AlphaXP Review

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Synopsis: Add eye candy and extend the functionality of Windows XP (you won't want to miss this one)! AlphaXP is a *very* cool desktop enhancement utility that adds advanced transparency effects to any Windows 2000/XP computer. It has won many five-star awards for excellence and is regarded by thousands of users worldwide. Some of the features have been incorporated into AlphaXP include: three direct ways to set transparency, two automatic ways to set transparency, smooth fade effects, menu transparency, tooltip transparency, taskbar transparency, and much more! To get a better idea of what AlphaXP does, be sure to view the animated screenshots (followed by an explanation and the same screenshots).

AlphaXP: Animated Screenshots

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Note that the majority of the above screenshots are animated. Please be patient when viewing and allow the screenshot to fully cycle.

AlphaXP: Features

  • Appended Window Menus: The Appended Window Menus feature adds extra functionality to Window Menus. Almost every window has a Window Menu, which are the menus that can be accessed by clicking a window's icon in the upper left corner of the window and other ways. Window Menus usually contain just the default items, which include "Restore", "Close", and others. Appended Window Menus adds "Opacity" and "Always On Top" to Window Menus, which can be used to change a window's transparency and toggle "Always On Top" on or off | [Example Screenshot].
     
  • Keyboard Shortcut: The Keyboard Shortcut feature allows you to change a window's effects simply by using an easy keyboard shortcut. This keyboard shortcut is a three-key combination and can be customized to suit your preferences. The keyboard shortcut can change a window's transparency to preset levels, fine tune transparency, remove transparency, and toggle "Always On Top" on or off. Click here for an example | [Example Screenshot].
     
  • Transparency Button: The Transparency Button feature adds an extra button to every window's title bar. The Transparency Button is usually located next to the minimize button and it lets you change a window's transparency level to any degree possible. It's very easy to use and very powerful, so powerful a safety has been added which restricts the Transparency Button's ability to set transparency too high. The safety is customizable and can be turned off | [Example Screenshot].
     
  • Remember Settings: The Remember Settings feature keeps track of what windows you set transparent and the level of transparency you set them to. This way the windows you always want transparent will always be transparent. Remember Settings also has the ability to forget, either specific windows or every window in it's memory.
     
  • Fade Effects: The Fade Effects feature is really two features, both of which utilize transparency animation effects or fading. The two Fade Effects are called Fade-Out and Active Opacity. Fade-Out performs a cool looking fade-out effect on a window whenever that window is minimizing, closing, or otherwise disappearing. Active Opactiy changes the transparency of the active window and when that window becomes an inactive window Active Opacity smoothly fades it back to it's previous transparency setting. Fade-Out and Active Opacity can be toggled on or off and the speed at which they perform their fades can be customized to one of five speed settings to suit your preferences | [Example Screenshot].
     
  • Menu Transparency: The Menu Transparency feature lets you change the transparency level of menus to any degree possible. The vast majority of menus are supported because almost all menus are of one of the following supported types: Standard, Office, Classic Start Menu, or XP Start Menu. Menu shadows are also supported and will change transparency together with their menus | [Example Screenshot].
     
  • Tooltip Transparency: The Tooltip Transparency feature lets you change the transparency level of tooltips to any degree possible. The vast majority of tooltips are supported because almost all tooltips are of one of the following supported types: Standard, Office, Visual Basic, Visual Studio, AOL, AIM, or mIRC. Tooltip shadows are also supported and will change transparency together with their tooltips.
     
  • Taskbar Transparency: The Taskbar Transparency feature allows you to change the taskbar's transparency to any degree possible. Taskbar Transparency also has a Fade-In feature, which smoothly fades-in the taskbar whenever you mouse over it. Fade-In can be toggled on or off, and has five speed settings to suit your preferences | [Example Screenshot].

... And much, *much* more!

To see what AlphaXP can do for you, be sure to download a copy today!

AlphaXP: Compatibility

AlphaXP works with Windows 2000 and XP.

AlphaXP: Download

AlphaXP is free to try and $14.95 to buy.

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