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Author Topic: DM2 - Your Windows Mate  (Read 8983 times)

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DM2 - Your Windows Mate
« on: October 24, 2006, 11:18:09 PM »
App NameDM2
App URLhttp://dm2.sourceforge.net
App Version Reviewed1.22
Supported OSesWindows 2K/XP
Support MethodsSourceForge forums
PriceOpen Source

dm2.jpg

Before read this review, please take in mind that English isn't my native language (if someone wants to fix it is welcome) and I'm not so good on writing software reviews (it's my first one).

This software is my right hand in my work day. I'm web programmer, then I have lots of stuff to use, almost at the same time.
DM2 is a lightweight soft that resides in the tray, it add stuff that Microsoft guys forget in the design and usability design.

It's what you look in your tray bar:
dm2_tray.png
(Left icon is the DM2 icon and right is the Virtual Desktops one)

Add functionality to windows like RollUp/RollDown (OS/X thing), always on top, opacity, process priority, and floating icons in the right click menu on task bar:
dm2_alt_menu.png

Also you can add custom combinations of clicks and keystrokes for all the functions including align, minimize to tray, arrange, etc:
dm2_hotkey.png

And you can create global keyboard shortcuts to any function you can realize with DM2, totally configurable.
In example, I have configured Ctrl + Shift + Alt + Z to change to my other virtual desktop (yes, the one with pr0n and that.. jk :P)
And when I shoot Ctrl + Shift + Z it shows me the favorites menu:
dm2_quick_hotkey.png

In this menu I can access to directories that I define or programs directly from anywhere. This is the most important feature for me, because I dont need to go to any part of the screen to select what I want to do. Just shoot that combination and it opens anywhere in the screen.


Another great thing is the File Dialog extender, DM2 displays a button near the New Folder button that shows you the favorites menu with the addon of recent visited locations:
shot0093.jpgDM2 - Your Windows Mate

I've mentioned the Virtual Desktops feature, it's a plugin provided by the same guys. It's like virtual desktops in Linux, you can have many desktops as you want. Really useful to have a life a little sorted.

And finally I can talk about Floating Icons and Minimize to Tray functions.
Floating icons make any application in an icon floating in the screen, always on top. And for Minimize to tray, as it reads, it send any app to the tray.
dm2_floating_icon_2.png

dm2_main_config.png
Configuration window.



I hope this helps someone.
« Last Edit: October 25, 2006, 10:08:20 AM by Dr-Leech »

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Re: DM2 - Your Windows Mate
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2006, 03:02:56 AM »
Very cool!
Thank you for your mini-review. There are lots of fans of dm2 here on DC, and i've tried it myself too (when looking for a virtual desktop tool).
It's good software, and i think you covered important points  :Thmbsup:

PS: please don't link the images to imageshack as we never know how much time it'll hold up. Just attach those to the posts itself instead ;)

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Re: DM2 - Your Windows Mate
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2006, 08:24:07 AM »
ok, re-linking images to my review in my site.

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Re: DM2 - Your Windows Mate
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2006, 08:43:41 AM »
really the best is to attach images..  it's really easy.

(maybe we should even block the use of the IMG tag so that we know for sure images wont dissapear, etc.)

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Re: DM2 - Your Windows Mate
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2006, 08:58:22 AM »
mmm.. I'm a moron..

Can't display the attached images.. :S

When I click on the Inline display attachment, it shows me a [ attach=# ]  and what I need to put in the # ?

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Re: DM2 - Your Windows Mate
« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2006, 09:28:54 AM »
you're not a moron, it just takes a little getting used to, then it's second nature.
this might shed some light: http://www.donationc...dex.php?topic=1996.0

basically, you just stick in those attach things where you want your images, you can leave the # if you want the images displayed in order, or use 1 for first image, 2 for second, etc.

then the key is to actually attach the images to the post using the attac buttons at the bottom of the post.

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Re: DM2 - Your Windows Mate
« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2006, 09:38:29 AM »
great, thanks..

now I think it's ok..
Is fullsize image ok or too big?

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Re: DM2 - Your Windows Mate
« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2006, 09:57:28 AM »
the images are fine.

ps. if you want to show them as click-to-expand thumbnails you can use
Code: [Select]
[attachthumb=1][/attachthumb]

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Re: DM2 - Your Windows Mate
« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2006, 05:52:19 PM »
mmm.. I'm a moron..
No... People are always learning ;)
And it's a good thing we aren't born with all the knowledge or DC wouldn't have any reason to exist and i'd be very sad person ;)

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Re: DM2 - Your Windows Mate
« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2006, 03:51:37 PM »
By the way, DM2 is also mentioned in our review of Dialog Extenders:
http://www.donationc...Extenders/index.html

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Re: DM2 - Your Windows Mate
« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2006, 06:34:27 PM »
awesome.

it was/IS your mini-review that made me download the app and use it.
it's been my third day and I don't think I can live without it now.

saved to my thumbdrive. :D
As an aspiring web developer/designer, it is a constant struggle to cope with my ADHD + Hypomania/Bipolar Disorder.

The slow growth of my web dev projects is eclipsed by my patience, understanding and desire to learn AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE as I slowly progress.

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Re: DM2 - Your Windows Mate
« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2006, 06:38:03 PM »
great, nice to know that like you!