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DF TaskBar not Windows 7 yet

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While DF is still the best option for a Windows 7 user, I am also disappointed in how different the DF Taskbar features remain from Windows 7.

1. When you right-click a taskbar icon, Windows 7 puts up a new custom taskbar menu. No matter how long you wait, the application window preview will never show up with the menu open - DF will put the preview over the application's right-click menu, which looks and functions poorly.

2. Without the custom taskbar menu, DF taskbars can't support jump lists, pin this program or close all windows shortcuts.

3. When a preview pane is open for a group, clicking X to close a window should not close the preview pane unless the last icon is closed in the group. When a preview pane is open for a single icon, clicking X to close the window should not close the preview pane, but show the preview for the next or previous icon remaining.

4. Aeropeek isn't implemented.

5. In the preview pane, the Window title should show above each window preview, preceded by the Window icon, instead of showing up beneath the preview after you hover over it.

6. Grouped icons should use the proper group icon, and not the foremost window's icon in the taskbar.

7. Windows 7 preview panes use a much more sophisticated animation than the DF taskbar (a simultaneous fade in/slide down into view instead of a fade in/unrolling).

8. Right-clicking a preview should open the applications system menu and bring the application to the foreground like right-clicking a single-icon does on the DF taskbar.

And, a nice extension to the Win7 taskbar would be a send to other monitor button next to the close button.

Some things to do for 3.4
Feb 16, 2011  • #1
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Version 3.3 is a big step forward, and I intend to make it more Windows 7-ish with each version. I'll us your list as a reference for future betas, thanks.
Feb 28, 2011  • #2
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If reference to point #6 - an example would be while grouping outlook windows, when a reminder pops up, the reminder icon pops in front of the outlook icon. The outlook icon should be persistent. Perhaps, the icon should blink (like native win7) when an alert/dialog pops to life? Either way, the reminder icon should not appear in front of the outlook icon.

I would also like to cast a vote for point #4 (AeroPeek). I find this a highly useful feature in win7, as I have lots of individual program's windows open during web development (i.e. firefox, putty, etc.)

Point #7 would be a nice addition as well. It would lend to a more consistent user experience across monitors. That is the last vote on my list

Other than that, very nice job on implementing some of the other requested features.

Keep up the great work!
Jun 16, 2011  • #3
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We have made some more improvements in the 3.4.0 betas to the thumbnail previews and taskbar icons.

- The Outlook icon now always stays the same when grouped (matches the Windows 7 taskbar behaviour).
- The thumbnail previews are visually more like the Windows 7 taskbar

We'll see what kind of adjustments can be made to make the preview animation match the Windows 7 taskbar better as well. We're also still working on the pinned items and jumplists.

Jun 16, 2011  • #4
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These changes are brilliant. Love how it is progressing.

I also just noticed that the preview window highlight is not transparent and a different color compared to the Windows 7 highlight, and that the Windows 7 preview window has a nice drop shadow on all four sides setting it off from the windows underneath.
Jun 21, 2011  • #5
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Thanks! We're working on the transparency colours as well as the shadow and will include it in one of the beta versions as soon as it's ready
Jun 22, 2011  • #6
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Just a quick update: Aero Peek, Window Titles, and the transparency colours are all fixed up in 3.4.0 Beta 4:
Jun 28, 2011 (modified Jul 11, 2011)  • #7
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