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OpenMPT always behind VST windows
« on: January 26, 2020, 16:46:25 »
Hi there,

It would be nice to be able to have the OpenMPT window IN FRONT of VST windows, when simply clicking on it, instead of always beeing behind them.

Indeed, that would be more easy to pass from one VST window to OpenMPT window, instead of reducing or moving the VST windows.

Currently, VST windows are always on top, which can be pretty annoying when working on a single not so big screen.

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Re: OpenMPT always behind VST windows
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2020, 16:57:47 »
By the way, I'm wondering if it's always been like this, in previous releases. I have a doubt.

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Re: OpenMPT always behind VST windows
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2020, 17:15:30 »
OpenMPT's behaviour is (and always has been, there was no change) similar to how most DAWs handle plugin windows - and it would very easy to 'lose' a plugin window if it ends up behind other windows (you would potentially have to minimize all other open document windows).
However, what might be helpful for you is to double-click the plugin window's title bar - this will minimize the plugin window so that it only consists of the title and menu bar, saving some precious screen space.
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Re: OpenMPT always behind VST windows
« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2020, 17:56:47 »
As a workaround, there are a couple of programs out there like AlwaysOnTop (https://www.labnol.org/files/always-on-top.zip) and there is another one that can apparently make any window semitransparent but I can't remember what it's called (www.lukepaynesoftware.com/projects/peek-through/) ?...  You might also look into "multi-desktop" software of which I'm sure there are freeware alternatives. - (http://windowspager.sourceforge.net/)
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Re: OpenMPT always behind VST windows
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2020, 21:27:05 »
Yes, indeed, but I just wanted not to have to minimize the VSTs, so they stay on my sight. OK then, I'll try other options.

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Re: OpenMPT always behind VST windows
« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2020, 21:10:29 »
Honestly, I would not want OpenMPT to be in FRONT of my VSTi's, given that the VSTi windows don't have a taskbar entry. I would have to minimize my OpenMPT to access the VSTi's. I'd rather close them once I'm done with them, given that I don't use them most of the time, only when I create a sound and when I tweak during mixing/mastering. During composing I don't need them, so they are closed.

Maybe you would want to look into your workflow? Why do you need these windows open all the time? Is it because opening/closing is difficult? Could it be that your way of opening/closing is not the best way?
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Re: OpenMPT always behind VST windows
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2020, 02:47:00 »
I can imagine many reasons to want the vst interfaces open for extended periods of time... Many of the most useful scenarios I can think of would be in live performance.

Maybe open vsts could minimize to an even more compact version of the double click (the X, the minimize - and maybe a millimeter to pull on for moving it around.
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