Desktop panorama is an award-winning virtual desktop environment that uses the innovative concept of a linear virtual desktop. Unlike traditional virtual desktops like the ones seen in Linux desktops, the virtual desktop area is represented as an infinite stripe and windows can be freely moved around it. The advantages of this type of virtual desktop are that it gives you greater overview of open windows (the entire virtual desktop content is visible at a glance) and moving the windows around and onto the virtual desktop is also simplified and is done by dragging them with a mouse. Changing the view (the desktop) is done by selecting an area on the stripe using a mouse. Traditonal desktop switching is also supported by defining shortcuts.
The first virtual desktop of it's kind
Infinite linear virtual desktop area
Entire virtual desktop visible at a glance
Rearrange windows by dragging them with a mouse
Traditional switching also supported
Autohide or pin to desktop feature
Interface parts and function
In the upper left corner of the panorama interface there are 3 control buttons. When the first button is selected the program is in the view change mode. In this mode moving a mouse over the panorama interface shows a rectangle marking the view to be selected, and pressing the left mouse button changes the current view and desktop content to the area selected. This button is disabled in free mode.
When the second button of the control buttons is selected the program is in the window moving mode. In this mode you can grab any of the windows shown on the panorama interface and move it to the desired position. You can also drag the window out to the desktop and drag the window from the desktop onto the panorama interface. Note that you can switch between view change and window moving mode any time by pressing the button.
Pressing the third button shows a menu that enables you to configure the program, hide the interface, center the current view and assign keyboard/mouse shortcuts to the current view. There is also a context menu that is shown by right clicking the panorama interface over the current view or outside of it.
Using left and right scroll buttons you can scroll the content on the panorama interface left or right, giving you more space to put windows onto. Scrolling of the interface can also be done using a mouse scroll wheel.
You can turn on the option "Pin to desktop" by selecting it in the menu. This locks the panorama interface to the desktop reducing it's size and disables hiding the interface. With this option turned on you can work with your windows with panorama always shown. Of course, pinning is disabled if the interface is in the center screen position. Changing some configuration options as interface size resets this option, so you have to set it again.
With view shortcuts you can assign 4 keyboard/mouse shortcuts to the different views (desktops) on the panorama interface. You assign view shortcuts by right clicking over the current view and choosing the shortcut from the menu shown below. Later you can switch the desktops you selected by holding the button and placing the mouse pointer to the one of the four corners of the screen.
Changelog for this release:
a few optimisations of CPU usage.
Nag screen in full mode.