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Author Topic: DONE: AltTab Fingertips v1.3 - 14 Jan 08  (Read 39543 times)
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« on: October 30, 2007, 10:40:28 AM »

I made a small AHK script I thought you might want to use: AltTab Fingertips. Many thanks to ak_ for creating "menu at cursor" idea with FileDraft, which inspired this. It's like alt-tab but quicker. A lot of code comes from my PutAside script.

Press a configurable hotkey (F10 by default), and get a menu at the mouse with all the current windows on it. You can exclude processes using the tray menu.

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Changelog:
v1.3 - Recompile, shiny new icon, INI in the same folder as the script for portability, fixed mail address, online link to latest version.
v1.2 - startup message is now only shown once. Added "show desktop|restore programs" option to menu, (windows-d)
v1.1 - allows to exclude processes via system tray menu.

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« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2007, 10:56:15 AM »

..... You can exclude processes using the tray menu.
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Can you please elaborate? I don't see an option to exclude processes from the tray menu.
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« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2007, 11:12:25 AM »

Ah that shouldn't have been in, but it is now with v1.1. smiley
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« Reply #3 on: October 30, 2007, 11:22:14 AM »

Try the new version, I'll change the opening post to amend the download.
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« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2007, 06:23:28 AM »

justice,

Where does it keep its Preferences?  In the Registry? Could they be kept in an INI file in AltTab Fingertips' own directory, please?

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« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2007, 06:41:42 AM »

It's creating an AltTabs Fingertips folder under the users Application Data, and stores the preferences in an ini file called settings. In my case this is C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\AltTabFingertips\settings.ini

I take it you're asking this because you want to run it portable?

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« Reply #6 on: November 02, 2007, 09:18:36 AM »

Found the INI now, thanks.

Essentially, yes, portable would be nice...

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« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2008, 07:58:16 AM »

Decided to try this today...

1st: +1 for keeping the INI in the same folder as the script, for portability.

2nd: AVG reports "Virus Identified Worm/Autoit.LM" - I am sure that this is a false positive, but it would be rather nice if this didn't happen!

3rd: Seems very fast - thanks very much for sharing the script smiley

UPDATE...

I compiled your script on my own machine, with the latest version of AHK, and AVG now likes the EXE!

4th: How about a nice icon for the tray? (Ampa doesn't like the default green H!)
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« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2008, 08:39:05 AM »

Your wish is my command:

Changelog:
v1.3 - Recompile, shiny new icon, INI in the same folder as the script for portability!

If anyone can point me to a resource on how to show the application icons in the context menu that would be appreciated. It's something I'd like to add but will take me too long to do without example.
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« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2008, 08:59:54 AM »

Phew! That was fast!

Testing right now... smiley

UPDATE: Looks great! I love the icon - thank you.

2 very small things...

1) The version number in the About box is wrong.
2) What is the sort order for the windows in the pop-up? Could it be alphabetical, by Application? Or even configurable?
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« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2008, 09:27:31 AM »

1) I was going to call it 1.21 and then changed my mind.. good attention to detail Wink Will be corrected in a future version.
2) Last active windows are on top, older windows to the bottom. If you switch to firefox and then trigger ATF firefox should be on top of the list. That minimizes mouse movement. However I found myself looking for the right line as well (which is why I was wondering if I could add in program icons), what are your thoughts? I should settle on alphabetically?
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« Reply #11 on: June 17, 2008, 07:26:09 PM »

Ryan of Cybernetnews wrote about AltTabs Fingertips @ Alt-Tab Replacement Optimized for the Mouse.
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« Reply #12 on: June 17, 2008, 07:56:09 PM »

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Cool! Congratulations Justice!!

(and nice catch Phil -- always a good feeling to see people on the forum looking out for each other thumbs up thumbs up thumbs up)
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« Reply #13 on: June 17, 2008, 08:55:51 PM »

Would it be possible to show icons next to the list of programs? It is easier for me to notice an icon than to read over and find the window I want.
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« Reply #14 on: June 18, 2008, 04:40:44 AM »

+1 for icon display.

Two more thoughts/requests:

  • Could its screen location be locked, so that it always appears in the same place on the screen?  At present it seems to move around a bit, and I'd rather know in advance where to look for it.
  • Could the hotkey be a toggle?  That is, suppose you press the hotkey and the ATF menu comes up, and you didn't want to do that.  Could pressing the hotkey a second time while the menu is on screen be made to dismiss the menu?  I know Esc dismisses it, but Esc might be far away on the keyboard from your chosen hotkey.

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« Reply #15 on: June 18, 2008, 06:03:51 AM »

Thanks everyone! Woohoo i'm famous tongue You'll be disappointed to hear that I'll NOT be releasing the much anticipated AltTab Fingertips PRO shareware version.  Cry Instead, I'll be looking into adding the icons which would definately improve the application. Also the ability to sort the list alphabetically.

rjBull the menu should always comeup at your mouse pointer, so that minimal mouse-travel is needed to use it. Do you find that is not the case or not logical for you? I like your dismiss hotkey feature too smiley

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« Reply #16 on: June 18, 2008, 06:26:54 AM »

"searching" and stretching for F10 is just as bad as for alt+tab
how about moving the mouse to edge of screen?
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« Reply #17 on: June 18, 2008, 09:10:29 AM »

rjBull the menu should always comeup at your mouse pointer, so that minimal mouse-travel is needed to use it. Do you find that is not the case or not logical for you?

I'm a keyboard person, not a mouser, most definitely not THE mouser(!)   smiley  but I use a mixture of console-mode and WinGUI programs.  So I sometimes have to move the mouse around, then wonder why ATF has moved too.

Maybe there's a script somwhere that automatically parks the mouse pointer at a given location after so many seconds mouse inactivity?

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@ur1sn00per: maybe that makes it clearer?  I use F12 as the hotkey, which is at the opposite end of the top row from Esc.  Alt+Tab is a left-hand-only action.  Using F12 and Esc needs both hands.  Just a minor ergonomic point.

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« Reply #18 on: June 22, 2008, 03:36:58 PM »

Congrats, justice! AltTab Fingertips is the featured Windows download on Lifehacker today, 22. June!

http://lifehacker.com/396...ow-switcher-to-your-mouse
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« Reply #19 on: June 23, 2008, 03:25:06 AM »

Thanks TucknDar I wouldn't have noticed otherwise!  Thmbsup
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« Reply #20 on: July 13, 2009, 02:07:00 PM »

I just discovered this great script  Thmbsup, and several others by Justice.

Can anyone tell me how to over ride the standard Windows alt tab hotkey with this one?
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« Reply #21 on: July 13, 2009, 02:25:21 PM »

Thank you very much smiley This and most of my programs allow you to change the hotkey via the tray icon, did you try setting it to alt-tab? I'm not sure if it works.. maybe Skrommel has written a coding snack for it..
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« Reply #22 on: July 13, 2009, 03:31:16 PM »

I tried to set it from the tray icon but it didn't work.  I also tried to edit the script to change "F10" to "!{Tab}" but that didn't work either.  
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« Reply #23 on: November 28, 2009, 12:56:47 PM »

Can anyone tell me how to over ride the standard Windows alt tab hotkey with this one?

Yesterday, I discovered this script, and I liked it!
But I also wanted Alt-Tab and I think it had some other issues.
So, I changed the code.

Changes by Winkie - 28 Nov 09:
- Added option for Alt-Tab hotkey, see preference window
- Changed layout of preference window (didn't look good at my pc)
- Added timer to automatically kill TrayTip
- Some other minor code-changes

* AltTabFingertips.zip (239.73 KB - downloaded 295 times.)
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« Reply #24 on: November 28, 2009, 03:30:46 PM »

Hey! Thanks for sharing winkie!!  Thmbsup Thmbsup Thmbsup
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