Windows CubeThis isn’t quite as cool as what we’ve come to know (and love) in Linux with XGL, but it is definitely a step in the right direction. Yod’m (Download Mirror)stands for Yet anOther Desktop Manager and is a new virtual desktop manager that’s available for Windows users.

The “claim to fame” for this program is that it tries to replicate what XGL offers Linux users. The program doesn’t require any installation so you can have it up and running in a matter of seconds.

Yod’m definitely has its limitations though, and anyone who has played with XGL in Linux will surely recognize some of the shortcomings:

  • The cube can only rotate horizontally.
  • You cannot have a window halfway on one desktop and then halfway on another desktop.

The application works in both Windows XP and Vista so it doesn’t take advantage of Vista’s advanced visual features, such as live previews. When I tried it out it was a little choppy switching between desktops, and while it looked cool it didn’t seem as useful as some of the other virtual desktop managers that I have used in the past.

If you do decide to try out Yod’m, these are the shortcuts (which are customizable) that you’ll want to know:

  • Ctrl+Shift+Left/Right – This will take you to the previous or next desktop.
  • Ctrl+Shift+Up – Activate and show a “far” view of the current desktop
  • Ctrl+Shift+Down – Activate and show a “near” view of the current desktop

To move a windows to another desktop:

  1. Click and hold the title bar of the window.
  2. Press and hold Ctrl+Shift to activate the cube, move the cube left or right using the mouse or arrow keys.
  3. Release the Ctrl+Shift keys.

Yod’m Homepage (Download Mirror)