Most Unix and Linux derivatives have a clever way to manage windows. Multiple windows, or spaces laid out in a window grid. In most case, you can place apps and files in different window spaces and switch between them with a click or keystrokes. With Mac OS X it took Apple a few years to implement such a window environment, eventually called Spaces.
These virtual Mac desktops came to life in OS X Leopard, stuck around in Snow Leopard, and became a somewhat different function as Mission Control in OS X Lion and Mountain Lion. What happened? Perhaps the great unwashed Mac masses had trouble using Spaces.
What if you have Lion or Mountain Lion and want Spaces back? There’s a clever app for that and it’s called TotalSpaces. What it does is bring back those virtual Spaces desktops.
Setup is straightforward. Create a grid (how many spaces or desktops you want on your Mac). You’re done.
Moving between desktops can be handled by swiping (or clicking) the trackpad. Check to see what’s on each space by moving your onscreen pointer to a hot corner. TotalSpaces gives you controls to set specific apps to launch only within an assigned desktop. And, you can control the animation transitions as you move between desktop spaces.
What do you get with TotalSpaces? Spaces. Multiple desktops which can hold different files and apps and it’s easy to switch between them. What you don’t get is more productivity or efficiency, which might be one reason why Apple moved from Spaces to Mission Control. Instead of stacking apps and windows one on top of the other and creating a backdrop of clutter, TotalSpaces works with your OCD to organize apps and files.