miniMize – Ditch the task bar, minimize windows to your desktop

2007-11-16_171429 miniMIZE Version Tested : 1.0.37.0 (Public Beta 3)
Compatibility : Windows XP, Vista

Description : The ideal minimize replacement for you desktop widget freaks among us. Minimizes windows to a desktop thumbnail rather than to the taskbar. Handy, neat, stylish, and not too resource heavy.

If your into looking through loads of blogs all the time, you may have noticed recently a similar app called ThumbWin which effectively does the same thing as this app. There are a few differences, which I shall explain at the end of this post. Personally, this one wins for me. For starters, its not a translation, its all in English as standard.

miniMize has quite a bit of flexibility, more so than its rival. You can select from which corner of the screen you wish for your thumbnails to appear with the auto place feature. Naturally, you can still move them around by dragging. It will remember where it was placed for next time just for convenience. The auto place simply makes sure that when you minimize a window, the thumbnail is where you want it.

If your looking for hot key options, then your not left out either. Hot keys can be chosen for cycling thumbnail levels, minimizing all windows and show / hide thumbnails. If you want to keep to keyboard sometimes, you need not fear.

What if you don’t want this window or that window to be minimized to a thumbnail?

Well it couldn’t be easier to sort that out for you. Simply drag and drop target onto the apps window, and you’re sorted. Even has some advanced matching feature, which appears to look at not only the window name, but also the application and class of the window. Helpful, I think so. Neat addition.

Another smart feature in this app is the smart size mode, which works out what the size of the thumbnail should be, and tries to make them all roughly the same size. You can also pin them to 3 different levels, Desktop, Normal and Top. Let’s not forget the App’s icon on the thumbnail, as shown in the screen shot. Personal preference also demands transparency to wind up the style options.

One really great thing about this app is that you can request that it takes minimized windows off the taskbar. Personally, I really like this option, but if you don’t then its not a problem. Only slightly worrying thing was if I minimize a window by double clicking on it in the taskbar with that option enabled, it simply vanishes! oops! I guess that’s why its still beta.

For those of you who already use widgets, you can offset the default starting locations by your chosen variable. However, this works diagonally from the corner. Shame, but I’m thinking it will be improved in the next release.

There are a few other options you can have a play with, but don’t make any real impact on the general working of the app.

Conclusion : Little piece of genius in the making. Really neat, tidy, almost working. Acceptable for beta stage, well worth using already. Add that bit of style to your desktop with ease and make better use of your desktop at the same time. For those who love widgets, this is your perfect addition.

Website : http://aquaria.za.net
Download : PageDirect
Size : 849.40Kb

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~ by relequestual on 17 November, 2007.

5 Responses to “miniMize – Ditch the task bar, minimize windows to your desktop”

  1. […] Windows only: Freeware application miniMize creates thumbnail images of your minimized application on your desktop, providing an interesting and customizable alternative to the Windows taskbar. Similar to previously mentioned ThumbWin, miniMize boasts virtually all of the same features in addition to an arguably improved interface. Several of you who seemed to like ThumbWin reported experiencing a few crashes, so mimiMize might be the replacement you were looking for. If thumbnails on the desktop sound to you like clutter, miniMize won’t be for you. If you like the idea of ditching your taskbar for minimized thumbnails, miniMize or ThumbWin should do the job. miniMize is freeware, Windows only. miniMIZE [via Appaholic] […]

  2. […] Windows only: Freeware application miniMize creates thumbnail images of your minimized application on your desktop, providing an interesting and customizable alternative to the Windows taskbar. Similar to previously mentioned ThumbWin, miniMize boasts virtually all of the same features in addition to an arguably improved interface. Several of you who seemed to like ThumbWin reported experiencing a few crashes, so mimiMize might be the replacement you were looking for. If thumbnails on the desktop sound to you like clutter, miniMize won’t be for you. If you like the idea of ditching your taskbar for minimized thumbnails, miniMize or ThumbWin should do the job. miniMize is freeware, Windows only. miniMIZE [via Appaholic] […]

  3. I wonder if there is anyway to get the System Tray (far right in taskbar) to show the icons as a widget…

  4. how do you mean “as a widget”?
    I may be able to help you out then

  5. Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

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