Friday, July 21, 2006

Bounds Test v2.0 Released

I've just posted a new version, 2.0, of my Bounds Test utility. This utility allows the size and position of on-screen elements to be gauged by positioning the transparent Bounds Test window over the object to be measured; the Bounds Test window then displays its size and position.

New in version 2.0:

  • The window border has been removed, allowing better visibility of items under the Bounds Test window, particuarly along the top edge.
  • The tic marks that appear along the right and bottom edges of the Bounds Test window are now labelled.
  • The Bounds Test window can now be repositioned (moved) by clicking anywhere in the window (except on a button or along the edges) and dragging.
  • The mouse wheel can now be scrolled to resize the window.

2 comments:

  1. I think you should make the height and width more pronounced. When i'm quickly sizing the window it's hard to scan down that list to find the height and width which are buried in the middle of all those numbers! Make it BIG!

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  2. That's a good suggestion. In the previous version, the height and width were also displayed in the window's title bar, but there is no title bar in the new version! I'll make a note to make the height and width displayed in the app window more prominent in a future update.

    I think I may also eliminate the display of the X and Y properties, as they are redundant with the Left and Top properties, respectively.

    As a side note, one place you can look to see the width and height of the window is the window's button on the Windows Taskbar (if you have few enough apps open for the button to be wide enough to display the width and height!).

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