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Topic: «Actual Window Manager 5.2 beta 1 is available! , New multi-monitor features » on forum: Beta Testing   Views: 11281
 
Alexey Fadeyev
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Posted: 16.07.2008 06:47:42
 
 
Actual Tools has released the 1st beta version of Actual Window Manager 5.2.

This beta is targeted mostly on the users of multi-monitor systems. Here is the list of the most noticeable updates (the full list of changes is available here):


[*] Multi-monitor Taskbar

This eagerly awaited extension of the Actual Window Manager functionality provides the ability to display a taskbar on each connected display in the multi-monitor environment. Such extension allows more convenient window management when you have several displays: you can easily switch between tasks running on a certain display without the need to drag your mouse back to the primary display to access the primary Taskbar.

You should consider the following remarks when using the multi-monitor taskbar:

- the secondary taskbars can work either independently or consistently with the primary Taskbar: in former case each secondary taskbar displays only the buttons of windows that reside on the same monitor; in latter case all secondary taskbars display the contents of the primary Taskbar (the mirror mode)

- you can change the order of buttons on secondary taskbars dragging the desired button by the mouse with the
Code
<Shift>
key pressed

- there is a limited compatibility with some certain applications (such as Microsoft Excel, Acrobat Reader)

- the minimizing/maximizing animation, if enabled, is played always regarding to the primary Taskbar despite which display the minimized/maximized window resides on

You can enable/disable the Multi-monitor taskbar in the Options dialog, on the Multiple Monitors property sheet.


[*] Multi-monitor Task Switcher

The Task Switcher is the special system window which is displayed when you press
Code
<Alt+Tab>
. By default, in multi-monitor environments it is displayed on the primary display only. Enabling the Multi-monitor Task Switcher feature, you can see the Task Switcher window on secondary displays as well.

You can enable/disable the Multi-monitor Task Switcher in the Options dialog, on the Multiple Monitors property sheet.


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 1 of Actual Window Manager 5.2 will expire on October 1, 2008.


You can download it here.

I strongly recommend to install this beta into a separate folder (for example, "C:\Program Files\Actual Window Manager 5.2 beta 1") so you could easily roll back to any previous version.
 
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