[actualtools.com] New versions released

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Hello, John Smith.

I'm glad to inform you that we have released the new version 8.3 of our main line of products.

Important Note! Before updating, please read carefully the Upgrade Policy Reminder.


Issue contents:


Upgrade Policy Reminder

I'd like to remind you that since the version 8.0 release on August 16, 2013 we have changed our Upgrade Policy (in short, from version-based to subscription-based; visit the link for details).

Here are some key points highlighted to prevent possible questions or misunderstanding:

  • The new Upgrade Policy does not force you to pay each year. When the subscription expires, the program remains registered and fully functional, so that if you don't need the latest updates then you can continue using the program as it is. And only when you see in the changelog something that worths paying then you can prolong your subscription; in other words, you can choose the moment of upgrade on your own.

  • Purchasing an upgrade does not come at full price. For Actual Window Manager, it costs about 30 USD for now (and we don't plan to change this price in the future). Other products come at 10-15 USD, as they have the lower initial license prices.

    Important Note! To get a discounted upgrade price, you must use our Upgrade Center by following the steps described below.

  • We do not force our customers to upgrade necessarily. If you don't like/need the features of new versions then you can simply stay with the version you currently have.

To view your upgrade options and actual upgrade cost, please visit our Upgrade Center by clicking the Upgrade button. Also, below are the details on the entire upgrade process.

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New Features

  • The overall support of high screen DPIs is improved.

  • New Windows 10 UI features added:

    • Actual Aero Snap emulator has been extended with the Snap Assist feature presented in Windows 10.
      The system now offers snapping one of the remaining open windows to the remaining free half/quarter of the screen (the Snap Assist mode itself). This allows you to quickly arrange 2-4 windows on the screen without overlapping or gaps between them, i.e. use the screen space most efficiently.

      Snap Assist feature

    • Virtual Desktops Switcher button has been added to Actual Taskbar. By clicking this button, you can view already open desktops, add new ones, close unnecessary ones, and move open applications from one desktop to another.

      Virtual Desktops Switcher

    • Search button has been added to Actual Taskbar that invokes the system Search window.

      Search button

  • Desktop Divider feature enhancement: now there is no need to drag a window to a tile border to put the window into the tile if the Activate When Dragging a Window option is set to While pressed.

  • Previews of images copied into clipboard are now available in the Clipboard History window.

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New Features Comparison Chart

Below is the comparison chart of new features implemented in each software. This chart shows only the most noticeable features; to view the full list of changes made in each product, click the product's icon.

Feature Available in
The overall support of high screen DPIs + + + + + + + + + +
Snap Assist feature   + +       + +    
Virtual Desktops Switcher button added to the taskbar             +      
The new interface of Virtual Desktops         +   +      
Search button added to the taskbar   +         +      
Desktop Divider feature enhancement   +         +      
Previews of images copied into clipboard in the Clipboard History window             +      
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Minor Fixes and Improvements

  • The Open slide desktop context menu item now appears disregarding the Show picture source option.

  • Compatibility with Stardock WindowBlinds on 64-bit systems is improved.

  • The ability is added to show/hide desktop icons by the middle mouse button double click on the desktop.

  • Bugs fixed:

    • Windows 8/8.1: Google Chrome disappeared from the Alt-Tab task switcher after adding a new tab if the Replace the system task switcher option was enabled.

    • It was impossible to make the auto-hidden Actual Taskbar appear when certain program (like Mozilla Firefox/Thunderbird) was maximized on that monitor.

    • In some cases Jump Lists didn't display their items properly.

    • Windows 8/8.1: Title buttons didn't change their color on mouse hovering.

    • Windows 8.1: Multi-monitor Screen Saver showed a black screen with the KB3000850 Windows Update installed.

    • In some cases Actual Taskbar was displayed on top of fullscreen windows.

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How to Upgrade

  1. Proceed with updating to a new version, either manually or automatically with the help of the Check for Updates window.
    How to Upgrade - Click the Update Now button in the Check for Updates window.

  2. Restart the program or wait until it restarts automatically.

  3. Close the popped up Evaluation Version dialog.

  4. Follow the instructions in our Upgrade Center web page that will open automatically in your default web browser. (Note: If the Upgrade Center page did not open then skip to the next step.)

  5. Open the Configuration window.
    How to Upgrade - Open the Configuration window.

  6. Go to the Tools - License panel and click the Upgrade button, then follow the instructions of our Upgrade Center. (Note: If there is no Upgrade button or it is greyed out then please refer to the upgrade table.)
    How to Upgrade - Go to the Tools-License and click the Upgrade button.

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Join Us on Facebook! Follow Us on Twitter!

I'd like to remind you that you can join our Multiple Monitors Facebook group, like Actual Multiple Monitors Facebook product page or become our follower on Twitter. There you can find the recent news about our software, useful articles and links related to a multi-monitor productivity, and share your experience with other multi-monitor users. Welcome!
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Yours sincerely,

Alex Fadeyev
Actual Tools

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