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Published on October 18, 2010 By Frogboy In OS Customization

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It’s been a long while since we’ve visited WindowFX. 

When WindowFX 1.0 came out, its claim to fame was its ability to give windows alpha blended shadows and make use of transparency.  Later, it was updated to have even more gratuitous effects.

With WindowFX 4, we’ve taken a totally new direction.  Now, we’re focusing on things that are less cosmetic and more useful.  For instance, WindowFX 4 will allow users of all versions of Windows to drag a window to the side and have it automatically resize it. Windows 7 does that now.  However, WindowFX also lets users drag a window to a screen corner and it’ll resize the window to use a quarter of the screen.

Another nifty feature is the ability to set individual windows to have a custom maximize size if you hold the shift key down when you press the maximize button on the title bar.  Say you’re running at high resolution but you want one window to max at 800x600 and another at 1024x768. No problem, right click on the title bar, set its custom max size and then when you hold down the shift key when pressing on their maximize button, voila. Customize max size.

Another new area we’re working on is a new concept called “Window Flicks”.  The idea here is that users can grab a window and “flick it” in a certain direction and have it behave in a certain way (such as maximize it or send it over to a second monitor or have it vertically maximize). 

Speaking of which, another neat feature is the ability to double click on a window edge to have it maximize out in direction you clicked on.  Very handy if you’re running lots of windows.

These are just a few of the things in the all new WindowFX 4.  Users of Object Desktop will begin having access to the beta next week.


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on Oct 18, 2010

Good to hear Frogdude

on Oct 18, 2010

I'm diggin' it too.

The way you describe it makes me kinda psyched to try it out.

on Oct 18, 2010

Don't know if this will be selective participant beta or not, but please consider me for it - the quarter window in the corners thing is something I was asking about from the Win7beta days over on neowin.

on Oct 18, 2010

This is just one of the reasons why it's good to maintain your subscriptions.

Thanks for the update Frogboy and I'm really looking forward to trying out these features and what ever else is included with WindowFX 4

on Oct 18, 2010

Thanks Brad...looking forward to it! 

on Oct 18, 2010

Philly0381
This is just one of the reasons why it's good to maintian your subscriptions.

 

Ooo. Cool new toys.

on Oct 19, 2010

If I may make a suggestion for a WindowFX feature, in Windows 7 the only choice you have for the taskbar is autohide. For some reason that is beyond me, Microsoft decided that being able to have a program on top of the taskbar was a bad idea.

The taskbar defaults to always being on top of other windows and you can not turn it off. Being able to turn off "always on top of other windows" would be a nice feature to have.

on Oct 19, 2010

It's about time.  I've been wanting a new WindowFX since Vista first came out.  (That's almost 4 years ago.)

As well as IconX.  It would be nice to see Special Effects such as glows, resizing and sounds when clicking desktop icons in Win7; as well as special FX when clicking icons in explorer windows.
But ObjectDock can already do some of these things, so it may be pointless to consider a new IconX.

on Oct 20, 2010

Thanks for the heads up.

on Oct 20, 2010

YAY!   Sounds like another winning app!

(But I still miss Right Click)

on Oct 21, 2010

I hesitate to ask...but will this update be compatible with XP?

 

on Oct 21, 2010

I hesitate to ask...but will this update be compatible with XP?

For instance, WindowFX 4 will allow users of all versions of Windows to drag a window to the side and have it automatically resize it. Windows 7 does that now.

on Oct 21, 2010

Ahhh...thanks Daiwa! Didn't see that! Doh!

on Oct 21, 2010

I'm with you on this one WG. I'm still on xp.

on Oct 21, 2010

Me three. 

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