We talk a lot about tweaking your user interface around here—often inradical ways—but if you'd just like to make a few small tweaks to Windows Aero, free app AeroTuner gives you a few more options than the Control Panel.
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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
Reader t.click's desktop sports an amazing, totally transparent skin for the Opera browser that uses Aero Glass to render virtually the entire interface.
Windows only: Mozilla released the mockups for the far-in-the-future Firefox 4.0 release, and just like with the 3.7 release mockups, a motivated user has already created a lookalike theme that you can install now.
Last week we took a look at initial design mockups for Firefox 3.7, and now the busy designers at Mozilla are back with some theme mockups for the even further-into-the-future Firefox 4.0.
Windows only: Mozilla released their version 3.7 theme mockups only a few days ago, but you don't have to wait—a motivated user already released a lookalike theme that you can install now.
Firefox 3.5 was officially released late last month, but the Mozilla team has already released its initial Windows theme mockups for Firefox 3.7, featuring glossy, translucent buttons and a host of other potential new features.
After we wrote about the All-Glass Firefox theme, reader bc//G_A wrote in with an even more impressive customisation that enables the Aero Glass effect across almost every UI element.
Sibling site Gizmodo rounds up the most noteworthy interface and productivity-minded changes in the Windows 7 Release Candidate. Most relate to Aero Peek, the taskbar, and other interface changes, but there's also some User Account Control tweaks and new keyboard shortcuts. Got a suggestion for the Win7 developers on what else should change?
Windows Vista (with Aero running) only: Wheelie, a free beta app, can be used solely as a pretty neat application switcher at this point, but its developers seem to have much grander plans for the little utility. Once installed, you can flip through active window thumbnails with your mouse wheel by touching the top edge of the screen. Park the cursor there, however, type in a word or phrase, and your screen fills with results from (apparently) Google Image Search. It's important to note that Wheelie takes up a serious chunk of memory in its current beta state, but it's an intriguing experiment that at least offers an alternative to Alt-and-Tab-ing at this point. Wheelie is a free download for Windows Vista systems running Aero only.Wheelie
Windows Vista's Aero looks and effects are generally nice to look at, but when you're trying to squeeze the last bit of power and life out of a battery, or just running some memory-hungry stuff, you don't always need them. Windows Vista Magazine details a registry hack you can make to add "Aero On" and "Aero Off" shortcuts to your desktop right-click menu, making it simple and quick to toggle the fancier stuff (it's the second major tip, about 1/3 down the page). We've already shown how to disable Aero for particular programs, but this trick might work better for working on the go, gaming, or other situations where you need to cut out the whiz-bang stuff.PC Heaven
Windows XP only: The good news is, Shock Aero 3D is a free, easy-to-install app for Windows XP that gives you the same kind of 3D window-shuffling task switcher that Windows has with Flip 3D. The not-so-great news is that it's not exactly a full replacement. The visual effects are both fast and pretty similar-looking, but you have to click on Shock's taskbar icon to flip through windows, rather than just simply Win+Tab-ing until you hit what you want. For those seeking a little more flash while they're still in XP, Shock Aero 3D sits nicely next to other XP "upgrades" like Vista cursors and a Vista-styled Start menu. Shock Aero 3D is a free download for Windows XP only.Shock Aero 3D