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Shock Aero 3D Alternatives

Shock Aero 3D is described as 'Have you seen the cool and nice effects of Windows Aero in Windows Vista? One of those effects is a view of your open windows in a three-dimensional stack on your desktop, and using hot keys, you can flip through the open windows to quickly locate and select the window you want' and is an app. There are more than 10 alternatives to Shock Aero 3D for Windows, Mac and Linux. The best alternative is Compiz, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Shock Aero 3D are Witch, Hyperswitch, VistaSwitcher and SwitchBlade.

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  • FreeProprietary
  • Windows

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  1. Compiz icon

    Compiz

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Compiz is a compositing manager adding fancy effects to your windows, from drop shadows to awesome desktop effects like the Desktop Cube or the Expo view.

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  2. Witch icon

    Witch

    • Mac

    Witch lets you access all of your windows by pressing a shortcut and choosing from a clearly arranged list of window titles.

    Task list


  3. Hyperswitch icon

    Hyperswitch

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac

    HyperSwitch provides a compelling alternative to HyperDock for keyboard junkies.

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  4. VistaSwitcher icon

    VistaSwitcher

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    VistaSwitcher is an elegant and powerful task management utility for Windows OS.

    Discontinued

    The program is no longer updated. Last version, 1.1.5, released in May 2012, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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  5. SwitchBlade icon

    SwitchBlade

    • Windows

    SwitchBlade allows for quick window switching using a configurable hotkey and an intuitive search interface.

    Quick and easy searching.


  6. SmartTab icon

    SmartTab

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    SmartTab, the better Alt-Tab (a Windows Alt-Tab Dialog replacement).

    Discontinued

    Work only on XP, last update was in 2006. See http://smarttab.org/download.php

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  7. Topdesk icon

    Topdesk

    • Windows

    TopDesk radically reduces the time you spend switching between tasks by giving you the ability to quickly find the window you want from a thumbnail view.

    Discontinued

    The site has not been updated since 2016, the latest version does not work well on Windows 10

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  8. Tabber icon

    Tabber

    • Mac

    Activate wanted windows and apps with Tabber Window Switcher which is a Command+Tab alternative to switch windows. See contents of windows Real-Time when switching windows. Switch Apps and Windows with a shortcut or set a custom shortcut to switch windows or to switch apps.

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  9. Winflip icon

    Winflip

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    WinFlip emulates Windows Vistas "Flip 3D" effect for Windows XP. Using the hotkey of your choice, you can find the window youre looking for in a fast, clean 3D interface.

    WinFlip simulates Vista's "Flip 3D" effect with a hotkey
  10. Alt-Tab Thingy icon

    Alt-Tab Thingy

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    If you are not familiar with the Alt-Tab task switcher in Windows, its a keyboard short-cut (hot-key) to enable fast switching between applications/windows. This feature has been in Windows since Windows 3.0 and is largely unchanged since Windows 95!

    Discontinued

    The official website is no longer available. Last version, 4.0.4, released in September 2009, can be still downloaded from the mirrors provided.

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