GiMeSpace Desktop Extender
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Full user review
"Best Replacement for Pan-and-Scan Virtual Desktop"
Enables you to open application windows larger than your physical screen so you can view documents full size and not have to use time-wasting scroll bars very often. Lets you set window sizes and keep specific windows from scrolling.
It's not a pan-and-scan virtual desktop. So the applications windows move on and off the edge of the screen. Takes a while to get used to. Hard to control detached menus in some applications.
With the advent of the WDDM graphics subsystem in Windows VISTA and Windows 7, the pan-and-scan virtual desktop became a thing of the past. Unlike XPDM, the graphics subsystem in Windows XP, WDDM will not let you extend your desktop beyond the borders of your monitor (it's an incredible productivity enhancer). Microsoft did this once before, I think with Windows 98SE, in order to steer users to buying multiple monitors -- a genuinely reprehensible practice.
GiMeSpace Desktop Extender is the only decent option available in Windows 7 and VISTA. Your application windows can be set to be taller than your monitor's screen (or wider) and they will scroll up or down on your screen. You can set application windows to appear side by side, to specific sizes, and not to scroll at all.
It's the best thing we've got in Windows 7 and VISTA. It's no pan-and-scan virtual desktop which was the great productivity enhancer where your desktop is actually 3 or 4 times larger than your monitor's screen. Move your cursor to the right edge or bottom and the screen moves -- a far better alternative to what GimmeSpace does, except for the fact that it's no alternative at all since Microsoft decided to disable the ability to create a pan-and-scan virtual desktop in Windows VISTA and 7. So GimmeSpace is the best thing going in Windows 7 and VISTA and I'd strongly recommend it to anybody who has delayed upgrading to Windows 7 due to the absence of the pan-and-scan virtual desktop capability.
P..S. I've tried using a Windows XP video driver in Windows 7 to get the pan-and-scan with my ATI Radeon video card. The XPDM graphics subsystem is present in Windows 7. WDDM, however, is the default graphics subsystem. Amazingly I got the pan-and-scan virtual desktop using the ATI video drivers that enabled it in Windows XP. It worked -- except that it rendered the computer useless due to the very frequent crashes (BSOD). If you figure out some way to get an older ATI XP driver to work in Windows 7 without BSOD, let us know your secret.