I do have that live previews enabled under Vista and the only truly live Shot it shows is of the activated window.
To understand what I mean, you need to start up say 2 games with action on screen.
Minimize 1 and keep the other focused.
Now, look at the taskbar thumbnails.
The activated gameâ€™s preview is a true "live" shot and shows game movement/stat changes.
The minimized gameâ€™s preview shot shows only a capture from the second you had minimized it.
In static apps such has Office you would never notice that minimized window is an old screenshot not an actual live preview.
So you must load 2 games with constant movement and changes to see what truly I mean.
To catch you up to speed, I am running 7 games concertly and pulling 98% Cpu usage daily and constantly.
I have to focus on each game individually to see what the current status of my individual characters are, to know if itâ€™s time to restock items in my store, see how much $$'s I made and if my pet is starving or not.
However, when I switch game focus there is a high chance that 1 or 2 of the games will jam. Turn unresponsive and black screen.
Yet that character is still online and their store is still operational. I know because I can view the store with another separate character in another instance of the game, but that 1 instance of game is blacked out only on my end.
Really weird. IF I had a true live capture view of all minimized windows it would be a true heaven sent blessing to me.
I have searched, searched & again searched with now more & more refined terms and the only thing that even sounds promising again & again is Visual Task Tips http://www.visualtasktips.com/.
I found yet another newer version, it swears to work on Vista and also says it would be silly to use it on Vista at the sametime, since Vista does have the capability built-in. It installs fine but, when I run the app on Vista64 it does absoutely nothing except sits pretty in the taskbar and lets me adjust itâ€™s settings, to no avail.
I did use Visual Task Tips avidly at one point under XP and it worked very well, but I donâ€™t remember nor realized if it was true "live" shots or not, at the time. Also, I wasnâ€™t gaming back then and would have never noticed.
I do know there is an ALT-TAB wannabee "improvement" to Vistaâ€™s built-in one that is supposed to show live pre-views & was orginally made for XP. Itâ€™s not what I want, but I can settle for even that. However, again the only true "live" shot it shows is that of the active window.
I know Skrommel(sp?) had made a dual monitor app
which showed the other monitor's open apps on the current
monitor which you are using. My PC back then was not powerful enough to run it, flawlessly.
I do still have dual monitors and such an app that Skrommel has already made comes sooo close to what I need
The problem with making this puppy for me is that I am running on 64bit.
Hehe...but I do fully have this new of quad of mine set to boot in auto mode to over-ride the driver signing thingy ;p
Please, I am begging, make a full Truely Live Thumbnail Preview for Vista's Taskbar. Or even some sort of a Live Desktop Viewer of minimized windows which works on 64-bit Vista. I do fully realize and expect such an app to be somewhat CPU intensive.