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Taskbar goes transparent

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TomT
16 discussion posts
When set to auto-hide. Can this be fixed?
Aug 29, 2009  • #1
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
What do you mean by transparent? What do you have the opacity set to on the DisplayFusion Taskbar settings tab?
Sep 1, 2009  • #2
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TomT
16 discussion posts
Quote:
What do you mean by transparent? What do you have the opacity set to on the DisplayFusion Taskbar settings tab?


The taskbar starts out the correct color (depending on the theme, etc.), however if it is set to auto-hide, after a while it loses color and becomes clear (transparent). If i reset it to not auto-hide, the color returns. I have been using Ultramon for sometime, and am contemplating switching to your app, btw, Ultramon's taskbar does exactly the same thing (becomes clear/transparent) when set to auto-hide.

Thanks
Sep 1, 2009  • #3
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TomT
16 discussion posts
? Any response to this?
Sep 5, 2009  • #4
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Are you using any other Windows theming utilities (like WindowBlinds... etc)? It's very strange that both DisplayFusion and UltraMon turn clear when set to auto-hide. Does this happen right away, or only after running for a while?
Sep 8, 2009  • #5
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TomT
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Jon,

I'm not using anything else besides DisplayFusion. It happens after a while, and as far as I can tell does not happen if bar is not set to autohide. This has been acknowledged as an issue in Ultramon as well.

Thanks for your help....
Sep 8, 2009  • #6
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
What version of Windows are you using? Can you please post the information from the Troubleshooting tab in the DisplayFusion Settings window? Thanks!
Sep 8, 2009  • #7
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TomT
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Windows 7 RTM (Ultimate).

Here's the info you requested:

--- Machine ------------
Operating System: Microsoft Windows NT 6.1.7600.0
Operating System Version: 6.1.7600.0
Detected Version: Windows7
CPU: x64
Date/Time (UTC): 09/08/2009 03:29:09
Date/Time (Local): 09/07/2009 20:29:09
.NET Framework: 2.0.50727.4927
CurrentCulture: English (United States) (en-US ~ en)
CurrentUICulture: English (United States) (en-US ~ en)

--- Wallpaper ------------
Wallpaper Span: False
Windows Wallpaper: C:\Users\TomT\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Themes\TranscodedWallpaper.jpg (Exists: True)
Generated Wallpaper Folder: C:\Users\TomT\AppData\Roaming\DisplayFusion

--- DisplayFusion ------------
Name: DisplayFusion Pro v3.1.2
Build Date: Sep 03, 2009 22:06
Pro: True
Pro License: 101-KIIU-5O47-WNSW (truncated)
Command Line: "C:\Program Files (x86)\DisplayFusion\DisplayFusion.exe"
Current Folder: C:\Program Files (x86)\DisplayFusion
Performance Mode: True
Mouse Hooks: True
Application Hooks: True
System Hooks Pause FullScreen: False
Process Integrity Level: High

--- DisplayFusion x86 Hook DLL ------------
Path: C:\Program Files (x86)\DisplayFusion\DisplayFusionHookx86.dll
Name: DisplayFusion Hook
Prod Version: 1, 8, 0, 0
File Version: 1, 8, 0, 0
Size: 48,304 bytes

--- DisplayFusion x64 Hook DLL ------------
Path: C:\Program Files (x86)\DisplayFusion\DisplayFusionHookx64.dll
Name: DisplayFusion Hook
Prod Version: 1, 8, 0, 0
File Version: 1, 8, 0, 0
Size: 60,592 bytes

--- DisplayFusion x86 Hook Exe ------------
Path: C:\Program Files (x86)\DisplayFusion\DisplayFusionHookx86.exe
Name: DisplayFusion Hook x86
Prod Version: 1, 2, 0, 0
File Version: 1, 2, 0, 0
Size: 92,848 bytes

--- Monitor 1 (Primary:False ~ Real:True) ------------
Name: \\.\DISPLAY1
Bounds: {X=1600,Y=47,Width=1280,Height=1024}
WorkArea: {X=1600,Y=47,Width=1280,Height=1022}

--- Monitor 2 (Primary:True ~ Real:True) ------------
Name: \\.\DISPLAY2
Bounds: {X=0,Y=0,Width=1600,Height=1200}
WorkArea: {X=0,Y=0,Width=1600,Height=1200}

--- Screens ------------
Count: 2
Point Min X: 0
Point Min Y: 0
Point Max X: 2880
Point Max Y: 1200
Total Width: 2880
Total Height: 1200
ActiveDesktop: False

--- Screen 1------------
ScreenID: 0
Device: \\.\DISPLAY1
Bounds: {X=1600,Y=47,Width=1280,Height=1024}
MoveH: 0
MoveV: 0

--- Screen 2------------
ScreenID: 1
Device: \\.\DISPLAY2
Bounds: {X=0,Y=0,Width=1600,Height=1200}
MoveH: 0
MoveV: 0

--- Managed Threads ------------
Count: 5
ID:3 ~ Name:TaskbarManager ~ Age:2.20:45:38.2141851 ~ Alive:True ~ BG:True ~ State:Background ~ Thread Name:TaskbarManager_ca6c5901-adc7-4117-9b3c-c9e7f3e6006e
ID:5 ~ Name:HookManager ~ Age:2.20:45:38.2111848 ~ Alive:True ~ BG:True ~ State:Background ~ Thread Name:HookManager_b47abd69-e7a9-46df-88d6-d8d25ccaf7bf
ID:7 ~ Name:HookManagerProcess ~ Age:2.20:45:38.1801817 ~ Alive:True ~ BG:True ~ State:Background ~ Thread Name:HookManagerProcess_982422be-88be-42e2-b8ea-05ca72629d10
ID:49 ~ Name:TitleBarManager ~ Age:2.20:29:22.8926627 ~ Alive:True ~ BG:True ~ State:Background ~ Thread Name:TitleBarManager_eeb7765e-fbaf-4b63-b8a0-9271083c13b8
ID:28 ~ Name:Hook:WM_LBUTTONDOWN ~ Age:00:00:00.0310000 ~ Alive:True ~ BG:True ~ State:Background ~ Thread Name:Hook:WM_LBUTTONDOWN_c4c11db9-63bc-4c12-8a31-8ee4f4591ad3

--- Taskbars ------------
Enabled: True
Auto-hide: True
Visual Styles: True
Visual Styles Detected: True
DWM Composition Detected: True
Opacity: 75
Flash Blink: True
Window Options: ShowRelevant
Button Width Max: 60
Sizing Bar Size: 0
Full Screen: None
Count: 1

--- Taskbar 1------------
Location: {X=1600,Y=1069,Width=1280,Height=2}
Monitor ID: 1
Position (Setting/Current): Automatic / Bottom
TopMost: True
Buttons (4):
"Inbox - Microsoft Outlook" (000306e8:000306e8:000306e8 ~ GCL_HIcon ~ None ~ {X=1625,Y=111,Width=1182,Height=804})
"C:\Database" (000b0486:000b0486:000b0486 ~ Icon_Big ~ None ~ {X=1672,Y=100,Width=1165,Height=843})
"msaaChangeNotes.txt - Notepad" (001a1172:001a1172:001a1172 ~ GCL_HIcon ~ None ~ {X=1648,Y=170,Width=1128,Height=864})
"Taskbar goes transparent - Windows Internet Explorer" (00050854:00050854:00050854 ~ Icon_Big ~ None ~ {X=1670,Y=84,Width=1140,Height=949})

--- Deleted Items (4)------------
000306e8:000306e8:000306e8
000b0486:000b0486:000b0486
001a1172:001a1172:001a1172
00050854:00050854:00050854

--- Taskbar Items ------------
"DisplayFusion Pro ~ Settings" (0048188a:0048188a:0048188a ~ None ~ {X=300,Y=292,Width=999,Height=615})
"Taskbar goes transparent - Windows Internet Explorer" (00050854:00050854:00050854 ~ None ~ {X=1670,Y=84,Width=1140,Height=949})
"Inbox - Microsoft Outlook" (000306e8:000306e8:000306e8 ~ None ~ {X=1625,Y=111,Width=1182,Height=804})
"C:\Database" (000b0486:000b0486:000b0486 ~ None ~ {X=1672,Y=100,Width=1165,Height=843})
"msaaChangeNotes.txt - Notepad" (001a1172:001a1172:001a1172 ~ None ~ {X=1648,Y=170,Width=1128,Height=864})
"Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio" (00010ae2:00010ae2:00010ae2 ~ None ~ {X=0,Y=0,Width=1600,Height=1197})

--- TitleBar Buttons ------------
Enabled: True
DisplayFusion Caption Button Size: {Width=43, Height=26}
System Caption Button Size: {Width=43, Height=26}
Count: 3
"Inbox - Microsoft Outlook" (000306e8 ~ {X=1625,Y=111,Width=1182,Height=804} ~ {X=2601,Y=111,Width=55,Height=20} ~ Visible:False ~ Process:x86)
"DisplayFusion Pro ~ Settings" (0048188a ~ {X=294,Y=286,Width=1011,Height=627} ~ {X=1162,Y=286,Width=55,Height=20} ~ Visible:True ~ Process:x64)
"Taskbar goes transparent - Windows Internet Explorer" (00050854 ~ {X=1670,Y=84,Width=1140,Height=949} ~ {X=2604,Y=84,Width=55,Height=20} ~ Visible:True ~ Process:x86)
Sep 8, 2009  • #8
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Excellent - thanks! The next time it happens, can you post a screenshot of your desktop? I'd like to see exactly what it looks like when it happens, so I can try to narrow down what's causing it. I can't seem to replicate the problem here. Thanks!
Sep 8, 2009  • #9
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TomT
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Here you go....
• Attachment: TransparentTaskBar.jpg [22,294 bytes]
TransparentTaskBar.jpg
Sep 8, 2009  • #10
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TomT
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Here's the main monitor taskbar...
• Attachment: NonTransparentTaskbar.jpg [38,252 bytes]
NonTransparentTaskbar.jpg
Sep 8, 2009  • #11
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Can you take a screenshot of your Windows color settings? Also, are you using font scaling at all? It looks like the icons on the Windows taskbar are bigger than the DF taskbar. Thanks!
Sep 8, 2009  • #12
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TomT
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Hi Jon,

I am using font scaling (125%). Here is a screen shot of color settings....
• Attachment: ColorSettings.jpg [250,472 bytes]
ColorSettings.jpg
Sep 8, 2009  • #13
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harolds
2 discussion posts
Having the same problem, same version of windows, and font scaling is default.
Sep 8, 2009  • #14
John L. Galt's profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Jon, I have Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit RTM and I have enabled Auto hide on both Windows TB and the DF TB to see if I can cause this to occur. I have a theory, but I want to check a couple of things first before I am sure....
I am I.
Sep 9, 2009  • #15
John L. Galt's profile on WallpaperFusion.com
OK, I have been actively using this computer the entire time with the DF TB and Windows TB both auto hidden. The DF TB has *not* gone transparent (not anymore so than it already is).

Now to put my theory to the test....
I am I.
Sep 9, 2009  • #16
John L. Galt's profile on WallpaperFusion.com
I put the computer to sleep, and 15 minutes later came back to it - I still cannot reproduce it. -(
I am I.
Sep 9, 2009  • #17
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TomT
16 discussion posts
Have changed taskbar to NOT auto-hide, and it does not go transparent.
Sep 9, 2009  • #18
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Kevin F.
450 discussion posts
Struggling to reproduce here as well. Tom, what is the opacity set to for the DF taskbar?
Sep 9, 2009  • #19
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harolds
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I change the Opacity (any number) and it will work for a while, but for an unknown reason (can't figure out what/why) it goes back to transparent.
Sep 9, 2009  • #20
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TomT
16 discussion posts
Have tried different opacities, right now 75%, have also used 100%
Sep 10, 2009  • #21
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Saturn2K
36 discussion posts
Same thing is happening to me too. My color is currently set to the default blue color. There's no font scaling either. If it matters, I'm using the latest nvidia drivers on a 9800GT card, 190.62.

I can reliably reproduce this error. The problem isn't dependent on how many times you make it show. The problem happens when I use the aero peek to look at open windows or view the desktop. However, Flip3D doesn't cause it to happen and neither does that effect you get when you drag a window to the edge of the monitor (you know, the maximize thing where you see a translucent outline).

--- Machine ------------
Operating System: Microsoft Windows NT 6.1.7600.0
Operating System Version: 6.1.7600.0
Detected Version: Windows7
CPU: x64
Date/Time (UTC): 09/12/2009 21:16:43
Date/Time (Local): 09/12/2009 17:16:43
.NET Framework: 2.0.50727.4927
CurrentCulture: English (United States) (en-US ~ en)
CurrentUICulture: English (United States) (en-US ~ en)

--- Wallpaper ------------
Wallpaper Span: False
Monitor #1 Image: C:\Users\Mike\Pictures\Wallpapers\01974_cypresslookout_1680x1050.jpg (Exists: True)
Monitor #2 Image: C:\Users\Mike\Pictures\Wallpapers\01838_motionsenses_1680x1050.jpg (Exists: True)
Windows Wallpaper: C:\Users\Mike\AppData\Roaming\DisplayFusion\Wallpaper_2.jpg (Exists: True)
Generated Wallpaper Folder: C:\Users\Mike\AppData\Roaming\DisplayFusion

--- DisplayFusion ------------
Name: DisplayFusion Pro v3.1.2
Build Date: Sep 03, 2009 22:06
Pro: True
Pro License: 101-BRFL-F33D-5EIN (truncated)
Command Line: "C:\Program Files (x86)\DisplayFusion\DisplayFusion.exe"
Current Folder: C:\Windows\system32
Performance Mode: False
Mouse Hooks: True
Application Hooks: True
System Hooks Pause FullScreen: False
Process Integrity Level: High

--- DisplayFusion x86 Hook DLL ------------
Path: C:\Program Files (x86)\DisplayFusion\DisplayFusionHookx86.dll
Name: DisplayFusion Hook
Prod Version: 1, 8, 0, 0
File Version: 1, 8, 0, 0
Size: 48,304 bytes

--- DisplayFusion x64 Hook DLL ------------
Path: C:\Program Files (x86)\DisplayFusion\DisplayFusionHookx64.dll
Name: DisplayFusion Hook
Prod Version: 1, 8, 0, 0
File Version: 1, 8, 0, 0
Size: 60,592 bytes

--- DisplayFusion x86 Hook Exe ------------
Path: C:\Program Files (x86)\DisplayFusion\DisplayFusionHookx86.exe
Name: DisplayFusion Hook x86
Prod Version: 1, 2, 0, 0
File Version: 1, 2, 0, 0
Size: 92,848 bytes

--- Monitor 1 (Primary:True ~ Real:True) ------------
Name: \\.\DISPLAY1
Bounds: {X=0,Y=0,Width=1680,Height=1050}
WorkArea: {X=0,Y=0,Width=1680,Height=1010}

--- Monitor 2 (Primary:False ~ Real:True) ------------
Name: \\.\DISPLAY2
Bounds: {X=1680,Y=26,Width=1280,Height=1024}
WorkArea: {X=1680,Y=26,Width=1280,Height=984}

--- Screens ------------
Count: 2
Point Min X: 0
Point Min Y: 0
Point Max X: 2960
Point Max Y: 1050
Total Width: 2960
Total Height: 1050
ActiveDesktop: False

--- Screen 1------------
ScreenID: 0
Device: \\.\DISPLAY1
Bounds: {X=0,Y=0,Width=1680,Height=1050}
MoveH: 0
MoveV: 0

--- Screen 2------------
ScreenID: 1
Device: \\.\DISPLAY2
Bounds: {X=1680,Y=26,Width=1280,Height=1024}
MoveH: 0
MoveV: 0

--- Managed Threads ------------
Count: 4
ID:3 ~ Name:TaskbarManager ~ Age:2.06:55:58.9202247 ~ Alive:True ~ BG:True ~ State:Background ~ Thread Name:TaskbarManager_a3c630f1-525f-488a-9826-c0f0d6fda150
ID:4 ~ Name:HookManager ~ Age:2.06:55:58.7732246 ~ Alive:True ~ BG:True ~ State:Background ~ Thread Name:HookManager_d5d07781-7cf2-445f-bf86-51129088be68
ID:6 ~ Name:HookManagerProcess ~ Age:2.06:55:58.3332240 ~ Alive:True ~ BG:True ~ State:Background ~ Thread Name:HookManagerProcess_756dd7e4-2220-4e44-aa96-4a39f384fb66
ID:89 ~ Name:TaskbarEnum ~ Age:00:00:00.6960398 ~ Alive:True ~ BG:True ~ State:Background ~ Thread Name:TaskbarEnum_68ef188f-d3c7-4a64-8add-31dea1887413

--- Taskbars ------------
Enabled: True
Auto-hide: False
Visual Styles: True
Visual Styles Detected: True
DWM Composition Detected: True
Opacity: 100
Flash Blink: False
Window Options: WindowsShowsAll
Button Width Max: 160
Sizing Bar Size: 0
Full Screen: None
Count: 1

--- Taskbar 1------------
Location: {X=1680,Y=1010,Width=1280,Height=40}
Monitor ID: 2
Position (Setting/Current): Automatic / Bottom
TopMost: True
Buttons (1):
"House - 309 - Finding Judas.avi [9/24][Subtitle] - GOM Player" (000f0c3c:000f0c3c:000f0c3c ~ GCL_HIcon ~ None ~ {X=2045,Y=344,Width=650,Height=449})

--- Deleted Items (0)------------
None

--- Taskbar Items ------------
"House - 309 - Finding Judas.avi [9/24][Subtitle] - GOM Player" (000f0c3c:000f0c3c:000f0c3c ~ None ~ {X=2045,Y=344,Width=650,Height=449})
"DisplayFusion Pro ~ Settings" (00130eb8:00130eb8:00130eb8 ~ None ~ {X=1045,Y=445,Width=751,Height=501})
"Taskbar goes transparent - Mozilla Firefox" (00160c06:00160c06:00160c06 ~ None ~ {X=-8,Y=-8,Width=1696,Height=1026})
"Untitled - Notepad" (002c0ebc:002c0ebc:002c0ebc ~ None ~ {X=131,Y=225,Width=1260,Height=668})
"Led Zeppelin" (00250146:00250146:00250146 ~ None ~ {X=494,Y=94,Width=1050,Height=627})
"Documents" (00020a62:00020a62:00020a62 ~ None ~ {X=569,Y=169,Width=1050,Height=627})
"STEAM - Saturn2K" (00080392:00080392:00080392 ~ None ~ {X=440,Y=209,Width=992,Height=660})
"IdPlunger.jpg - IrfanView" (000406d4:000406d4:000406d4 ~ None ~ {X=0,Y=0,Width=631,Height=759})
"MSN.com - Windows Internet Explorer" (00020994:00020994:00020994 ~ None ~ {X=39,Y=39,Width=1050,Height=656})
"foobar2000" (00020dd8:00020dd8:00020dd8 ~ None ~ {X=722,Y=72,Width=860,Height=767})
"Wallpapers" (000e0566:000e0566:000e0566 ~ None ~ {X=519,Y=119,Width=1050,Height=627})
"Switcher" (000b0e28:000b0e28:000b0e28 ~ None ~ {X=494,Y=94,Width=1050,Height=627})
"House" (00180d30:00180d30:00180d30 ~ None ~ {X=469,Y=69,Width=1050,Height=627})
"Guitar Pro 5 - Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven.gp3" (00180e7a:0059108a:00180e7a ~ Delphi ~ {X=-8,Y=-8,Width=1696,Height=1026})

--- TitleBar Buttons ------------
Enabled: False
DisplayFusion Caption Button Size: {Width=35, Height=21}
System Caption Button Size: {Width=35, Height=21}
Sep 12, 2009  • #22
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TomT
16 discussion posts
When this gets fixed, I'll purchase DisplayFusion
Sep 24, 2009  • #23
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Can you please give this beta version a try and let me know if it's any better:
http://www.binaryfortress.com/Forum/index.php?topic=1310.0

It handles Aero Peek much better, and fixes a few other bugs related to taskbar redrawing issues. Thanks!
Sep 25, 2009  • #24
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TomT
16 discussion posts
I'll give it a try and get back to you, thanks Jon.
Sep 25, 2009  • #25
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TomT
16 discussion posts
Jon, my license key has expired, and I cannot install this.
Sep 25, 2009  • #26
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
I have sent you a new 30 day trial license so you have time to test this. Thanks! :)
Sep 25, 2009  • #27
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TomT
16 discussion posts
Thanks for the new license. I'll try it out and let you know if the transparency issue has been resolved.
Sep 25, 2009  • #28
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Hi Tom - I was just wondering if you were able to give this a try, and whether it worked or not. Thanks! :)
Sep 29, 2009  • #29
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TomT
16 discussion posts
Hi Jon - I think you've got it... The taskbar no longer goes transparent, thanks. I updated to the 3.1.4.2 beta, btw.

When do you expect this to go out of beta?

Thanks again for fixing this.
Sep 29, 2009  • #30
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
That's excellent news! I expect that the final version will be released in 2-3 weeks, but there's no harm (except for the occasional bug) in continuing to use the beta. :)
Sep 29, 2009  • #31
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TomT
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Jon - one thing you might want to note: tho the taskbar does not go transparent, it is a different color than the main taskbar. I've attached two files to illustrate.
• Attachment: MainTaskbarColor.jpg [1,259 bytes]
MainTaskbarColor.jpg
• Attachment: SecondTaskbarColor.jpg [1,179 bytes]
SecondTaskbarColor.jpg
Sep 30, 2009  • #32
Jon Tackabury (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
The taskbar colour issue is something I am working to fix for version 3.2. It is more apparent with some colour combination's, but because it is a cosmetic bug it has received a bit lower priority than some of the more urgent issues. :)
Oct 1, 2009  • #33
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