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WinSnap v3.5.2 - Delayed Capture & Countdown Timer

Finally, after a long delay, I've released a new version of WinSnap. This release contains several new features that will allow you to take even better screenshots.

Improved Delayed Capture

I've totally reworked the delayed capture feature after receiving the users feedback on the previous version of WinSnap. There are 2 main improvements:

WinSnap Capture Settings

Here is how the countdown looks like:

WinSnap Countdown 4 WinSnap Countdown 3
WinSnap Countdown 2 WinSnap Countdown 1

Large Icon for Windows Vista/7

WinSnap now contains a 256x256 icon for better compatibility with Windows 7 and Vista:

WinSnap Large Icon

I don't even think that anyone uses the "large icon" view in Windows Explorer. From the practical side, 256x256 icons are used by the system to generate smaller icons in high DPI mode. Just compare the two screenshots below.

WinSnap High DPI Icon (old) WinSnap High DPI Icon (new)
Old versions in high DPI mode WinSnap v3.5.2 in high DPI mode

Capture Native Aero Shadows - Removed

This feature has been removed from version 3.x because it requires some significant changes in the UI. It should be introduced in WinSnap 4.0 by the end of this year. I'll share a detailed roadmap for WinSnap 4.0 soon!

Changelog for WinSnap v3.5.2:

Download WinSnap v3.5.2 (32-bit, 64-bit, portable)

Posted by Alexander Avdonin on 06-Oct-10 07:07


WinSnap - New Articles and Tutorials

Take a look at these how-to articles and tutorials:

Offtopic:

I'm sorry if I haven't answered to your email or forum post. I was quite "busy" with my personal health problems for the last few months. Luckily, I'm back on top of things now!

New versions of WinSnap and other software releases are coming soon. Stay in touch!

Posted by Alexander Avdonin on 20-Sep-10 03:24


Hidden Start v3.2 - Delay Before Executing Command

The new version of Hidden Start allows you to set the startup delay (in seconds) before executing a batch file, command or sequence of commands.

Hidden Start v3.2

You could use it as follows:

hstart.exe /DELAY=5 /NOCONSOLE "D:\Batch Files\test.bat"

Download Hidden Start (32-bit and 64-bit)

Posted by Alexander Avdonin on 07-Jul-10 08:01


Sticky Previews v1.2 - Pan/Scroll Around Preview

The new version of Sticky Previews adds the ability to pan/scroll around inside the preview window. Hold down the CTRL key, click the preview and drag the mouse left-right or up-down.

You can also use the Arrow Keys if you prefer the keyboard over the mouse.

Excel 2010 - Sticky Preview Excel 2010 - Ctrl + Mouse Drag

Changelog for Sticky Previews v1.2:

Download Sticky Previews (32-bit and 64-bit)

Posted by Alexander Avdonin on 16-Jun-10 00:20


VistaSwitcher 1.1.3 - Maintenance Release

New version of VistaSwitcher has been released today, changelog:

Download VistaSwitcher 1.1.3 (32-bit and 64-bit)

Posted by Alexander Avdonin on 11-May-10 02:42


Sticky Previews v1.1 - Stability & Performance Improvements

The second release of Sticky Previews is mainly intended to fix bugs of the previous version and provide some stability and performance enhancements.

Preview Of Windows Media Player

Changelog for Sticky Previews v1.1:

Quick links:

Posted by Alexander Avdonin on 09-May-10 02:19


WinSnap v3.5 Beta 1 - Options Toolbar & Delayed Capture

The main new feature of WinSnap 3.5 should be the ability to capture native Aero shadows and transparencies. I have almost implemented this feature, but I need more time to test it before releasing to the public (it affects many of the core algorithms).

The first Beta doesn't include the ability to capture native Aero shadows, but there are a number of other features you may want to check out.

New Options Toolbar

Now you can quickly enable/disable the capture preferences: "Include mouse cursor", "Clear window background on Vista/7" and other.

WinSnap v3.5 - Options Toolbar

Delayed Capture

You may want to enable a 5-second delay before taking snapshots of applications with pulldown menus (for example).

WinSnap v3.5 - Delayed Capture

Here is a quick example (taken using the Application capture mode):

Calculator - About Menu

Popup Menus Of QT Applications

Here is a popup menu of VLC Media Player captured with WinSnap v3.5:

VLC Popup Menu

Updated Settings Dialog

WinSnap Settings - Capture Page

Trial Reminder Dialog

WinSnap v3.5 - Trial Reminder

In The Next Beta

Message Box - Capture Native Shadows

Coming soon to Windows 7 PC's... ;)


Changelog for WinSnap v3.5.1 Beta:

Download WinSnap v3.5.1 (32-bit, 64-bit, portable)

Posted by Alexander Avdonin on 06-May-10 01:07


New NTWind Product - Sticky Previews

I'm very proud to annouce the first release of my new enhancement utility for Windows 7 which I called "Sticky Previews". Here are its logo and a short description:

Sticky Previews - Logo

Sticky Previews is a lightweight productivity tool that lets you create live previews of any window or a screen region of your choice. It keeps previews above all other applications like a sticky-note thus allowing you to monitor any background window in real time no matter which application you’re working with.

In its behavior Sticky Previews is very similar to picture-in-picture TV technology, but for desktop applications.

Personally, I use it mainly to watch YouTube videos in the background when I'm doing everyday things.

Sticky Previews - YouTube

You can quickly make the active preview larger or smaller just by using the mouse wheel or Plus/Minus keyboard shortcuts.

Sticky Previews - Zoom In / Zoom Out

The small yet convenient trick here is to not close the preview window when the video stops playing. Instead, double-click it to open the parent application (a browser in this case) and run another video - it will play in the same preview window.

I would love to give it away, but I do have bills to pay. So, it is priced at $9.95 per user.

Quick links:

Posted by Alexander Avdonin on 26-Apr-10 11:23


Close All Windows 1.3 - Exclusions on XP

There was an issue with Close All exclusions on Windows XP, pointed out to me by many people. Thanks to everyone who sent me an email about this. Now, exclusions should work correctly on XP too.

Download CloseAll.zip (32-bit and 64-bit) - 36 KB

Posted by Alexander Avdonin on 18-Feb-10 23:47


Close All Windows 1.2 - Exclusions & 64-Bit Version

If you want to prevent certain applications from being to be closed by Close All, you can add a simple exclusion list to the CloseAll.exe command line.

  1. Right-click the shortcut and choose Properties from the context menu:
  2. Close All - Shortcut Properties
  3. Go to the Shortcut tab, Target and add -x="app-to-exclude.exe":
  4. Close All Windows - Exclusion List

You can separate multiple values with “|” (pipe), example:

-x="explorer.exe|firefox.exe|msnmsgr.exe"

Remember, you'd better test it before using it!


Close All - Windows 7 Taskbar

Close All works great on Windows 7, Vista and XP.

Download CloseAll.zip (32-bit and 64-bit) - 36 KB

Posted by Alexander Avdonin on 14-Feb-10 13:07


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