Aero Shake and Snap was one of the new Windows 7 features that came to light during the Professional Developers Conference 08 in Los Angeles.
The two features provide better windows management capabilities.Aero Snap for example allows you to snap a window to the edge of the screen. If you move the window to the right or left edge, it will be snapped to it and displayed so that it takes up half the screen size.
This is ideal if you work with two windows side by side as it is a lot easier than having to resize windows manually for the same effect.
If you move the window to the top, it will be maximized automatically.
Aero Shake on the other hand hides all open windows but the one that you are shaking around -- by dragging it to the left and right in rapid succession -- which can also be useful at times.
It did not take long until Aero Shake and Snap were ported to the Windows Vista and Windows XP operating system. A beta version of the software program was released by the software developer and is available for download on the homepage. The software requires the Microsoft .net Framework 2.0 or higher.
The functionality is immediately activated after installation and execution of the software. It works extremely well for a beta software and mimics the window management of Windows 7. The only difficulty during the test involved double-clicking a maximized window which should normally reduce the window to its previous size but it seems that the application sometimes tried to maximize it again.
Please note that the two programs are not available anymore on the developer website. We have uploaded the latest working version of each program to our own server from where you can download it.
To download Aero Shake, click on the following link: Aero_Shake_1.3.zip
To download Aero Snap, click on this link instead: aerosnap_0_61_setup.zip
Note that we do not support the programs in any way.
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