[ANN] Actual Window Manager 5.2 beta 2 is available!

Dear John Smith,

I'm glad to inform you that our Beta-Testing section is updated again: we have released Actual Window Manager 5.2 beta 2.

This beta introduces the new usability feature - Quick Settings dialog. Also it has some improvements for the recently presented Multi-Monitor Taskbar feature. Here is the list of the most noticeable updates (the full list of changes is available here):

  • Quick Settings dialog

    This new feature is an attempt to provide the quick and convenient access to most Actual Tools window management features in consolidated summarized view. Using the Quick Settings dialog you can quickly set up window's appearance (including its position, size, transparency, etc.), spending virtually a single click for each property! You can activate the Quick Settings dialog for a certain window either via clicking the middle mouse button on desired window's caption or via pressing the special hotkey (Win+Q by default) when the desired window is active. You can close this dialog as in any conventional manner as simply clicking anywhere outside of it.

    Note You can use the Quick Settings dialog even with windows that were excluded from normal processing and can't be processed in regular manner.

  • Minor improvements

    • the Multi-Monitor Taskbar feature, introduced in previous beta, has been improved (the following features have been implemented):

      - the emulation of Start button on each secondary taskbar

      - flashing of taskbar buttons for windows that are about to become active

      - correct hiding of secondary taskbar when some window goes full-screen on that taskbar's monitor

      - adjusting Multi-Monitor Taskbar options via secondary taskbar's context menu

      - displaying of thumbnail previews in Windows Vista Aero Glass

    • the title buttons now look native in Windows Vista Aero Glass.

  • Minor bugfixes

    • now the Virtual Desktops feature correctly handles the tool windows of Adobe Photoshop CS3 and Adobe Flash CS3 when switching between desktops.

    • now the Virtual Desktops feature correctly reacts when using the Win+D system hotkey.

Note As usual, 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 2 of Actual Window Manager 5.2 will expire on November 1, 2008.

Therefore, we invite you to visit our Beta-Testing section and check this new beta on your own. Please post your bug reports and new feature suggestions to our Beta-Testing forum, all your posts will be surely answered and considered. Many thanks in advance for your help!

Alex Fadeyev,
Actual Tools
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