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AlphaXP - Make Windows Transparent
I don't usually have a problem figuring out what category a program
falls in; it's usually a utility, either a system or maybe a graphics
utility, an application or a game. AlphaXP breaks the mold so I'm
creating a new category: "Ain't it cool!"
Cool is what AlphaXP is. While I like to bang the drum on the
"personal" part of a personal computer AlphaXP takes it to a new level
that's both cool and functional.
What's it do? It makes windows transparent ranging from barely able
to see to thing to hardly transparent at all.
This screen shot isn't going to do it justice but here's a look:
Let's look at what's going on. In the upper left is my text editor.
Immediate behind that is Outlook with maximum transparency. To the left
is event viewer, also at maximum transparency and to the right is disk
manager, set at medium transparency. I can see everything that's going
on, even though all the windows are open. Believe me, it's cool!
Options abound; setting transparent mode for a while is achieved with
a three key click (I used the default of ctrl-shift-n where n is 1-9,
indicating level of transparency) plus it adds a new "block" to the
minimize, maximize, close area of application that allows access to
transparency as well.
In addition you get fade effects, menu and tooltip transparency and
toolbar transparency which does a cool fade in when you mouse over the
toolbar. In fact just about anything in Windows can be made transparent.
There are tons more options and a very well done help system that
will guide you through them so it's best to just try it for yourself, I
could go on for pages.
For Windows 2000 and XP only.