Actual Multiple Monitors 3 Review
- Near-perfect duplication of the Windows 7 task-bar
- Multi-monitor wallpaper support with slideshows
- Multi-monitor screensaver support
- Support for multiple profiles
- Support for hotkeys and mouse action
- No free version available
- Limited number of hotkeys and mouse actions.
Actual Multiple Monitors is a great tool for managing your multi-monitor setup. It provides one of the best replications of the Windows 7 task-bar making it even more useful for those with the OS. It is stable and has a great feature-set, and is appropriately priced at $29.95.
Actual Multiple Monitors 3 is a multi monitor management tool by Actual Tools that provides a number of features that multi-monitor owners will find of use. The 3rd version, which is what we have reviewed, released recently with some great new features, such as a extensive support for Windows 7.
Since Windows doesn't support an additional task bar on each monitor, applications that add their own, do so by manually implementing the functionality of the Windows task-bar. Most such tools only implement basic looks and features of the Windows task-bar for switching applications, however Actual Multiple Monitors 3 goes all the way.
The Windows 7 task-bar is a complicated piece of work, with features such as Jumplists, live window previews, progress indicators, and a lot more. Actual Multiple Monitors 3 manages to duplicate almost all of that ‒ all of the great features certainly.Just by looking it is impossible to tell whether it is the original Windows task-bar or the one by Actuals Multiple Monitors.
The Actual Multiple Monitors 3 task-bar manages to nail the looks of the Windows 7 taskbar (only on Windows 7 of course), and has support for jumplists, progress display, live previews, windows grouping, multi-previews, Aero peek etc. Some lesser used features such as media controls in the preview, and status icons on task-bar items are not supported.
Of all the applications we have tried, Actual Multiple Monitors 3 has possibly the most accurate reproduction of the Windows 7 task-bar of all!
Actual Multiple Monitors 3 also adds a number of unique features to the task-bar to make multi-screen management easier. The Actual Multiple Monitors 3 task-bar has additional options in the right click menu, for bringing all windows to the primary or secondary monitor, additionally it makes many task-bar related configuration options available in the right-click menu instead of buried inside some menus. There are a lot many more options available through configuration dialogs though, and each feature of the task-bar can be individually turned on or off. If you want both task-bars to be consistent, an prefer the Actual Multiple Monitors 3 task-bar to the Windows 7 one, you can opt to replace the Windows task-bar with a Actual Multiple Monitors 3 task-bar as well.
The secondary task-bar can work in two modes. The normal mode of operation is to display on the windows of the current monitor in its task-bar. While this makes sense, it might not be what you are looking for, since it makes windows open in the other monitor less accessible from the task-bar. Another option is to mirror the primary task-bar, so both task-bars show the same open windows.