Liquid Drag

This application enhances usability of your daily computer usage by allowing you to make individual windows translucent while dragging it. Having the dragged window as translucent allows you to see what is underneath that window and exactly position it for ease of use.

This is a feature that is similar to what is provided by the nVidia Desktop Management software. However, for you to use this, you do not require any special hardware.

Feature Highlights of “Liquid Drag” Window and Application Transparency

  • Adds a new functionality where you can drag a window by using two mouse-buttons (left mouse button and right mouse button) and the window being dragged becomes translucent.

  • Extremely easy to use with zero configuration!

  • Makes moving window easier by allowing you to see items underneath it while the window is being dragged.

  • Runs unobtrusively in the background with as low as 700K of memory consumption.

  • Compatible with Windows 2k, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Server 2008 and Windows 7.

  • Purely native and light-weight application with no polling or idle-time CPU usage. Uses all native Windows API to implement all its features.

How to use Liquid Drag

Start moving your window normally by dragging using the left mouse button. While you are dragging, simultaneously press the right mouse button (secondary mouse button) and the being dragged will become translucent.

Release the right mouse button to revert the window opacity to 100%.

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The installer will copy the required files onto your computer. In the rare occasion that the installer complains about missing runtime files, simply download and install Microsoft Visual Basic Runtime Components. The software will be installed using its codename “AppTransparency.”

Disabling or Uninstalling The Application

To disable the application, simply open Task Manager and kill the process named “AppTransparency.exe.” The program will reload upon Windows restart.

In case you want to permanently disable the application, uncheck the “AppTransparency.exe” start-up entry using msconfig (Start –> Run –> type msconfig.exe –> OK –>Startup Tab)

The program, in a bid to be lightweight, does not add any registry entry and hence has no specific uninstaller. You can simply delete the application folder and you are good to go.

In case you installed in the default location, delete folder: Program FilesTwentyone InnovationsAppTransparency

You will also need to delete the “AppTransparency” Start-Menu entry from the “Startup” folder.

20 Replies to “Liquid Drag”

  1. This is great man. I had been thinking about a feature in Windows similar to this for over a year now. Great to see you have implemented it.

    1. The app is not supposed to show the popup if the command-line argument “-startup” is used.

      When this application installs, the startup start-menu entry it makes already has this command-line argument, thus not showing the popup upon next startup.

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