Awasu Personal Edition v1.2.1 (beta)

Awasu has always been highly configurable and this release introduces a heap of new features.

 

Visual style

Awasu comes with two visual styles installed by default. Open the Display page in the Program Options dialog and choose between an Office 2003 style or the "classic" Awasu style:

  

 

You can also download more styles from the Options page of the Tools|Customization dialog (click on the Visualisations button). For example:

  

 

Personalized menus

Personalized menus are turned on by default and will hide rarely used items from the menus. As Awasu learns which ones you tend to use, they will reappear in the menus.

If you don't like this feature, it can be disabled from the Options page of the Tools|Customize dialog, and menus will always show all available items.

 

Docking windows

Awasu has several windows that can be docked or left floating:

  • the Control Center (which contains My Channels and the Plugins tab)
  • the Workpad (which contains the Read-me list)
  • the Logs window (which shows what Awasu is doing and any error messages).

 

Each of these windows can be detached from the main window and left floating on the desktop. Do this by double-clicking on the window's titlebar or just drag it off.

To dock it back, double-click on the titlebar again or drag it near the edge of the main window to which you want to dock and you will see the window outline snap to main window's edge.

 

If these windows are docked, they can also be made to automatically hide themselves when not in use. To turn this on, look for the small pushpin in the titlebar and click on it so that pin is pointing to the left (or use the new Window|Pin menu item).

The window will now automatically hide itself when it is not being used i.e. when you switch to another window. To show the docking window again, move the mouse over the narrow orange marker tab or choose the appropriate menu item (or corresponding keyboard shortcut).

 

Defining your own keyboard shortcuts

This is how you can define your own personalized keyboard shortcuts:

  • Open the Tools|Customize dialog and go to the Keyboard page. Using the Category droplist and Commands list, select the menu command that you want to create a shortcut for.

  • Click in the "Press New Shortcut Key" edit box and press the key combination you want to assign e.g. Ctrl-Alt-X

  • Then click on the Assign button. You will see your shortcut appear in the Current Keys list.


 

Defining your own toolbars

You can also create your own toolbars. Open the Toolbars page of the Customization dialog, click the New button and enter a name for the new toolbar. This will create a blank toolbar for you. Then just drag and drop buttons from existing toolbars or menus onto the new toolbar. If you just drag, it will move the button so if you want to make a copy of the button, hold down the ALT and CTRL keys as you drag.

You don't even have to have the Customize dialog open to configure your toolbars and menus, just hold down the ALT key to drag buttons around or ALT and CTRL together to copy them.