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Latest Firefox 3.7 pre-alpha adds built-in Aero glass support

Ages ago, Mozilla gave us all a sneak peek at what the updated default theme might look like in Firefox 3.7. In January, the UI elements finally made their first appearance. Now, it looks like Aero glass support has been switched on for users running Windows 7 and Vista. You can see the change from 3.7 Alpha 2 (top) to 3.7a4pre (bottom). As you can see, it's no longer just the title bar and...

Afloat teaches your Mac's windows some new tricks

Afloat is a handy little plugin for your Mac that gives you more control over all the windows you've got open. Once installed, Afloat adds some new options to the Window menu in most applications, allowing you to do some neat tricks. Here's a rundown of the options, which almost all have keyboard shortcuts: The keep afloat command assigns a window to stay on top of all others. Alternatively,...

Digsby responds to claims of shady money-making tactics

Digsby is probably one of the best instant messaging/social networking applications I've ever used. I'll go ahead and put that bias on my sleeve. Not only does the application let you chat with contacts on AIM, Google Talk, ICQ, Jabber, and Windows Live and Yahoo! Messengers, but it also acts as an email notifier and provides you with updates (and the ability to update your status) on social...

FastAero adds Vista-like transparency to Windows XP

FastAero is a Windows XP utility that adds a transparency effect to some program windows. The effect is similar to one of the components of the Aero Glass interface on Windows Vista: You can see through borders of some programs and more easily see what's going on behind the program window. The utility is an executable file, which means you can unzip the program and run it without installing...

Shell Enhancer's Got Your Hotkeys and a Whole Lot More

One of our beefs with Windows is that there are some pretty obvious customization options missing. Little things, but things we'd use if they were there. Fortunately, NuonSoft's Shell Enhancer packs a bunch of these features into a single 2.5MB installer. What can it do? For starters, it allows you to "roll-up" windows (display only the title bar), make any window transparent, minimize...

Twitter Developers answer our burning questions

Some of our questions about Twitter's recent and well documented downtime have been answered by the Twitter Dev team. This is a nice move from Twitter, and we've watched a slow progression into open communication and transparency happen over the past few weeks in Twitter-land. They've been using services like Get Satisfaction to open up the conversation with those who are passionate enough to...

PowerMenu - added options for running programs

PowerMenu is a small utility that adds a few options to the system menu on any application. This is the menu you get when you click on the icon on the top left of the application's window, or if you right-click on the system's entry in the taskbar. What options do you get? Well, for me the most interesting one is the ability to set the priority of the running program without having to go through...

Vitrite: Lightweight window transparency for Windows

There's a lot of apps out there that will let you control your windows' levels of transparency in, er, Windows. Vitrite's snappy tagline is "useless window transparency since 2002," and it does two things: Lets you change a window's transparency by holding Ctrl and pressing the number keys, and toggle the "Always on Top" mode with another keypress. What's it have to recommend...