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OK, guys, I see you like the idea of taskbar addon. The greatest problem for me now is to make a toolbar that really supports Visual Styles, like TrueLaunchBar does.

You could ask the creator of TLB. ;)

But seriously, why don't you release a Beta without

the vs-support, just a plain taskbar addon

to enable us to add menu content to taskbar

(and with it the option to remove/disable the menu from windows frames).

I think that would be great for starters,

allow us to tinker with it, see how it works out.

Because this idea of yours could really fill the gab.

At the moment you got the complete finder-mimics that replace (hide)

the taskbar, come on top of it, need their own systray replacement, etc.

That's a sure road resource hogging.

But with your idea, making McBar a taskbar add-on,

a complete taskbar=replacement doesn't become neccesary no longer.

Besides,

we'd be able to use other taskbar add-ons next to it

(like for instance TLB,

which I couldn't live without nowadays).

Why don't you focus on that first and make skinning etc come later?

I'll vulonteer to Beta-test it instantly, just pm me.

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@ wiebeest

Thank you. Simple version without VS support is in progress, but most programmer's problems are caused by issues of taskbar addon object realization, while most of capturing work remains the same and can be easily ported from standalone vesion. Hook DLL is also to be modified, but it's rather easier. I cant tell when I'll release it (as I'm still in conflict with my parents and have to work most of the daytime and sometimes at night), please, be patient.

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@ wiebeest

Thank you. Simple version without VS support is in progress, but most programmer's problems are caused by issues of taskbar addon object realization, while most of capturing work remains the same and can be easily ported from standalone vesion. Hook DLL is also to be modified, but it's rather easier. I cant tell when I'll release it (as I'm still in conflict with my parents and have to work most of the daytime and sometimes at night), please, be patient.

You know, I really am looking forward to it. I, for one seriously think it would be a better solution thast complete taskbar replacement. I have selfish reasons, because I want to continue to be able to use Truelaunchbar, which I love. But also I think that resource-wise one would better be off adding to the taskbar, that boulding another one next to it (a la Objectbar or the current Mcbar).

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I'll put a mirror on my site.

edit: sorry I uploaded the wrong file :P

EDIT: Uh, you sure this file is safe?

I got the message:

Upload Status

mb138.zip (mb138.zip): Virus Detected; File not Uploaded! (Trojan.PWS.Wexd FOUND)

o_O

EDIT: Login thingy fixed. The image I had wants me to login.

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is there any way to limit the name of the app on the menu bar? for example, it may say:

Xplorer2 - c:/temp/misc/

any way to make it just say:

Xplorer2 ?

or is that too tricky? I know you can limit the characters, but then you would get cutoffs.

brilliant software, got it switched on all the time :)

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EDIT: Uh, you sure this file is safe?

I got the message:...

As I told once before antiviruses tell that there's a trojan in a hook DLL. I personally approve that there's NO ANY trojans in the official distribution package on both my sites (rimmer333 and metalmeltdown spaces at spymac). And I repeat once more: if anyone doesn't believe, that the mcbrhook.dll is clear from viruses and trojans, I can provide sourcecode.

Wuzzie, what did you put into your post? Browser asks me for your cPanel password @needleman.com

is there any way to limit the name of the app on the menu bar?

That's exactly what I was going to do for the very next release. But now I'm focused on a taskbar version. Think, this feature will be integrated into it.

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brilliant.

a problem - my windows Start Menu now has huge stretched icons since I've been running Mcbar. I tried switching themes, changing the icons to "small" in startmenu prefs, but i can't change them - they're stuck as huge stretchy things. Anyone got any idea how i can fix this, and get them back to small icons? (this isn't a Mcbar problem as such, but I think Mcbar caused it)

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brilliant.

a problem - my windows Start Menu now has huge stretched icons since I've been running Mcbar. I tried switching themes, changing the icons to "small" in startmenu prefs, but i can't change them - they're stuck as huge stretchy things. Anyone got any idea how i can fix this, and get them back to small icons? (this isn't a Mcbar problem as such, but I think Mcbar caused it)

Oh, god, how could it happen? It doesn't anyway interact to shell. It even doesn't affect taskbar.

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i have no idea. I'm not blaming mcbar, it just occured the same time. I'll try tracing the cause, until then forget i said anything :)

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update - i fixed it by going into the "appearance" settings and resetting the icons back to 32. No idea what caused that - it hasn't happened again (I'm still running Mcbar). Maybe some other software caused it. Sorry for wasting your time. and thanks again!

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Guys, I really don't know how do you make those strange tricks. bunnybash, it's not the McBar running on your screenshot. You shouldn't keep the taskbar on the upper side of the desktop, when you work with pre-versions of McBar. And on your screenshot is the situation of so-called Compact Menu version of some Visual Style (probably Tiger yours is). McBar is not uninstalled or installed anyway. It affects the system as long as it (McBar) is running, when you close it, all the changes are reverted back to status quo. If you wish to unistall it, close it and just delete the folder where you've installed it (Ctrl+Del keystroke). Read the readme carefully.

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The work on taskbar version slowly goes on. I'm still looking for the way to make it VS-skinned. For now it looks really ugly and has less abilitites than full version. I really can't tell now, when the preview release will be out. Please, wait.

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sorry, currently - no. I'm studiyng the GNOME panel applets (which look much alike MacOS Finderbar elements) to find out how they are built. I'm going to use that knowledge for a new concept of McBar. Most likely, it is gonna be free ObjectBar clone, when compared by functionality.

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