"If you're looking for some of the transparency that Vista/7's interface uses, you can buy tools that apply various see-through effects to Windows (such as the Actual Transparent Window from Actual Tools)."
PC World magazine
Actual Transparent Window is an innovative Windows® desktop enhancement which allows
setting any level of transparency for any particular window in the system.
With Actual Transparent Window it is very easy to organize the simultaneously opened windows.
It is a truly new approach to desktop space organization. Now you do not have to minimize and restore windows every
time. Along with common techniques of switching between windows Actual Transparent Window offers
the depth-based window ordering thanks to a fully customizable transparency levels that are saved individually for
each window. When a brilliant idea is combined with a good realization, the results are outstanding!
Actual Transparent Window is intended for a broad range of Windows® users who
value their time and long for an aesthetic pleasure of modern computing. Windows® is multifunctional, and sometimes
we work with several different applications. While typing something in Microsoft Word you need, for example, to follow
some information in your Internet browser. Push Win+T (toggle transparency), and the desired window becomes
transparent, and you will solve your task easily. Besides, usage of semi-transparent windows reduces the negative effect
on your eyes!
Multiple reports of Actual Transparent Window users indicate an overall increase of
productivity when using several business applications that require manual information interchange simultaneously. Desktop
space, saved by the elimination of opaque windows, can be used for keeping additional icons there.
"I love Actual Transparent Window. What a handy and cool product. Lots of fun, as well as
a very useful program. I am just beginning to discover all the ways to make use of this software. I am really satisfied
with my purchase... Thanks!"
"What a wonderful idea you have in Actual Transparent Window! I often copy from text files
into Microsoft Windows, using the clipboard. Maximizing and minimizing one to use the other is a real annoyance. Not any
more! Now I can keep both maximized and see underneath one to the other. It is sort of like drawing on glass while you are
looking through it. This is a clever idea, and I have never seen anything like it before. Thanks again."
Steven W. Ryland
St. Louis, MO
Just some features of Actual Transparent Window for you to be sure:
Individual transparency rate:
Actual Transparent Window lets you set individual transparency rate for each window. You
can change transparency from 0% (solid) to 100% (fully transparent) to achieve the desired effect.
Inactive window transparency:
Actual Transparent Window has option to set transparency only when window becomes
inactive. And when you activate this window it becomes non-transparent again. This option may be especially useful for your
instant messenger (ICQ, Windows Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger or any other).
You can also activate the ghost mode. In this case all mouse clicks and moves to be made through the transparent
window to underlying windows.
Apply transparency effect while window is moved or is resized:
Apply transparency effect only when you move/drag or resize the window across the desktop. Note that this does not
affect your transparency setting for windows while they are not being moved or resized.
Toggle transparency\opaque window state by double click on title bar:
To toggle a window from transparent to opaque, double-click the title bar. To toggle a window from opaque to
transparent, double-click the title bar again.
"Make Transparent" button:
The new "Make Transparent" button is may be added to a window title bar. Now you can switch the semi-transparency
on/off just by pressing it.
You can select a different transparency level for any window on-the-fly, while it is open! Right-click the "Make
Transparent" title button to display its context menu where you can choose one of the predefined transparency levels. It's
a very gorgeous effect, try it - and you'll like it very much!
Actual Transparent Window is available in English, German, French, Spanish, Russian,
Ukrainian, Japanese, Chinese Simplified and Chinese Traditional languages.