以前介绍过一款软件如何将任务栏扩展到双显示器的第二个显示器上,今天则介绍另一款类似软件,不同的是其完全免费。官方网站为:http://www.zhornsoftware.co.uk/zbar/

软件下载地址: zbar.zip (126k)

ZBar

ZBar 是一个为多显示屏用户设计的小工具. 单显示屏用户直接请忽略跳过.

如果用户有两个或更多显示屏, 那么Windows 只会在其中一个主显示屏的底部显示任务栏, 虽然用户可将窗口移动到第二显示屏, 但它的任务栏按钮依然停留在主显示屏的底部. 这让作者很不爽, 所以ZBar诞生了.

功能

ZBar 可以做到:

  • 将任务栏拓展到所有的非主要显示屏的底部或顶端,提供一至两行任务栏按钮,具有六套风格,并可选择是否显示时钟
  • Provide keyboard shortcuts to move windows one screen along
  • 为每个显示屏设置一个单独的壁纸或者只用一个壁纸显示在所有屏幕上
  • Display a six month calendar, last month, this month, and four months ahead






Restrictions

I had to learn a lot to get ZBar running, and it’s taught me that although Windows clearly defines how applications should create windows and use the task bar, there are a number which don’t use these conventions. Yes, I’m talking to you WinAMP, Office and Skype. As I use those apps myself, I’ve been able to make a special case for them within the ZBar code, but there will no doubt be more.

I spent a long while trying to get the wallpaper code to work every time. My virtual desktop is 3200×1200, and it works every time. However, when I added a third monitor to make the wallpaper 4800×1200 in size, it would work once or twice before failing. Rebooting means it would work again.

Alternatives

Does this sound all a little … alpha release … to you? There are a few alternatives you could try, like MultiMon, DisplayFusion, Desktop Wallpaper Tool, but the daddy of them all is Ultramon. However, ZBar is the only one which provides multiple taskbars, manages wallpaper, and is free.

Versions

v0.2 – First release

v0.3 – 5th December 2008

  • The keyboard shortcuts to move windows between monitors are now optional

v0.4 – 17th December 2008

  • Checkbox to spot when moving a window between monitors with the mouse at the cost of some CPU
  • Control-alt-arrow keys can be used instead of z / x / c

v0.5 – 3rd February 2009

  • Bug: Arrow keys moving window trap passing arrow to app with focus bug fixed
  • Bug: “Improved” mode now always on, and bug with closed windows not disappearing fixed
  • Bug: alt-F4 keypress no longer closes a bar
  • Bug: WinAMP special case handled a little better
  • New: Drag and hover files over a button to bring to the foregound
  • New: Windows 7 shadow windows ignored correctly
  • New: mouseover highlight added to buttons
  • New: time and date formats taken from Windows preferences
  • New: Six month calendar (click the clock or choose the menu item)
  • New: put a file “zbar.ico” next to the exe to use that as the tray icon
  • New: three visual styles – Zune, Windows 7 small, and Windows 7 large

v0.6 – 10th May 2009

  • Bug: Clicking anywhere in the Options dialog no longer closes it
  • Bug: Calendar no longer shows when clicking the RHS of a bar with the clock off
  • Bug: Bars no longer cover the MS RDP client when used in full-screen mode
  • Bug: Icons are more reliably retrieved from applications
  • New: cross added to the calendar close button
  • New: Right-clicking a bar shows a menu to open Task Manager
  • New: Bars can be made double-height for two rows of buttons
  • New: No error is thrown when solhook11.dll can’t be found (in case you don’t like keyboard hooks)
  • New: Clicking the button for a window which has focus minimises it, as with the main task bar

v0.7 – 18th July 2009

  • A screen is selected when you first open the wallpaper dialog better show how to use it
  • Works a little better with the Windows 7 RC
  • New: The bar can now be positioned at the top of monitors as well as the bottom
  • The “zbartitle” entry has been removed from the Task Manager applications list
  • The shortcut keys to move windows between monitors can no longer move ZBars!
  • ZBar now has a decent icon, thanks to Frode Aarebrot

v0.8 – 25th April 2010

  • New “Royale” style
  • Using “maximise to virtual screen” a second time restores the window to its original size
  • Windows 7 support improvements
  • Wallpaper “zoom” function to fill the screen with images with a different ratio
  • Icons drawn better
  • App improvements: WinAMP, terminal services client
  • Buttons now show tooltips when hovered over
  • ‘Mirror mode’ to display all buttons on all bars
  • -wallpaperonly command line option which opens the wallpaper setting screen, and then exits
  • Transparency, and auto-hide options
  • Improved visual style of the calendar
  • Screen Exceptions, to tell ZBar not to create a bar on certain screens
  • Display bug fixed with second line of buttons when using the Zune style

v0.81 – 13th December 2010

  • Click and dragging the calendar scrolls to more months
  • The Windows 7 large style has a “theme” colour
  • Buttons can be dragged to change position
  • Screen resolution changes are detected and bars are reset
  • Using the reset option will re-read monitor count and positions
  • Clicking the clock a second time when the calendar is showing hides the calendar
  • WinAMP better handled with Windows 7 style preview tooltips
  • Toad from Quest slightly better handled
  • MusicBee better handled

v0.82 – 3rd March 2012

  • Only one instance of the app will run at a time
  • Skype and Paint windows a little better handled
  • Tweaked hyperlink opening code
  • AM/PM shown in twelve hour displays
  • Bug causing “Oops should not be here” to show in wallpaper dialog fixed
  • Clicking the middle mouse button on a button closes that window
  • Option to zoom images smaller than the monitor in wallpaper dialog
  • MusicBee no longer handled – the window class it uses is not unique
  • “Premiere Pro Monitor EchoPort” and “PSViewC” now fill the screen
  • Choosing “None” in the keyboard hook now actually clears it
  • Wallpaper previews could be displayed off the preview area
  • Option to leave taskbar alone (does not add or remove buttons on it)
  • Button text colour can be chosen
  • Ampersands in tooltips now display correctly
  • Some notication tray icon menu commands added to ZBar menu
  • Windows 7 theme colour now also affects “W7 small”
  • Maximise to virtual screen shortcut can be disabled
  • Bug fixed with calendar which could cause it to jump a month ahead

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