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SetAlphaValue is extension for Cocoa applications and set the alphaValue of windows. In others words, this program is only aesthetic, just for fun.

What's New

Version 2.2.2:
  • Fix assistant bug when uninstall SAV

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later

*Previously available here

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James Churchman Member IconReview+2
James Churchman
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best app ever, massive productivity boost in being able to see what's in the background

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Version 2.2.2
Paradigmlie Member IconReview+1
Paradigmlie
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I LOVE THIS APP!
I use crazy backgrounds that i love to see. i use my screen as another place to hang a painting, or w/e you will. and with this, i get to enjoy those peices fo art more!

Features: GREAT, it does almost every window, except iTunes (i haven't found anything to skin that in any fashion) and the finder windows. Includes mounted .dmg files.

Ease of use: Great. 3 clearly labeled sliders. and if those don't work, you can type in the title of the window you want to change. and a button to turn off for the current app.

Value: ....... honestly, im surprised this is free.

Stability: Pretty decent. i have noticed though that some apps get a black bar beneath the buttons if you set the alpha to 100% when in the front. and it sometimes hangs and gets the apps backwards, so that the background app is opaque, and the fore is transparent. but a quick switching of the foreground app fixes that.

GET IT!

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Version 2.2.2
travlcas Member IconComment+0
travlcas
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I must admit, I didn't read any instructions, naughty me, but went straight for the installation program icon. I did subsequently read everything I could find, but could not find a way to uninstall, which is what I really want. Using the program is less than intuitive, and I am personally not fond of the transparent windows, so my desire to uninstall is more personal aesthetics, and hence i have no desire to learn how to more effectively use the program. If anyone knows how I can uninstall please let me know. thanks

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Version 2.2.2
MacUpdate-Lon
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See this page for support.

travlcas
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Thanks, I left a message there first. I ended up deleting everything with the words crystal, shape, and alpha from my computer (that were obviously parts of the program) and that got rid of the program as far as it's effects. I probably still have files everywhere from it and therefore awaiting a replay from your reference site. Thank you!

megamouse
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from the Crystal Clear, the readme file tells how to get rid of SetAlphaValue

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"If you want to delete SetAlphaValue, simply delete its folder in the /Library/InputManagers folder, where it was installed originally. If, on the other hand, you want to disable SetAlphaValue just for certain users on your Mac, move the SetAlphaValue folder from /Library/InputManagers to the user's home library (~/Library/InputManagers). If the user doesn't already have an InputManagers folder in ~/Library, you'll need to make one first. The InputManagers folder is one of the places Cocoa applications look when they launch to see if there are any additional attributes they need to take on... it's sort of a "plugins" folder for Cocoa."

lmjn13 Member IconReview+1
lmjn13
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Michaël, your app is not just for aesthetics. It's very useful in creative work I'm doing. for example trying to adjust perspective views of a digital 3D model to a background photo opened in a different application. Thanks much!

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Version 2.2
Seamus Member IconComment+0
Seamus
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When loaded, my history menu in Safari had no items. Also, when I opened the calculator, the calculator would not appear. When I uninstalled it, all was fine again.

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Version 2.1
tiv Member IconComment+0
tiv
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Wow, quick response on that one. 2.1 fixes the problem I noted below. Thanks for the delay option, too!

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Version 2.1
tiv Member IconComment+0
tiv
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I've used this for a while now and have been happy with it, but with this update, I've started having trouble in Safari. I like having it go to 40% when the window's in the background, but now it goes to 40% as soon as it launches and switching to another application and back is the only way to get it to 100%. Somehow it's taking the background setting and using it for the new window that pops up on launch, I guess. (I suppose it could be having this problem with other apps, too, but Safari is all I've noticed so far. Mail, at least, seems fine.)

If this is dealt with, it'll be a great extension again. Thanks.

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Version 2.0
Niamor Member IconComment+4
Niamor
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I don't have found a little great tunning apps like that since a long time ! It works perfectly, and it allows a lots of crazy tricks, as funny (and usefull) screen capture, and really much more.
Thanks for this !

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Version 1.8
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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Love the fact that you can set the transparency level for the focussed and unfocussed windows in each specific app. Very useful and very slick.

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Version 1.7
Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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What a great concept. unfortuantely, if you use the window-specific slider to adjust the opacity of a window, it will forevermore remain at that opacity until changed. there does not appear to be any way to reset that window (for example, window titled "buddy list" in iChat) to behave normally under the default active/inactive settings above. That is annoying. otherwise, 4 stars.

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Version 1.7
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Downloads 14,011
Version Downloads 8,931
License Free
Date 03 Jun 2006
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free