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Switcher 2.0: Finally an Exposé like app for Windows that works!

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Mac fanboys and even some so-called Windows fanboys will praise OS X like there is no tomorrow… all while bashing Vista in the process, of course.

In my personal experience Vista is not as bad as some people say, while XP with its rocky past, today seems to be solid enough. Apple’s OS X offers a nice overall environment and while it’s still missing some appeal for me to become a switcher, I have to admit it’s got one particular feature I would love to get in Windows: Exposé!

Ever since I upgraded to Vista I have waited for developers to come up with an Exposé-like application to replace the good looking but useless Flip3d. Well, it’s been over six months and I have tested a bunch of implementations… some would simply crash, others would become system hogs (and eventually crash), this went on and on for months.

Until now. Microsoft employee Bao Nguyen has been working on such an application for months on his free time (as a hobby project, not Microsoft directed). He already used to have the better Exposé application out there with Switcher 1.0 but it was still a bit buggy and not fast enough to really use and enjoy. Earlier this week he silently launched a beta version of Switcher 2.0 and I have been playing with it for a few hours now. It’s finally here, Exposé for Windows that actually works like it’s supposed to!

I’m happy to report Switcher 2.0 (beta – download here) feels very solid, it’s very customizable in both looks and function and runs fast enough for daily use and abuse. At least on my desktop system running Vista (Athlon X2 4400+, 2GB, GeForce 7800GT) it runs just fine, even playing videos and updating windows in real-time. Excellent job, great free application!

Written by Julio Franco

October 11th, 2007 at 7:08 am

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  1. Wow. Expose. Flip3d. Switcher.

    Not to nitpick, but as a non-Mac guy who hasn’t yet given Vista a spin, I had absolutely no idea what was going on either here or in the recap on the main page. Instead of forcing your readers to click-through to random product sites to figure out what the hell is going on, how about a one sentence summary, or even just a wee clause, that tells your reader what the various pieces of software in question all do.

    Rickwade

    11 Oct 07 at 9:21 am

  2. Rickwade has it spot on – what is expose, and what does it do?

    Howard

    11 Oct 07 at 10:34 am

  3. Haha yeah cool write up but Im in this weird boat with two other guys! One named Howard..

    ---agissi---

    11 Oct 07 at 5:27 pm

  4. what’s so hard about clicking on the links in the above article
    the most obvious is which “Switcher 2.0″ or just going to tech spots website where the screen shots are in the article that’s there

    http://insentient.net/

    scorp

    11 Oct 07 at 7:39 pm

  5. Definitely what I would have said, too, just click the links…
    But anyhow I’m still posting a follow-up post in the next few hours with a couple of videos illustrating what expose is…

    Julio

    11 Oct 07 at 10:05 pm

  6. Not lazy, but not inclined to be led round the mulberry bush either – here’s what I got when I googled expose (too lazy to look up the e acute – much simpler than the video –
    “Instantly access any open window with a single keystroke — and stunning style that can never be imitated. Display all open windows as thumbnails, view windows of the current application or hide all windows to quickly locate a file on your desktop.”

    Howard

    12 Oct 07 at 9:22 am



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