[actualtools.com] New Version 8.7: New navigation panel, Window Group Size/Drag feature

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Hello Dear , John Smith.

I'm glad to inform you that we have released the new version 8.7 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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  1. Group Size/Drag feature has added

    The long-awaited ability is added to resize/drag together windows snapped to each other (no matter in what way - using either Classic Snap, Aero Snap, Desktop Divider, or even manually).
    In short, group operations on adjacent windows work as follows:

    Group Size and Group Drag have separate options for activation mode. By default,Group Size feature are turned on in the "While not pressed - Ctrl " mode, i.e. you can disable it temporarily by pressing the Ctrl modifier key.

    You can disable these features, or switch the mode to "While pressed" and "While not pressed", or change the modifier keys combination in the new " Layout and Snap - Group Size/Drag" panel.

  2. The navigation panel in the main Configuration window has been replaced.

    We have changed the navigation panel to simplify your work with our products. Now navigation between sections has become more convenient and understandable.

  3. Configuration

    The Desktop Divider category in the main Configuration window has been renamed to 'Layout and Snap', and the Windows Layout options and the Window Snapping options have been moved there from the Options category.

    The "Desktop Divider - Tile Layouts" panel has been split into two:

    • Desktop Divider - global on/off switch, activation mode
    • Tile Layouts - list of tile layouts itself

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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
Group Size/Drag feature + +
New navigation panel + + + + + + + + + +
Layout and Snap category + +
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Minor Fixes and Improvements


  • Google web slideshow source has been removed because Google discontinued their Google Image Search service.

  • Configuration: Ability is added to select all items in the lists with multi-selection allowed by pressing the Ctrl-A hotkey. As this key combination was reserved for adding a new item to a list, the New Item hotkey has been changed to Ctrl-N.

  • Configuration: Hotkey combinations for list operations have been unified for all list-editing panels:

    • Ins, Ctrl-N - add new item
    • Del, Ctrl-D - delete selected item
    • F5 - copy selected item
    • Ctrl-=, Ctrl-Num+ - enable all items (where available)
    • Ctrl--, Ctrl-Num- - disable all items (where available)
    • Ctrl-A - select all items (where available)

  • Configuration: Confirmation request for the Delete Item operation has been removed in all list-editing panels. If you accidentally removed the needed item - you can click the Undo button in the bottom-left corner of the main Configuration window or press the Undo hotkey (Ctrl-Z by default).

  • Configuration: The flickering has been reduced significantly when resizing either the Configuration windows themselves or their internals.

  • Windows 10: Hotkeys now work in Metro apps.

  • Windows 10: Extra title buttons now work in the Edge web browser (and probably other Metro apps).

  • Windows 10: Actual Taskbar now highlights the group buttons the same way the system taskbar does.

  • Windows 10: Actual Taskbar now displays progress indicator on buttons the same way the system taskbar does.

  • Backup/Restore now includes the Logon Screen settings.

  • Logon Screen service now has proper description.

  • ulti-monitor Screen Saver now detects if some specified screen saver failed to start or does not support preview mode and displays a message instead of an empty screen.

  • Configuration: Separate Window Settings windows now retain their position and size when you open them again.

Bugs fixed:

  • Office 2013+: Extra title buttons overlapped the standard ones.

  • In some cases, extra title buttons did not redraw in the Aero visual theme.

  • Windows 8/8.1: Actual Alt-Tab Switcher displayed the hidden windows.

  • Windows 10: Windows PowerShell did not "run as administrator" from a button pinned to Actual Taskbar.

  • Installer: The uninstaller popped up interactive dialog requests even if it had been launched with /SILENT or /VERYSILENT command line option.

  • Actual Taskbar: Start menu did not show in the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview (build 11102).

  • Actual Taskbar: Group commands Minimize All/Restore All worked incorrectly.

  • Actual Taskbar: The Show Desktop button did not react on clicking its rightmost pixels.

  • Desktop Divider: Resizing a window put into Divider tile changed its original size (i.e. the one it had before putting into a tile) if the Classic Snap with snapping to Divider tiles was enabled.

  • Windows 10: In some cases, the Tiles Editor window displayed cut on secondary monitors.

  • Web slideshow settings did not apply in the Configuration window if the Control Center was unloaded.

  • Windows Vista/7: The progress bar flickered when applying the Logon Screen background settings for a primary monitor.

  • Configuration: Minimized windows did not restore on clicking the notification area icon or pressing the Configure hotkey.

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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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Yours sincerely,

Alex Fadeyev
Actual Tools

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