v5.22.5

What’s new?

We are happy to introduce the updated version of the crop feature. 🙂
Now, it is possible to crop a window directly without first putting it in PiP (Picture in Picture) mode.

  • You can even interact with the crop view using your mouse and keyboard. 🙂
  • You can update and modify the crop region on the fly via the native window or directly from the PiP view
  • You can also use a shortcut key to toggle crop and modify it (not shown in the video)

See the following short video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tUwFFwrCO24

Major updates (from v5.22.0):

New features

  • Ability to crop window directly without setting it first in PIP mode (#313)

Cropping some text and typing.webm

Cropping and adjusting on the fly and controlling window.webm

  • Ability to adjust the crop from the original window

Showing how we can adjust the crop from the native window in addition to the PIP window.webm

Note: To use this feature, you need to activate the option “Show original window” via settings or via the toolbar here
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Improvements

  • Anchors will also appear for PIP windows with an additional icon that indicates their state

When the underlying window is in a PIP state:
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When the underlying window is in CROP (or PIP+CROP) state:
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In its regular state, the anchor will appear as usual (no PIP / CROP icon on it)

Showing how anchors behave when they show PIP or Croped window.webm

  • Added option to configure the hidden behavior when you crop a window – you can configure it not to hide the window or to hide it.
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• You can configure it from settings under PiP & Crop tab

settings - crop toggle

• Global exception handler – added more information in the error window

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• Added toggle to configure enabling the Crop button in toolbar

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  • The toolbar settings now include an easy way to set up hotkeys per each button
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• When the user tries to choose a hotkey that is already assigned to another action, the app will ask if you wants to unassign the previous action and use that hotkey for the new action. Before that, it only said that the hotkey was unavailable.

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• The app will display any hotkey already used by another program in red and notify the user. Previously, it did not do this.

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Bugfixes

  • Fixed bug that some windows with empty titles are ignored (e.g., Discord window) (#320)
  • Fixed bug when enabling PiP mode on Discord shared screen window, that the content of the window in the PiP view may become black (#320)
  • Fixed DPI bug in the always-on-top border that sometimes the border position is wrong
  • DPI bugfixes for PiP and Crop

    • Fixed bug that when resizing the source window of the PIP view, the PIP view size and ratio were not updated to the updated size and ratio of the source window

Before

PIP – Fix source win resize – Before.webm

After (Fixed)

PIP – Fix source win resize – After.webm

  • Improved app stability by removing almost all thread-locking mechanisms and replacing them with a less drastic approach. Freezing is now a very rare case
  • Added recovery logic that triggers in case the app is unable to exit (frozen in exit); in the worst-case scenario – after 30 seconds the app will kill itself
  • Fixed bug in PIP that when you minimize the PIP window (directly from PIP mode), the window was not minimized correctly (#314)
  • Fixed bug that when having an anchor of a PIP view of an elevated window, the anchor shows the icon of WindowTop with the wrong title
  • Fixed bug with PIP crop selector and anchors that sometimes, while dragging the selected crop region, it may drag the anchor
  • Fixed hotkey bug for PIP that the hotkey did not work for PIP view owned by elevated window
  • Fixed bug in PIP + Interact mode that the mouse scroll working only after the mouse entered the PIP window a second time
  • Fixed PIP recovery logic when the program crashes while having PIP view to an elevated window. In such case, when you open the program again, it will able to recover that window
  • Code optimization that may improve performance
  • Fixed a few bugs in the hotkeys settings UI
  • Fixed bug in PiP with the mouse-hover-preview when live preview is disabled
  • Improve and stabilize the core logic of the window-manager system in WindowTop (make it more stable and optimized)
  • Improve, stabilize, and optimize part of the core logic of the anchors system. This may fix some bugs and improve behavior.
  • Fixed bug in Anchors that after moving the window to another screen, the anchor was still located on the previous screen
  • Fixed UI bug in the crop selector toolbar when the Windows theme is in light mode

Changes

  • [PiP – Picture-in-Picture] Added “Spotify.exe” and “Slack.exe” to the default list of applications where the mouse interaction is enabled by default when activating PIP mode (these apps work perfectly with the mode)
  • [Toolbar] Removed the “Disable when maximized” option when showing it on PIP view (PIP can’t be maximized)
  • [Settings – Quick Start / Wizard] Set on top tab renamed to “Always on Top”
  • [Settings – Quick Start / Wizard] The PiP tab was reorganized from the most useful feature to the least useful
  • [Settings – Quick Start / Wizard] The PiP tab name was renamed to “PiP & Crop”
  • [Settings – Hotkeys] Page adjusted for the Crop hotkey (now possible to run it on a native window instead of having to go to PIP mode first. so now the hotkey page reflects it)
  • [Settings – Quick Start / Wizard – Anchors tab] Rename the “None” option to “Minimum Movement” in Anchor auto-move configuration
  • [Logs] Remove unused logs from the Anchors feature

Localizations

New! Japanese localization (available from 5.22.5)

Thanks a lot to daisuke for his great work on helping with the Japanese translation!
Here are some screenshots:

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New! Turkish localization (available from 5.22.5)

Thanks a lot to Doğukan for his great work on helping with the Turkish translation!
Here are some screenshots:

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  • Updated Swedish translation (Thanks to Göran!)
  • Update French translation (Thanks to Ralfou!)
  • Updated Chinese translation (Thanks to Dwhite!)

Minor updates (5.22.–>X<–)

5.22.1

  • Fixed https://github.com/WindowTop/WindowTop-App/issues/326
  • Fixed bug in toolbar settings that when disabling the toolbar, the hotkeys controls also disabled
  • Fixed bug that the app freezing for 25 seconds when enabling the toolbar
  • Fixed slow performance issue in the settings window

5.22.2

  • Fixed regression from 5.22.1 that the settings UI freezes after the computer wakes up from sleep. The regression was caused by the fix Fixed slow performance issue in the settings window

5.22.3

  • Improve logs by adding more information that is needed to troubleshoot errors reported by users

5.22.4

  • Fixed DwmRegisterThumbnail exception

5.22.5

  • Fixed error NullReferenceException that may happen when changing monitor or resolution
  • Fixed duplicate description for the dark mode feature
  • Optimized few notification texts and removed redundant texts
  • Added Japanese translation (thanks to daisuke !!)
  • Added Turkish translation (thanks to Turkish !!)