7+ Taskbar Tweaker: beta versions

Starting from today, I’m going to publish beta versions of 7+ Taskbar Tweaker along with the regular, stable releases.

There are several rationals for this decision:

  • Avoiding bugs in stable releases. This is usually the main purpose of beta versions.
    Two of the tweaker’s most recent releases were followed by a hotfix the day after, just because I missed a minor thing or two. This is also quite relevant to the next point.

  • Minimizing the frequency of update notifications. The tweaker automatically notifies when a new version is available. While this is a great feature, it can be annoying if the notification appears frequently, especially if it appears two days in a row.
    Silent updates were suggested as an alternative solution, but first, they have to be implemented. Second, I’m not sure that 7+ Taskbar Tweaker is the right tool for this feature. It’s a low-level system tool, and it can screw things up, so if something goes wrong you can see it was caused by an update.

  • Providing fixes which affect a very limited amount of users. There are issues which affect only users with a particular setup, a unique combination of options, etc. In such cases, it’s important to provide them with a fix, but it’s not a good idea to push this update to most of the other users, especially if the latest version was just recently released (see previous point).

Some facts about the beta versions:

  • The beta versions have version numbers of the x.y.z.a format. For example: v4.4.5.3.

  • The beta versions do not notify about newer beta versions. They notify about new stable versions, though.

  • The beta versions have no release schedule. I may release several beta versions in a day, for example. Since nobody gets notified about them, this should do no harm.

You can get the first public beta version on the download page.

Posted in Software, Updates by RaMMicHaeL at January 9th, 2014.
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12 Responses to “7+ Taskbar Tweaker: beta versions”

  1. Steffan says:

    is it possible to force pinned icons to stay on the left or right side?

    like with Firefox/IE/Chrome, when you open a page if another pinned item is next to it on the right side, it will push the pinned icon over instead of opening a new window on the far side of all the pinned icons.
    i have the option set in 7+ to not group anything together so that the pinned icons remain separate from the open windows.

  2. Steffan says:

    nvm about my comment, i just found that when i uncheck the “when not grouping, place new items next to the existing ones” option, it fixes my issue.

  3. Christian says:

    Hello,

    I’ve got a feature request. Is it possible to add an option to show the notification area / info area on all screens? (I mean the bottom-right area which is currently only visible on the main screen)

    Thanks!

  4. chami says:

    Hello,

    Thank you for your help. And I am allowed to use the 7+ Taskbar Tweaker 4.4.5.3 Beta.
    On the setting of the dropping.(open with)
    I can not open the folder.(Does not recognize the folder)
    I’m sorry can not be English

  5. DeerDance says:

    I really wish taskbar tweaker would have various oppacity options for the taskbar.

    Default in windows changes also all windows border and if you go too dark you wont see title text of windows and theres no option for title text color

    so best would be only changing the taskbar transparency/oppacity or color.

  6. Brent says:

    Have you ever seen Bins! http://www.1upindustries.com/bins/ a feature similar to this or other type of jump lists similar to Mac OSX would be a great addition to your already amazing program.

    I’d also second the earlier request for color effects. The last thing I want to do is run multiple programs that are hooking into the system, more chance that they are going to conflict with each other.

    Keep up the good work!

  7. JohnB says:

    Very nice tool – it’d be cool if it could add the ability to show more than one clock on the taskbar as well, similar to this tool:
    http://www.1stclock.com/show-multiple-time-zone-clocks.php

    I’ve got an additional clock setup that I see when I click on the taskbar clock, but it’d be pretty nice to have it there permanent.

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