop with five windows open and overlapping each other.
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    2. All the windows exposed.
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    3. Exposé in action:
    [​IMG]

    To watch a QuickTime demo of Exposé in action, just visit 'Apple - Mac OS X - Theater - Exposé'.

    Now, Windows XP users can experience Mac style windows management for free (there are better, paid alternatives too). I am giving information and links to four software which bring the Exposé functionality to Windows.

    1. AnthaBounce
    This is the best software for emulating Exposé but costs $29. You can download a free trial.

    2. TopDesk
    The software costs $14.95 and is pretty much the same as AsthaBounce. However, it features the Flip 3D feature of Windows Vista too.

    3. Exposer for Windows®
    This software is totally free of cost.

    4. WinExposé
    This is also free and is the one that I have actually used. It is great and does the job well. However, development is still in progress and new features are constantly being added.

    Whichever software you opt for is totally your choice, but I insist that if you are using Windows XP, you should at least try one of these software and see the difference between Windows' native window management and the Mac style. In all probability, you will find multi-tasking so convenient using Exposé, you will never go back to Alt+Tabbing between applications.

    Here's what a reviewer said when comparing Exposé to 'Alt+Tab':
    Just give it a whirl! I'm sure you'll be itching to add reps to me after you have used it! ;)
    Any and all questions are welcome.

    Update 1: Edited to include TopDesk on dIgItaL_BrAt's suggestion. Thanks!
    Update 2: Edited to alter information about AsthaBounce (formerly known as WinPLOSION) on prasad_den's suggestion. Thanks!
    Update 3: Updated dead links. Added an animated screenshot.
     
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    n2casey Super Hero - Super Powers

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    Thx for such a nice info. Repu added.
     
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    add TopDesk to the list too,it provides Expose as well as Flip3D.
     
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    Very nice. thanks
     
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    Thanks, dIgItaL_BrAt! I have updated the list. And thanks for the reps, n2casey! :)
     
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    just tried winploison...well, have to say not bad, but i prefer alt tab, it's faster for me
     
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    tarey_g Hanging, since 2004..

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    its ok , but its not very essential at least to me , alt+tab does the job very well. but nice for those who find it useful
     
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    Thanks for the nice info
     
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    kalpik In Pursuit of "Happyness"

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    Compiz/Beryl has this too :p
     
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    That's on Linux, not on Windows.
     
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    kalpik In Pursuit of "Happyness"

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    Yeah, linux! When did i say it runs on windows :p
     
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    Downloading topdesk.
    Let me use it first.
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    Hmmm... not bad. Emaluates the 3D alt+tab of Vista pretty good.
     
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    Well, we were discussing Windows, weren't we! :D

    blackpearl, did you try out Exposé too or just that lame excuse for window management called Flip 3D?
     
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    blackpearl The Devil

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    ^^ you mean expose on Mac? No.
     
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    No, I meant the Exposé functionality in TopDesk.
     
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    hmm.... expose is better :)
     
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    Thanks a lot to blackpearl and anandk for the reps! Getting credit for something is highly appreciated... not to mention, welcome. :)
     
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    Thanks for this. Will try these later.
     
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    nice, quite a nice input !
     
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