Actual Window Guard History
Version history for Actual Window Guard shows you how often it was updated over the past months (starting Jan 31, 2005) as well as 'what is new' information for each update (if available, since this information provided by the author).
v 8.9 updated on Sep 05, 2016
1) Added proper high DPI scaling for Log window, program dialogs. 2) Added ability to set arbitrary folder for configuration files. 3) Improved overall stability. 4) Improved compatibility with Skype, MS Management Console. 5) Restyled evaluation dialog.
v 8.8 updated on Aug 10, 2016
1) Configuration: Back/Forward buttons added. 2) Configuration: Incremental Search box added. 3) Configuration: List of specific Window Settings removed from the navigation tree. 4) Configuration: Global Options subitems removed from the navigation tree and transformed into tabs.
v 8.7 updated on Feb 15, 2016
1) Support of Metro apps in Windows 10. 2) Numerous changes in the main Configuration window. 3) Fixed: Uninstaller showed queries even in silent mode.
v 8.5 updated on Sep 14, 2015
1) Windows 10 basic compatibility.
v 8.4 updated on Jun 04, 2015
1) Fixed rare crashes when unloading Actual Window Guard. 2) Fixed NuSphere PhpEd 15 debugger hanging at startup. 3) Improved compatibility with MAGIX products (Movie Edit, Music Maker).
v 8.3 updated on Apr 22, 2015
1) High DPI support improved. 2) Last used path is saved in the Configuration Backup/Restore dialogs. 3) Fixed: The "Manage Window Settings" window menu item didn't appear.
v 8.2.1 updated on Nov 30, 2014
1) Windows 8.1 Update 1 compatibility. 2) Windows 10 compatibility. 3) Quick Setup wizard. 4) Multi-window configuration. 5) Default window settings propagate to specific settings.
v 6.5 updated on May 31, 2011
1) Compatible with fullscreen Adobe Flash Player. 2) Compatible with Media Monkey. 3) Restrict Placement works correct with negative screen coordinates.
v 6.4 updated on Mar 23, 2011
1) Back up/restore configuration. 2) Undo/Redo commands in Configuration window.
v 6.3 updated on Dec 20, 2010
1) Ability to add standard window parts (like title bar, resizable border, title buttons, etc.) to certain windows. 2) Open Configuration via single/double click on tray icon. 3) Pin to Desktop works in Vista/7. 4) Clicks on standard window parts work in Office 2007/2010.
v 6.2 updated on Aug 10, 2010
1) Regular expressions to detect a target window by its caption. 2) Excessive consupmtion of graphic resources at the high system load under Windows 7 x64 fixed. 3) Move to Monitor at Startup now available in the Default window settings.
v 6.1 updated on Jun 24, 2010
1) Support of administrative tools in Vista/7. 2) Improved support of console windows in Windows 7. 3) Ability to create specific settings from the Log tool. 4) Change Window Icon action improved under Windows 7. 5) Multi-selection edit mode optimized.
v 6.0 updated on Feb 13, 2010
1) Console windows support on Win7. 2) Auto-check for updates. 3) New hotkeys to suspend/resume the program. 4) Place new windows in multi-monitor environments by default onto the monitor which the mouse pointer is on. 5) Many fixed bugs/stability issues on x64.
v 5.1 updated on Jun 30, 2008
Actual Window Guard 5.1 (23.06.2008)
[+] Now you can edit multiple specific settings at once in the Configuration
Module (use Ctrl+
v 5.0 updated on Feb 11, 2008
1) The support for command prompt (or console/CMD/DOS) windows in Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista is added. 2) The full support of native 64-bit applications running on any Windows x64 platform is added.
v 4.5 updated on Jun 27, 2007
[!] Windows Monitoring Log tool is added into the Control Center. It allows detecting newly appeared windows and check, which window rule has been applied in each particular case. Now you can easily solve any configuration ambiguities and detect properties of short-living windows (like tool tips, popup menus etc.). Be careful using this feature: turned on it may slow down your system! [+] The new great long-awaited "Run keyboard macro" feature is added: now you can define the keyboard macro and send it to a certain window at its startup, thus automating some regular initial actions. [+] The new "Change program affinity" feature is added: if using a multi-processor system, now you can control, which physical processors a particular application should run on. [+] The ability to hide the mouse pointer, while it is floating over the specific window, is added. [+] The ability to copy settings from a selected window rule to others is added. [+] The new hotkeys are added: - "Reapply settings" action (Win+F5 by default) - Configuration Module's launch (Win+C by default) - "Unhide" submenu that shows the list of currently minimized/hidden windows (Win+H by default) [+] Now the hotkey status is displayed in the "Hotkeys" panel of the "Options" window: when defining a new key combination, you can see, if the defined combination is already in use with another application or assigned to another action. [+] The new "Keep window caption persistent" option is added to the "Change window caption" feature. [+] Now the balloon tip is shown over the Control Center's tray icon at first start after the installation. [*] The internal mechanism of hotkeys processing is significantly improved. [*] The "Index" window rule panel is updated: now it displays all currently enabled windows settings of a certain rule. [*] The options structure is redesigned: new "Triggers" and "Actions" grouping nodes are added. [*] The "Hide Configuration Module while using Window Finder" option has been moved from General to User Interface. [*] The placement restriction area visualization is improved for non-standard taskbar placements. [-] Compatibility conflicts are solved with: - Quattro Pro X3 menus - GrabIt internal windows - MS Office XP CTFMON.EXE service - X-NetStat application [-] The conflict with the Microsoft Time Zone window is solved. [-] Windows Layout tool now correctly handles maximized windows. [-] Windows Layout tool now correctly handles Photoshop CS2 document windows while working in a multiple display environment. [-] Now the "Configure..." item of Control Center tray icon's context menu is displayed correctly in Windows Vista. [-] The conflict with the IE 7 "Search on this page" window is solved. [-] The bug of incorrect behavior of "Restrict placement" feature in multi-monitor configurations is fixed.
v 4.4 updated on Apr 26, 2007
[!] The long-awaited feature of "smart saving" is added: now only relevant windows will re-apply their settings when the configuration has been saved. [+] The Windows Layout tool is added: it provides the ability to automatically or manually relocate/resize your currently opened windows to keep them within desktop when its resolution is changed (it's very useful when working with the same workstation both locally and through the Remote Desktop client). [+] The long-awaited feature is added: now it's possible to remove the standard window parts like Minimize/Maximize/Close buttons, window icon, window sizeable border, or window caption so fixing window in its current state and preventing its moving/resizing/minimizing/closing. [+] The new Pin-to-Desktop feature is added: when window is pinned it disappears from taskbar and Alt-Tab sequence and can't be minimized in any way so it's visible all the time until it's unpinned. [+] The ability is added to adjust the font used by the Configuration Module (refer to the "User Interface" property sheet in the "Options" window). [+] The ability is added for the "Send Configuration to Tech Support" main menu command: if the automatic e-mail creation is failed then you can save the archive with the configuration files somewhere to send it manually later. [+] Translations to Brazilian Portuguese, Serbian (both Latin and Cyrillic) and Polish languages are added. [*] Run-time memory consumption is slightly reduced. [*] All property sheets for window rule settings are significantly redesigned; the new window rule features' Index panel is added. [*] Now the Configuration Module remembers its main toolbars' placement and column widths in most of list boxes. [*] The Resize Action Options property sheet is improved: now you can copy items and adjust the height of Sizes list box. [*] The visualization of allowed area provided by the Show button of the "Restrict placement" feature is improved: now it displays the semi-transparent green rectangle that shows the area of allowed placement. [-] The bug with Microsoft Project 2002/2003 is fixed. [-] The bug with command shell extenders (like 4NT) is fixed. [-] The bug is fixed: if in multi-monitor configuration some windows were placed to a secondary display, and it was unplugged during the session then such windows are moved automatically to the primary display. [-] The bug with Microsoft Office Shortcut Bar's hang is fixed. [-] Conflicts with Microsoft Office 2007 tool tips and popup menus are fixed. [-] The bug of incorrect window placement to a primary display while it's resized on secondary display is fixed. [-] The bug of adding a new rule to the empty Specific Windows list is fixed.
v 4.1 updated on Aug 12, 2006
[+] Multi-monitor support: the ability to move a window to the selected monitor at window's startup is added. [+] The ability to maximize window to desktop by the right-click on the standard Maximize title button is added. [+] The ability to stretch window by the right-click on its border is added. [*] The work speed and overall stability were slightly improved. [-] The bug with the internal windows of MS Visual Studio 2003/2005 is fixed. [-] The bug is fixed: even if the maximal window size was constrained in the configuration, the Maximize button still had expanded it to the whole desktop. [-] The minor visual glitch with the Excluded Windows list in the right pane is fixed.
v 4.0 updated on May 18, 2006
[!] The Configuration Module's user interface is redesigned totally. [!] Settings file size is significantly reduced comparing to the previous versions. [!] Executable modules' size and run-time memory consumption are slightly reduced. [!] The Help contents is redesigned almost from scratch. [+] The Help system has become context-sensitive. [+] Added the ability to copy window rules. [+] Added the ability to customize an icon for a particular Specfic Window rule. [+] Added the ability to automatically create the e-mail message with the attached configuration file. [+] Window Selector tool form now has the "Refresh" button. [+] Window Selector's "Flash window" indication is improved: now it shows the window border even for a covered windows and also flashes window's taskbar button. [+] "Create/Modify window rule" window menu option was transformed into a submenu named "Manage Window Rule" which provides the following abilities for a particular window: - create a new/modify the existent Specific Window rule - create an Excluded Window rule - re-apply the window rule [+] If a window was processed with the particular Specific Window rule the "Modify window rule" window menu item now indicates this rule's name. [+] Added the ability to customize some user interface's options (like toolbars' buttons size). [*] Now every new Specific Window rule is created using the All Windows rule as a template. [+] Added the "Restore to Defaults" command which resets a particular Specific Window rule's options to All Windows rule's options. [*] The correct scaling of the user interface forms is implemented when using the non-standard screen DPIs. [+] Added the ability to set different settings for the different window events/states for the following properties: transparency level - for the creation, movement, resizing, deactivation, mouse hovering, title bar double-click, "Transparency" title button priority level - for the creation, minimization, deactivation, "Priority" title button [+] Added the ability to provide a shift values when a window is aligned. [+] Added the ability to set the desired width/height values as a percent of the corresponding desktop size. [+] Window Finder internal tool was adapted for the detection of the current window size and position. [+] Added the ability to "freeze" the window stay-on-top state which prevents the application from resetting this state. [-] Fixed the bug with Windows Movie Maker: it had hung after stream capture was started. [-] Fixed the bug with Adobe Photoshop: the image window had lost the focus after selecting any tool in the Tools panel.
v 3.8 updated on Oct 07, 2005
[*] Work with almost all integer-valued entry fields has been simplified. Now, one can start entering numbers from empty line and minus as a first symbol in window position fields is possible. [*] Options Dialog: the disappearance of hotkeys list when all flags are disabled and all "Hotkey" values are set to "None" is fixed. [-] Window Rule: "Window class" criterion's "Substring match" option has been removed. Now the criterion's test is always made as checking a join of "Window class" field's entered string into real window class name. [*] Window system menu: the problem with incomplete activation of Configuration Module when choosing command "Create/Modify Window Rule" was finally solved.
v 3.7 updated on Aug 12, 2005
[-] The "Resize Window" action have been improved. The new version restores window sizes correctly. Also the program works fine with windows opened full screen. [+] Added supports of RAdmin remote access windows. [*] We have improved window class identification. Exact matching of the entered window class with the real window class is no longer required. [-] Fixed the bug that didn't allow the Configuration Module to restore correctly when accessed through the "Create/Modify Window Rule" command of the menu. [-] Fixed the bugs in the contextual menu in the Configuration Module tree.
v 3.5 updated on Jan 31, 2005
Windows Extension Engine is improved. Added "Set Minimum Size" and "Set Maximum Size" actions. Added "Hide Configuration Window when using the Window Finder (gunsight) tool" option. Added "Enable All Rules" and "Disable All Rules" commands. Added context menu for Window Rules. Supports of MFC windows (window class like Afx:X:X:X:X:X) Memory usage and load speed optimization.
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