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    Smile Switcher - A little button app to Alt-Tab between two programs.

    I made this real quick in VB .NET for a friend who wanted to Alt-Tab between Co-Pilot 2003 and Winamp.
    It's a small clearish button that Alt-Tabs between two windows.
    You can click and drag it around, and to exit - right click it.

    You will need Microsoft .NET Framework installed.
    You can download it here: Microsoft .NET Framework Version 1.1 Redistributable Package

    Here's Switcher.zip:
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    Very nice. You jsut solved my problem.
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    Would there be a way to either A) change the level of transparency and/or B) alter the icon?
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    Dang. It doesnt seem to work when switching between frodo and copilot 7. It stays on top but doesnt switch the apps. Bummer.
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    I would have to recompile it to change the transparency and change the icon.

    I didn't make it variable. Again, it was made really quick.

    Sorry, it doesn't work with Co-Pilot Live and FrodoPlayer.
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    Why do you need an external app to switch between copilot and frodoplayer? Just set copilot to show the taskbar and set the res of frodoplayer to something like 800x575. This way the taskbar is visible and you can switch between the apps by clicking on the taskbar button.

    Quote Originally Posted by wkolodny
    Dang. It doesnt seem to work when switching between frodo and copilot 7. It stays on top but doesnt switch the apps. Bummer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Izik
    Why do you need an external app to switch between copilot and frodoplayer? Just set copilot to show the taskbar and set the res of frodoplayer to something like 800x575. This way the taskbar is visible and you can switch between the apps by clicking on the taskbar button.
    How can I choose a that resolution in frodoplayer? I dont see it as an option? Unless you are talking about a custom skin?
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    Change it manually in the ini file (near the bottom of the file).

    Quote Originally Posted by wkolodny
    How can I choose a that resolution in frodoplayer? I dont see it as an option? Unless you are talking about a custom skin?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Izik
    Change it manually in the ini file (near the bottom of the file).
    Doh. Thanks Ron.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Izik
    Why do you need an external app to switch between copilot and frodoplayer? Just set copilot to show the taskbar and set the res of frodoplayer to something like 800x575. This way the taskbar is visible and you can switch between the apps by clicking on the taskbar button.
    Well, having a slick transparent button switching between full screen apps is much slicker looking than having an ugly task bar down the bottom with the start button and the systray/clock etc...
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    Quote Originally Posted by LESLIEx317537
    I made this real quick in VB .NET for a friend who wanted to Alt-Tab between Co-Pilot 2003 and Winamp.
    It's a small clearish button that Alt-Tabs between two windows.
    You can click and drag it around, and to exit - right click it.

    You will need Microsoft .NET Framework installed.
    You can download it here: Microsoft .NET Framework Version 1.1 Redistributable Package

    Here's Switcher.zip:
    Wow this was almost the solution for me too.
    but it only works some of the time for me.
    Its quite predictable though, maybe its happening to others too and you might be able to fix it for us? :-)

    It loads fine, and when i click it the first few times it will switch. But its hard to tell if its reacting to a one click or double click. After a few successfull switches it just flashes the "alt-tab" menu/gui up on the screen but doesnt switch. I kill the prog and start again and then the same thing happens - works once, twice, a few times and then stops working.

    Any ideas?

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