Compiz Alternatives

    Compiz is described as 'compositing manager adding fancy effects to your windows, from drop shadows to awesome desktop effects like the Desktop Cube or the Expo view' and is a well-known app in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Compiz for Mac, Windows, Linux and BSD. The best alternative is Witch. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try VistaSwitcher or Hyperswitch. Other great apps like Compiz are Contexts (Paid), Nimi Visuals (Free), KWin (Free, Open Source) and WindowFX (Paid).

    This page was last updated Jul 22, 2021

    1. Experience Raskin's unique bird's eye view to browse and manage your pictures, presentations, PDFs…
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      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      Fast and simple app switcher for Mac.
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    2. Launch apps by holding down spacebar while pressing a key.
      • Windows
      Find and activate windows without leaving the keyboard. Faster than alt-tab.
    3. CubeDesktop NXT provides you up to 16 workspaces, each with its own wallpaper and set of icons, allowing you to quickly and easily switch between them using a live and interactive 3D environment.
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      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      SmartTab, the better Alt-Tab (a Windows Alt-Tab Dialog replacement). Features: All windows with small icons & full title at a glance.

      Discontinued

      Work only on XP, last update was in 2006. See http://smarttab.org/download.php

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      Gala is a window manager / compositing manager and an integral part of Pantheon, the desktop environment of elementary OS.
      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      If you are not familiar with the Alt-Tab task switcher in Windows, its a keyboard short-cut (hot-key) to enable fast switching between applications/windows. This feature has been in Windows since Windows 3.0 and is largely unchanged since Windows 95!

      Discontinued

      The official website is no longer available. Last version, 4.0.4, released in September 2009, can be still downloaded from the mirrors provided.

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    4. Have you seen the cool and nice effects of Windows Aero in Windows Vista? One of those effects is a view of your open windows in a three-dimensional stack on your desktop, and using hot keys, you can flip through the open windows to quickly locate and select the window you want.

      Discontinued

      9 years since last update.. See http://www.docs.kr/entry/Download-Shock-Aero3D-en

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      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      WinFlip emulates Windows Vistas "Flip 3D" effect for Windows XP. Using the hotkey of your choice, you can find the window youre looking for in a fast, clean 3D interface.
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