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Active windows blinking on the taskbar

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bgever
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I've been looking for a few dual monitor taskbar apps, and DisplayFusion seems to do the best trick.
However, I ran a couple of times into a very annoying issue, and I wonder if this is a bug or missing feature.

Mostly I place my Office Communicator chat windows on my second monitor, so I can easily overview all my chats while working on my main monitor. Usually when I receive a new message, the task bar button for the receiving window would blink a few times orange and then remain highlighted in orange.

This is not happening with windows on my second monitor that have their buttons in the DisplayFusion task bar.
Therefore I've missed some conversations in the past as the buttons appear in the far left of my screen where I won't look all the time.

Please fix the bug or enable a feature where windows that should become active are highlighted orange.

Many thanks!
Apr 20, 2009  • #1
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urza
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*nods*

I'll second this request as well. Let's of chat programs have a "flash on taskbar" feature for when you're looking at a different window, I'd like to see this integrated.
Apr 23, 2009  • #2
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microUgly
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I reported this issue a little while ago. This was the response:
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For the taskbar button flashing, it is high on my to-do list but I haven't found a reliable way to handle it yet unfortunately.
Apr 23, 2009  • #3
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bgever
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I'm a developer myself, so I dug into the topic as my developers instinct told me that this needed a close look.

Unfortunate to tell, but it is fairly complicated and close to impossible to find out this information - whether buttons are flashing or have flashed in the task bar. There are very ugly and very unreliable solutions that you definitely wouldn't like to have in a application that runs all the time. Thank god Jon didn't decide to implement this, and this makes his tool a bit superior to others in which I noticed this functionality was broken.

We can blame it on the other developers in the past who abused the methods to blink the buttons - causing great annoyance to users - that this information is intentionally hidden in the Windows shell.

Let's hope that Jon Tackabury can find a reliable way to find it out eventually, at least a load of other people would be happy to know it too. :-)

And for myself, I guess it is not that hard to have a peek at my task bar from time to time. But Jon, maybe it's good to mention to your users that this functionality is not there in your task bar, so they know the behavior of some apps is not exactly the same as they might expect?
Apr 23, 2009  • #4
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benway
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I, myself, have found a good way to notice the IMs is to assign a slightly annoying .wav file for it, so you don't miss it.
Apr 23, 2009  • #5
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bgever
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This tends to become a repetitive orchestra when used in a crowded office.
Apr 23, 2009  • #6
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
This feature is high on my to-do list, but I haven't found a reliable way to do it yet. It's on the way though.
May 5, 2009  • #7
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bgever
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That's great Jon. I hope you can find a satisfying solution soon!
May 5, 2009  • #8
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
This feature has made it's way into version 3.0.5. This new version will be released in a couple of weeks. Thanks!
May 17, 2009  • #9
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piratesyar
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This might be a superfluous request but the ability to toggle that might be nice; any chance of making that a checkbox? I'd love to be able to put all my annoying blinky windows on one screen and forget about'em
May 19, 2009  • #10
John L. Galt's profile on WallpaperFusion.com
+5 to that suggestion....
I am I.
May 19, 2009  • #11
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urza
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Just downloaded 3.0.5, thanks for adding the highlight. It's not a flash, but it does the job! Now if you could just get the taskbar to match the vista colors I'd be so happy.
May 30, 2009  • #12
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
@urza: Flashing will be coming in version 3.0.6, don't worry. I am actively working on Vista colour support as well for the next release. Thanks!
May 31, 2009  • #13
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frostryder
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@urza: Flashing will be coming in version 3.0.6, don't worry. :) I am actively working on Vista colour support as well for the next release. Thanks!


Heya Jon, just letting you know that I'm still having sporadic flashing from non-active programs on the taskbar with version 3.0.6. I'm using Vista Business, fyi :mrgreen:
Jul 7, 2009  • #14
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
@frostryder: I have found that some programs are bad offenders for that sort of thing. I have an application that I use in the office that constantly causes the taskbar button to blink. The good news is that version 3.1 improves this situation quite a bit, but unfortunately can't fix over-eager applications.
Jul 8, 2009  • #15
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frostryder
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@frostryder: I have found that some programs are bad offenders for that sort of thing. I have an application that I use in the office that constantly causes the taskbar button to blink. The good news is that version 3.1 improves this situation quite a bit, but unfortunately can't fix over-eager applications. :)


OK, am eagerly awaiting 3.1, then :) The programs this happens with are fairly basic, one would hope, although you never can trust Microsoft. :) The flashing happens with Firefox, Outlook, IE, and Remote Desktop Connection. However, I expect it would happen with any program, those are just the ones I'm using most often :)
Jul 9, 2009  • #16
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
In an effort to cleanup the DisplayFusion forum, this topic is being locked and archived because it applies to an older version of DisplayFusion. If you are using the latest version of DisplayFusion and would still like some assistance, please create a new topic and I'll be happy to help you out. Thanks!
Jan 12, 2010  • #17
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