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Actual Window Manager 8.11.1

Actual Window Manager is a desktop productivity suite of over 50 tools, letting users change their interaction with windows in many new exciting ways: minimize windows to tray or screen, apply transparency, roll up, pin on top, auto-align windows, resize, etc. Any of these operations (and many others) can be done in a click on the title buttons, which are added to the standard Minimize/Maximize/Close buttons after the installation. In addition to buttons, users can set up specific settings to be applied to predefined windows automatically (for example, 50% transparency for Winamp).

Installation and getting started is remarkably easy. Once installed, Actual Window Manager adds its own buttons to the title bar of each window. By default the program has profiles with the settings for the most popular Windows applications, but users can change these profiles to their preferences or make a profile of their own, which is a breeze to do. To make such changes, one needs to bring up the Configuration window and modify or set up a rule for a particular program, which can be done in a simple, point-and-click manner.

Actual Window Manager is particularly useful when you are simultaneously working with several applications. Switching from one window to another distracts attention, reducing the productivity of work. Moreover, the taskbar becomes packed with minimized windows. But it is not the case when you have Actual Window Manager on your computer. You can set it up to minimize windows to tray or on the desktop, roll them up, set up the appropriate level of semi-transparency. If you need to multitask in several applications at once, you can pin all necessary windows on top without the need to bring each one up several times.

And the last but not least: Actual Window Manager is the only window manager that provides the fully featured support for command prompt windows and native 64-bit applications running on any x64 edition of Windows.

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History updates (Complete changelogs since the listing on this site)

8.11.1 [07-28-17]

1) Improved Multi-monitor Alt-Tab: now it shows all windows on all monitors. 2) Improved auto-detection of free space for extra title buttons in Google Chrome. 3) Improved usability and compatibility of Tabbed Explorer. 4) Improved Windows 10 compatibility.

Other versions : 8.11 8.10.2 8.10.1 8.10 8.9.1 8.9 8.8 8.7 8.5 8.4 8.3 8.2.2 8.1.1 7.5.1 7.5 7.3 7.2 7.1 6.7.2 6.7.1 6.7 6.6 6.5.1 6.5 6.4 6.3 6.2 6.1 6.0 5.4 5.2 5.0

v8.11 [06-25-17]

1) Improved the speed of advanced mouse features on 64-bit multi-core CPUs (8+ real cores). 2) Added the support of system taskbar controls. 3) Added standard tab control hotkeys in Tabbed Explorer. 4) Added the ability to create specific window settings for Metro (UWP) apps in Windows 10.

v8.10.2 [04-20-17]

1) Added Action Center button on secondary taskbars in Windows 10. 2) Added context menu for Start button on secondary taskbars. 3) Improved monitor selector dialog. 4) Improved title buttons look in Windows 10. 5) Improved compatibility with the recent builds of Windows 10 Insider Preview.

v8.10.1 [03-29-17]

1) Added Arabic translation. 2) Fixed title buttons look in Office 2013/2016 in Windows 10. 3) Fixed the width of the Recent Folders list. 4) Fixed the taskbar icons disappearance after applying the changes in the Configuration window. 5) Fixed hardware-accelerated mirroring in Windows 10.

v8.10 [03-03-17]

1) Added Tabbed Windows File Explorer feature. 2) Fixed title buttons in colored title bars. 3) Improved stability on 64-bit systems. 4) Restored title buttons compatibility with Microsoft Office and Google Chrome. 5) Improved Recent Folders list updates. 6) Fixed incompatibility with F-Secure.

v8.9.1 [09-07-16]

1) Actual Taskbar fixed for Windows 10 Anniversary Update. 2) Actual Taskbar group window functions fixed for Windows 7+. 3) Lock Screen background fixed for Windows 8+ x64. 4) Multi-monitor Screen Saver fixed.

v8.9 [08-16-16]

1) Added proper high DPI scaling for Actual Taskbar jump lists and thumbnail previews, Virtual Desktop Switcher, extra title buttons, Log window, program dialogs. 2) Added ability to invoke advanced title button dialogs via hotkeys. 3) Added ability to set arbitrary folder for configuration files.

v8.8 [04-21-16]

1) Configuration: Back/Forward buttons added. 2) Configuration: Incremental Search box added. 3) Configuration: List of specific Window Settings removed from the navigation tree. 4) Configuration: Global Options subitems removed from the navigation tree and transformed into tabs.

v8.7 [02-06-16]

1) Sizing/dragging of several adjacent windows added. 2) Support of Metro apps in Windows 10. 3) Actual Taskbar improved for Windows 10. 4) Extra title buttons fixed in Office 2013+ apps. 5) Numerous changes in the main Configuration window. 6) Google web slideshow source removed.

v8.5 [08-31-15]

1) Windows 10 basic compatibility. 2) Vista+: Logon/Lock Screen background image changer added with slideshow on secondary monitors. 3) Vista+: Default Audio Device Switcher added. 4) Environment variables in Favorite Folders paths. 5) Next Slide command affects single monitor only.

v8.4 [05-30-15]

1) Improved Compact View in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. 2) Improved Actual Taskbar view in latest Windows 10 builds. 3) Fixed rare crashes when unloading Actual Window Manager. 4) Fixed NuSphere PhpEd 15 debugger hanging at startup. 5) Improved compatibility with MAGIX products.

v8.3 [04-17-15]

1) Snap Assist feature added. 2) Win10-style Virtual Desktops Switcher added. 3) Search and Task View taskbar buttons added. 4) Image previews in Clipboard History added. 5) High DPI support improved. 6) Toggling desktop icons by middle double click added. 7) Desktop Divider improved.

v8.2.2 [11-14-14]

1) Windows 8.1 Update 1 compatibility. 2) Windows 10 compatibility. 3) Quick Setup wizard. 4) Multi-window configuration. 5) Compact view for title buttons. 6) Exact secondary display position. 7) Background slideshow interval in seconds. 8) Default window settings propagate to specific settings.

v8.1.1 [02-07-14]

1) Windows 8.1 compatibility. 2) Ability to run Windows 8 Modern (Metro) apps in a window. 3) Clipboard history. 4) Ability to activate windows by placing the mouse over them. 5) Hardware video acceleration for Desktop Mirroring since Windows Vista. 6) Save Idle Screens automatic mode.

v7.5.1 [04-12-13]

1) Desktop icons order restoration improved. 2) Win8: Speed of Alt-Tab task switching improved. 3) Win x64: Memory leak fixed. 4) Win7: Showing the task states in Actual Taskbar buttons improved. 5) Win8: Alt-Tab Task Switcher compatible with the Scroll Inactive Windows feature.

v7.5 [03-28-13]

1) New hotkeys for popular system commands (Log off, Shutdown, etc.). 2) Put window at startup into Divider tile. 3) Hotkeys now work in DirectInput games (Battlefield, Skyrim, etc.). 4) Alt-Tab Task Switcher improved in Windows 8. 5) Low-level mechanisms improved for better compatibility.

v7.3 [11-27-12]

1) 64-bit Actual Taskbar. 2) Windows 8 RTM support. 3) Compatibility improved with Microsoft Office 2007 and higher, Logitech SetPoint, WordPerfect 12, XBMC, GOM Player, JRiver Media Center, Start Menu X, Classic Shell Start Menu, SmartDraw 12, HTML-Kit Tools. 4) Numerous fixes and improvements.

v7.2 [09-06-12]

1) Improved stability on 64-bit systems. 2) Favorite Folders title button. 3) Recent Folders title button. 4) Ability to apply desktop profile from the command line. 5) Ability to put the mouse to the corresponding point in window by the click on window's preview in taskbar.

v7.1 [07-24-12]

1) Compatibility with Windows 8 Release Preview. 2) Windows 8: Start button in Actual Taskbars. 3) Custom groups in Actual Taskbar. 4) Custom title buttons. 5) Combo action (via title button/hotkey). 6) Special multi-monitor slideshow screen saver. 7) Tile/Cascade/Undo in taskbar's context menu.

v6.7.2 [11-23-11]

1) Windows 7: Improved the quality of multi-monitor wallpaper pictures. 2) Vista/7: Improved the Multi-monitor Taskbar's color in Aero. 3) Scroll Inactive Windows restored. 4) Activating the maximized windows from secondary taskbars fixed. 5) Crashes in dwm.exe fixed.

v6.7.1 [11-16-11]

1) Invoke a Jump List by dragging taskbar button. 2) Auto-minimization of inactive Outlook dialogs improved. 3) Inability to activate windows via their taskbar buttons fixed. 4) Preview thumbnails not showing for Excel 2007 workbooks fixed. 5) Title buttons' compatibility with Firefox 7 improved.

v6.7 [10-28-11]

1) Individual taskbar settings per monitor. 2) Window icon/caption in preview thumbnails. 3) Edgeless desktop with new Wrap the Desktop mouse tool. 4) Indonesian language added. 5) Reboot-less update to new version on Windows Vista/7. 6) Better tracking of multi-window programs.

v6.6 [08-02-11]

1) Individual taskbar settings per monitor. 2) Window icon/caption in preview thumbnails. 3) Edgeless desktop with new Wrap the Desktop mouse tool. 4) Indonesian language added. 5) Reboot-less update to new version on Windows Vista/7. 6) Better tracking of multi-window programs.

v6.5.1 [07-13-11]

1) Toggle the Multi-monitor Taskbar's Always-on-Top state. 2) Soft Mouse Lock improved. 3) Multi-monitor wallpapers fixed on portrait-oriented monitors. 4) Desktop profile hotkeys fixed. 5) Resetting the slideshow fixed when activating another desktop profile. 6) Next Slide command fixed.

v6.5 [05-29-11]

1) Display cloning and rotation in Windows 7. 2) Independent lists of virtual desktops on different monitors. 3) Hard/soft mouse lock in a current monitor. 4) Custom mouse click actions with adjustable parameters. 5) Control buttons in preview thumbnails. 6) Context menu for Jump List items.

v6.4 [02-12-11]

1) Desktop mirroring: area around the mouse pointer, window, monitor, arbitrary part of desktop, zoom in/out, fixed/variable scale. 2) Custom hotkeys with adjustable parameters. 3) Pin documents to Jump Lists on secondary taskbars. 4) Close button in live previews. 5) Back up/restore configuration.

v6.3 [11-23-10]

1) Jump Lists on secondary taskbars under Win 7. 2) Per-monitor background slideshow. 3) Scroll inactive windows. 4) Switch the mouse between monitors via hotkeys. 5) Maximize to selected monitors. 6) Move to Monitor preview dialog. 7) Classic and Aero Snap combined. 8) Aero Glow on title buttons.

v6.2 [08-06-10]

1) Grouping buttons on secondary taskbars. 2) Regular expressions to detect a target window by its caption. 3) New hotkeys: Lock Mouse and Ignore Deactivation. 4) Snapping a window to other windows from inside. 5) Maximize to Desktop fixed. 6) Title buttons compatible with MS Office 2010.

v6.1 [06-05-10]

1) Pin to Taskbar, Aero Peek, Show Desktop on secondary taskbars. 2) Multi-monitor Background Slideshow. 3) Toggle secondary monitors via tray icon's menu and hotkeys. 4) Set primary display via tray icon's menu. 5) Batch switching of windows between monitors. 6) Better work with consoles in Win7.

v6.0 [05-04-10]

1) System tray and toolbars (Quick Launch, etc.) on secondary monitors. 2) Console windows support on Win7. 3) Snap windows to desktop and to each other. 4) Easy drag/size windows by any point. 5) Customizable clicks on title bar and regular title buttons. 6) Many fixed bugs/stability issues on x64.

v5.4 [08-07-09]

1) The Windows 7 Aero Snap emulation is added. 2) Buttons re-ordering on the primary Taskbar is improved. 3) Virtual Desktops Switcher window is added. 4) Windows Thumbnails feature is added. 4) Multi-monitor Taskbar extension is now compatible with Windows 7 RC.

v5.2 [10-20-08]

1) The feature to display the Taskbar on secondary displays in multi-monitor configuration is added. 2) The feature to display the Task Switcher window on secondary displays is added. 3) The new Quick Settings dialog is added. 4) Now the title buttons look fully native under Windows Vista Aero.

v5.0 [02-05-08]

1) The support for command prompt (a.k.a. console/CMD/DOS) windows in Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista is added. 2) The full support of native 64-bit applications running on any Windows x64 platform is added. 3) The ability to change the default window icon to a selected one is added.

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