Question regarding a window shape for a stack in Windows

Jonathan Lynch jonathandlynch at
Thu Jun 30 14:55:15 EDT 2011

Hi Scott, thanks for your reply.

It makes sense, and I might do this. It seems so lame to me that we would be
forced into doing this. It works fine with 2.6.1, so it should work fine
with later versions.

I'll play around with it and see if I can come up with a solution similar to
what you describe. If, in the process, I come up with another solution, I
will post it here.



On Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 2:13 PM, Scott Rossi <scott at> wrote:

> Hi Jonathan:
> The only way I've ever been able to get around this in my projects is to
> use
> an additional "normal" topLevel stack that appears offscreen and acts as a
> "proxy" for the application.  Maybe there's another option but I've never
> seen one.
> If you really want to be thorough, you should know the stack with the
> windowShape isn't just missing from the list of running applications --
> it's
> also missing from the taskbar, an important means of access that all
> Windows
> users expect.  And there's no way to minimize/maximize from the taskbar.
> Plus, in Vista and beyond, there will be no thumbnail icon for the window
> that appears above the button entry in the taskbar.
> The way I get around this is to take a screenshot (or multiple screenshots)
> of the content in main stack and place this in the "proxy" stack.  Windows
> will "see" this image and use it for the thumbnail representation of the
> application in the taskbar.  If the user minimizes the app, I trap the
> message and minimize the "proxy" (maximize = vice versa).
> This is all a major pain, especially if you have content that changes in
> the
> stack with the windowShape, because the taskbar thumbnail will appear "out
> of sync" with the application, but again, I haven't found any simpler
> workaround.
> Regards,
> Scott Rossi
> Creative Director
> Tactile Media, UX Design
> Recently, Jonathan Lynch wrote:
> > Hi Everyone,
> >
> > I am using Rev 4.0.
> >
> > When I set the window shape of a stack, thus removing the system frame
> from
> > the stack, I encounter a problem. The stack takes on its new shape
> without
> > difficulty, but it is no longer visible in the menu that arises when I
> use
> > alt+tab to switch between applications. It is also gone from the menubar
> at
> > the bottom that lists running applications.
> >
> > This problem does not occur with the same application running on Rev.
> 2.6.1,
> > but it does occur using Rev. 4.0.
> > This occurrs in a Windows network environment and at home using Windows
> 7.
> >
> > Does anyone have any suggestions on how to address this problem? Have you
> > ever encountered it before? If I must, I will leave the system window
> frame
> > in place. It is just prettier without it.
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Jonathan
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