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Tile Switcher

A Mini Application Switcher.

Version 1.2.3
© Lucius Kwok November 6, 1999
Released by Felt Tip Software.

TileSwitcher is a freeware application which lets you switch to another application with a click on a tile. You can also tell another application to quit, or hide a tile from view. The tiles appear in a window which you can place anywhere.

I like having quality in my applications, so for example, when you place the tiles in a corner, they stay in that corner, no matter how you change the resolution of your monitors or move your multiple displays around. Also, I like little free applications, so I am making Tile Switcher free to use. Of course, I still retain the copyright to the software.

Using the Tiles:
Switching applications requires only a click on the tile that represents the application you want in front. A grey bar on the end of the tile shows which application is currently in front.

To hide a tile, you'll need to command () click on a tile by holding down the command () key and clicking on a tile. A pop-up menu will appear, and you can select Hide Tile to hide the tile you clicked on. To undo your hide, select Show All Tiles from the Tile menu. Another way to get the pop-up menu is to hold the mouse button down on a tile for one second without moving the mouse.

Once you have hidden a tile, Tile Switcher will remember which tiles are hidden even after you quit the application. It stores this information in its preferences file. It also stores the position of the tiles in the preferences file.

To move the tiles to another place on the screen or to another display, hold down the option key while dragging the window.

I make no warranty whatsoever, either implied or expressed, as to the correct functioning of this software. When using this software, the user assumes all responsibility for any damages caused, directly or indirectly, by its use.

The idea for this application came from a neat little application called Applicon which puts "Application Switching on your Desktop." It shows tiles which represent applications, and it lets you put the little tiles where ever you want and hide the ones you don't want to see. It's pretty good but I wanted to customize and add features to it, so I decided to write an application switcher of my own.

Changes from version 1.2.2 to 1.2.3:
* Updated contact information.

Changes from version 1.2.1 to 1.2.2:
* Removed repeated calls to InitCursor, which would cause mouse pointer to always appear when Tile Switcher was running.

Changes from version 1.2 to 1.2.1:
* Increased the memory allocation for Tile Switcher by 25Kb.

Changes from version 1.1.1 to 1.2:
* Slightly different Preferences file format, so if used version 1.1.1 before, you may have to reposition your tiles.
* Supports Drag and Drop. Drag any icon from the Finder onto an application tile, and the file opens with the application.
* Pop-up menu. You can Hide Tile, Open Tile, and Quit Tile from this menu.
* Fat Application. Now, TileSwitcher runs natively on Power Macs.
* Display Manager Aware. You can change the resolution of your monitor and the tiles will know to move relative to the edges of the new screen size.

Original file name: TileSwitcher Read Me - converted on Tuesday, 16 November 1999, 18:24

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