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77) Is there an mwm virtual desktop manager?

[Last modified: Sep 97]

Answer:  David Kaelbling (drk@x.org) reports:  In OSF/Motif 2.0, mwm supports
both workspaces (see the f.cci function and the wsm demo for a sample
interface) and a virtual root window.  To manipulate the virtual screen
f.goto, f.pan, and f.track_pan were added, as were iconPinned and clientPinned
client resources.

Peter E. Wagner (pwagner@panix.com):  Imagine that your "desktop" extends
beyond the view provided by your monitor.  A virtual window manager gives you
access to the space beyond your viewport (i.e. your screen) by allowing you to
move the viewport to other areas of the extended desktop.

The first one is Solbourne's swm, which spawned vtwm/tvtwm/olvwm.

David B. Lewis created one.  suresh@unipalm.co.uk has further developed it
into the UniPalm product DOORS, which is only available as a source code
extension to the MOTIF window manager.  The price of the source and unlimited
right to distribute binaries is 10,000 pounds Sterling.  Alternately, source
and right to use within one company is 2,000 pounds Sterling.  Contact Peter
Dawe

Unipalm Limited                         Voice: +44 (0) 223 420002
216 The Science Park                    Fax:   +44 (0) 223 426868
CAMBRIDGE
CB4 4WA

An enhancement request for such an object has been filed with OSF.

Tim Failes (tim@aus.oz.au) of Advanced User Systems Pty Ltd writes:  IXI (now
SCO) has a fully supported product called Panorama which provides this
facility.  Panorama allows the user to pan around the virtual work space,
dynamically change the size of the virtual workspace, and also access windows
via an icon box.  Panorama also includes a point-and-click tool for setting
resources such as colours, focus policy, etc. [SCO contact information appears
in the "Where can I get Motif?" subject. -ed]

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