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Windows 7: Announcing: 7stacks - stacks for 7 (freeware)

20 May 2011   #91
tgfyhre

Windows 7 32bit Home Premium
 
 

Well I have just discovered this program and although I like the idea behind it I'm finding it a bit clumsy to use. It seems to suffer from a fatal flaw -

I'm on Windows 7 32bit. If the stack contains enough items that it reaches from the bottom of the screen to the top, then the last few items at the bottom disappear behind the taskbar (superbar). So I cannot select the bottom few items. Making it impossible for me to use. I can't believe nobody has noticed this problem. As long as there aren't too many items, it seems to place itself above the taskbar. But like I said, too many items and suddenly the list drops below and behind the taskbar.

And since Windows 7 took away the ability to choose if you want the taskbar to be "always on top", there is no way for me to bring the stack forward. So I can't use this because of this issue. Shame that it appears to be abandoned.

I also had it stop working like somebody above has mentioned. All of a sudden, it wouldn't work any more, and I had to restart my computer before it would work again. If you open a stack you can see it in the task manager running, but the stack never appears. If you try to open the stack multiple times, you see it multiple times in the task manager. But no stack appears. Even if you end all the processes, and try again, it still doesn't work. For these reasons, I cannot rely on this at the moment. If these important issues can get resolved, I'd happily check it out again. While there are probably some more nice options that could be added, I think the ones I mentioned are extremely important. Eye candy is nice, but not much good if it crashes or has deal-breaking bugs.


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20 Jul 2011   #92
JuanDeaux

Windows 7 Ultimate 64, Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 
7Stacks Network Issue

I have been using 7Stacks on several computers for awhile, but I am now faced with a network-related problem. When I try to open a local-network resident executable, the Windows prompt "Open File - Security Warning" window is displayed briefly and then disappears.

If I run the actual shortcut (outside of 7Stacks), the Open File - Security Warning" appears, I click OK and the executable runs fine. This happen on two Windows 7 x86 PCs, but the problem doesn't occur on a PC running X64.

I have done some rudimentary testing, disabling options within AVG and Zone Alarm, but the problem persists. Has anyone encountered this situation. Everything else works fine and I like 7Stacks a lot, with the exception of the nagging problems described above.
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06 Sep 2011   #93
melbourne47

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

I almost have the same problem with JuanDeaux

To elaborate more... shortcuts in the stack that are ticked as "Run As Administrator" aren't opening...
The UAC just prompts and after I click yes, nothing happens...

But if I access the shortcut directly from the folder, the UAC prompts and when I click yes, the application runs...
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06 Sep 2011   #94
TechN9Ne1730

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM
 
 

Are you guys running beta2 from the devs website? He said it is or believes it is a problem with chrome.
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07 Sep 2011   #95
JuanDeaux

Windows 7 Ultimate 64, Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

I am running v1.5 beta 1.

The workaround I settled on (for the problem PCs) was to nest the individual stacks within a single task bar-resident main stack. That technique has worked fine and I haven't had any issues with it.

I have attached a couple of screen shots; the first shows the Individual Task Bar Stacks and the second shows the Nested Stacks.

I didn't think there was going to be any more development of the application and was not aware of the beta 2 version. What are the main changes (Link ?)? Since I am stable with beta 1, I probably would not switch to the newer version unless there are some significant enhancements.


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07 Sep 2011   #96
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Can someone explain why they would use this program over the Toolbar functionality already built-in to Windows since Win 2000? It seems to me this program duplicates that functionality.
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08 Sep 2011   #97
JuanDeaux

Windows 7 Ultimate 64, Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

Have you used 7Stacks?

I like it for the following reasons:
  • It provides a method for directly accessing (executing) applications without having to drill down through the Start Menu.
  • Under W2K and XP, I organized applications using a combination of Quick Launch and folders containing shortcuts at the top level of the Start Menu. I also maintained 'clean' Start Menus by organizing shortcuts in Programs sub-folders; General Apps, Audio-Video, Admin Utilities, etc. I initially took the same approach with Windows 7, but doing so requires security changes and the process proved to be somewhat tedious. When I came across 7Stacks, I realized that I could simplify keeping things orderly and easy to access, and pretty much ignore the Start Menu.
  • My experience is that 7Stacks is straightforward and relatively easy to deal with. Windows 7 Jump List feature may provide similar functionality, but I prefer to deal with a third-party app such as 7Stacks (KISS Principle). I also use Locate32, instead of Windows Search. When I need to find something, I actually want to find it, whether it's on a network drive, \System32 or parts unknown.
Just my opinions, I could be wrong.
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08 Sep 2011   #98
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Yes, I tried 7Stacks and, again, it appears to duplicate the functionality of the Toolbars in Windows (I never mentioned jumplists). All the functionality you listed in your subpoints is available thru Toolbars (right-click on Task Bar, select Toolbars) in Windows since Win 2000.
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08 Sep 2011   #99
JuanDeaux

Windows 7 Ultimate 64, Windows 7 Professional 32bit
 
 

I just played around with Toolbar and and that approach does indeed seem to be simpler. Maybe I have too much time on my hands, dohhh! I like 7Stacks, but I might have to rethink using it in the future.

What about the built-in Windows Search, is there an option to permit indexing of network drives? I definitely miss the Search interface of the previous Windows versions. I like Locate32 because it only uses 6-8MB of memory, has a user-friendly interface and permits indexing/searches of user selected locations.
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08 Sep 2011   #100
MilesAhead

Windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
Yes, I tried 7Stacks and, again, it appears to duplicate the functionality of the Toolbars in Windows (I never mentioned jumplists). All the functionality you listed in your subpoints is available thru Toolbars (right-click on Task Bar, select Toolbars) in Windows since Win 2000.
I tried 7Stacks for a bit. But issues made me look for something similar. I use RocketDock so I noticed StandAlone Stacks 2 which uses the same stack library as RD. I'm pretty happy with it. I have a machine with W7 and one with Vista. By using SAS2 I get the same behavior on both PCs.

The only side-effect I noticed on W7 is sometimes a program will get a paper icon in the stack instead of the icon from the exe. When you go in properties and Change Icon it shows the correct icon but it won't show in the stack. Seems like it happens one out of 10. My work-around is to use an icon editor to pull the icon from the exe and add it to a folder under Documents. Then when I use Change Icon to use that icon, it "sticks." On Vista it seems to work normally.
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