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Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Toggle Fullscreen of Control
« on: October 09, 2008, 05:44 AM »
I've just downloaded FullScreen and I have to say, I'm impressed that it works!

However, I have encountered a problem with it. Each time I use it to make a window fullscreen, it makes my CPU utilization go up to 100% and doesn't really fall back down even when I close the program or the window I'm using. I have a dual-core CPU so it seems to be making the fullscreen window use up 50% of the CPU and then Explorer.exe takes the other 50% of the CPU. I had to restart Explorer in order to bring the CPU back down. I'm on Vista 32-bit and I tested it out using Microsoft Word, Notepad, and Calculator.

Skrommel, do you have the same problem? Do you have an idea of how they made the fullscreen windows larger than the monitor size?

Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Testing tool that fills up memory
« on: October 09, 2008, 03:04 AM »
Perhaps we have different definitions of physical memory. The task manager screenshot does show that I'm consuming physical memory by the task manager's definition.

Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Toggle Fullscreen of Control
« on: October 09, 2008, 02:50 AM »
You can call me either name, I'll respond to both.  :D

I don't know if I can get Autodesk Inventor to display it like in your OP because of that crashing issue. I think we should get Skrommel in on this and see if he has any ideas that can help. Perhaps we could make the static image click through to the original application?

Also, can you post a screenshot of Autodesk Inventor with all the toolbars hidden and try to get the window you want to display as large as you can?

It would make sense to combine Window Extractor and Present This Window, but I found it easier just to program Present This Window separately from Window Extractor so I didn't have to worry about the settings. However, I will combine them in the future.

Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Testing tool that fills up memory
« on: October 09, 2008, 02:39 AM »

Attached is the modified version of the memory stressor tool I posted above. I have made it so that this version is able to consume both virtual and physical memory at the same time. I have also changed it so that it consumes between 50%-100% of the available memory, which I think is more relevant for stress testing applications.

It is still command line based. Usage is the same as before. Use the Windows CMD window to run it.

I have tested the program on my computer with about 2GB of ram. The results are shown in the screenshots above. Note the sinusoidal-like pattern of the memory usage in the Task Manager.

Note that I'm not sure what the program will do if you have more than 2GB of ram on your system and the program itself tries to consume more than 2GB of memory. There is a limit to the amount of physical memory the program can access on a 32-bit system so the memory stressor tool itself may shutdown if it runs into this memory limitation. However, I think it is unlikely you will run into this bug on a 32-bit system. It should run fine on a 64-bit system and should be able to access all the physical memory since there is a larger memory address space in 64-bit.

I wasn't able to find a memory stressor tool that would work for application testing. There were too many memory error checking tools listed on Google that made the search results useless. Perhaps someone knows of an already built tool that can do what the attached program does?

General Software Discussion / Apple Patents the OS X Dock!!!
« on: October 08, 2008, 02:24 PM »
The Register news article: says that Apple has finally received it's patent for the OS X dock and says that it could give Apple the ability to go after imitators such as Object Dock, Rocket Dock, etc. Apple's patent is shown here:,434,177.PN.&OS=PN/7,434,177&RS=PN/7,434,177

This certainly interests me since I programmed Circle Dock. However, I think there is enough differentiation between Circle Dock and the OS X dock that I don't need to be concerned. Also, I know that there is an extensive list of prior pie menu launchers before I programmed Circle Dock so Apple's patent wouldn't apply in this case since there are so many cases of prior art.

However, it does bring concern about all the regular docking applications out there and whether their existence will continue. What do you guys think? Would Apple's patent apply to other docking applications out there?

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