[ANN] Actual Window Manager 5.0 beta 1 is available!

Dear John Smith,

I'm glad to inform you that our Beta-Testing section is updated: we have released Actual Window Manager 5.0 beta 1.

This first beta version of the upcoming major update of Actual Tools products introduces the single but truly amazing feature that is being requested again and again - the fully-featured support for CMD windows (a.k.a. console windows) in Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista! This is a tremendous technological breakthrough our engineers happy to make public at last! For now, you can handle all those old-looking CMD windows in the same way as other normal windows - almost all Actual Tools features (except for Make Transparent/Ghost actions) available for them, including extra title buttons!

However, this console windows support needs some special actions and has some known issues. Please, read the following notes extremely carefully:

  • To provide the advanced management abilities, we use two additional executable files - ConsolePatch.exe and ConsoleHelper.dll, which are located in the installation folder. Due to some specifics of their implementation, some antiviral suits may treat these files as dangerous and try to delete them. WE FULLY GUARANTEE THAT THESE FILES DON'T CONTAIN ANY HARMFUL CODE AND ARE 100% SAFE! Therefore, please, exclude them from your antivirus system's processing so they could stay untouched. CAUTION! IF YOUR ANTIVIRUS PROGRAM BLOCKS OR DELETES THESE FILES - THE CONSOLE WINDOWS SUPPORT WILL BE UNAVAILABLE!

  • The ConsolePatch.exe application needs the Administrator privileges to run successfully. Therefore, in case you are not an administrator of your workstation, after each logon Actual Window Manager will display the standard "Run As..." system dialog allowing you to provide Administrator credentials (of course, you must know the login/password of any account with administrative privileges on your workstation). CAUTION! IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO PROVIDE THE ADMINISTRATOR PRIVILEGES FOR THE CONSOLEPATCH.EXE APPLICATION - THE CONSOLE WINDOWS SUPPORT WILL BE UNAVAILABLE!

  • Once enabled, the console windows support will work until the full system reboot (or session restart in Windows Vista) even if you disable the "Enable support of console windows" option in the Options dialog.

  • Due to intrincis peculiarities of CMD windows, it's impossible to affect them with Make Transparent and Ghost actions, therefore all features related to these actions (title buttons, menu commands, automatic handling options, etc.) will be automatically removed even if you enable any of them in certain window settings.

  • The Copy/Paste title buttons just send to console windows the standard Ctrl+C/Ctrl+V key combinations - the actual handling of these combinations fully depends on a particular console application, which the target window belongs to.

  • Specially for software developers: Once the console windows support is enabled, be careful when debugging console applications - in such case, all currently open console windows may stop responding until the debug session is finished or terminated. Therefore, we DO NOT recommend to use the console debuggers (like Turbo Debugger 5.5) to debug console applications, having the console windows support enabled - because in such case debugger's window itself may stop responding that will lead to mutual lock-up!

Anyway, I am sure that the advantage of console windows support will certainly compensate possible difficulties mentioned above!

Note Also I would like to remind that due to our beta-testing policy our beta versions have an expiration date after which they can't be used. Also, due to their nature, beta versions can't be registered, even with a valid registration data: they are not final products but betas! So when the beta version expires you should either roll back to the last stable release, update your beta to a new one (if available), or upgrade to a new stable release (if available).
The beta 1 of Actual Window Manager 5.0 will expire September 20, 2007

So we invite you to visit our Beta-Testing section and check this extremely helpful feature of new beta yourself. Please post your bug reports and new feature suggestions to our Beta-Testing forum, all your posts will be necessarily answered and considered. Many thanks in advance for your help!

Alex Fadeyev,
Actual Tools
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