After my saga of weird-and-wonderful hardware problems earlier in the year, I finally reached the “resignation” stage – and I’ve been slowly rebuilding my BeOS environment from scratch. Most of my “must-have” applications are still available on BeBits (or BeShare) – but there are three that I haven’t been able to find. And unfortunately, using BeOS without them has illustrated how dependent I had become on all three.

Update: my BeOS install has been made whole again! My thanks to “Makita,” who posted a link in the comments to a zip file that contains FWorkspaces – thanks also to Finn, who sent in the version of UniversalScroller I was looking for. And a huge thanks to Oscar Lesta for sending in a “Dockbert care-package” with source and recent binaries. I’ll mirror the zip files and update the article with links shortly.

Read on for the details.

The first is Dockbert. I know many BeOS users aren’t fans of Dockbert, but I became enamored of it for two reasons: it doubles as an app launcher and switcher (I prefer using a single application for that, rather than a combination of Deskbar and a separate laucher). And numero deux, the ability to right-click an app and select “Bring all windows to this desktop” – a feature I constantly found useful with BeMail and multiple desktops.

While I did find a working download link, it doesn’t seem to work with any newer OpenTracker releases. And while I would attempt to build it from source, I haven’t been able to find the source anywhere.

The second is FWorkspaces: an input_server filter that lets you switch workspaces by pressing the function keys (rather than pressing Ctrl-F1, etc) – sadly, its BeBits link is dead and I haven’t been able to find it on BeShare. I might just have to revoke its prestigious BeDoper Master’s Award!

The third is Universal Scroller 1.8 – an app with many functions, but I use it maily so that a single-click of my middle mouse button / scroll wheel acts as a double-click of the left mouse button (yes, I’m too lazy to double-click). The main thing I liked about 1.8 is that I could hold down the option (Windows) key and get the “open folder and close parent” behaviour in Tracker by single-clicking my middle mouse button (which eliminates the “folder clutter” problem when using Tracker in “spatial” mode).

While newer versions are still available on BeBits, those don’t seem to work while a key is held down – meaning that the trick above no longer works.

If anyone knows where those applications are still available for download, or has a copy they can send me, it would be much appreciated. I’d also like to mirror them on BeOSNews and add a download link on the BeBits pages to save others the hassle of hunting for them (assuming the original developers have no objection, of course).

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Makita on 2008-06-01 at 12:34 (Reply)
Stephen B. on 2008-06-01 at 21:15 (Reply)
Thank you, sir!

For those wondering, the linked file contains copies of Dockbert, UniversalScroller, and FWorkspaces.

It looks like those are the same versions of UniversalScroller and Dockbert that I found online - but the copy of FWorkspaces works like a charm! Merci!
Oscar Lesta on 2008-06-02 at 08:57 (Reply)
Heyas Stephen.

I'm an addict to Dockbert too, and I have source an binary copies of it that work with modern OT. Give me a couple of days... and I'll email those to you.
Stephen B. on 2008-06-10 at 17:03 (Reply)
Awesome, thanks! We'll have to start some sort of Dockbert Addicts support group!
beosr on 2008-06-06 at 16:17 (Reply)
Hi Stephen,

You're too lazy to doubleclick yet you have to move your hand all the way to the functionkeys to switch workspaces? Have you ever tried WorkspaceSwitcher? Just push your mousepointer against the edge of the screen and you switch to the next workspace automatically. It's so easy and integrated I think BeOS feels flawed without it. If you don't have it I can mail it over, so you can move to the next level of laziness... :)
Stephen B. on 2008-06-10 at 17:07 (Reply)
Is it this app?

Don't think I've ever tried it, I'll have to give it a shot.
beosr on 2008-06-11 at 17:33 (Reply)
Hi Stephen,

Nope, never tried that one, I actually can't find WorkSpaceSwitcher on Bebits anymore. It was made by Massimiliano Origgi, who also created a compression utility if memory serves. Luckily I kept a nice archive of Bebits apps, up to till something like 2006.

Check your mail & enjoy!
Stephen B. on 2008-06-12 at 20:04 (Reply)
Thanks! Five or six years back, I had actually tried to learn enough C++ to make an app to switch to the next/previous workspace by pressing the right/left arrow keys + Alt, but I didn't get very far. Maybe I can jury-rig something like that with WorkspaceSwitcher and Spicykeys.
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