Run Modern (Metro) apps in a window on your Windows 8 desktop with ModernMix™ Beta now available!

Wednesday, March 06, 2013 by Island Dog | Discussion: Press Releases (WC)

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ModernMix is a groundbreaking new application that gives you the ability to run Windows 8 Modern (Metro) apps in a window on the desktop.

Windows 8 Modern apps, also known as "Metro" or RT apps, always run full screen on your display regardless of how much of the screen they really need. As a result, that weather app, mail program or stock ticker is going to use the entirety of your PC's display.

ModernMix enables you to run multiple Modern (Metro) apps in individual separate windows on the desktop as well as launch them from the desktop. Running Modern apps will also appear on your taskbar where they can be pinned for quick access later.

Features:

  • Run Windows 8 Modern apps in a window on the desktop
  • Display and pin Modern apps on the taskbar
  • Explicitly close Modern apps by clicking its close button
  • And more!

How to get it:

ModernMix beta is available as a free 30-day trial.

Purchase ModernMix today for only $4.99 and receive a free update to the full version when it releases in the near future.

To learn more visit: http://tinyurl.com/b5rrtu6

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BoXXi
Reply #1 Wednesday, March 06, 2013 1:09 PM

COOL!!!!!

 

Philly0381
Reply #2 Wednesday, March 06, 2013 1:28 PM

I was sure I had two questions, one was will there be a video to show just what ModernMix can do, but I found the video.  The second question, which I think I know the answer to, will ModernMix become part of ObjectDesktop as have Start8 and Decor8. 

This just may help me make a decision about loading up Windows 8 on the computer, now if we just had some info about updates to existing programs. 

Excalpius
Reply #3 Wednesday, March 06, 2013 1:28 PM

Very nice!  For those of us with huge and/or multiple monitors, this will be most welcome indeed.

Now the only thing holding me back from switching to W8 is a Windowblinds port, which I am sure you are working on.  I need my glass everywhere.  

Kudos!

MadDeez
Reply #4 Wednesday, March 06, 2013 1:32 PM

awaiting the email with the download link at the moment but the premise of this app is pretty darn nice. hopefully WB8 will be released within the next 30 days and i can renew my OD sub. (hint hint nudge nudge)

Excalpius
Reply #5 Wednesday, March 06, 2013 1:33 PM

Oooh, I got an idea!

Some of those metro apps become almost widget like.  The only thing keeping them from looking so are the windows borders and buttons.

So my feature request/suggestion would be the option to set a Metro aps window border/buttons to Appear on Mouse Over only, meaning they fade away entirely until the mouse moves over it (sunmouse), or if you want, when the ap gains focus with a mouse click/drag, etc.

What do you guys think?  Would make Windows 8 under Modern Mix look even cleaner and prettier, yes?

 

 

 

benmanns
Reply #6 Wednesday, March 06, 2013 1:36 PM

Damn that is pretty smart ^^ will test it tonight 

Neil Banfield
Reply #7 Wednesday, March 06, 2013 1:36 PM

Philly0381

I was sure I had two questions, one was will there be a video to show just what ModernMix can do, but I found the video.  The second question, which I think I know the answer to, will ModernMix become part of ObjectDesktop as have Start8 and Decor8. 

This just may help me make a decision about loading up Windows 8 on the computer, now if we just had some info about updates to existing programs. 

ModernMix is part of ObjectDesktop yes.

There was a slight delay on it showing up on SDC, but it should be up there now.

Neil Banfield
Reply #8 Wednesday, March 06, 2013 1:37 PM

Excalpius

Oooh, I got an idea!

Some of those metro apps become almost widget like.  The only thing keeping them from looking so are the windows borders and buttons.

So my feature request/suggestion would be the option to set a Metro aps window border/buttons to Appear on Mouse Over only, meaning they fade away entirely until the mouse moves over it (sunmouse), or if you want, when the ap gains focus with a mouse click/drag, etc.

What do you guys think?  Would make Windows 8 under Modern Mix look even cleaner and prettier, yes? 
 

An interesting idea, but I am unsure if there is the demand.

Anyone else want this?

Lantec
Reply #9 Wednesday, March 06, 2013 1:39 PM

Excalpius
Very nice! For those of us with huge and/or multiple monitors, this will be most welcome indeed.

Now the only thing holding me back from switching to W8 is a Windowblinds port,

Ditto. Already running 8 on my Laptop but the fullscreen issue with Modern Apps is what kept me from updating my desktop.

 

Something I noticed....I tried to activate it first rather than click on the trial button at the top and that's why i did not get the config screen initially.

c242
Reply #10 Wednesday, March 06, 2013 1:40 PM

This may sound dumb, but how do I enable it ?

c242
Reply #11 Wednesday, March 06, 2013 1:41 PM

Ah, okay. Thanks, Lantec.

neone6
Reply #12 Wednesday, March 06, 2013 1:42 PM

Neil Banfield
An interesting idea, but I am unsure if there is the demand.
Anyone else want this?

Depends... Can you skin the frames, or will the frames be skinned with Windowblinds 8 ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(And will Wb8 come anytime soon )

c242
Reply #13 Wednesday, March 06, 2013 1:43 PM

GREAT !

Island Dog
Reply #14 Wednesday, March 06, 2013 1:45 PM

Demo video.

karmat
Reply #15 Wednesday, March 06, 2013 1:48 PM

Excalpiusreply 5 Oooh, I got an idea!Some of those metro apps become almost widget like.  The only thing keeping them from looking so are the windows borders and buttons.So my feature request/suggestion would be the option to set a Metro aps window border/buttons to Appear on Mouse Over only, meaning they fade away entirely until the mouse moves over it (sunmouse), or if you want, when the ap gains focus with a mouse click/drag, etc.What do you guys think?  Would make Windows 8 under Modern Mix look even cleaner and prettier, yes?   An interesting idea, but I am unsure if there is the demand. Anyone else want this?

I think its a great idea! Cant wait to try this out tonight!

Excalpius
Reply #16 Wednesday, March 06, 2013 1:50 PM

 An interesting idea, but I am unsure if there is the demand. Anyone else want this?

Thanks for considering it, Neil.  You guys are really great on listening to users.  Even demanding ones like me.  

What made me think of it is the lack of Aero glass in W8.  I have REALLY gotten use to glass window frames because, honestly, they are 99% useless pixels of screen real estate.  Turning them to glass in W7 brought the important information to be front and center, rather than the UI overhead.

I just saw that pretty Metro weather ap (a complete waste of fullscreen real estate) and thought "the only thing junking that up are those ugly square Metro borders and buttons, I wish they could go away". 

If you did give it a go, I assume it would be a "per window/ap" choice, like say, Transparency is in other Stardock products like WindowFX. 

Thanks for listening.

Neil Banfield
Reply #17 Wednesday, March 06, 2013 2:09 PM

neone6

Quoting Neil Banfield, reply 8An interesting idea, but I am unsure if there is the demand.
Anyone else want this?

Depends... Can you skin the frames, or will the frames be skinned with Windowblinds 8 ?


(And will Wb8 come anytime soon )

The frames are normal Windows ones, so they should match the rest of the OS.

As for WB8, that is still in development.

winstar4
Reply #18 Wednesday, March 06, 2013 4:11 PM

Fantastical!

simonrose1979
Reply #19 Wednesday, March 06, 2013 5:13 PM

Absolutely fantastic work! Finally not having to switch to Metro Mode when adding bluetooth devices and then having to switch back. Just waiting on Windowblinds 8 now so I can get rid of these horrible square corners! Just wondering if MS have made it difficult to make it work with Win8, seems they don't like anything but plain square square looks.

 

DaveRI
Reply #20 Wednesday, March 06, 2013 5:25 PM

Neil Banfield
An interesting idea, but I am unsure if there is the demand.

Anyone else want this?

Excalpius
If you did give it a go, I assume it would be a "per window/ap" choice, like say, Transparency is in other Stardock products like WindowFX.

fwiw that would make great sense to me.

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