[actualtools.com] Actual Window Manager 6.1 beta 1 is out!

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Hello, John Smith.

I'm glad to inform you that beta 1 of Actual Window Manager 6.1 is available for testing. In this beta we have been continuing to develop and improve the multi-monitor features (especially for Windows® 7 users) but also made some interesting and useful enhancements.

Beta 1 expiration date: May 31, 2010 Download View the full changelog

Issue contents:


Multi-monitor Taskbar Improvements: Pin to Taskbar, Captions and Aero Peek

This beta introduces the most complete emulation of Windows 7 Taskbar on secondary monitors: now it supports the native Pin to Taskbar ability:

How to enable the Pin to Taskbar ability

Please note that this feature works in Windows XP/Vista as well (but on secondary taskbars only).

Besides, Multi-monitor Taskbar is now able to display buttons' captions under Windows 7 if the certain system option is set. Finally, we have added the support of the native Aero Peek feature for secondary taskbars (to activate it, simply place the mouse pointer over the required button and wait for a second).
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Background Wallpaper Slide Show

Although Windows 7 significantly improved the desktop wallpaper management with the Desktop Background Slide Show feature, it still offers no additional settings for a multi-monitor desktop. In this beta we present the attractiveness of background slide show combined with power and flexibility of the Multi-monitor Background Wallpaper feature:

How to customize the Multi-monitor Background Wallpaper slide show

As you can see, the Multi-monitor Wallpaper slide show settings are almost identical to regular Multi-monitor Wallpaper settings but instead of a single picture you can specify an arbitraty set of picture sources (folders with images or individual picture files) and set the delay (in minutes) between slide changes.
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Working with Administrative Tools under Vista/7

Since Windows Vista administrative applications, like Regedit or Computer Management, run with special elevated privileges which, from one side, allow them modifying system settings, from the other side, prohibit any access to them from common 3rd party applications. That's why our programs were unable to handle windows of administrative applications as usual. However, in this beta the problem has been successfully solved: now Actual Tools programs can embed their functions into system utilities under Vista/7 as well. There is a one simple condition: you must install our program in a trusted location (e.g. Program Files folder).
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Creating Settings from the Windows Monitoring Log

I believe the picture below is self-explanatory

How to create specific settings or exclusion from the Log window
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That's all at the moment, thank you for your time! Waiting for any kind of feedback from you at our Beta Testing forum section - you are always welcome!

Yours sincerely,

Alex Fadeyev
Actual Tools