WindowTop v5 has been released!

After a lot of work of rewriting the whole software in C# (Instead of AutoIt as before), we finally happy to announce the next big version of WindowTop!

What new in v5.x.x?

1. Modern UI is now everywhere!

In v4, we introduced a new modern toolbar. but the old UI was still there.

From v5, we get a fresh UI:

New modern tray menu:

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Modern Shrink context menu:

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New modern settings window:

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2. More hotkeys

The following hotkeys added:

  • Shrink all non minimized windows
  • Minimize all shrunk windows to the taskbar
  • Disable Shrink mode for all windows
  • Minimize all windows

List of all hotkeys:

3. More macros

Added:

  • Untop all windows
  • Minimize all windows

All macros that affects all Windows listed here:

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Any of these options can also have hotkey.
You can configure hotkey via the hotkeys page under settings page

4. Improvements for the Shrink feature

Fixed bugs that you see “Shrink box” in the program switcher (When you press ALT+TAB).
In the old version you see it here:

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In the new version, you will no longer see the shrink-box when you do alt+tab
In addition, the Shrink feature works much faster and better.

5. Better dark/reading mode and Glass mode

In v5, the dark/reading mode will work faster and consume less CPU power due to optimizations we made

More configurations

Added option to enable/disable the filter images option for dark-mode and glass effects:

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This is usefull to improve performences

6. And much more other improvements!

There is no way I can document 5 months of work 🙂
There are more other improvements that I may forgot to list.

How to watch videos while working (PIP Mode)

Do you want to watch your favorite content while working?
In case you have one screen, you are lack of options unless you using WindowTop Shrink feature.

The shrink feature in WindowTop unlocks the ability to enable PIP mode (Picture in Picture mode) for any window.

Let us see some good video that shows you this:

Before you can use this Shrink feature as shown in the video, you need to start 30 days trial or activate WindowTop (The free version of this feature is very limited)
After you are done with that, you can start enjoying this feature!

Activating the Shrink mode / PIP mode without hotkey

To activate the Shrink mode, move the mouse above the window and click on the “Shrink” button as shown in the gif below:

Activating the Shrink mode / PIP mode using a hotkey

To activate Shrink mode with a hotkey, press ALT + Q.

You can change the hotkey at any time via hotkey settings:

Resizing the shrinked window

You can resize the window as shown in the gif below:

Making the shrinked window to be “ghost”

Until now we ware able to only use the space on the screen to view the video. But the space on the screen taken by the shrinked window does still not allow us to work on that space.

For this comes handy the 2 other features – the opacity and click-through features.

With the opacity, you can see at once the videos and the content behind the video, and with the click-through feature, you can work on that space behind the video.

  1. Resize the shrinked window

At this point, a warning will pop up, saying that the window will not be responsible. Instead, you will not be able to interact with the window but only with the content behind the window.

This is normal since this is what we want here so click the OK button to continue.

As you can see, now you can watch your favorite video while working on the space that the shrinked video takes.

Enjoy!

How to make your IDE or Code Editor with transparent background

Are you a web developer, or maybe some programmer that wants a little more nice background for the IDE other than the boring black or white?
Or maybe you want to see your website while viewing the code on the same screen?

If the answer to one of these questions is Yes, this guide is for you!

Video that show you what you will get:


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Preparations

Before we begin, we need to make sure that you have:

NVIDIA GPU with CUDA support

מכירת מוצרי מותג NVIDIA מ ₪787 בחנות מקוונת TopMarket ישראל.

In order that this transparency feature will work well, WindowTop makes use of the NVIDIA graphics card with Cuda support. 
All modern NVIDIA graphics cards have Cuda support.

To know if your GPU support Cuda, please refer to:

https://www.geforce.com/hardware/technology/cuda/supported-gpus?field_gpu_type_value=All

WindowTop Pro v3.4.5 or newer

Only from version v3.4.5 the transparency feature should be well developed and can be used in daily usage.
This feature is included only if WindowTop is activated so you will have to buy it or you can start 30 days trial for FREE 

Windows 10 version 2004 or newer

You will have to update Windows 10 to version 2004 or newer in order that this feature will work.

WindowTop is configured correctly

before you start, you need to make sure that the “Aero” feature is enabled:

And that it uses NVIDIA GPU acceleration for this feature:

Both check box must be selected

After you verified that the configurations are correct you can start to use this feature on text/code editor.

Enabling Transparency

1. Open your IDE / Text Editor
2. Move the mouse to the top of the window

3. Click on the “Aero” icon

You will see that the window will now look like this:

Adjusting Transparency

You can adjust a few transparency parameters as needed. 

The most used parameters are

Blur Level

Brightness Level

Background

Dark Background

You may also want to use other parameters such as the text parameter to reduce the brightness of the text.

Configuring Transparency HotKey

You may want to enable/disable this effect using a hotkey. 

To do this follow the steps:

  1. Right-click on WindowTop tray icon
  2. Click on: 
  1. Configure the hotkey for example like in the image

To enable the effect on any window, press the hotkey you configured.
To disable the transparency effect on the window, press the hotkey again.