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Apps made with Windows 7 in mind

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I was just wondering if anyone knows of a list or would like help build a list of applications that were made with Windows 7 in mind. This would mean they would have to support core features of Windows 7 such as jump lists, implemented Aero glass interface, live preview thumbnails (eg. tabs displayed as separate windows), etc...

I think it'd be nice to see how people have taken advantage of these new features in their applications.

*Update* I decided to include applications that don't necessary incorporate new features of Windows 7 but may be tools/tweaks/utilities made for Windows 7. I've divided them into a few categories to make things easier to sift through.

Apps with Windows 7 core features (JumpLists, interactive/tabbed thumbnails, glass interface, displaying progress state in taskbar, etc)

General Purpose Applications *updated 11/10/2009*

7APL (Windows 7 Application Launcher) - [Screenshot, Screenshot 2, Screenshot 3, Screenshot 4, Video]

With jumplist support, interactive thumbnails, hot keys, application grouping/profiles, gadget mode, and more. Beta testers needed.

7stacks - [Screenshot, Screenshot 2, Screenshot 3, Screenshot 4]

Extends some functionality to the Superbar by allowing you create stacks.

AIMP - [N/A]

Integration to Win7 TaskBar, Simple Scheduler. Alternative link here

Astroburn Lite 1.1.0 - [Screenshot]

Shows progress bar states

c2i GMailNotifier - [Screenshot]

Integration with the Windows 7 taskbar

Connectify.me - [N/A] *new*

A handy utility that will make use of the Windows 7 virtual wifi feature.

EmEditor Professional 9.00 beta 2 - [N/A]

A text editor that supports JumpLists and progress bar states.

Gmail Notifier Plus - [Screenshot, Screenshot 2, Screenshot 3, Screenshot 4]

Windows 7-only Gmail notifier that will sit in the taskbar.

Google Chrome (build 3.0.197.11 or greater) - [Screenshot]

A web browser with JumpList support.

ImgBurn - [N/A]

Supports progress bar displayed in taskbar icon.

iTunes - [N/A]

Supports playback controls in thumbnail preview.

Jumplist Launcher - [Screenshot, Video]

Create your own JumpLists.

LameXP - [N/A]

Added experimental support for Windows 7 taskbar progress indicator and overlay icons.

LocalHostr Uploadr - [Screenshot]

Jumplist support, when uploading files progress bar appears in task bar icon.

Maxthon Browser 2.5.10 Beta2 - [N/A] *new*

Supports new Windows 7 features like task bar preview, jumplist, aero shake, multi touch (for touch screen) etc.

MediaMonkey 3.1.2.1279 RC1 - [Screenshot, Screenshot 2, Screenshot 3]

Full Windows 7 shell integration (interactive thumbnails, jumplists, and icon status).

MusicBee 1.1 RC1 - [Screenshot, Screenshot 2]

Windows 7 support including Aero-Peek and Jump-List support.

MyPhoneExplorer - [N/A]

Supports jump list and task button progress bar.

Paint.NET - [Screenshot]

Aero glass, jumplist support, and use of DirectWrite (instead of GDI) which gives even better performance and quality.

PowerArchiver - [Video]

Full Windows 7 support with jump lists, taskbar progress and taskbar icon overlays.

Proxy Switcher - [N/A]

Support for Windows 7, including Jumplists.

RSS for your taskbar - [Screenshot]

A taskbar RSS reader that implements interactive thumbnails.

Steam Client Beta - [Screenshot] *new*

Join the optional beta program for the Steam Client to download it (available in File-Settings). It provides jumplist support in Windows 7.

Taskbar Meters (CPU/Memory Usage) - [Screenshot, Screenshot 2, Screenshot 3] *new*

Quick access to Task Manager and the Resource Monitor to determine what's slowing down your computer. The update frequency and percentages that determine "yellow" and "red" states are configurable.

TeraCopy - [N/A]

Support for Windows 7 Explorer. Progress indicator in Windows 7 Taskbar.

Trillian Astra Beta - [N/A] *new*

The new Trillian Astra 4.1 beta has full Windows 7 integration now, including taskbar status and jumplists.

Ultramon 3.07 Beta - [N/A]

Extends the Superbar to a second monitor (no jumplist/pinning support yet implemented).

Windows 7 Firewall Control - [Screenshot, Screenshot 2, Screenshot 3]

Now with buttons in the thumbnail taskbar preview.

xrecode II - [N/A]

Win 7 Support for showing Progress in Taskbar.

Zune 4.0 Software - [N/A]

A great media player with support for JumpLists, mini-toolbar mode, and more.

Plugins/Extensions *updated 9/2/2009*

Messenger Plus! Live - [N/A]

Extension for Windows Live Messenger and integrates interactive tabbed thumbnail features.

win7shell plugin for Winamp - [Screenshot, Screenshot, Screenshot 3]

Adds JumpList + interactive thumbnail + progress bar (song progress) support to the popular media player Winamp.

Windows 7 Shell Integration plugin for foobar2000 - [Screenshot]

Adds JumpList + interactive thumbnail support.

Winfox - [Screenshot, Screenshot 2]

Adds JumpList to Firefox.

Commercial Applications (no free versions) *updated 9/3/2009*

DisplayFusion - [N/A]

Multi-monitor/wallpaper software. Only Pro (paid for) version supports Windows 7 Aero + thumbnail previews.

WinDVD 2010 - [N/A]

Moving up to the exciting new user experience of Windows 7? WinDVD Pro 2010 DVD software is ready and waiting. Optimized for the new operating system, it supports key Windows 7 features, including Windows Touch, Jumplists, and Taskbar integration.

Apps with little to no Windows 7 features (but still made with Windows 7 in mind)

Tools/Utilities *updated 9/23/2009*

File hash Checker - [Screenshot]

This simple tool will allow you to compute the MD5 and SHA1 hash of any file. Shows progress bar in icon.

Power Plan 7 - [N/A]

Power Plan Assistant is a smart power management application designed specifically for Windows 7.

Windows 7 RTM ISO Image Edition Switcher - [N/A]

Converts any edition of Windows 7 (in ISO format) to another edition (eg. Ultimate to Professional).

Tweak/Customization Applications *updated 11/10/2009*

7 Taskbar Tweaker - [Screenshot] *new*

Another app to tweak the taskbar.

Default Programs Editor - [Screenshot]

It is a context menu editor, an autoplay editor, and default programs association editor.

Desktop Peek Tweak - [Screenshot]

This is a quick utility to adjust Desktop Peek delay time when you hover the mouse over the appropriate button on the desktop.

Library Icon Changer - [Screenshot] *new*

Tool for easy change of the Windows 7 Library Icon

Login Screen Rotator - [Screenshot]

Configurable app which allows you to cycle through login background screens.

Taskbar Overlord - [N/A]

Allows you to tweak Windows 7 taskbar.

Tweaks Logon Changer (for Windows 7) - [Screenshot]

Provides an easy way to customize the logon screen background with just a few clicks.

Ultimate Windows Tweaker - [Screenshot]

Is a freeware Tweak UI Utility for tweaking and optimizing Windows 7 & Windows Vista, 32-bit & 64-bit.

Windows 7 Logon Background Changer - [Screenshot]

Windows 7 Logon Background Changer is a free open source (source code available soon) software that let you change the wallpaper of the Windows 7 login screen.

XQDC X-Setup Pro - [N/A]

It has a multitude of tweaks available and supports many versions of Windows, including Windows 7.

Got any other apps to share? Post a reply. Also, if any links in this list do not work or you find out anything is inaccurate, just let me know and I'll update it.

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Winfox - Adds Jump Lists to Firefox

Taskbar Overlord - Tweak Windows 7 taskbar

Jumplist Launcher - Create your own Jumplists

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Windows 7 Shell Integration plugin for foobar2000

  • Album art in thumbnail
  • Play/pause/stop/next track/previous track buttons in thumbnail
  • Progress indicator
  • Customizable jump lists
  • Overlay icon to display play/pause state

http://wintense.com/plugins/foo_w7shell

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List updated.

@acedriver, the Windows 7 shell integration plugin for foobar is awesome, thanks.

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This topic is very helpful. Some apps may be similar in functionality, but they are all great. If we get more apps, I believe this should be pinned and constantly updated.

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agreed, I think its a great topic. Hopefully eventually though, all of these programs will add these features in by default

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List updated.

@acedriver, the Windows 7 shell integration plugin for foobar is awesome, thanks.

Yeah finally a decent player have this functionality and it's better than wmp IMO

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There was one Logon screen changer and logon screen rotator by one of Neowin members. Cant find it but please add that to this list and get this thread stickied :)

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There was one Logon screen changer and logon screen rotator by one of Neowin members. Cant find it but please add that to this list and get this thread stickied :)

Mine, Logon Screen Rotator :)http://www.lukepaynesoftware.com/lsr . Great list so far!

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Very handy, topic pinned.

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Very handy indeed. It makes Windows 7 so much easier to use on my laptop. :)

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Windows 7 Shell Integration plugin for foobar2000

  • Progress indicator

http://wintense.com/plugins/foo_w7shell

The Progress Indicator don't work for me, but otherwise fine.

The plugin was last updated 1st April, so might not be adjusted to work with later Windows 7 versions yet.

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Kinda stupid to say but the Office 2010 betas and the Live Essentials unless you run it in Vista compatibility mode.

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Anyone got any screenshots of UltraMon running on W7?

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Wow great list so far, I'm going to have to try out Windows 7 Firewall Control as I was looking for a firewall program for 7. I am so use to OneCare's firewall since I get the choice of blocking things when it detects a program trying to get online (meaning a popup window shows what it happening), wish windows firewall would give me that option.

Thanks again!

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wish windows firewall would give me that option.

It should do that if you have UAC on. Remember that when installing an app, you might already have given the installer privilege to add exceptions to the firewall. But it is a question regarding allowing exceptions, not to allow or block.

A good firewall that you take care to setup is of course better. Don't know how good that firewall control application is, if you test it please report back how you liked it.

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Anyone got any screenshots of UltraMon running on W7?

The new Beta works a lot better than Display Fusion.

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Cool, thanks.

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MsgPlus! Live for WLM.

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List updated -- added new category for plugin/extension-related support for Windows 7 and moved a couple things around.

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Chrome's new build (3.0.117.11) now use jumplist :)

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Chrome's new build (3.0.117.11) now use jumplist :)

Are you referring to 3.0.197.11?

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Are you referring to 3.0.197.11?

Actually yes.... :laugh: i wrote the wrong build number!

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