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Peep Show


Type of Program: Mouse & Window-Viewing Enhancement
Supported Platform: Windows 95/NT
Company/Author: T. Elaraj, Progency Software
Version: 1.0
Price: free
Installed size: 518K


Peep Show is one of those how-do-you-explain-this applications that does all those handy, weird things you've wished you could do while you're juggling a bunch of different open windows during a fevered work session. Five main features are bundled into this weird -- but wonderful --little program.

First, there's the Peep Hole. We've all wanted to do this -- you've got enough layers of windows on your screen to make a sub sandwich, and ALL you want to do is drag-n-drop something from, say, the Desktop, to your current window. Haven't you just wanted to cut a hole through the whole mess? Yes! Now you can, just trace any size/shape hole through as many window layers below as you like, and your wish is granted. Long live Jambie!

The Pop-up Menu feature (which is fast becoming my fave) lets you display the main menu of just about any Windows application, as a pop-up. Just a circular move of the mouse triggers it (sort of like an abracadabra thing, but you specify the movement and mouse sensitivity).

The Right-Click Scroll feature lets you scroll windows, using right mouse button rather your having to mess with the scroll bar itself (this is gre-e-e-a-t if, like me, you have an Office shortcut bar docked over there, and are always triggering it when you go to scroll... plus, my mouse's scroll wheel's gone kabooey, so, bonus!).

The Focus Window feature lets you to force any non-current window the mouse moves over to the top of all other windows -- which is very handy if your task at hand requires you to switch back and forth between several different windows. This makes it smooth and painless. There are several user options so you can tweak this to suit your work style.

The Wrap Cursor option makes the cursor to "wrap" around the screen when you reach the edge. Works on the left, right, top, or bottom edges. There are folks who love cursor wrap. If this drives you nuts, you can disable the feature -- but if it's your cuppa tea, I guess it's your cuppa tea. I drink coffee.

In all, Peep Show rates pure 5s on creativity and convenience, plus it's a lot of fun too. After all, how often can you punch holes in your screen without breaking the glass? Even though this is free, the author invites comments and issues program updates periodically. There's a good help file and installer/uninstaller too.

User Friendly:
Cost: free
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Support: email author at
Reviewed by Bobbie Crowell
ICQ # 9407183

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