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Author Topic: Tray Management Utility  (Read 9950 times)
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« on: February 19, 2006, 07:55:00 PM »

This thread is a help for those of you looking for that perfect Tray Managment Utility.
Bellow, you'll find links for the various apps for the job, mentioned in this forum, a brief description of them, and some relevant DC links.
If you know of other interesting apps similar to those mentioned, please feel free to post a brief description of them below, and it will be added to this post.

Relevant posts on DC's forum about this matter:

  Fewer system tray icons?
  Tray Management Utilities Mini-Review

On these posts, the following apps have been mentioned:

  System Tray Window Manager
    (freeware)

  TraySaver
    (freeware, but development stopped)

  Tray Manager
    (freeware, no homepage mentioned)

  Captain Tray Pro
    (not freeware, but trial available)
    Discount available:  http://www.donationcoder....um/index.php?topic=2319.0
 
  The two apps that seem to be the favourite in this matter are:

  SysTrayX
    (not freeware, trial available)
    The good: Good tray icon detection, minimize to tray function
    The bad: not the best-looking interface, development stopped, subscription renewall every year
    Mini-Review available: http://www.donationcoder....um/index.php?topic=2315.0 (By Josh)

  PS Tray Factory
    (not freeware, trial available)
    The good: Simple interface, good tray icon detection, hotkeys for click simulation
    The bad: difficult to arrange icons
    Discount available: http://www.donationcoder....um/index.php?topic=2339.0
    Mini-Review available: http://www.donationcoder....um/index.php?topic=2315.0 (By Josh)


I hope you like this list, and it can help you find what you're looking for cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2006, 08:06:35 PM »

perfect way to start this section - absolutely perfect.

i think having a thread like this, with a list of pointers to relevant posts on the forum that we can keep updated is incredibly valuable.  Thmbsup

(i can see this becoming one of the best features of the forum).
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« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2006, 01:17:40 AM »

fantastic.
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« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2006, 02:47:34 PM »

Well done! Thmbsup
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« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2006, 12:10:18 PM »

I would love to see more pages like this!

But I disagree with the 'Con' listed for PS Tray Factory.  In fact, Hotkeys can be bound to Windows keys, but are not by neccessity.  Here is a screenshot of mine--tied to Ctrl+Shift+X:



The only con I've experienced is that it can be difficult to arrange icons within PS' menu.

Cheers!
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« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2006, 12:16:45 PM »

I would love to see more pages like this!
Glad you like it, there are more coming, i'm just not having enough time to do it.
As for the winkey shortcuts, that con has been taken from the minireview, where that is mentioned. If it's an error, i'll remove it Wink
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« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2006, 08:49:02 PM »

another useful tool, mentioned in this thread.

trayer®
    • shareware, trial for 30 days
    • single-user license is US$12.00

Features:
    • Runs Applications as Icons in System Tray Area
    • Hide Unwanted Taskbar Button
    • Need Securities? Protect It with Password!
    • Hide Window Completely!
    • System Tray Icons Recovery
    • Disable Window's Close (X) Button
    • Keeps Window Always On Top
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« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2007, 08:39:38 AM »

Other ones I used over the years that still seem to exist (i always take a snapshot of every program's webpage with lwa and put some notes. Handy when you think "hmm, what was that tool again which....")

Since this is a "best" thread, only listing the ones that were good enough they didn't get uninstalled within the day...

Tray Devil (freeware) http://jenneboer.nl/traydevil/ - more than just the usual features: minimize to tray, always on top, disable close button, some quick action features (shutdown, launch software). Doesn't always play well with others (hotkeys, after crash). Almost had too many features I didnt use and I don't think it remembered the settings per app (minimising always manual) and i don't think it restored the icons after explorer crash.

tray-it (free) http://www.teamcti.com/trayit/trayit.htm - quick and simple, configurable per app. Quite minimalistic which can be good if all you want is minimize to tray

All To Tray ($10) http://www.dntsoft.com/alltotray/index.html - the usual features again, but this one does remember per app settings and also does really well restoring all tray icons after an explorer crash. That's a feature i love  Kiss

4t tray (free/$20) http://www.4t-niagara.com/tray.html - this was one of my favorites when i was testing those. It's very configurable (per app) an has a lot of nice touches. I would have bought that one except it didnt have the icon recovery function.

I do remember liking ps tray factory a lot, too

In the end I never found one I used enough - and ended up using objectbar which does some of this and came with my objectdesktop membership. Nowadays i get the minimize-to-tray and other windows manipulating options via wirekeys
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