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Topic: «[Win 8.1] Task Switcher broken , It just doesn't work anymore » on forum: Technical Support   Views: 37791
 
Scott
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Posted: 08.11.2013 09:49:47
 
 
I understand it's difficult being patient with this. Once you get used to using AWM, it's hard to do without it.

While waiting, I decided to try finding a workaround. I installed VistaSwitcher. It doesn't list Windows 8(.1) compatibility, but it seems to work fine on my system. I had to add a few exclusions for the Explorer Search pane and a couple apps (the Store and Maps), but other than that, no problems.

And, importantly, it gets along with AWM 8.0.3.

Long ago, I used an earlier version of the same freeware, TaskSwitchXP, and loved it. I might keep VistaSwitcher installed even after they fix AWM. I find it much better than the standard Alt+Tab.


Ignore that post... After making it, I found VistaSwitcher interfering (in the most maddening way imaginable) with my mouse operation.

There are other Alt+Tab replacements available, but it's late and I'm tired. At least it's an idea to perhaps get us through the waiting.
 
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Justin Samsel
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Posted: 09.11.2013 01:08:22
 
 
Yeah, thanks for the attempted temporary solution though Scott.

Can we please get an honest update from the devs? Is this a difficult thing to isolate and code or what? I really don't care what news I receive from Actual Tools, I just would appreciate being in the loop.
 
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Scott
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Posted: 09.11.2013 06:27:59
 
 
OK so we're basically in a 2-way chat. Anyway, I'm 2 glasses of wine into my evening but I just found Switcher which may be worth trying. I'm going to try it, because I'm sick of not using AWM, and at this point I assume it's a dead project.

Oh, they're busy.

Guess what, I work all day, deal with everything else in life, and then come here and do this. I'm sure you do too.

Whatever.
 
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Alex Fadeyev
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Posted: 09.11.2013 13:58:24
 
 
Gentlemen,

The issue with Switcher in Windows 8.1 seems to be fixed in the just released beta 2. Please could you check it out and confirm the fix? Thanks!
 
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Justin Samsel
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Posted: 09.11.2013 14:02:13
 
 
I can confirm this issue is resolved. Great work. Thanks for hearing us. We enjoy your product a lot.

Edit: Well, sort of. I don't get the error anymore, but it is opening up random apps that I don't even have open.
 
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Alex Fadeyev
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Posted: 09.11.2013 17:20:25
 
 
Justin, thank you for your reply. Please could you provide some more information on the "opening random apps" issue? Thanks!
 
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Justin Samsel
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Posted: 09.11.2013 18:02:49
 
 
Sure Alex. Here is a video I recorded of the incident occurring.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1982709/AWM%20issue/AWM%208.1%20beta%202%20-%20Alt%20tab%20opens%20random%20apps.mp4
 
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Gerard Booth
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Posted: 09.11.2013 18:29:39
 
 
Window 8.1 64bit AWM 8.1 beta 2

Alt Tab working fine for me now, no errors thrown up.

Justin, I have looked at your and no matter how many times I try, I cannot reproduce the strange behaviour on my system.
 
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Scott
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Posted: 10.11.2013 06:12:46
 
 
Alt-Tab is fixed here too. The frequent crash I used to have when exiting AWM 8.0.3 seems to be fixed as well, maybe accidentally.

Thank you, Alex.

Edit:

Actually I've noticed two anomalies. First, the first Alt+Tab keypress is half eaten. It opens the Alt+Tab display, but doesn't advance the selection. It keeps the current window selected. So, to move to the next window, I can't just hit Alt+Tab. Instead, I have to press Alt+Tab, keep Alt pressed, then hit Tab a second time. This renders the mapping of Alt+Tab to my side mouse button useless.

Second, the stupid Windows Store [cr]app frequently appears in the Alt+Tab chain. So when I least expect it, I accidentally Alt+Tab not into a recent app, but into the stupid Windows Store app.

I acknowledge these problems are probably Microsoft's fault. I regret installing 8.1. No benefits (to me), and lots of added aggravations.
 
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Justin Samsel
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Posted: 10.11.2013 09:36:06
 
 
It sounds like Scott is having the same problem as me.
 
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