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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:


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

VistaSwitcher 1.1.2 - Desktop & Taskbar Shortcuts

New version of VistaSwitcher has been released today. I've revised the default VistaSwitcher shortcut behavior (thanks to the user's feedback!) to open the task switcher window.

This is a very minor enhancement but it allows you to quickly open the task list using a Desktop, Quick Launch or Windows 7 Taskbar shortcut.

VistaSwitcher - Pin to Taskbar

The following message is not shown any more:

VistaSwitcher - Prompt Message

If you want it back, add the /PROMPT switch to the VistaSwitcher shortcut:

VistaSwitcher - Add /PROMPT Switch

Changelog for VistaSwitcher 1.1.2:

Download VistaSwitcher 1.1.2 (32-bit and 64-bit)

Posted by Alexander Avdonin on 24-Jan-10 22:44

WinSnap v3.1.5 - Recommended Update

This is the first release of WinSnap in 2010. It supposedly addresses many issues of the previous versions, so I highly recommend to upgrade to this version as soon as possible.

New Translations - 32 Languages Now!

I'm very proud to let you know that WinSnap is translated into more than 32 world languages now. This version adds support for Armenian, Estonian, Persian and Vietnamese languages out of the box.

WinSnap - 32 World Languages

High DPI Mode - Fixes and Improvements

Before (old versions):

WinSnap Menu in High DPI - Old Version

After (version 3.1.5):

WinSnap Menu in High DPI WinSnap Menu in High DPI

Plus, there were a few issues with the settings dialogs - they are also fixed.

Print Images - Landscape Mode

Finally, WinSnap remembers the Page Orientation settings:

WinSnap - Page Setup: Landscape

Bug report on the forum →

Automatic File Names - Reserved Characters

WinSnap now removes reserved characters (< > : " / \ | ? *) from filenames when using %TITLE% and %CLASS% variables. For example, the title below will be translated into "jawa.exe_4004 Properties.png":

Window Title With Illegal Characters

Bug report on the forum →

Region Selection & Multiple Monitors

I have greatly improved the performance of the Region selection mode for multi-monitor systems - especially for 3 or more monitors.

Bug report on the forum →

Changelog for WinSnap v3.1.5:

Download WinSnap v3.1.5 (32-bit, 64-bit, portable)

Posted by Alexander Avdonin on 04-Jan-10 03:39

NTWind Software - Looking Back At 2009

Time goes by so fast - 2010 is coming very soon! As the year draws to a close, let me take a look back at 2009 and recap the most important releases of the year.

February 2009 - WinSnap 3.0: Ultimate Screen Capture

WinSnap 3 has introduced a new interface, reflection image effect, ability to clear Aero background under Vista and much more.

WinSnap 3 - Main Window

WinSnap Screenshots & Feature Highlights →

April 2009 - WindowSpace 2.0: Windows 7 Like Actions for XP and Vista

WindowSpace 2.0 has allowed users to manage windows in a much more convenient way. Its Snap-To-Side feature is similar to the new Aero Snap feature in Windows 7.

WindowSpace - Snap-To-Side Feature

Snap-To-Corners feature:

WindowSpace - Snap-To-Corners Feature

What's New In WindowSpace 2.0 →

June 2009 - WinSnap 3.1: Support for Windows 7 and New Taskbar

WinSnap 3.1 has added support for Windows 7 and its new Taskbar/Superbar:

Rounded corners in Windows 7 Rounded corners in Vista
Rounded corners in Windows 7 Rounded corners in Windows Vista
Windows 7 - Task List

WinSnap - Screen Capture For Windows 7 →

July 2009 - Hidden Start 3.0: Start Non-Elevated Apps From Elevated

Hstart 3.0 has provided an easy and native way to start non-elevated applications from a command line or a batch file, even if the command line process is elevated (runs under admin).

Hidden Start - 64-Bit Edition

Hidden Start Homepage & Examples →

September 2009 - VistaSwitcher 1.0: Brand New Alt-Tab for XP, Vista, 7

TaskSwitchXP was good, but it looks a bit outdated now. VistaSwitcher has inherited the best features of its predecessor, provided a new look and support for Vista and 7.

VistaSwitcher - New Task Switcher

VistaSwitcher - Brand New Alt-Tab Task Switcher →

More releases are coming in 2010. I wish everyone a Happy New Year!!!

Posted by Alexander Avdonin on 31-Dec-09 08:13

VistaSwitcher 1.1.1 - Several Minor Enhancements

The final 2009 release of VistaSwitcher includes 18 language files. If you want to translate VistaSwitcher into a new language or improve the existing translation, please see the Language Files forum threads.

VistaSwitcher Languages

Changelog for VistaSwitcher 1.1.1:

Download VistaSwitcher 1.1.1 (32-bit and 64-bit)

Posted by Alexander Avdonin on 29-Dec-09 14:54

WindowSpace 2.0.9 - Compatible With Windows 7 Now

I'm very glad to inform you that WindowSpace officially supports Windows 7 now. On the first run, the setup program ensures that WindowSpace settings won't conflict with or overshoot the system settings.

Resource Monitor recognizes WindowSpace as Windows 7 compatible application:

WindowSpace - Windows 7 Compatibility

WindowSpace hotkeys do not conflict with the new Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts:

WindowSpace Hotkeys - Windows 7

Changelog for WindowSpace 2.0.9:

Download WindowSpace 2.0.9 (32-bit and 64-bit)

Posted by Alexander Avdonin on 29-Dec-09 05:22

VistaSwitcher 1.1.0 - Now In 14 World Languages

I would like to thank everyone who took the time to translate VistaSwitcher and submit the translation on the forum. Now, if you are installing VistaSwitcher the first time, you'll be prompted to choose the installer language:

VistaSwitcher - Choose Language

Interested in helping? How to translate VistaSwitcher →

Changelog for VistaSwitcher 1.1.0:

Download VistaSwitcher 1.1.0 (32-bit and 64-bit)

Posted by Alexander Avdonin on 14-Dec-09 09:02

VistaSwitcher 1.0 Final - New Logo, MUI and More

I'm very glad to inform you that VistaSwitcher is out of the beta phase and is now a live product. I put much effort into the development to make VistaSwitcher as fast and reliable as it is. I really hope you enjoy it and find it useful!

New Logo & Application Icon

Finally, VistaSwitcher gets a new redesigned logo, desktop and tray icons:

VistaSwitcher - New Logo

New application icon:

VistaSwitcher - Preferences Icon

New tray icon:

VistaSwitcher - Tray Icon

Welcome Message

Right after installing VistaSwitcher, you'll see the following message in the system tray:

VistaSwitcher - Welcome Message

Multilingual User Interface

This is the first version of VistaSwitcher that supports third-party translations:

VistaSwitcher - Language Files

If you want to translate VistaSwitcher into your native language, please see the dedicated forum thread - Language Files for VistaSwitcher.

Changelog for VistaSwitcher 1.0.9:

Download VistaSwitcher 1.0.9 (32-bit and 64-bit)

Posted by Alexander Avdonin on 30-Nov-09 15:28

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