Apps Made with Windows 7 in Mind

Posted: January 26, 2010 in Reviews
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General Purpose Applications *updated 11/10/2009*
7APL (Windows 7 Application Launcher) – [Screenshot, Screenshot 2, Screenshot 3, Screenshot 4, Video]
With jumplist support, interactive thumbnails, hot keys, application grouping/profiles, gadget mode, and more. Beta testers needed.

7stacks – [Screenshot, Screenshot 2, Screenshot 3, Screenshot 4]
Extends some functionality to the Superbar by allowing you create stacks.

AIMP – [N/A]
Integration to Win7 TaskBar, Simple Scheduler. Alternative link here

Astroburn Lite 1.1.0 – [Screenshot]
Shows progress bar states

c2i GMailNotifier – [Screenshot]
Integration with the Windows 7 taskbar – [N/A] *new*
A handy utility that will make use of the Windows 7 virtual wifi feature.

EmEditor Professional 9.00 beta 2 – [N/A]
A text editor that supports JumpLists and progress bar states.

Gmail Notifier Plus – [Screenshot, Screenshot 2, Screenshot 3, Screenshot 4]
Windows 7-only Gmail notifier that will sit in the taskbar.

Google Chrome (build or greater) – [Screenshot]
A web browser with JumpList support.

ImgBurn – [N/A]
Supports progress bar displayed in taskbar icon.

iTunes – [N/A]
Supports playback controls in thumbnail preview.

Jumplist Launcher – [Screenshot, Video]
Create your own JumpLists.

LameXP – [N/A]
Added experimental support for Windows 7 taskbar progress indicator and overlay icons.

LocalHostr Uploadr – [Screenshot]
Jumplist support, when uploading files progress bar appears in task bar icon.

Maxthon Browser 2.5.10 Beta2 – [N/A] *new*
Supports new Windows 7 features like task bar preview, jumplist, aero shake, multi touch (for touch screen) etc.

MediaMonkey RC1 – [Screenshot, Screenshot 2, Screenshot 3]
Full Windows 7 shell integration (interactive thumbnails, jumplists, and icon status).

MusicBee 1.1 RC1 – [Screenshot, Screenshot 2]
Windows 7 support including Aero-Peek and Jump-List support.

MyPhoneExplorer – [N/A]
Supports jump list and task button progress bar.

Paint.NET – [Screenshot]
Aero glass, jumplist support, and use of DirectWrite (instead of GDI) which gives even better performance and quality.

PowerArchiver – [Video]
Full Windows 7 support with jump lists, taskbar progress and taskbar icon overlays.

Proxy Switcher – [N/A]
Support for Windows 7, including Jumplists.

RSS for your taskbar – [Screenshot]
A taskbar RSS reader that implements interactive thumbnails.

Steam Client Beta – [Screenshot] *new*
Join the optional beta program for the Steam Client to download it (available in File-Settings). It provides jumplist support in Windows 7.

Taskbar Meters (CPU/Memory Usage) – [Screenshot, Screenshot 2, Screenshot 3] *new*
Quick access to Task Manager and the Resource Monitor to determine what’s slowing down your computer. The update frequency and percentages that determine “yellow” and “red” states are configurable.

TeraCopy – [N/A]
Support for Windows 7 Explorer. Progress indicator in Windows 7 Taskbar.

Trillian Astra Beta – [N/A] *new*
The new Trillian Astra 4.1 beta has full Windows 7 integration now, including taskbar status and jumplists.

Ultramon 3.07 Beta – [N/A]
Extends the Superbar to a second monitor (no jumplist/pinning support yet implemented).

Windows 7 Firewall Control – [Screenshot, Screenshot 2, Screenshot 3]
Now with buttons in the thumbnail taskbar preview.

xrecode II – [N/A]
Win 7 Support for showing Progress in Taskbar.

Zune 4.0 Software – [N/A]
A great media player with support for JumpLists, mini-toolbar mode, and more.

Plugins/Extensions *updated 9/2/2009*
Messenger Plus! Live – [N/A]
Extension for Windows Live Messenger and integrates interactive tabbed thumbnail features.

win7shell plugin for Winamp – [Screenshot, Screenshot, Screenshot 3]
Adds JumpList + interactive thumbnail + progress bar (song progress) support to the popular media player Winamp.

Windows 7 Shell Integration plugin for foobar2000 – [Screenshot]
Adds JumpList + interactive thumbnail support.

Winfox – [Screenshot, Screenshot 2]
Adds JumpList to Firefox.

Winfox – Adds Jump Lists to Firefox
Taskbar Overlord – Tweak Windows 7 taskbar
Jumplist Launcher – Create your own Jumplists

Commercial Applications (no free versions) *updated 9/3/2009*
DisplayFusion – [N/A]
Multi-monitor/wallpaper software. Only Pro (paid for) version supports Windows 7 Aero + thumbnail previews.

WinDVD 2010 – [N/A]
Moving up to the exciting new user experience of Windows 7? WinDVD Pro 2010 DVD software is ready and waiting. Optimized for the new operating system, it supports key Windows 7 features, including Windows Touch, Jumplists, and Taskbar integration.

Apps with little to no Windows 7 features (but still made with Windows 7 in mind)

Tools/Utilities *updated 9/23/2009*
File hash Checker – [Screenshot]
This simple tool will allow you to compute the MD5 and SHA1 hash of any file. Shows progress bar in icon.

Power Plan 7 – [N/A]
Power Plan Assistant is a smart power management application designed specifically for Windows 7.

Windows 7 RTM ISO Image Edition Switcher – [N/A]
Converts any edition of Windows 7 (in ISO format) to another edition (eg. Ultimate to Professional).

Tweak/Customization Applications *updated 11/10/2009*
7 Taskbar Tweaker – [Screenshot] *new*
Another app to tweak the taskbar.

Default Programs Editor – [Screenshot]
It is a context menu editor, an autoplay editor, and default programs association editor.

Desktop Peek Tweak – [Screenshot]
This is a quick utility to adjust Desktop Peek delay time when you hover the mouse over the appropriate button on the desktop.

Library Icon Changer – [Screenshot] *new*
Tool for easy change of the Windows 7 Library Icon

Login Screen Rotator – [Screenshot]
Configurable app which allows you to cycle through login background screens.

Taskbar Overlord – [N/A]
Allows you to tweak Windows 7 taskbar.

Tweaks Logon Changer (for Windows 7) – [Screenshot]
Provides an easy way to customize the logon screen background with just a few clicks.

Ultimate Windows Tweaker – [Screenshot]
Is a freeware Tweak UI Utility for tweaking and optimizing Windows 7 & Windows Vista, 32-bit & 64-bit.

Windows 7 Logon Background Changer – [Screenshot]
Windows 7 Logon Background Changer is a free open source (source code available soon) software that let you change the wallpaper of the Windows 7 login screen.

XQDC X-Setup Pro – [N/A]
It has a multitude of tweaks available and supports many versions of Windows, including Windows 7.

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