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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23 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.

  8. Jim Love says:

    Are you working on compatibility with Windows 10 yet?
    If not, please do. Or let us know if we need to request a mod to Win10 (through the technical preview program) that will allow us to run it there.
    Thank you.

  9. Jim Love says:

    Thank you!

  10. Jimmy says:

    Hello,
    Would it be possible to add an option to hide tray icons?
    Thank you.

    • RaMMicHaeL says:

      Hi,
      I’m not sure what you mean, but if you’re talking about hiding icons selectively, that’s not planned. A similar feature is provided natively by Windows, why not use it?

  11. David Trapnell says:

    Using v4.5.9.8 with Windows 10 preview build 10074.
    Message: “7+ Taskbar Tweaker: Could not load library (107)” upon start. Also, thumbnail previews are appearing when “Show thumbnail preview (default)” “nothing” is checked.

  12. Thank you for the new version. The thumbnail preview suppression is working, thanks again. I appreciate your keeping up with all these builds.

    The library message is still coming up, which is not a big deal. I have become accustomed to not seeing those previews, and I am grateful for stopping them, so the library message is not a big issue.

    I ran into a little installation complication. I seem to remember something like this before, and I have forgotten the correct procedure to handle it.

    I always log on as a regular user. I only use the admin account when I have to, and, being lazy, I usually don’t use passwords, especially on test machines. First, I used the “dumb user” approach. I double-clicked the downloaded file. Windows 10 took me to a “new-fangled” screen that said that blank passwords are not allowed. Then I tried the “responsible user approach”. I logged off the regular account, onto the admin account, closed the 7+ software, uninstalled it, and double-clicked the new file. It seemed to install normally and the new version came up and worked properly. Then I logged off the admin account and logged on to the regular account. The old version came up. I tried “run as admin” on the install download from the regular account. It told me the new version was already installed, but I ran it as an update. I still got the old version. Then I uninstalled the 7+ software and the settings from the regular user and ran the download regularly (not as admin). It seems to have worked perfectly. I did not get the “new-fangled” screen, it went right to the language selection, as it should. I am getting the new version, and it functions properly.

    I understand how this is happening, but I am not quite sure of the correct procedure, assuming two users without passwords, one regular and one admin, with the admin seldom used.

    Note that on “regular” machines I always have passwords, but this is a “test” machine. I had some new hardware to try, including M.2 storage and an ITX board, and I needed an OS to use on it. I often use the test machines like “thin-clients” with a browser and Open-office, and use RealVNC to access the other machines. This allows me to put the test machine in the most frequently used location almost immediately, which provides more opportunities for testing.

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