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A screenshot of DeskSpace in use showing three desktops in a cube formation.
Original author(s) Christian Salmon
Developer(s) Otaku Software Pty Ltd
Stable release / February 26, 2011
Development status Active
Operating system Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7
Available in English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese
Type 3D Desktop Manager
License Shareware

DeskSpace, formerly known as Yod'm 3D (short for Yet anOther Desktop Manager 3D) is a virtual desktop manager available for Windows 2000, XP, Vista and 7.


DeskSpace maps six virtual desktops to a cube and allows the user to switch between them, similar to the cube plugin for the Compiz window manager for the X Window System in Linux. Deskspace is the first desktop manager to make the cube-style desktop feature available on Microsoft Windows.[citation needed] DeskSpace makes use of and requires DirectX 8.1[1] in contrast to most other virtual desktop managers that use OpenGL. It supports up to nine monitors.[2] DeskSpace supports 64-bit applications, applications that require Administrator permissions to run, applications that implement User Interface Privilege Isolation, such as Internet Explorer 7 and Internet Explorer 8, and console windows.[citation needed]

DeskSpace costs US$24.95,[3] and is available for a 14-day trial.[4]

History and development[edit]

Yod'm 3D (short for Yet anOther Desktop Manager 3D) was the first desktop manager to make the cube-style desktop feature available on Microsoft Windows.[citation needed] It was developed as freeware up to version 1.4 by Christian Salmon from Chris'n'Soft. It supported four virtual desktops on a single monitor. Yod'm 3D was acquired by Otaku Software Pty Ltd on July 9, 2007. Following the acquisition, it renamed to DeskSpace, and later versions would be trialware, not freeware.[5] Yod'm 3D is still available to download from various sources.[5][6]

Otaku Software held a beta test during August and September 2007,[7] and the first release under the DeskSpace name, version 1.5.1, was released on the 18th September 2007.[8] DeskSpace 1.5.1 included a completely re-written graphics subsystem, based on the TopDesk graphics subsystem, that supported multiple monitors and 360 degree sky box backgrounds. Subsequent versions of DeskSpace has included re-written input, windowing, and virtual desktop subsystems.[9] As of October 30, 2009 there were fewer than 500 lines of Yod'm source remaining in the DeskSpace code base.

On February 6, 2009, DeskSpace was reviewed on the BBC News 'Click' television segment.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ DeskSpace System Requirements
  2. ^ DeskSpace Dual Screen
  3. ^ "Otaku Software - Products > DeskSpace 3D Virtual Desktop: Organize Your Desktop". Otaku Software. Retrieved 2009-11-07. 
  4. ^ Gralla, Preston. "Dress Up Your PC." PC World. February 5, 2008. 2. Retrieved on September 8, 2009.
  5. ^ a b Stewart, James (2007-07-09). "DeskSpace – Otaku Software Acquires Yod'm 3D". Archived from the original on 2012-07-23. Retrieved 2014-09-12. 
  6. ^ Ilascu, Ionut (2007-05-17). "Vista Multi-Desktop". Softpedia. Archived from the original on 2009-09-10. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  7. ^ DeskSpace Beta Announcement
  8. ^ DeskSpace 1.5.1 Released
  9. ^ DeskSpace Changelog
  10. ^ DeskSpace on BBC News 'Click'

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