Just Let It Flow

June 28, 2012

Watching the Windows Go By

Filed under: Windows — adeyblue @ 2:57 am

Way back in the mysts o’ tyme, indeed on another site altogether, I told a tale of a little picture-in-picture / interactive zoom tool I was working on. Not a massive project, just a little something that would sit in the corner of the desktop and allow me to play around with and keep an eye on a different windows. Usually I use it for keeping an eye on things from video sites which you can follow without giving full attention or for transcribing things without having to keep flicking back and forth between windows.

Anyway, a whole year and 4 months after it was ‘nearly finished’, I got round to fixing the buggy bits and wrote some help pages for it. Now (I think) it’s ready for public consumption as an Installer, or just a Zip (file hashes are on the info page if you want to verify).

It’s simple to use. You pick an open window
Window Selection Dialog

And you get another window (optionally always on top) that displays the chosen windows’ live client area:
Normal WindowWatcher Window

From there you can interact with the source window just as you would the real one with mouseover effects, button clicks etc. But that’s a bit boring, and with large windows the contents are kinda small, so what you can do is select an area
Picking a zoom rectangle

And be zoomed into that
The zoomed window

Then you can resize the window to enlarge or reduce the size of the content
Enlarged Zoom Area

Finally, you can still interact with the now zoomed and enlarged content. Here i’ve right clicked the link
Interacting with the enlarged zoom

If you prefer to see it in moving action, I whipped up an ‘ad’ for it.

Download Now: Installer or zip.

2 Comments »

  1. Hi,
    are you the person who answered me on the msdn forum about new widows messages?
    If not sorry and discard the following, if yes instead:
    msdn forums seems a place where you can do whatever you want except asking question about windows….
    I have asked about a flickering problem but it seems all msdn guy develop in windows presentation personalization globalization foundation. Do you know a place/forum where there are people with deep knowledge about win32?

    Thank you

    Comment by CodeVisio — September 5, 2012 @ 10:09 am

  2. Cool! 🙂

    Comment by me — February 12, 2013 @ 3:11 pm

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