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As the taskbar develops a rather femenine trait, the aesthetic conservatives do weep...

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Kilmatead
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I presume the subtle highlighting of the taskbar delineator over the clock and/or start button in Beta 8 is intentional? Umm... no. Just, no.

My tuppence-worth.
Jul 15, 2011 (modified Jul 15, 2011)  • #1
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
It is intentional :)

It's designed to match the native Windows 7 taskbar which has the same gradient effect around the Start Button and Notification Areas.
Jul 15, 2011  • #2
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Kilmatead
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My native Win7 taskbar suffers no such gradient-aberration effects. It's consistent throughout. The only tweak I've done is to remove the silly stripes from it, a setting which DF thankfully respects.

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\DWM]
"ColorizationGlassReflectionIntensity"=dword:00000001

I just use the stock aero theme otherwise.
Jul 15, 2011  • #3
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Could you post a screenshot of your Windows 7 taskbar versus your DisplayFusion taskbar?

Here's what my taskbars look like, DisplayFusion on the top and Windows 7 on the bottom. I took those with a solid white background on both screens.
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Jul 15, 2011  • #4
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Kilmatead
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Mine's just black on black. (Win7 on top.)
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Jul 15, 2011 (modified Jul 15, 2011)  • #5
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Please forgive me but could you point out where the gradients are in your screenshot? Both taskbars look solid black...
Jul 15, 2011  • #6
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Kilmatead
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They are solid black - that's what make this issue stand out (for me). I'm talking about the very fine delineation line that separates the taskbar from the rest of the screen. If you take the above screeenshots and zoom in on them in any given image viewer, you'll see that the line in the Win7 taskbar does not gradate at all, while the DF one has the subtle highlighting.

Now in my defence (I don't normally suffer from a surfeit of perspicuity) one might well say "if you have to zoom in to see something, this can't be much of a bother" - but if you combine a black taskbar with a solid black wallpaper, from standard viewing distance this gradation towards the edges appears to be a colour-gradient flaw within the TFT's colour profile itself, which was the first thing I checked. Looking at it all day, and no matter how many times I remember it's intentional, I always think the backlight is causing a visual distortion, or some suspiciously cropped occurrence of stuck pixels is attacking me, if you know what I mean. It's just wrong. And if you rely upon your LCD for accuracy, it's important not to have doubts about its display integrity.

As (like I said) there is no gradating in the Win7 taskbar boundary (at least on mine), it's out of place on DF's (in my meagre opinion). True, there is the usual distortion surrounding the damnable "show desktop" button itself on the Win7 bar, but that's normal. The "line" is otherwise not affected.

At least contemplate a checkbox setting for "No silly frippery-frockery on the taskbar". :)
Jul 15, 2011 (modified Jul 15, 2011)  • #7
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Ahhhhhhhh! I see it now! You've got a keen eye!

We should be able to fix it up for one of the next few betas.

Thanks!
Jul 15, 2011  • #8
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Kilmatead
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Yeah, so I lied about the "surfeit of perspicuity". Eh, what can you do. :)

Thanks.
Jul 15, 2011  • #9
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Haha, indeed :)

No problem!
Jul 15, 2011  • #10
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Found the problem and it'll be fixed in 3.4.0 Beta 9!
Jul 15, 2011  • #11
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