I just saw this come through on the press release cycle, even though version 4.0 was announced on May 5.. I’ve never used Actual Window Manager, but I’ve heard some good things about it. Apparently, many of the improvements to 4.0 were a direct result of Tablet PC user input. I’ll be downloading this tonight to try it out. Anybody have any experience AWM?
Actual Window Manager is priced at $39.95 and a 60 day trial is available at http://www.ActualTools.com/
Here is the press release:
Actual Window Manager 4.0 Improved for Tablet PC
New Actual Window Manager has a coupled Stay-on-Top and Rollup feature, ability to change priority status dynamically and unroll a window automatically when it becomes active
Actual Tools, a leading innovator in system enhancements technologies, has announced the release of Actual Window Manager 4.0, a suite of 40 tools to organize the desktop for convenient computing. The new version comes as a response to the requests and suggestions from Tablet PC owners who use Actual Window Manager as a productivity tool on their handheld computers. Many of them were inspired to adopt this software after it had been examined and recommended by Jeff Van West in his article “Actual Window Manager is Must-Have Software on a Tablet PC.” Mr. West is the author of Tablet PC Quick Reference by Microsoft Press and a regular columnist on the Microsoft Expert Zone website.
Tablet PC owners know its pocket size is a real godsend especially if you often find yourself on the road and need a computer close at hand. However its small size often turns into its weakness when you have to multitask with more than one window at a time. Its small screen is not particularly good for it. Fortunately, you can use Actual Window Manager to overcome this weakness. Upon this tool’s installation, you will gain an ability to handle windows in new ways – pin them on top of other windows, roll them up like blinds so that only the title bar is shown and make them semi-transparent. These new options are very good when you need to drag and drop data from one window to another, or need a quick peek at the window below the pinned one.
What’s New in Version 4.0?
New options in Actual Window Manager 4.0 are aimed at making the use of Tablet PC even more effective and convenient for its owners. Now, the Rollup and Stay-on-Top controls are coupled together and applied to a window with a single tap. Rolled and pinned window doesn’t get in the way, yet remains always at hand. Another good feature in version 4.0 is an ability to unroll a window automatically when it becomes active. This means you can start working with it immediately. A small screen size is not the only feature where Tablet PC fails to deliver. Compared to desktop computers, it has a low processing power. Therefore its owners will be pleased to be able to change the priority level for an application dynamically, giving more system resources and power to those applications which you are currently working with. Additionally, the engineers have optimized and increased the performance of Actual Window Manager itself.