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October 8th, 1999

[12:30 PM] Window Control Utility Updated WIth Major New Features

Hyo Ahn has released OmegaWindow+ 1.2. OmegaWindow+ allows easy management and control over window view and placement on the desktop, without ever needing to use the mouse. As keystroke commands become more prominent and commonly used in today's applications, having control over the desktop's behavior from the keyboard becomes a major concern. According to Hyo Ahn:

OmegaWindow+ (OW+) is a mouse-free window manager. It allows you to resize, move, zoom, collapse, close, toggle, restack, swap windows without ever touching your mouse. It relies on user-defined hot keys to provide a consistent way of manipulating a window from any applications and Finder.

Version 1.1 includes the following bug fixes and features:

Bugs fixes:

  • The v1.1 have a quitting problem of a background application. The problem shows up when both Netscape (could be anything) and a MS software are being used. It is now fixed (thanks to Rob Field-Marsham for testing).
  • The v1.1 is not able to share time with background applications when the front application needs an update while the OW+ assistant dialog is up. This problem is fixed in the version 1.2.
  • The v1.1 has a bug which gives the system crash when canceling a "rename window title" in the assistant dialog (thanks to Joris H. for finding it). It is fixed now.
  • Rewrite keyDown event patching routine.

New features:

It supports pop-up windows at Finder. You can use WindowOrder commands (e.g., ToggleWindow or SwapWindow) to pop-up windows (thanks to Rich O'Brien for testing). The v1.2 have two options for CloseAllButFront command if you have pop-up windows. (a) If the caps-lock key is up, CloseAllButFront command closes only regular windows but leaves pop-up windows in the tab mode (i.e., they are sitting in the bottom of screen), (b) if the caps-lock key is down, CloseAllButFront will close even pop-up windows and leave only the front-most window.

You can have an option (caps-lock key is down or up) to apply WindowShade command to either the front-most window or all open windows.

OmegaWindows+ is availabe as shareware for US$25, with a discounted price for students which is US$15. You can find more information at OmegaWindows+ web site.


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