I'm not a huge fan of those visual tooltip applications no matter if they are integrated in the operating system or in other applications like Opera. The main reason for me personally was that I never had enough windows or tabs opened that I would need a visual tooltip to find the one I was looking for. Another reason was that those applications seemed to use a fair share of the system resources to display this graphical gimmick.
At least the second point of criticism has changed with the discovery of Visual Tooltip. That application is using less than 4 Megabytes of memory when its actively running which is pretty good for such a software.
Visual Tooltip does not need to be installed and can be run from the directory it was unpacked to. It adds an icon to the Windows system tray which offers access to the program's options which are opened automatically during first start.
It basically provides two features for Windows XP and Windows Vista users. The first is the known visual tooltip that appears when the mouse cursor is moved over an item in the taskbar, the second and far more interesting is the so called dock that can contain several of the opened folders and applications displaying a small thumbnail of them that gets updated frequently.
That's an interesting option for users that run programs that change their appearance - slightly - whenever information are updated, say a torrent download or rendering finishes. This can be seen eventually in the thumbnails of the dock. The dock can be placed freely on the screen but seems to be always on top of everything else except for full screen applications.Advertisement
One of the reasons I like gHacks is that it promotes objectively even products it honestly states as having or not affinities with. Not to mention an approach of computing, a vision of the Internet I really appreciate.
Yes, this is a free compliment!
Regarding visual tooltip applications as a whole, I consider them more as a gadget unless particular conditions as here described.