It’s always seemed to me that there’s not much point in having a wide screen LCD display when surfing the Net – not when I have a ton of wasted space on either side of the web page I’m viewing.
Here’s what I mean:
In this screen shot (click to expand), I’ve got Internet Explorer open on a 22 inch monitor set at 1680×1050 – notice the amount of wasted screen real estate on either side of the Web page.
So, for the past few days I’ve been testing Slickscreen – an Internet Browser which takes advantage of high resolution displays by dividing the screen into separate windows.
In the following screen capture (click to expand), you’ll notice that I have three Web sites open – plus a running application (Windows Live Writer), which I’m using to write this post.
In fact, you can even run your regular Browser inside Slickscreen, if you wish, so that you have access to your personal configuration specific to that Browser.
The bad news (sort of):
The configuration options in the free version are far too restrictive in my view. At least two selectable startup web sites would be more appropriate, so that the full value of the application can be properly assessed.
Having to deal with the developer’s pre-selected sites, and then having to manually gain access to my sites, is less than ideal. Actually, it’s annoying as hell.
Click on graphic to expand to the original.
Fast facts (pro version):
- Maximize your screen real estate with Slickscreen’s unique non-overlapping interface.
- Capture Windows applications into our unique interface.
- Compare and work with web sites side by side with ease.
- Save multi-panel layouts, Slickscreen’s multi-panel bookmarks.
- Drag and drop links from one panel to another for the ultimate in web productivity.
- New: Every Slickscreen panel can add ‘traditional’ web browsing ‘tabs’.
- Leverages Microsoft’s Internet Explorer rendering engine for performance, privacy and security.
- Lightweight – We keep it simple for fast web browsing.
- Integrates – doesn’t try to replace – your default browser (Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer)
- Panels can auto-refresh and auto-rotate at user defined intervals. A great solution for corporate lobbies, break rooms or operational dashboards (requires a corporate license to use).
- Skins: Customize the look and feel.
- Hosted on Amazon.com cloud infrastructure. Get Updates fast and reliably.
- No advertisements. We don’t do ad-ware at Slickscreen.
System requirements: Windows XP, Vista, Win 7 (Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 Client Profile – installed automatically if not present).
Download at: Developer’s site
User comments at CNET:
Pros: – Simple Download
– Great user preferences
– Drag and Drop features
– See multiple applications in 1 interface
Cons: – Some applications may function differently in Slickscreen
Pros: The ability to have VLC player, Outlook, Facebook and a work window, all in one interface is very helpful.
Cons: The new App Capture feature is a little glitchy at times. Understandable I suppose because.
Summary: Very nice application. Free version gives you more than enough functionality.
Pros: Ability to layout your screen with web and traditional apps in a non-overlapping fashion so apps/web sites don’t get hidden or clipped.
Dragging and dropping content from panel to panel is very useful.
Cons: You need a good sized screen or high resolution display. Minimum display resolution is probably 1200 pixels wide.
Summary: Great application for people with good screens.
Note: Since this is not a full review (after only two days running with the free version of this app, I’m reserving judgment), but instead, an informational post only – you may find the comments from CNET users valuable.
Initial impression: I’m leaning toward the professional version since the free version’s restrictions are annoying. On the other hand, at less than $5.00 for the pro version, I think there’s good value here.
From the developer:
Slickscreen Professional is a one time fee for home users. Corporate purchases of 5 or more licenses will be good for two years from the purchase date, at which time, an upgrade fee may be required for continued use.
Home users can install Slickscreen Profressional on all of their personal PC’s. Corporate users are restricted to 1 computer per license.
If you’re interested in this type of application, then I suggest you view the short video on the developers product information page, here.
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